It’s not often I wish for a red light when driving, but every time I go past The Bronte Tram I pray to the homewares gods to give me the red! When I’m lucky enough, they answer my call and I get to sit there long enough to take in the beauty that is this amazing antique, homewares and collectables store. This time around I parked the car, braced myself for oncoming heart palpitations and went on in – camera in hand.
The Bronte Tram is deceptive from the outside. By all means you know it’s going to house some captivating wares, but you don’t quite realise from the get-go that it takes up two retail spaces, has an upstairs area brimming with old-world charm and an outdoor section at the rear that is a paradise for anyone who loves aged and rusted bibs and bobs.
The place smells like history the moment you walk in. My eyes had no safe place to rest as they frantically rushed over the mix of French and industrial pieces, antiques and vintage furniture. Chandeliers and glassware were abundant, as were stunning crockery and vintage art. A small teal clock sat on a metal shelf as I wandered in the front door. I think I’m in love.
Upstairs is just as amazing. There are stacks and stacks of old chairs – both upholstered and metal. A leather bag sitting on an industrial side table was a standout piece (it would be the God of man bags!), as was the amazing vintage iron, which would make a gorgeous centrepiece if it was encased in a glass dome cover. The table below would be a great addition to a modern, luxe bedroom – to add a little mix of new and old.
A vintage wooden crate held a bundle of old glass bottles that would look awesome spread out on a mantle (I need a mantle – stat). The candelabra below was the hero of the table though, with it’s hanging glass pieces. The vintage drinks tray – holding some very cute cocktail glasses – was certainly giving it some stiff competition though!
As I mentioned, there was quite an amazing outdoor area toward the rear of the building. Here, rusted statues sat amongst hanging glass baubles (so very beachy) and the turquoise slatted shutter looked almost protected by the flamingos either side of it (I’ll take all three, thanks!). There were pots galore too, as well as planter boxes, flowers and some very Greco-Roman-inspired stone pillars.
ABOVE: What can I say? I couldn’t resist snapping the little moment of ecstasy outside. BELOW: These rusted trunks would be an amazing addition to any space.
The metal trunks above are the things industrial dreams are made of. I can just imagine using them to either house some amazing plants or to use as an esky; sitting in a large and grassy backyard on a summer’s day – filled with ice and oodles of wine. The rusted bird cages below almost sent me into a state of decorating shock (call an ambulance!) as I had visions of them sitting on my deck filled with oversized candles.
I can’t rave enough about how amazing The Bronte Tram is. I would recommend stocking up on some fluids to keep your strength up, because you’ll need to do a few laps of the place just to take it all in. Even if you’re not in the market for (or can’t afford to splurge on) some large antiques, go for the gander anyway – there are loads of small items you can take home and make your own.
Let me know if you’ve been inside this treasure trove. Or better still, send me a photo of something you’ve purchased so I can pop it up on the life creative facebook page!
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