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The Antique Magic at The Bronte Tram

The Bronte Tram - Vintage Clock

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 - Vintage Sofa

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The Bronte Tram - Numbered Vintage Storage Cabinet

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 Bronte Tram - Cushions

The Bronte Tram - Roman Head

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.

The Bronte Tram - China Setting

The Bronte Tram - Rocking Horse

The Bronte Tram - Vintage Travel Bag

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.

The Bronte Tram - Vintage Table

The Bronte Tram - Vintage Iron

The Bronte Tram - Vintage Chair

The Bronte Tram - Vintage Glass Bottles

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!

The Bronte Tram - Vintage Glassware

The Bronte Tram - Vintage Glassware

The Bronte Tram

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.

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The Bronte Tram - The Life Creative
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 Bronte Tram - Vintage Rusted Chests

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.

The Bronte Tram - Vintage Rusted Birdcages The Bronte Tram - Roman Head

The Bronte Tram - Flowers

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.

The Bronte Tram - Business Card

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!

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (4)

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    Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine.
    Please let me know where you got your design. Thanks

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    • Hi there – the theme is Splendio and it’s a free theme on the worpress website – you can change up fonts, colours and backgrounds so it feels relatively custom-made 🙂

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  • Looks like my idea of HEAVEN!!! so jealous. 😉

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    • It really was heaven – I lost my mind. What’s your fave piece? I think those metal trunks are pretty spectacular!

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