Armchair Salvager

A couple of weeks ago I was watching the House Proud section on the Nate Berkus show and saw these amazing pictures from Fitzhugh and Lyndsay's home in Brooklyn, NY.  They use reclaimed pieces in their design and the beauty of the pieces against the soft, light-filled space is breathtaking.

I particularly loved this picture of their reclaimed wood dining room table with the gorgeous mirror in the background nestled amongst their wall to wall shelves.


But the picture that stopped me in my tracks was this one of their bathroom door.  The rustic, honey colored wood and the iron fixtures are gorgeous and make a beautiful statement that just so happens to have a bathroom hiding behind it.  

It got me thinking about my own living room and the missing layer it seems to have when it comes to character.  I wanted to find a reclaimed piece to potentially use as art, but where could I even start the process if I didn't feel like traipsing out to every flea market and antique show in New England?

Well, it just so happens that Historic Houseparts in Rochester, NY has an amazing website for us armchair slavagers…here's a blurb from their site:

Historic Houseparts, located in Rochester, New York, was established in 1980 in response to the abundance of "rehabbing" that had begun in our area. The main source of inventory at Houseparts is salvage of pre-1940 buildings that are being demolished in the western New York region. we also buy merchandise from individuals who are renovating older homes.

Houseparts inhabits a three-story brick row house built in 1890, and we have recently expanded into a neighboring warehouse. The Houseparts inventory covers 14,000 sq. ft. , with new items arriving daily.  In addition to the large selection of salvaged items, Houseparts also offers quality reproduction items, restoration supplies, refinishing products, books, magazines and gift items.

Just look at these amazing items I found in just a super-quick look around their store:

Everything from antique bathroom fixtures to old doors; beautiful old windows to tubs; mailboxes, finnials, hardware, cabinets…you name it.  I just might find the perfect piece for my living room so I can be house proud too.

What's your favorite salvaged goods resource?

(photos: 1-2 Nate Berkus Show; all others-Historic Houseparts)

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