Friday, March 30, 2018

Decorating with Architectural Salvage

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. 
Happy Salvaging!!


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  1. You have some wonderful salvaged pieces. Glad you were able to rescue them. The only thing I rescued was a lovely, tattered antique crazy quilt - couldn't let it be thrown out.

  2. Those are beautiful pieces and I hope to begin a new look for my home soon. These give me inspiration as I know a store in a town near us that sells a lot of these kinds of things.

  3. Love all your architectural finds especially the fact that they are mostly all rescues. My favorite piece is the leaded window that you were gifted on a walk.

  4. Enjoyed this post immensely. You are so lucky to live where you stand the chance of finding some of these beauties. Keep up the good work.

  5. I love all your salvaged pieces and have been finding a few of my own. You certainly are creative and have wonderful ideas, thanks and have a great week.

  6. Swooning over all your finds and the way you have decorated with them! Featuring you today at TFT! Hope you will come over this week and link up again!