Sometimes it seems like the big box stores are all carrying the same stuff, but the specialty boutiques are inconveniently located and too expensive. What’s a homeowner to do?
If you’re trying to fix up an older home without losing the style that makes it special, I have two amazing resources for your renovations.
VanDykes is absolutely the most comprehensive supplier you’ll find for every bit of old house hardware, woodwork and more. Whether your home is 1700s Colonial, high Victorian or a nostalgic 1950s charmer, they have what you need. They carry all kinds of speciality door and window hardware, so if you have one mismatched or broken piece that’s driving you nuts, you’re in luck. They carry those funny curved hooks that make picture rail moldings functional. They have period-style Kitchen appliances and Bath elements for total remodels. They also have one of the most beautiful assortments of light & outlet switch covers & cabinet and drawer pulls that I’ve ever seen. Beautify your bungalow with copper or bring back push button switches to a Victorian. It’s the details that matter in an older home, and VanDykes makes it easy to get them just right.
Rejuvenation offers one of the broadest assortments of Period-inspired light fixtures imaginable. Everything from simple schoolhouse-style pendant shades to incredibly ornate decorative pieces is available. Their outdoor lanterns offer warm welcomes home in any style and the bathroom lights make it simple to style up your vintage bath when you don’t want to remodel. They also carry their own line of home hardware, so take a look at that while you’re visiting.
Both of these sites are useful for more than just restorations, though. If you want to take a simple modern home and add the best of the past without moving into an historic neighborhood, here’s your opportunity! Bring some bungalow flair to your bi-level. Celebrate the 1700’s in your contemporary colonial. Accessories make all the difference.
Online shopping for furniture & decor is a little intimidating, but if you know where to look, the quality you want can come at bargain prices.
article. is an up and coming company which offers top-quality materials and distinctive modern design for less than half of what you’d expect. Rich fabrics, full grain leathers and kiln-dried hardwoods make their upholstered furniture both beautiful and long-lasting. They specialize in Danish and Mid-Century style furniture which usually comes at a very high price. Their sofas and chairs cost about half what you’d expect to pay and they also have chic dining furniture and accessory tables to complete the look.
Do you have prints you’d love to hang, but you can’t find the right size frame in stores and don’t want to spend the money on custom framing? There are fast-shipping & affordable options out there if you know where to look! Craig Frames and ArtToFrames both sell through Amazon.com and offer a huge selection of frames and picture mats in unusual sizes. They have all kinds of wood finishes, thicknesses and levels of decoration, so you’re sure to find a frame for your decor.