Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wine Bottle Lighting

For those of you who don't know, I like to drink wine. I'm always looking for crafty things to do with my corks and wine bottles. It turns out that there are many ways to recycle your old corks and bottles, here are a few ideas that are extremely stylish for any home decor. I also included a few DIY projects to make your own Wine Bottle Lighting.

If you are not the crafty type, but like the look of the Wine Bottle Lighting, feel free to browse our selection of Wine Bottle Pendants, all hand-made in the USA.

This unique Round Wine Bottle Chandelier would look great over a dining room table, or covered porch. The bottles were simply secured to a metal ring & the wiring and lighting shines through the bottles. You can buy one similar to this at Pottery Barn, or make your own.

I love the different shades of wine bottles in this fixture.This unique piece is a DIY Wine Bottle Lighting project. Each pendant is a separate fixture with it's own wiring, and then it is boxed around for a clean finish.

This Wine Bottle Track Lighting is unique in that it only uses the tops of the wine bottles. This would look great over a kitchen island as well. Here are directions for how to "cut/break" a wine bottle.

I love these Wine Bottle Oil Lamps, and they are cheap & easy to make. You could even use citronella oil in them to repel mosquitoes! I will definitely be making some of these!

Please feel free to comment and share pictures of some of your Wine Bottle recycle projects!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Twig Chandeliers

Twig Chandeliers or Brancheliers have become a popular alternative to Antler Chandeliers.  Lots of interior designers have used them in both rustic and modern designs.  Twig Chandeliers can be painted any color or remain natural to bring an earthy feel to any room.  Feel free to browse our Twig Chandeliers, many of which can be customized in both size and color.

Here are a few designs featuring Twig Chandeliers that we like:

This one was featured in Better Homes & Gardens Magazine. This is a Wish Designs Branchelier called The Appalachian. It looks beautiful with the rustic decor in this dining room.

Here's another dining room, this time with a White Twig Chandelier. The painted version looks fabulous with a more formal space.

This is The Appalachian by Wish Designs painted in Benjamin Moore White.This one, in particular, is available in three size options. Breathtaking!

You may even want to place your Branchelier on a sun porch or screen porch. They can go outdoors in any covered space, as long as you don't mind birds making a home out of it!

One last option for Natural Branch Lighting is this lovely Twig Wall Sconce. The pillars are made from wax, but have bulbs instead of flame to protect your walls.  This one may also be painted to match your decor.

Feel free to browse our site for more Twig Chandeliers & we are always available for questions or customization!  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Modern Antler Chandeliers

It is becoming more common for Antler Chandeliers to be used in Modern Designs.  The only difference, is that they are painted, instead of leaving them natural.  The most common paint color is white, but orange has also been used to make this usually rustic chandelier into a modern work of art.

Below are some examples of modern designs with antler chandeliers.

Features White Antler Chandelier, as well as White Antler Sconces for a crisp modern design.

These Orange Antler Chandeliers demand attention, while keeping this kitchen ultra-modern and sleek.

We like the combination of formal and modern in this living area with the White Antler Chandelier.

This is my favorite, as it mixes elements of rustic with the farm table, and modern with the seating and White Antler Chandelier.  Love the use of the dark blue accent color, as well.

We offer customization in color or design on our Antler Chandeliers, this is the most popular size:

Thanks for visiting!  

Friday, September 7, 2012

Welcome to the Rustic Ventures Blog!

First of all, I would like to introduce you to our small family-owned business, Rustic Ventures.  We operate a couple of websites selling rustic home decor and lighting.  Feel free to visit for your rustic lighting needs.  Or visit for rustic kitchen, bath, bedding, furniture and decorative items.  We make Faux Antler Chandeliers & are more than happy to customize upon request.

A little about us:  we are located in Wilmington, NC and are NC natives.  We have 2 mascots: Gypsy and Banjo, both Australian Shepherds. We enjoy being outdoors as much as possible and spend lots of time with family.

We think that our Customer Service is the best & have worked with designers on remodels and new construction.  But, you don't have to be a designer to get good customer service!  No order is too small & I will answer the phone, email, or live chat to help you decide what is right for you!