When designing a bathroom, it’s easy to get wrapped up in tile, color, and hardware choices. But it’s wise to first consider the needs of those who will be using the space most often. Just like the kitchen, functionality and flow can make or break a bathroom design. When creating a floor plan for your bathroom or powder room, consider the following:
Recessed Sinks or Pedestal Sinks?
Sinks installed below the counters are best for those who need plenty of vanity space – whether it’s for holding soaps, towels, or just additional prep room.
Savannah, Georgia, is known as the Hostess City of the South and is brimming with southern charm and style. Close to the ocean and situated on the banks of the Savannah River, this town has plenty of coastal and nautical influences in its architecture, food, and culture. Savannah also happens to be home to our good friend Joel Snayd of Rethink Design Studio. Joel works with both residential and commercial clients in the Savannah area with a focus on showcasing each client’s personality through design. Today we take a peek at a dining room that Joel created featuring some beautiful vintage sconces. These sconces highlight each individual photograph on the wall while providing ambient light to the space as well.
To get this look, consider our Bulkhead Wall Mount Light available in either a Satin Nickel or Polished Brass finish. This rugged, wall-hugging fixture has its roots in the Atomic Era and features a unique cast guard and glass design that throws light around all sides of the fixture. You can customize this light by choosing clear, frosted, or ribbed glass. Originally manufactured by Urban Archeology, these sconces are offered at 50 percent off their original prices.
Another piece in our collection of nautical lighting is the Boathouse Wall Mount Light which features a smooth Satin Nickel finish. This unusual light has plenty of marine influences and would be perfect in a coastal setting — on a boathouse, dock, beachfront condo, or even a cottage on a lake. The clear glass jar of this light can handle a 100 watt bulb and is rated for wet locations.
To create a coastal feel throughout your home, don’t miss the complementary Bulkhead Fixed Pendant, also offered at discounted prices, and available in a variety of vintage finish colors including Polished Chrome, Polished Brass, Statuary Brown, and Green Patina.
Top photo courtesy of Joel Snayd
When working in small spaces, it’s tempting to keep things muted and calm. Too much texture, color, or accessorizing can make a bathroom, closet, or tiny work space look cluttered and confusing. The key is to have balance in the space. If you fell in love with a piece of vintage decor at the flea market, use it! Can’t live without bright plaid wallpaper? Paste away, but balance the blast of color with coordinating solids and textures.
This bathroom space doesn’t shy away from a deep blue paint color that, if paired with heavier fixtures and fussy accessories, could overpower the space and make the room claustrophobic. But the sleek, polished chrome accents, the shiny hammered mirror frame, and the bright white vanity and beadboard cabinetry all bring a pleasant balance to the space and help create an inviting, even soothing room that leans just a bit towards the nautical.
The wall sconce also adds a delicate touch to the blue wall and, with a double shade, provides ample light to the vanity space. To get this look, check out The Village Double Shade Sconce, part of our collection of Vintage Wall Sconces. This fixture is an original manufactured by Urban Archeology and is offered at half off the original price. At 10″ high and 14″ wide, this bathroom light features a polished chrome finish and frosted glass. If you prefer a single fixture to mount on either side of a bathroom mirror, the Village Single Sconce is also available. Featuring the same frosted glass and polished chrome finish as its double cousin, the Single Village Sconce is also offered at half off the original Urban Archeology prices.
Top photo courtesy of Blue Sky Building Company
When we look at examples of vintage design, we often find individual pieces used as accents within a space such as a piece of industrial furniture in the corner or holophane glass pendants hanging over a kitchen island. Using these accents is a great way to add character and history to a more modern space without going full bore into the vintage look.
The Smith Restaurant in Toronto, however, has no problem completely embracing the vintage theme in their space which is located in a three-story Victorian home. Antique mirrors, distressed Persian rugs, mismatched place settings, and rough hewn wooden counters all contribute to the introspective and unpretentious ambiance of this eatery.
And what Victorian space would be complete without some beautiful vintage lighting gently highlighting the whitewashed brick walls? The fixtures along the back wall are much like our Magnolia Pendant, part of our collection of Vintage Pendants. The lights in the restaurant are draped with a cord which offers some flexibility in mounting. The Magnolia Pendant can be hung with a cloth cord such as these or a stem mount option is also available. Three shades sizes are offered for this delicate light from a small, 10″ size to the largest 15″ diameter. Four traditional finishes– Old Bronze, Aged Brass, Historic Nickel, and Polished Nickel — provide a timeless look that was popular in the Victorian and Colonial eras. A decorative paddle switch on the neck of the lamp allows the pendant to be turned on or off with ease.
If your space is a bit tighter or you prefer the look of a wall sconce, don’t miss the matching Magnolia Wall Sconce which also comes in four traditional finish colors. This fixture would add lovely vintage styling to any bathroom, hallway, or living space. Add an authentic Edison Style Light Bulb for the perfect finishing touch!
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Of all the lighting options out there, wall sconces have the longest history. From caves to castles to condos, ambient light has been a staple of most homes for centuries. Starting out as flaming torches and evolving into safer, candle-lit fixtures in medieval castles that had little natural light, wall sconces brighten dark corners and long hallways providing safe passage and a pleasant glow.
Wall sconces are a logical choice for spots where a pendant or floor lamp would be too obtrusive. Closets, hallways, and bathrooms are all perfect places for a touch of light. Sconces are also a nice alternative to angle shades for highlighting artwork, a menu, or other signboard.
Our line of Vintage Wall Sconces captures a turn-of-the-century lighting style that was popular in most Victorian and Art Nouveau homes. This line of wall sconces offers stylish functionality with traditional finish options. The Magnolia Sconce, shown here, is a customer favorite for its classic look and timeless charm. A decorative paddle switch on the neck of this lamp allows it to be turned on or off easily. Traditional finish options of aged brass, old bronze, or two nickel finishes ensure the Magnolia’s popularity and grace for years to come.
A similar look can also be had with the Torrington Sconce which features a wavy shade much like our Radial Wave Sconce. Or check out some of the newest additions to the vintage line in the Coastal Carolina Collection. This collection of vintage sconces includes the rugged Brunswick Sconce which has loads of industrial details and the unique Chesapeake Bay Mirrored Gooseneck Sconce. Crafted from hand-worked iron, this sconce throws plenty of light thanks to the mirrored panels on the face of the shade which reflect light at different angles. All of our vintage sconces have even more style with the addition of a Nostalgic Edison Style light bulb!Read More
Although it’s impossible to tell from the photo, this inviting space must be close to a shoreline where lapping waves would lull any person who rested here right to sleep. Drawing heavily on nautical blue hues, this bedroom is definitely inspired by the beach with the blues nicely complemented by the white accessories like the pillows and the bench. The dark brown pull shade adds a warm touch of color while the blue-and-white striped fabric draped along the ceiling lends an interesting texture to the space.Read More