As you drive through the grounds surrounding the Grove Park Inn, you feel surrounded and immersed in the history of place. The Inn will celebrate its 100th year in operation in 2013 and has served not only as a hotel to presidents and celebrities whose photographs line the hallways, but also as a rest and rehabilitation center for US Navy sailors returning from World War II. There are countless vintage touches throughout the grounds including these handsome vintage gooseneck lights near the Grovewood Gallery and Café.Read More
We realize that the retro design trend is huge these days — one can’t click on too many links before landing on something from the good old days — but this sign and these gooseneck lights made us do a U-turn and come back for a second look. The Retro Lube operation has taken the retro theme to the oil-stained bays of the car maintenance business. The covered portico keeps customers out of any bad weather and sets the tone for this retro experience. Remember the days when you pulled up to the pump and someone came to your door to take care of you? It happens every day at Retro Lube which sports some classic gas pumps and beautiful vintage gooseneck lights right up front.
These are very much like our Vintage Green Warehouse Gooseneck Shade which is a 12″ RLM warehouse shade with the classic green exterior and bright white interior. This fixture comes with one of four popular gooseneck arm styles or the shade can be purchased separately with no arm. This rugged shade can handle a 200 watt bulb making it a great choice for bright outdoor lighting such as this with no harsh glare or overlighting. This is a vintage shade in good condition and has been cleaned and rewired and is ready to install.
To keep the retro theme going, don’t miss the coordinating Vintage Green Warehouse Shade Stem Mount Pendant also in a 12″ shade size. This fixture comes with your choice of stem length, from 6″ to 48″ long and features a hang straight canopy. Like the matching gooseneck, this fixture sports the vintage green exterior and the white interior. To add even more vintage flavor, consider adding a nostalgic Edison style light bulb to either, or both, of these lights. They are available in an array of sizes and styles to fit any light!Read More
When Roy Underhill, host of the long-running PBS series “The Woodwright’s Shop,” went back to his North Carolina roots to open a woodworking school, he wanted to give his students the full vintage experience. His school, located in Pittsboro, has a few rules. Only hand tools in operation here; no power allowed. Tape measures are a big no-no, and as Underhill unequivocally states, “Any tools with plastic handles must be hidden when I walk by.” Underhill designed his storefront school with an eye to the late 1930s when hard work with hand tools reigned supreme. The vintage atmosphere is carried through in the lighting scheme which is classic vintage lighting inside and out.
Welcoming students on the sidewalk are gooseneck angle shades in a vintage green. You can get this look for your own commercial venue with our Vintage Porcelain Enamel Clamshell Gooseneck Shade. This 13″ wide shade will highlight signs, awnings, and landscaping with ease. For residential use, these angle shades are perfect for garages and porches, and the porcelain enamel finish is extremely durable. These shades can be purchased separately or with your choice of gooseneck arm.
Inside this unique learning environment, individual work tables are illuminated by another classic light fixture — an RLM-inspired warehouse shade. These pendants are just like our 12″ Vintage Cord Hung Warehouse Shade which comes with a standard black cord, brass canopy, and the traditional bright white interior and vintage green exterior. Like all of the lights found on our vintage site, these fixtures have been cleaned, rewired, and come to you ready to unleash their vintage charm!
And if you plan to attend one of Underhill’s classes, forego the logoed tee and opt for jeans and a simple work shirt instead. As Underhill says, “When you enter this vintage environment, you become a part of it.”
Top two photos courtesy The Woodwright’s SchoolRead More
There’s nothing like putting a new twist on an old favorite. Black lights have been popular for a long time and have been used in a variety of ways — for diagnostic purposes in medicine, in tanning beds, for curing plastic resins, and even for attracting insects to Grandma’s back porch bug zapper. And while they’ve also been used for decorative and artistic lighting, is anyone up for a round of Black Light Mini Golf? This attraction has taken the game of golf to a new level and must be especially challenging when trying to putt through the windmill on the 18th hole.Read More
When the creators of the Northern Spy Food Company opened their doors three years ago, they wanted to bring a bit of country charm straight to the urban heart of New York City. A small neighborhood restaurant located in the East Village, the eatery is named after one of New York State’s classic heirloom apples. The restaurant’s design embraces the concept of using reclaimed materials, and you can see the effects from floor to ceiling. Customers stroll on reclaimed hickory boards, the old brick walls are painted white to breathe air into the space, a pillar wrapped in rope has a rustic feel, the retail cubbies are crafted from an old chicken coop, and the dining room tables are made from salvaged bowling alley lanes. East Village residents have never seen anything quite like this, and they can’t seem to get enough!Read More
For the fans of vintage barn lighting, an industrial farmhouse isn’t the only place where a salvaged light fixture can hang. A kitschy, eclectic environment is another great scheme to consider, especially if you’re eyeballing a unique light fixture similar to that above.
Almost identical to the ceiling light over the dining table, the 1930′s Benjamin® Deco Porcelain Vintage Barn Light is about as distinctive as the atmosphere surrounding it. It characterizes typical Art Deco style, with clean lines and geometric angles in the build. If you’re unfamiliar with Art Deco architecture and lighting, think about Miami or Detroit. Vintage skyscrapers and sharp lines in the architecture is what makes up the Art Deco look. Authentic light fixtures that blend with this style are slowly diminishing, however, there is a large collection available at Barn Light Electric and Vintage Barn Lighting.Read More