I know it’s July and the school bell will remain silent for six more weeks, but there’s no time like the present for a little education.
No groaning please. Education is information and information is key when you’re looking to invest in lighting. Let’s face it. You can go to your local big-box store and spend $20 on a look-alike wall sconce that came from China. But considering it only costs you $20 and it had to be shipped overseas, how much money do you think actually went into the materials? Not much. Which is why most “inexpensive” lights rust almost immediately or fall apart at the first hint of use.Read More
For more than 20 years, the good folks at Southern Living have inspired us with their annual Idea House. With an ensemble of talented architects and designers descending upon a new location each year, a showcase home is born chock full of color, texture, and creativity. Back in 2011, the team, including San Antonio architect Michael G. Imber, traveled to the central Texas Hill Country to create a rambling European style home that utilized native building materials in a nod to its southern landscape.Read More
This adorable little breakfast nook has so much going for it, it’s hard to decide which element we like best! With light streaming in on three sides, convenient bench seating, and a classic warehouse shade to cast light in the evenings, this space is loaded with charming details. The vented warehouse shade complements the vintage look of the apron front sink and the white subway tile that helps keep the narrow space bright and open.Read More
There was a time when warehouse pendant lighting was found, well, in warehouses! And also in factories where the wide bowl of these pendant lamps reflected light over a large area, a critical feature where
heavy machinery and meticulous work was involved. These lights not only had to provide plenty of illumination, but had to be durable in an industrial setting. Manufacturers in the early 20th century would hand craft these light fixtures using only the finest commercial grade materials of the time.
While we think vintage lighting may be pretty popular these days, there’s nothing like a building full of old cars to bring people through the doors. Of course we also think the classic gooseneck warehouse shade over the door might have something to do with the crowds that visit the Estes-Winn Memorial Automobile Museum in Asheville, North Carolina.
Established in 1965, the museum is home to a number of rare and vintage cars as well as some original horse-drawn carriages and Asheville’s own 1922 La France fire engine. The cars have been preserved in mostly original and running condition. You may look, but a kind gentleman is on hand to make sure you don’t touch!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