Tag Archives: Furniture

I Heart Salvage. Really, I do.

1 Aug

Heather Roth is my hero. I discovered her work a week or two ago and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Salvage Design Company is her extraordinary attempt at saving overlooked and discarded remnants, transforming them into unique pieces for the home. Well, it’s more than an attempt. It’s an all-out success. Just look at her work.





All photos via Salvage Design Company

I think every space needs one conversation piece. Whether furniture or art, there should be an anchor that sets the tone and declares the personality of a room. What I love about her work is the personality it adds to a space. Can you get over how cool this headboard is? I can’t. I love it. Hats off, Heather Roth! Check out all of her work at Salvage Design Company.

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Daniel Faires: Furniture with a Story

9 Nov

Have you heard of Dan Faires? Ever watch Design Star? If so, you probably know Dan. If not then I’m happy to tell you that Dan is an all-star designer, one of those contractor + designer, everything-I-touch-gets-better kind of guys.  These are the sorts of people I love to be around in case osmosis really happens. I’d like a dash of the brilliance, please. However, I’m never around Dan, probably because I’ve never met Dan, but still, I feel as though we’d be friends.

Take this coffee table for example. Dan made this. And, Dan makes making this look easy. So easy. As in, I’m pretty sure I can make this coffee table. So could you. Check out Chelsea Bowen’s article on the HGTV blog. There’s a video demo, too. Easy as pie.

Photo from HGTV

His smart and sensible approach to design comes from a really natural and hearty place–perhaps because he’s from Arkansas, the Natural State. The result is sturdy and warm design, pieces that come off as trustworthy and thoughtful. So, get this: Dan creates furniture—Capsule Furniture—from salvaged materials. I love that. The current line, The Meatpacking Collection, handcrafted from solid wood beams recovered from historic buildings in Meatpacking District of  Manhattan is swoon-worthy.

Photo from Capsule Furniture


Good stuff, right? Well, it gets better. Capsule Furniture incorporates a small design element with big heart–a glass vial “time capsule.” The time capsule includes a scroll containing the exact address and the history of the neighborhood from which the rescued wood came. Don’t you just love that. I mean, really. That’s just too much of a good thing. It’s one thing to have reclaimed wood scattered throughout your house. It’s another thing to know where it came from.  And, it’s another thing (to the second power), to have a time capsule with the story tucked away within the piece. Suddenly the integrity and history of the piece is valid. This is right up my alley. I love my island and the story behind the island; I love that the beams across that span the second floor of my home are re-purposed ceiling joists. I love my wood floors. I know where they came from, which means a lot to me, but there are no time capsules in my house. I’m still reeling from the brilliance of that idea.  I want to think of things like that….  It’s the little things, those small details that make a huge difference–that’s the dividing line between good and great. That’s where excellence starts.

Check out the excellent work of Daniel Faires. You will be inspired.

Industrial Revolution

27 Aug

“Phase Two” of Bradford Avenue involves a studio space behind the house. Presently there’s a garage that I refer to as the Lincoln Log Garage because as far as I can tell, the roof is just sitting there the way the plastic Lincoln Log roof sits nicely atop a Lincoln Log house—it’s quality, I tell you. What I envision is pretty far from Lincoln Logs.

The trick to all this remodeling and building is dreaming. First things first—dream. Then with some guidance I make the necessary adjustments. As the Rolling Stones so wisely said, You Can’t Always Get What You Want. You get what you need. But since we’re dreaming here… might as well dream big.

From the kitchen to the studio, I’d like to incorporate sturdy and industrial pieces among the lovely. On my hunt for all-things-industrial, I ran across a  Get Back Inc. Funny, they only sell things I like—things that I can only dream of using to furnish a studio. I said this is about dreaming, didn’t I? And how can I resist a company that makes me think of the Beatles?

Do you have any idea what sort of dreams we could dream sitting around this table? I do. This table alone makes me want to call up my contractor Brad and say, “Pause on the house. We’ve got bigger fish to fry. Let’s build a studio.”

This fun, go-ahead-and-put-your-feet-on-me table is the product of brand MOJO interiors of North Carolina. (I admire their work and I like all things North Carolina. Mountains and oceans in one place—that sort of stuff that wins my heart. And, let’s be real. Nicholas Sparks put that place on the map—half the women in America believe it’s the Promised Land.) One things for sure, the furniture situation is promising—check the brand MOJO etsy store for proof.

And, there’s a heap of smart design at Hudson Goods. Apparently the man behind Hudson Goods went and did something crazy—he quit his day job. Who would do such a thing! And he started designing things. Really good things. There’s much to admire about his work. I’ve come to realize that I like things on wheels. I have no idea what this is about. I’m going to go with it until I find something else to obsess over.

And, finally, I ran across this table on eBay. Seems to me this needs a few stools and a few folks who want to sit on stools and talk about big ideas. Or, chop vegetables—this could be an island.

Surely something from this post will make its way into the hive of creativity that will eventually exist in the back corner of the Bradford lot. Surely.