The reclaimed wood wall is finally done and it looks incredible! Unfortunately the room is still incomplete, but you can see its near final state. The wood arrived via a freight shipment from PA in perfect condition – not one warped or damaged board! I had the wood pattern laid out on the floor and the carpenter worked his magic. This project might look complicated, but it’s fairly simple, especially if you can hire a professional.
I’ve been searching for ideas and inspiration for my next project and wanted to share my initial findings. I’m going to create a reclaimed wood accent wall for a modern living room. This endeavor is my first, but certainly not the last! This project is for a 13′ w x 9′ h living room wall and I intend to use salvaged barn wood. The key to this project is selecting the right boards to complement a modern space – and not creating a rustic log cabin vibe!
My first trip was to Baltimore to visit Second Chance, which has a large selection of salvaged lumber. I came across these amazing pieces of barn wood, which would need trimming, but all have wonderful character and perfect for an accent wall.
I also found several salvage yards online, such as Keystone Vintage Lumber and Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, that offer a much wider selection of boards in a cleaner state. If purchasing from an online salvage company expect to pay freight shipping charges, however this could be your only option especially if you don’t have a lumber yard close by or can’t find any pieces that suit your needs.
For my project I decided to use Keystone Vintage Lumber and will pick one of these three options below (samples are in the mail!):
Stay tuned for the next steps – the procurement and installation!
Vintage industrial chic has gain more recognition in recent years primarily due to the popularity of loft apartments in urban cities. More people have converted old industrial buildings into residential properties and incorporating this edgy style into their space. The heavy-duty metal tables, wood carts, wire shelving and exposed lighting are standout statements for any room. Best of all, the furniture can withstand any kind of abuse! Here’s my top 10 vintage industrial chic sites and ideas.
1. Vintage Industrial has a wide selection of furniture, such as coffee tables, shelves, dining room tables, chairs and much more. This dinette table and light were custom-made by Vintage Industrial (the chair manufacturer is listed below).
2. Hudson Goods also provides furniture, lighting, mirrors, art, sculptures and more. This metal locker can be used for storage in an office, end table or nightstand. The metal swivel stools, which are also shown above, are adjustable for counter and bar height levels.
3. Justin Real Furniture has a great industrial furniture collection and specializes in custom designs too. Some of his new projects include custom barn doors for interior use. The picture below is a custom-built credenza and shelf he made for a home office. Lastly, a reclaimed wood table with metal bands would be a great end table or nightstand.
4. It is Dwell is a seller on Etsy offering vintage and refurbished industrial and antique accessories. This striped dresser is a wonderful accent piece for a foyer, bedroom, buffet table or hallway!
5. Vidalia’s Vintage also listed on Etsy, is selling this vintage library card catalog below that can be used as a dresser in a bedroom, organizing paperwork in the office or an accent table for the foyer or hallway.
6. Vintage Seventy Five has unique accessories for your accent tables, office and/or shelves, like this industrial pulley below.
7. REHAB is selling this authentic wood cart that has been restored to its original state. This cart would be perfect in a living room, lobby or any common area.
8. The Luckett Store prides itself on being a vintage hip reseller. Once a month this store hosts a design house for designers and manufacturers to showcase their products. You can find vintage, industrial, shabby chic, and classic pieces at this store.
9. Cleveland Art repurposes industrial machinery and surplus goods for homes and commercial spaces.Cleveland Art has been a leader in the vintage and recycled industrial design market. These old theater spotlights are the perfect accessory for a living room corner or home office:
10. City Owl sells an affordable and wide selection of vintage industrial and primitive furniture, households items, handmade artwork, jewelry and lighting.
This sitting room was in need of lighter colors, smaller furniture, proportionate wall accessorizes and symmetry. By swapping out the darker colors for lighter tones, down-sizing the extra large furniture, removing the wainscoting, removing decorative trim, removal of the dark ceiling fan and simplifying the accessories, this room is now completely open and the attention is focused on the space. The theme of this sitting room was circular patterns, which are reflected in the chair fabric, hurricanes, coffee table and pendant lighting.
The pendant light is designed by Moooi from Design Within Reach. The custom Modesto chairs and rotating Valeta coffee table were purchased at Arhaus Furniture. The buffet table in the niche is from Crate & Barrel. The large mirror is from Z Gallerie, candle hurricanes are from Restoration Hardware and the artwork is by Henry Asencio.
Selecting artwork for your home is a very personal and often lengthy process. The art spectrum is so vast that it might feel overwhelming at times to find the ‘one’. I have found in my experience that you find the best pieces when you’re not looking – for example on vacations, recommendations, public places, etc. It’s important to realize that art, as a reflection of you, should not be something you settle for. It’s very easy to swing by generic home stores for artwork, however whenever possible, try to explore more creative ways of selecting art for your home. Stop by art galleries, seek referrals for local artists or commission an artist on-line for customizable pieces. What you get out of it is a one-of-a-kind that no one else has!
The posts below explore artwork I have purchased or plan to purchase for future projects.
John Whitmarsh is based in San Francisco and offers a wide range of wall sculptures, primarily focusing on recycled and natural materials. You can commission John to create customizable pieces for your home too!
I came across Patrick Shannon’s work at Azul Gallerie in Durango, CO. He creates copper plates in a wide variety of sizes and designs that you can hang in a cluster or display on shelves and alcoves.
I discovered Henry Asencio after visiting the Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery in Lake Tahoe, NV. His collections combine figurative drama with bold abstract backgrounds. You can find his work at various art galleries throughout the country.
The Phillips Collection offers this unique piece called the Galvanized Circle made with silverleaf cast-resin rounds.
Reed Studios is based in Galesburg, IL and Lori Reed creates mixed media collages in various nature and abstract themes using digital photography.
Well maybe some of you have, but now you can you say you live in a house with a barn door! Barn doors have become the recent trend for decorating residential and commercial spaces. You can use these easy-to-assemble doors as room dividers, focal points (i.e. headboard) or just for decoration. Here are some of my favorite inspirations.
This dining room was transformed from a traditional style to an elegant modern space. The room was painted and decorated with cool neutrals that accentuate the architecture of the room without overpowering the space. The combination of light and dark colors in the room provide sharp contrasts making this space look bold and sophisticated, yet simple and clutter-free.
The table and chairs are from Arhaus furniture. The bronze chandelier was replaced with a modern brushed nickel by Kichler lighting. The window drapery, Thai Silk Inverted Pleat, and hardware is from Restoration Hardware. The paint is Daguerrotype by Sherwin Williams, and the mirrors, vases and flowers are from Z Gallerie.