If you spend any time perusing home decorating magazines or websites, you may have noticed the trend of integrating salvaged or reclaimed wood into remodeled kitchens. I’ve seen it used as the panels that back an island, as open shelving, and even as bar or island countertops. This look may not be for every taste, but I think it can provide a nice rustic look and an interesting textural element that can really warm up your space and add a unique touch to your project. You may wonder, “where does this stuff come from?”.
Surely you can’t just pull off the road and start dismantling some old barn that seems to be falling apart anyway. That might get you arrested, or even shot!
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to pay a visit to Heritage Salvage in Petaluma, California. At first glance, this place appears to be no more than a somewhat organized junkyard. There are piles of old timbers and rusty objects that seem to defy description.
But with some patience and a little imagination, you can begin to see that there’s a treasure trove of interesting building materials in abundance. They also have a showroom where they showcase the ways that they’ve incorporated reclaimed wood into flooring, wall cladding, and furniture.
I spotted a container full of large slices of tree trunks, just waiting to be turned into a bar or island counter. They may look a bit rough and unfinished, but the folks at Heritage will sand, stain and finish them to specification. Now, I’m waiting for the right client and project to put one of these beauties to use!
Recently a friend on Facebook posed a question,
“Do you make your bed everyday?”
I was kind of surprised by the responses. There was an overwhelming number of people who replied it was a MUST to make their bed everyday. Maybe this surprises me because it is so far from my thoughts.
I rarely make the bed. Instead I buy nice sheets that match my comforter and so even in a state of disarray, It still matches and looks nice. Is it because my feet hit the floor and I’m off running? Maybe, but to me it is planning for the imperfections. Since I know I am not a bed maker I found a way to make it look nice without expecting a change in behavior.
Where else in your house are you imperfect?
- Hairdryer and flat iron left on the bathroom counter?
- Bath towels ending up awkwardly draped somewhere?
- Kitchen appliances left out?
- Hand washing still drying next to the sink?
- Oils and spices sitting next to the cooktop?
- Bills and notes from the kids school on the countertop?
You could hire a maid to follow the whole family around but this might be as unrealistic as expecting you to put EVERYTHING away every time you use it. What if we started to plan and design around these imperfections, instead of the unsightly mess when you fail to meet the mark?
Lets start REALLY looking at how you live. Think what a difference it could make to work with your flaws and not fight those hard set habits.
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