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Schoolhouse Pendants Add Historic Character to New Texas Home

The historic Travis Heights neighborhood in south Austin, Texas is more than 100 years old and features a range of home styles from 1920s bungalows to carriage houses renovated into apartments, to larger, more modern homes. Close to downtown but with plenty of wooded, rolling land, Travis Heights is one of the most sought-after addresses in the capital city. This genteel, shotgun-style home is of new construction, created by our friends at RisherMartin Fine Homes, yet the kitchen gives a definite nod to the history of the area in a space filled with vintage details.


From the beadboard walls and subway tile backsplash to the industrial style stools, this kitchen is oozing with character. Yet it still has a fresh, gourmet-kitchen feel with the sleek stainless appliances and hood, the pot filler, and the glass front cabinets. The schoolhouse shades overhanging the cherry breakfast bar come straight from the 1920s when this style of lighting was first introduced in government buildings, libraries, and yes, the local schoolhouse.

early_electric_schoolhouse_pendant1-219x300.jpgTo get this look in your kitchen, check out our Early Electric Schoolhouse Pendant, part of our expanding collection of Schoolhouse Lights. Four shade sizes are available ranging from 12″ to 18″ and you can choose from six different stem lengths. The opal glass shade emits a soft glow perfect for casual conversation at a breakfast bar or dining room table. The stem and neck can be finished in your choice of colors. More than 20 finishes are at your fingertips from traditional shades of Black or Architectural Bronze to brighter colors like Medium Blue or Yellow that will give your schoolhouse shade a more retro feel.

For a similar schoolhouse shade with a different mounting, consider The Fairfax Schoolhouse Pendant which features a three-foot chain hung mounting. This fixture comes in one of five traditional finishes including Polished Brass, Old Bronze, or Satin Nickel.

Top photo courtesy of RisherMartin Fine Homes

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