Wednesday, November 1, 2017

First Blog

Hello!  Here is my first blog.  I will be there Exploring many aspects of furniture and decor, especially industrial style.  The industrial style is experiencing a rebirth and proliferation these days.  With modern minimalism, people are finding new ways to incorporate the sleek modern look of industrial design into their living spaces. New, construction type materials are finding a new place inside homes, such as cement on countertops and floors, reclaimed barnwood.  is showing up as accent walls, or on ceilings, and metal in the form of pipes, wire or in sheets is finding its way into cabinet door inserts, taking shape as towel racks or table legs or table tops.   The new industrial movement, if it can be called such, is incorporating principle of recycling and upcycling into new or redesigned places.  Ways in which to transform walls so that they have the  rough hewn industrial  feel, ways to soften some of the harshness that may accompany industrial pieces, and ways to  blend industrial looks with other styles will all be addressed in future blogs.   I will also discuss what  actually is industrial style or furniture and what is not, and the background out of which industrial style evolved.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Vintage, Modern and Industrial Chic

In this millennium, vintage and retro have been all the rage in just about every corner of the market from interior design and light fixtures to clothing and jewelry. Though like every trend, eventually it will go away. This leaves many people wondering if vintage light fixture are a good investment and a classy addition to their home, or if they're a waste of money and will make their space look trashy. Here's the low down on this home lighting trend.

What is Defined as "Vintage?"

Unfortunately, the exact age and definition of vintage can vary greatly. This makes it difficult to determine specific looks, styles, colors and so forth of pendants as 'vintage.' However, a widely accepted definition tends to be that 'vintage' can refer to any item, light fixture or otherwise, that is a minimum of 20 years old. Any younger, and it's just dated, not 'vintage.' Being less than 20 years old also does not make it 'retro' either, so be wary of items being marketed as 'vintage' or 'retro' that are not quite old enough to fit the bill.

With this in mind, vintage lighting fixtures can actually vary significantly in style. You'll find that a number of different looks can be marketed as 'vintage' including, but not limited to: art deco, mission, 1950s mid century modern, 1970s styles, Tiffany style and so forth. With this in mind, different vintage items can be repurposed to create unique, one-of-a-kind vintage light fixtures. This includes items such as old mason jars, vintage bird cages and many more.

It is also worth noting that just about every ceiling light out there is likely available in a vintage version. With marketing, you may notice that some items are marketed as 'vintage' even though they're brand-new. In these instances, 'vintage' is being referred to as a style. It does not refer to the age of the item. However, 'vintage' can also refer to the fact that the item may or may not be a reproduction of a vintage style, so be sure to read any and all information on the packaging.

Vintage lights to keep an eye out for include chandeliers, wall sconces and ceiling fixtures. These are surprisingly easy to come by, though they may need a bit of work to be brought up to current electrical standards. Other light fixtures to look for include table lamps and floor lamps, which again, may need new electrical wiring in order to be safe for use in today's modern homes.

In the end, the only person who can decide if you like these pendants is you, yourself. To many people, vintage light fixtures can add a touch of rustic to their home. They can also be used to incorporate industrial, chic or even Hollywood regency style into their home. This of course, is not for everyone. However, those that do enjoy the look of vintage pendants will find that these fixtures are classy, not trashy. Again, it is entirely up to your own personal preference. Only you can decide if these are for you!