When you want more space you can either move or knock down some walls. Lori, of Newton, North Carolina, chose the latter when she tackled a home renovation project.
“I knocked out most of the wall between the kitchen and the family room,” Lori says. “I had to leave the center column because apparently my house would fall down if I didn’t.”
The result is a more open floor plan that connects her busy kitchen and family room in her ranch-style home. Lori was going for a rustic farmhouse look which can take some effort in a newer home like hers.
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The words “reduce, reuse, and recycle” have gotten a workout since the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. But one of our new favorite “re” words is repurpose — finding a new purpose for an old material to give it new life and avoid the landfill. This kitchen features a perfect example of repurposing as old Mason-style ball jars become eye-catching industrial pendants.
The space is a beautiful blend of old and new with the combination of wood, stainless steel, granite, tile, and the nostalgic jar lights. To get this look, take a peek at our Vintage Ball Perfect Blue Mason Jar Pendant, part of our collection of Vintage... Read More
The lively city of Antwerp, located on the eastern banks of the river Scheldt in Belgium, is rich in art, architecture, and culture. Though famous for its diamond trade and the fifth largest port in the world, there are centuries worth of nooks and crannies to explore along its cobblestone streets. One of these hidden gems is the Boulevard Leopold, a quaint bed-and-breakfast located in a 19th century home that features a mix of vintage and modern. Here in the kitchen, we find floor-to-ceiling tile including a decorative blue pattern along the top of the walls that flows onto the ceiling. This treatment draws the eye upward, expanding the narrow space. And taking... Read More
You never know what you’ll find when you visit a second-hand store or junk yard. If you have a keen eye for potential, you might spot an old, discarded pendant that only needs cleaning, rewiring, and a new shade to become a spiffed-up version of its former self.
Or perhaps a vintage sink, like the one in this photo, which the homeowners found at a local salvage yard and is now settled into its new soapstone counter. The home is located in the historic Park Slope district of Brooklyn so the homeowners wanted to honor the vernacular with thoughtful details such as the sink and the large pocket doors at the far end of the room which were also salvaged.
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The first person to place a glass shade around a bare bulb changed the course of lighting history. While bare bulbs were certainly an improvement over an open flame, the addition of a glass shade helped throw the light further reflecting it up, down, and all around to help light up a space. Our collection of Glass Shade Pendants on Vintage Barn Lighting features some beautiful examples of antique glass shades that can add the perfect touch of timeless style to almost any room.... Read More