March 26, 2012

Purposeful Repurposing

Reclaimed materials have been popping up in design for years now.   Reclaimed and/or repurposed materials are surefire elements that can truly up the ante in any room design.   When layered into a room, reclaimed pieces add warmth and personalization to a space.  Even better, there seems to be a way to incorporate reclaimed pieces in any style decor.

I came across this amazing flooring made from reclaimed whiskey barrels and manufactured by McKay Flooring and was struck by how well it would fit into either a modern loft space or a country cottage.

On the more ‘shabby chic’ side of the trend*, this shutter with it’s tangy green outer coat from BHG, is a cheery way to display an inspiration board.


I’m sort-of in love with this terrific bathroom shelving installation. Note the classic hot and cold handles that add to the charm and whimsey of this amazingly versatile towel rack! (also from BHG)

Young House Love featured this beautiful living room by Wendy Umanoff last year.  I, for one, am incredibly inspired by the utility cart she repurposed into a coffee table.  She certainly started a trend, that one, as I know I have seen similar items pop up at Restoration Hardware, Barn Light Electric, Home Decorators Collection and even Etsy !!

Another fantastic reclaimed option for a coffee table comes straight from a friend of mine.  Brooke at Killer B. Designs created this delightful coffee table from an old door using inspiration from Sweet Pickins.

I also really like these next two examples of beautifully repurposed doors.  This first one makes an attractive statement as a mirror in a foyer.

(found here, but credited to here and not credited further)

And this AH-MAZE-ING old stable door is now a perfect way to hide a small pantry.

(found here but the original source is Lucianna Samu of Really at Home)

Lastly, I HAD to include this darling seat fashioned from a caramel colored, Paragon brand suitcase.  The tufted seat is the perfect size settee for a collection of dolls!

(found here)

Share a link to your favorite repurposing project.

*I hate calling this a trend…even though it is quite popular to repurpose things beautifully these days from an aesthetic point of view, I can only hope that the practicality and responsibility of using of reclaimed items in design will remain ‘on trend’ for a long, long time.

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