Reclaimed wood is all the rage right now. We cannot seem to get enough. I know I will never get enough of it! In St. Louis I drove through this amazing country side at least once a week and I loved passing by the dilapidated barns standing in an empty field. I so badly wanted to run out there and salvage as much of the fabulous wood as my car would carry. We have to face the fact that trees of that caliber do not exist anymore. Thankfully I am not the only one who sees the potential in this beautiful material. So many artists and companies are finding new purpose for antique wood.
Salvage Design Company only uses materials from barns, back-alleys and salvage yards to create custom hand-crafted wall-art and furniture. You have to check out their clever designs! They have a sconce with a simple Edison light bulb on reclaimed wood. Painted on the wood is, “You light up my life.” The designer is brilliant.
Once again another great shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn catches my eye. Trailer Park Unique Home Furnishings has eclectic offerings of mid-century modern furniture and hand-made Amish furniture. All of the Amish furniture is crafted from recycled barn wood, 100-year-old white pine. Amish creations are the ultimate eco-products. No electricity is used to make the products and all materials are recycled. It’s easy to have sustainable interiors with this resource.
Even the large furniture companies offer reclaimed wood designs. Pottery Barn is a mecca in the furniture world and I know at least one in five of my friends are striving for that “Pottery Barn look.” I understand why! This reclaimed pine dining table is gorgeous.
Salvaged wood is from an era when quality was valued over quantity. The next time you see a dilapidated barn in the middle of a farm field think of all the possibilities. Tables, ceiling beams, chairs and new buildings are waiting to be created.