The world of design, whether interior, architectural, clothing, or even lighting design, is often influenced by major historical events. In the 1930s, when America was still deep in the Depression, the reigning Art Deco movement gave way to what became known as Streamline Moderne. The extreme styles of Art Deco were seen as excessive in this time of want and were replaced with simpler, cleaner styles that focused on curves, horizontal lines, and nautical elements. Think rounded, aerodynamic shapes such as the Hindenburg, Airstream trailers, and the 1934 Chrysler Airflow, the first streamlined car design.Read More
“Master the mix” could become the interior design mantra for 2014. The art of being able to mix old and new elements for an updated, yet classic design is the goal for many homeowners looking for the latest amenities in their spaces yet longing for vintage character too. In this industrial farmhouse kitchen, the exposed beams and vintage chairs around the farm table speak to years gone by while modern shelving and sleek stainless appliances add a modern touch. The RLM-style warehouse shades also breathe a whisper from the past with their generous span of light focusing on the center work station.Read More
Climbing a lighthouse should be on everyone’s bucket list. Just north of us on the central Florida coast is the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, the state’s tallest lighthouse, which rises 175 feet offering a panoramic view of the Atlantic, the inlet, and the surrounding coastline. Keeping the light shining was essential in the early and often dangerous days of coastal navigation and it was up to the lightkeeper to climb the 213 steps to the top to maintain the Fresnel lens that beckoned sailors safely home. As you retrace the lightkeeper’s steps up the winding staircase, you’ll notice bulkhead lights on every landing. These nautical wall sconces are often round but also come in this oblong shape.Read More
If you’re looking to infuse some industrial style into the bath, take some inspiration from our Featured Customer Fred who has a lovely lakefront home in Sparta, New Jersey. Fred recently remodeled a bathroom in his home and added rustic pendants and a rustic vanity sconce for a nautical industrial look. “I like the beach look as opposed to the cabin look,” Fred says. “And I wanted something different than the cookie cutter fixtures from the home centers.”Read More
If you’re enchanted with house design as much as we are, perhaps you find yourself eyeballing the neighbor’s new addition with more than casual interest and your vacation pictures feature in-setting shots of pendant lights instead of panaromic views of the mountains. Sometimes you find a space where the elements are so beautifully integrated that it just seems effortless. Such is the case with Harbor Cottage, a vacation rental located in Martinsville, Maine.
Our friend, photographer Justine Hand, visited Harbor Cottage last year and came away with some incredible photographs including this one of the industrial farmhouse style kitchen. Though rustic in style, the kitchen awaits a gourmand with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Gaggenau 5-burner gas range, and other modern amenities. The space has an open, airy feel with light-colored wood flooring and textured linen window treatments contrasting with black soapstone countertops. The windows open wide to draw in the salt air and sea breezes, and vintage lights watch over the minimal shelving that maintains the open feeling.
To get this look, browse our collection of Vintage Wall Sconces where you’ll find a number of different fixtures that work well in a farmhouse style kitchen. The Davenport Wall Sconce has a traditional, turn of the century look and can be finished in Historic Bronze, Polished Nickel, or Satin Nickel. Choose a solid color shade or go with the creamy milk glass shade for a true vintage feel.
If you want more flexibility in your kitchen lighting, check out the Garden City Swingarm Adjustable Sconce in solid brass. The adjustable arm allows you to pull the light away from the wall for focused tasks or push it back for more ambient lighting. Available in four traditional finish colors, this sconce adds the perfect spot of light to kitchens, reading nooks, or by the bedside.
Top photo courtesy of Justine Hand — Read more about Harbor CottageRead More
When you have a bunch of kids in the house, the kitchen tends to be the magnet area where homework gets tackled, snacks are served, and the family just seems to congregate at the end of a long day. A space filled with light and warmth makes the kitchen attractive and the smell of brownies floating down the hallway doesn’t hurt either! We visited this kitchen once before in our Industrial Farmhouse blog, but we didn’t give you the full picture of the kitchen entryway which features a dandy little barn wall sconce that highlights not only the doorway but the chalkboard wall that serves as place for impromptu notes and reminders. The galvanized sconce fits right in with the barn pendants and gooseneck lighting in the kitchen proper.
This wall sconce looks very much like our Barn Light Arlington Sconce, a small yet versatile fixture that offers a variety of possibilities both inside and out. If you want a traditional RLM warehouse shade with a shorter projection but plenty of rustic style, the Arlington will fit the bill. Its slightly stacked neck is attached to the decorative wall mount by a slender arc, and the mounting plate features a layered look that resembles a tiny RLM shade. Because of this small mounting plate, this fixture can be used in hallways, over a doorway, or any tight space. And thanks to its wet rating, the Arlington will serve just as well on the front porch or patio.
Available in both 8″ and 10″ shade sizes, the Arlington can be finished in one of a dozen durable powdercoat finish colors. The galvanized finish works very well in this farmhouse-style kitchen but perhaps something bolder and brighter, like Barn Red, Buttery Yellow, or Royal Blue better fits your style. No matter how you choose to finish your light, this American made sconce will add some vintage nostalgia to any space!
Top photo courtesy of Julie Ranee PhotographyRead More