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 Industrial Lights. You can customize this unique light with a powdercoat finish color for the lid and your choice of a standard cord or seven different colored cotton cords. Each of these American made jars is original and finishes will vary.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 center stage – a delicate glass shade pendant that adds another vintage touch.
This shade would be right at home in our Glass Shade Pendant collection where we offer a variety of Milk Glass, Holophane Glass, and Cased Glass vintage fixtures. This light in particular looks much like our Flared Milk Glass Shade with Cotton Twist Cord. This 9 1/2″ wide shade offers a nice spread of light with its shallow, flared design and can be paired with either an unfinished brass or polished nickel socket. What gives this light a truly unique look is the colored cotton twist cord which comes in your choice of Putty, Brown, Black, or Red and in a range of lengths to fit any space.
Another easy addition that really boosts the character of this light is a nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulb. These bulbs are offered in a variety of shapes and styles and produce a warm, soft light. The Victorian 40-Watt Light Bulb features a quad loop filament while the 1910-Era 60-Watt Light Bulb has a squirrel cage filament. These authentic, replica bulbs put the perfect finishing touch on any vintage and industrial fixtures!
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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.
We also love the addition of the vintage glass shade pendant which complements the sink with its simple and not-too-fussy cord-hung mounting. This shade looks much like our vintage Glass Shade Pendants which are some of the most popular styles on our Vintage Barn Lighting site.
To get this look, consider the 10″ Vintage Cased Cone Shade Pendant which comes in a classic green finish. This fixture can be paired with either a nickel or brass socket and an authentic-style colored cotton twist cord. The cord comes in a wide variety of lengths to fit almost any space. Add to the vintage flavor of this light with a nostalgic Edison style light bulb which is available in several different shapes and styles.
You can get a bit of a different look with the slightly smaller 6″ Vintage Holophane Shade Pendant which can be customized with an unfinished brass socket and turn key or a polished nickel socket and knob. Colored, cotton twist cords add an authentic look to this vintage pendant and come in putty, black, brown, or red. This shade would work very well in pairs over a kitchen island or as a delicate touch in a reading nook.
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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.
Milk glass had its origins in the 1500s but exploded in popularity in France in the late 19th century. Milk glass was also popular among America’s wealthy in the early 20th century. Milk glass shades, such as our 6″ Vintage Clambroth Bowl Shade, offer a delicate spot of light to kitchen islands, side tables, or desk spaces. You can play up the vintage theme by adding a colored cotton twist cord or a nostalgic Edison style light bulb which is available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Holophane glass pendants are another iconic style of vintage lighting characterized by the ribbed glass shade that is often copied throughout the lighting industry. Our collection of Holophane Glass Pendants includes some fine examples of Holophane glass and many have the Holophane markings. The Vintage Holophane Ruffled Bell Pendant is a classic fixture that would serve beautifully in a kitchen setting or perhaps over a hall table in an entryway. Its flirty and feminine edge plays with the light and adds distinctive character to the fixture. Choose an unfinished brass or polished nickel socket for this light and add a colored cotton twist cord available in a variety of lengths. Like all of the lights on our this site, each fixture has been cleaned and rewired with new components so it comes to you ready to hang.Read More
We realize that the retro design trend is huge these days — one can’t click on too many links before landing on something from the good old days — but this sign and these gooseneck lights made us do a U-turn and come back for a second look. The Retro Lube operation has taken the retro theme to the oil-stained bays of the car maintenance business. The covered portico keeps customers out of any bad weather and sets the tone for this retro experience. Remember the days when you pulled up to the pump and someone came to your door to take care of you? It happens every day at Retro Lube which sports some classic gas pumps and beautiful vintage gooseneck lights right up front.
These are very much like our Vintage Green Warehouse Gooseneck Shade which is a 12″ RLM warehouse shade with the classic green exterior and bright white interior. This fixture comes with one of four popular gooseneck arm styles or the shade can be purchased separately with no arm. This rugged shade can handle a 200 watt bulb making it a great choice for bright outdoor lighting such as this with no harsh glare or overlighting. This is a vintage shade in good condition and has been cleaned and rewired and is ready to install.
To keep the retro theme going, don’t miss the coordinating Vintage Green Warehouse Shade Stem Mount Pendant also in a 12″ shade size. This fixture comes with your choice of stem length, from 6″ to 48″ long and features a hang straight canopy. Like the matching gooseneck, this fixture sports the vintage green exterior and the white interior. To add even more vintage flavor, consider adding a nostalgic Edison style light bulb to either, or both, of these lights. They are available in an array of sizes and styles to fit any light!Read More