Entries in Reclaimed Wood (14)

Monday
Jan242011

House Urban in Seattle

I spent a few days last week in the beautiful and laid back city of Seattle. Contrary to what you might think, there was very little rain and a bit of sunshine during my visit, which made exploring the city on foot quite enjoyable. It was my first time to Seattle but I still managed to find some eco-friendly home furnishing shops. I paid a visit to House Urban in Belltown near Pike's Place Market, and was very pleased with what I found.

House Urban sources its wood in very unique and very local ways. They source their wood pieces from Urban Hardwoods, an amazing company that saves historic trees in the Seattle area from ending up in the landfill. After the large trees are carefully milled, the wood slabs are dried slowly for two years before they are transformed into beautiful pieces of furniture. {Read more about Urban Hardwoods over at Apartment Therapy.} Thanks to Urban Hardwoods and House Urban, the historic trees in Seattle now have a long second life indoors as tables, desks, stools and benches.  

Many of their handsome wood slab pieces are creatively placed atop vintage metal bases. I love this idea! This gives the naturally rustic pieces an industrial feel, and sets the pieces apart from other wood slab furniture. House Urban also carries mid-century seating in wood, metal and leather, and other home furnishings from local designers and artists. If you are ever in Seattle, you should swing by their shop for a visit - it's full of texture, warmth and history.

See the rest of the photos I took during my visit to House Urban.

Sunday
Jan162011

BLVD Boulevard Palm Springs

When I was in Palm Springs over the holidays, I dropped into several mid-century home furnishing stores. Palm Springs is a mecca for mid-century furniture, and I felt like a kid in a candy store - a designer's eye candy store {he, he}.

By far my favorite stop of the afternoon was at BLVD Boulevard, featuring Jay Hart Home. My oh my, this store was gorgeous! The store had both beautifully restored mid-century furniture pieces and many vintage pieces in perfect condition. I'd never seen so many vintage pieces in such good condition all in one space - perfection.

The minimalist styling and neutral-covered seating made the space feel clean and calm. The pieces made from reclaimed wood and salvaged iron added layers of texture that had me wiping the drool from my chin. So yes, the store is perfectly curated. But even more impressive is the fact that they reupholster and restore the pieces that are less than perfect in unfussy and sustainable ways. High praise.

Here are some photos I took with my iPhone because my regular camera had run out of batteries - such bad timing! Also, I've rounded up some of my favorite pieces from BLVD Boulevard shop in lovely Palm Springs.


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Italian Ocean Liner Seating Group circa late 1940s. So Hollywood...the set was used in the Movie "LA Confidential".

Original Paul László Seating Group circa early 1950s upholstered in natural tweed.

Seating Group consists of sofa, two lounge chairs, two end tables and a coffee table.

Mercedes Top Grain/Solid Mahogany Chair in black leather with a black wash finish.

Pair Huid & Neilson Chairs for Fritz Hansen circa early 1960s made from steamed wood and still has the original leather upholstery.

Reclaimed Tropical Hardwood Chair made from reclaimed Acacia tropical hardwood.

Vintage Architectural Grate Table made from a heat register grate circa 1930s. Fitted with a new stand glass top.

Pair of modern wing chairs circa early 1960s. Professionally restored and expertly upholstered in 100% organic cotton.

Ella Carved Wood Sculpture made from sustainable Mango Wood with a black iron base.

Geometric Console Demilune in a vintage grey finish made of reclaimed wood.

Thursday
Jan132011

Before & After: Dining Room Nook

I have this undesirable nook in my dining room that is difficult to decorate around because of a huge intake vent in the wall. It would be a perfect place for a dining room hutch or cabinet but the vent can't be covered up. Last year, my brother-in-law made three amazing reclaimed wood floating shelves to install above the vent.  The nook still needed some help. It looked so bare below the shelves {in front of the vent}.

Okay you've waited long enough - you don't care about my story, you just want the photos! It's time to share the long-awaited before and after photos of my 1950s rolling beverage cart! I finished the cart today by adding a large Moroccan stencil pattern to the lower wood insert. Do you like it? {it's not styled yet, so you can see the complete piece}

Now back to my dining room nook dilemma story...I moved my 1960s Thomasville pecan side chairs {from my childhood home} underneath the shelves, which was an improvement.  In November, my mom did an amazing job reupholstering the chairs with the beautiful linen fabric from Thom Filicia. I think the two patterns compliment each other nicely.














































ENTER BAR CART:
I was at the local Habitat ReStore last summer and found a 1950s metal, wood and glass rolling bar cart for $20. DEAL. {found the same thing at an antique store in Palm Springs last month for over $500 - no kidding. The cart was in poor condition with some rust spots. A paint job {or two} was in order.  I painted the metal an antique brass, and the wood insert a deep teal {Benjamin Moore's beau green} to pull the color from the breakfast nook walls into the dining room. Then I decided I didn't want deep teal accents in the dining room.

STILL NOT SATISFIED. What's my problem? I liked the new antique brass color, but the deep teal wood base didn't fit the new neutral and metallic feel I had going in the living and dining rooms. Too harsh.

FINALLY, today I used the leftover Benjamin Moore Natura paint from my den painting project {Davenport Tan} and the color {French Canvas} from my living and dining room project to get the perfect look.  I ordered the 'Casablanca' Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils  for my hallway and entryway in November. This was the first time I've ever used stencils, so testing them on the bar cart was great practice for my entryway and hall projects. Stenciling the cart's wood insert was really easy and fast.

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I'm still working on perfecting the nook, but I'm so pleased with the new bar cart makeover. I'm going to have a lot of fun styling the nook and stocking the bar cart over the next week.

Stenciled bar cart

New cart in new home

It even looks good in the newly painted breakfast nook!

See more before and after pictures from these projects. 

looks great in the breakfast nook

Saturday
Jan012011

Burlap Home


Happy New Year! I'm kicking off the new year with a new furniture find, Burlap Home.

Last month I discovered Burlap Home after reading the Favorite Find of the Week post on Jade's Flip Flops & Pearls blog. The pieces are are quite pricey, but they are also very eco-friendly and undeniably striking.

Burlap Home's furniture is either vintage/antique or made from reclaimed elm. I'm fascinated by their reclaimed wood and concrete pieces  - so rustic and minimalist.

Their upholstered pieces are beautifully covered in Belgian linen. I could fill every room of my house with the Verellen pieces - I absolutely love the neutral linens with the clean and traditional lines. However, the construction is not 100% eco because they don't use sustainable or reclaimed wood framing. They are filled with natural down and organic cotton {great!} but also contain poly fills.

It's great to find another home furnishings shop sourcing their pieces responsibly and with such superb taste. Here are some of my favorite pieces from Burlap Home featured in today's post. What is your favorite piece?

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