When I see a chippy old window in an alley or a battered door in a construction dumpster,
I just can't let it end up in a landfill when it would look stunning in my house.
I may not know how I will use it or where it might fit, but it's going home with me.
You never know when a treasure might literally fall into your lap.
This beautiful leaded glass window was gifted to me on a morning walk
in a hundred-year-old neighborhood.
If you missed my "Window Shopping" post, you can read that story HERE.
Incorporating salvaged architectural pieces into your decor creates a warm vintage look,
especially in a new house. I love rescuing these bits and bobs from the landfill and
giving them a new purpose as artwork, furniture or a focal point in a room.
Old windows can be used in so many ways like framing a vignette.
And they're easy to switch out with the seasons.
I started thinking about architectural salvage recently when we saw a beautiful old wooden panel tossed aside in a construction site. Seeing it in the dumpster that evening, we rushed to rescue it.
It came from an old house in our historic neighborhood and appeared to be part of a bay window. Amazingly, the large glass window was intact in the seven foot panel.
I had no idea where we would use it but it was just too beautiful to imagine it in a dump.
After cleaning it up and trying it in several spots, I finally settled on a corner in my sunroom.
It added a historic feeling and warmth to this newer room.
That lovely panel came from the same construction site where we found this amazing porch post.
If you missed that "Post on a Post", you can find it HERE.
Antique mantels are one of the most desirable architectural pieces.
They can be used as a headboard or as a faux fireplace like this one from an Ohio farm.
Note the salvaged tin ceiling tile that makes a perfect firebox screen.
Old doors make interesting tables, headboards or focal points.
This alley find draws attention to an empty corner and
provides a distressed surface for displaying artwork.
An old hand-carved peg board is a useful storage piece
while the small window anchors this vignette.
You could also cut a mirror to fit behind the window for a different look.
Finials, corbels or crystal doorknobs add interest on a shelf while old lighting
always catches my eye like with these gorgeous salvaged sconces.
I also use a lot of salvaged materials in the garden and on the patio
and will share those with you in an upcoming post.
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