Everything Old is New Again – Salvaged Light Fixtures

4 Nov

I stopped in at The Door Store today –  it’s a fabulous  salvage shop just North of downtown Toronto. I was in search of the perfect light fixture for a breakfast nook I ‘m working on.

From the second I walk through the front doors,  I feel as though I am transported to another world (in my head I am imagining that I am within the pages of Stephen King’s “Of Needful Things” – but I mean that it the best way possible!)

Personally, I love salvage shops and could spend hours perusing the assortment of old doors, hardware, corbels, and fixtures. Plenty of inspiration and unique design ideas to be found. Another great thing about The Door Store is they can service much of what they sell… Need the arm on that fixed pendant shortened? No problem, there is a workshop right in the store.

Today I found some real beauties. They may be a little rough around the edges – but that’s what makes them so charming – plus they will clean up well. For the client who prefers more of a “pristine salvaged” look – Restoration Hardware is the place to go. Often the prices of the new goods are less than its salvaged counterpart – but in my opinion they can never truly offer the same vibe that an original salvaged item can. It’s simply a matter of preference.

So where does one start?

I start by looking waaaaay up – and I spotted this one right away – strong possibilities…perhaps a little rough around the edges….

But the Optic Pendant from Restoration Hardware is a great alternative…

I really love this old factory pendant from The Door Store – but the top seems a little unfinished….

Here is a good alternative – but I find this one,  Restoration Hardware’s Clemson pendant, too shiny and new for the look I am after. Who, me? Picky??? Nooooo…..

I really see some potential in this fixture from The Door Store, it’s the perfect shape and scale – but I wish it were black, perhaps a can of spray paint? or….I could go with this one) from Restoration Hardware (Vintage Barn pendant).

So which one did I choose? You will have to wait and see…..stay tuned! ;)


5 Responses to “Everything Old is New Again – Salvaged Light Fixtures”

  1. saf affect November 8, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Great post. I’ve never been, have always meant to visit. It is now on the list…

    • amybytzek November 9, 2010 at 10:14 am #

      You will love it, it’s in a great spot too, lots of great stores minutes away.

  2. Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi November 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Can’t wait to see what you chose!

  3. christine {bijouandboheme} November 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    I have been meaning to go there forever- your post has inspired me to get my act together and my but down there:)

  4. Renee @ eatliveshop.com November 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    I absolutely love going to The Door Store! You can spend hours browsing through all the treasures!

    I look forward to meeting you on Saturday!

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