Bravo! The Ultimate in Artistic Re-Purposing!

This is a Boyce Motometer gauge—these gauges were an after market add-on and would be purchased for your car’s radiator in the 1920’s and 30’s. In addition to dressing up your automobile it enabled the driver to read the radiator temperature. The gauge pictured above is our first purchase–of what I am certain will become one of our favorite collections…let the search begin!

If the design, form and artistry isn’t cool enough—just sitting there…let us share with you what became of a similar piece. The wings were recast by Eclectic Revival Inc, a Toronto based company specializing in Vintage & Custom Lighting. From the casting of the wings of the gauge they created amazingly unique lighting in pendants, sconces and chandeliers. Incredible!

It was our luck to discover their artistic brilliance—we stumbled upon them while searching for unique and vintage lighting as part of our recent renovation of The House at Rooster Ridge. Our experience with them was professional and enjoyable—we remain a number #1 fan of Eclectic Revival Inc. Fine Vintage and Custom Lighting http://www.eclecticrevival.com

We incorporated three of the angel wing wall sconces into the vintage design of the master bathroom. We positioned one between two retro medicine cabinets, a second above the vanity-sized retro medicine cabinet and the third hangs beautifully over the cast iron footed tub creating a lovely lighting ambiance.

We receive many requests for additional details regarding products which we purchase new—within the mix of our vintage, antique, re-purposed, recycled and new decorating design style.

Pictured new items; Restoration Hardware-Vintage medicine cabinets. In addition, our finest salute to our love of color. The incredible, rich eggplant wall color is Benjamin Moore Autumn Purple. Please note: these are non-sponsored “shout outs” we choose to tell it like it is—good design is well appreciated by Rooster Ridge!

We hope you are as inspired as we were by the re-purposing of this design, from automobile gauge to magnificent lighting in a mere 75 years…look around Art might be sitting right in front of you–Art Lives!


The Sign Says…

We love signs, all kinds of signs…homemade, neon, vintage and new retro signs. Signs can say so much, evoke a mood, make a statement, add humor and in doing so add to the personality of a home or a place of business.

At a casual party or a get-together with friends, quick and easy signs create a theme and serve a function.

Often when the host and/or hostess are busy tending to guests a well placed sign can answer a simple question regarding what is being served or the kind of ingredients used, in that way, always tending to their guests.

“How do you like your coffee?” signs.

This vintage Kendall Motor Oil sign hangs in the kitchen of the House at Rooster Ridge.

The new retro Washroom sign points guests to the right direction when required!

We love the sentiment of the Gather sign (Sundance Catalog) while the subtle color-on-color positioning of the Eat subliminally makes a suggestion to those who enter the kitchen. (Wall color: Benjamin Moore-Raisin Torte)

This antique glass Exit sign was spotted lying on a shelf in a NYC store, purchased years ago—finally our vision of having it lit and installed has come to fruition with the renovation. A brass ring was forged to hold the glass to enable mounting to the wall. A small light fixture was in-wall mounted to create an authentic exit sign! Perhaps this should be illuminated as a cue for guests to depart…it’s late and so many dishes to do…

Guests in The Cottage at Rooster Ridge are greeted by a welcoming sign— Hotel.

The “boys” bathroom in The House at Rooster Ridge has an appropriate race theme in honor of our resident race car driver!

The pendant which serves as general lighting to the bathroom has a wonderful vintage look! (Magnolia Pendant in Historic Nickel – Barn Light Electric)

When in doubt at Rooster Ridge, we encourage you to Read the Signs! Add some signage to your own cottage and let the reading begin!