We spent much of the 1970s and ’80s being bombarded with the message that new is better than old. Lease a new car then turn it in and get another new one. Use a new plastic bottle each day instead of filling up a glass. Luckily, there’s been a significant shift of late towards preserving the past. Upcycling, reusing, and repurposing are no longer fringe concepts but words to live by!
Like many people, we love finding old treasures like vintage barn lights. Ones that have been in use for decades and, with a little TLC, can be made like new again for many more years of service. Barn Light Electric grew from the excitement of finding old lighting fixtures made... Read More
As you drive through the grounds surrounding the Grove Park Inn, you feel surrounded and immersed in the history of place. The Inn will celebrate its 100th year in operation in 2013 and has served not only as a hotel to presidents and celebrities whose photographs line the hallways, but also as a rest and rehabilitation center for US Navy sailors returning from World War II. There are countless vintage touches throughout the grounds including these handsome vintage gooseneck lights near the Grovewood Gallery and Café.
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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... Read More
When Roy Underhill, host of the long-running PBS series “The Woodwright’s Shop,” went back to his North Carolina roots to open a woodworking school, he wanted to give his students the full vintage experience. His school, located in Pittsboro, has a few rules. Only hand tools in operation here; no power allowed. Tape measures are a big no-no, and as Underhill unequivocally states, “Any tools with plastic handles must be hidden when I walk by.” Underhill designed his storefront school with an eye to the late 1930s when hard work with hand tools reigned supreme. The vintage atmosphere is carried through in the lighting scheme which is classic... Read More
There’s nothing like putting a new twist on an old favorite. Black lights have been popular for a long time and have been used in a variety of ways — for diagnostic purposes in medicine, in tanning beds, for curing plastic resins, and even for attracting insects to Grandma’s back porch bug zapper. And while they’ve also been used for decorative and artistic lighting, is anyone up for a round of Black Light Mini Golf? This attraction has taken the game of golf to a new level and must be especially challenging when trying to putt through the windmill on the 18th hole.
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When the creators of the Northern Spy Food Company opened their doors three years ago, they wanted to bring a bit of country charm straight to the urban heart of New York City. A small neighborhood restaurant located in the East Village, the eatery is named after one of New York State’s classic heirloom apples. The restaurant’s design embraces the concept of using reclaimed materials, and you can see the effects from floor to ceiling. Customers stroll on reclaimed hickory boards, the old brick walls are painted white to breathe air into the space, a pillar wrapped in rope has a rustic feel, the retail cubbies are crafted from an old chicken coop, and the dining... Read More