“Were you raised in a barn?!” I can still hear my mom yelling at me whenever I’d fly out the front door of our house racing to be outside and forgetting to close the door behind me. For Rebecca and Tom of Chester, Vermont, they are indeed raising their child in a barn — a 100-year-old converted dairy barn. The building has served many purposes in the last century but it became the campestral homestead for this couple in 2009 who fell in love with the location and charm of the space. Like most old buildings, this one was in serious need of renovations.Read More
The Streamline Moderne look has been on everyone’s mind, and in light of this week’s launch of our newest wall sconce collection, we want to show you how to channel this retro-era in your own home. Sleek, horizontal lines and rounded corners are telltale signs of Streamline Moderne and you can often spot them at old-school Greyhound stations and nostalgic diners.
This movement has heavily influenced interior design as well. We were tickled pink when we stumbled across this midcentury atomic-styled home from the Portland Homes and Living blog. The clean, airy feeling of the space that is achieved with the use of white and galvanized appliances and glass accents is still relevant to today’s design tastes.
Retro accessories like vintage napkin holders are easily accessible online and at local antique shops. Pair them with minimalist salt and pepper shakers on a Chromcraft Retro Counter Height Dining Table and you’re on your way to having your very own period dinette. Bring a vintage look to your table with our newest collection of porcelain enamel dishes. Now you can enjoy fresh strawberries and ice cream in a cobalt-blue-and-white graniteware bowl with a fresh batch of crepes on a pristine porcelain plate.
Don’t eat in the dark! Our new Streamline Sconces imitate their namesake-era’s polished aesthetic, and they come in a variety of custom colors. Have you ever dreamed of your dinnerware matching your lighting? Consider it possible!
1. Image courtesy of Kathryn Madison, author of Portland Homes and Living
2. Greyhound Photograph via Lauren Mitchell
3. Vintage Napkin Holder from olliesfinethings
4. Retro Counter Height Dining Table from Chromcraft
5. Build-Your-Own Graniteware Bowl Collection from Barn Light Electric
6. Build-Your-Own Graniteware Plate Collection from Barn Light Electric
7. Atomic Streamline Industrial Guard Sconce from Barn Light Electric
8. Atomic Topless Streamline Industrial Guard Sconce from Barn Light Electric
9. Streamline Industrial Guard Sconce from Barn Light ElectricRead More
As it happens many times throughout history, the world of design — interior, architectural, clothing, and even lighting design — can be influenced by major events. In the 1930s, with the United States still deep in the Depression era, the reigning Art Deco movement gave way to what became known as Streamline Moderne. Gone were the extremes and excesses of Art Deco to be replaced with a style that focused on simple 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