We were in for a treat when Lauren, our photographer, stumbled across one of our new favorite vacation locations—the Mermaid Cottages. Their charming interiors full of vibrant walls, rustic accents, and shabby chic décor captivated us–of course we had to be their friends! We were inspired by their many rental cottages located on Tybee Island, so today’s Style Me Sunday is all about the “cottage charm, coastal calm” of their Inlet Breeze master bedroom.
A minty green coat of paint (like this Nottingham Green) is a fresh addition to the classic beadboard. This look is an easy DIY project when you use Paintable Birch Veneer Beadboard. Mermaid Cottages shares our love of taking something old and breathing fresh life into it. These upcycled shutter headboards are a fantastic example, especially the hunter green shade. In our dream space, we’d place two yellow, porcelain enamel Wheeler™ Esso Wall Sconces on each side of the bed for a little extra task light for late night reading. A unique pendant light like this Chicken Wire Basket Pendant Lamp is perfect for adding pastoral style, and paired with a nostalgic Edison bulb, you’ve got yourself the perfect mood lighting!
Elements like the swordfish wall ornament and curtains introduce other colors into the space. For our pop of color, we’re using these little sculpted birds. They are hand painted and distressed to perfection—and who can say no to turquoise? Display these along with a retro-inspired Dolomite Alarm Clock on an American Made re-purposed wood Floating Shelf for eclectic styling.
Now’s the perfect time to add a little island flavor to your home. If you’re looking for a fun and festive place to spend a weekend, check out Mermaid Cottages and tell them we said “Hello!”
Whether you own a modern home with vintage design or an authentic traditional home, schoolhouse pendants will add historic charm and character to any room where they’re installed. A wonderful example is found within the kitchen of the cottage pictured above. It has been featured on both Houzz.com and theoldpaintedcottage.com as well!
In an effort to restore the original appearance of this rustic cottage, two schoolhouse pendants were installed above the central butcher block island. Each pendant provides light directly over one of the busiest areas of the room. The opal glass shades make a great match for the bead board fronted cabinetry and beautiful subway tile backspalsh. Barn Light Electric sells ceiling lighting that resembles the pendants pictured above: The Brevard Pendant, which starts at $183.00 each, and the Volusia Pendant, which starts at $230.00 each. Both of the shades used for these lights is made with same smooth, classic appearance of those once used in schoolhouses, libraries, and courthouses throughout the mid 1900′s.
When schoolhouse style lights were first produced in the early 1900′s, they were produced in hundreds of styles and sizes to accommodate all spaces. It wasn’t until the 1960′s that overall lighting designs changed, and the majority of schoolhouse shades stopped being produced. Thanks to reproductions like these featured today, the early period styles are available to the public once again.
Many finishes are available for the Brevard and Volusia pendants, but to customize them as close to the originals as possible, we recommend a bronze finish with a matching stem mount. Multiple opal shade sizes are available to meet your unique spacing needs. As original versions of these pendants become more scarce with each antique auction and historic property sold, demand steadily increases for these reproduction pendants!
To see other versions of vintage pendants available at Barn Light Electric, visit our ceiling lighting section or view our related blog post titled: Kitchen Redo Features Deep Bowl & Schoolhouse Pendants.Read More
When you think of a farmhouse, typically you donâ€™t think of the beach, but it seems that the two worlds have recently collided to create a harmonic balance between them. Gone are the preconceived notions that the classic appearance of the traditional farmhouse needs to remain uniformly Victorian. Thanks to the shabby chic movement, the natural wear and tear that commonly is associated with these older farmhouses has now been heralded as the latest trend. Combining these worn characteristics with common reclaimed materials can lead to a unique and incredible transformation, especially when they are paired with stark whites and vivid colors commonly associated with Coastal dÃ©cor.Read More