Architectural Salvage

Calypso St. Barth Washed Jute RugWashed Jute Rug, Calypso St. Barth

Salvage Your Beautiful Worn out Area Rugs

Due to the fact that most area rugs are fairly expensive to replace, tossing out an old one that has seen its fair share of better days can be better said than done for those of us on a budget. If you have an area rug that’s been around for a while and is in need of some TLC, take a look at the following tips on how to salvage it. Any one of these tips just might help breathe some new life into your old area rug and save you some extra $$$$!

Do a Deep Cleaning

Once all of the dust and dirt has been beaten or shaken from your area rug, you can do a deep cleaning on it to remove any stains, odors, or anything else you were unable to get out by shaking or beating it. Lay the rug back down and either shampoo it or steam clean it to remove any stubborn stains that spot cleaning couldn’t get rid of. You can rent cleaners, or simply pay for someone to come and clean your rugs for you. Since many dyes used in old area rugs can potentially bleed, you should always do a test patch to check for colorfastness. If the color bleeds, take the rug to a professional cleaner to avoid damaging it any further.

Deal with Water Damage Immediately

Water left sitting in an old area rug will turn into mildew before you know it, so deal with water damage right away if you want to salvage your rug. If your area rug normally resides in an area that doesn’t get very good air circulation, take it to a room that does or simply take it outside to help it dry faster. If the rug is too large to remove, use a couple of rotating fans to help dry the area rug out quicker.

Consult a Specialist If Your Rug Needs Major TLC

If your rug is falling apart in any way, your best bet is to consult with a restoration expert before attempting to make any repairs on your own–especially if your area rug is an antique. Find a reputable person with some knowledge of rug repair and restoration and find out what options are available to you.

Look for Other Areas In Your Home That Could Use A Beautiful Rug

If your area rug is in really poor shape and you don’t want to fork out the money to clean or repair it, find a creative way to recycle it. Old area rugs can be carefully cut apart and used to make seat or stool covers, or used to line your stairwells. Consider using them in the garage, or in the attic, or in the basement storage rooms.

(Tin Ceiling -Pink Rose Pastry Shop in Queen's Village in Philadelphia From Nates Girl on Flicker)

(Tin Ceiling -Pink Rose Pastry Shop in Queen’s Village in Philadelphia From Nates Girl on Flicker)

Ceilings Are Worth Paying Attention To

Ceilings are often ignored as a decorating option. It was common in ancient times that ceiling were painted a color. It was only until recent that white was the most common choice. Ceiling tile is an attractive way to conceal pipes, wires and sloppy ceilings. Ceiling tiles come in various styles and textures including antique tile and tiles that are manufactured to look vintage.

Faux tin ceiling tile comes in a large variety of colors and patterns and can simulate antique tin. Antique Tin can be costly, as well as hard to find in the quantity you are needing to tile a ceiling. The Faux Tin tile is lightweight and often is quite easy to install as it often has a tongue and groove design for easy placement.

Styrofoam Ceiling Tile is another consideration as the cost is quite affordable. It also serves as a good source for insulation. Styrofoam tile is also lightweight and easy to work with.

If you plan on purchasing the antique tin tile, be sure to measure out your ceiling before you purchase so you don’t run out of material half way through the job.

The New Eighteenth-Century Style by Michele Lalande

Limed Wood Walls The New Eighteenth-Century Style by Michele Lalande-Seen on All Things Paint And Plasters Blog

Open Rooms Can Add More Space

Add more room to your home by removing some

Vaulted ceilings can really enhance a home by giving it more light. In addition, it can make a room feel like it has more floor space, even though it does not.

On the other hand one of its major pitfalls can be they waste energy and money. Warm air collects in the cavity of the vault, causing the home owner to heat the house more often, which can be costly. With modern day furnaces, people can afford to have vaulted ceilings.Back in colonial times, firewood was to be collected, and heat from that wood had to carry you through the winter. Vaulted ceilings were only for the rich.

If you have a two-story house, the vault occupies space that could otherwise be used as another room. Keep these things in mind before considering removing your ceiling…..

– Open up your kitchen and living room space by removing a wall. Installing a beam can make a space appear bigger. The least expensive approach to removing a wall is to install a wood beam below the existing floor joists. Check out detailed diagrams on Houzz to get a graphic view of what this may look like.

– In this article “Ask The Architect – Creating A Vaulted Ceiling” Questions are posed to Rick Anderson about the possibility of opening up the ceiling to create a vaulted ceiling. Several questions first need to be answered.

1. How is the roof actually built?

2. What is the current situation with the insulation and ventilation?

In order for the ventilation to work it needs to be “cross through” which means you need openings at the top and bottom of the rafters to allow the air to move through.

This is generally accomplished with vent blocking at the lower end and a ridge vent at the upper. Check out the article here


This interesting one-bedroom apartment situated in central London is available for rent with or without the furnishings. See more about this unique home at the Modern House web site.

Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Waiheke Island Yacht Club

This is Waiheke Island Yacht Club, a restaurant located on Pier 29 on the Embarcadero. A collaborative team of architects Fearon Hay, furniture designers Douglas and Bec, chefs Desmond Harris and Hayden McMillian, and restaurateur Tony Stewart have created this culinary experience inspired by Waiheke Island and its nautical flavor.

The architects left the building mainly as it was, and designed the space around a central bar paired with custom leather chairs and long communal tables. The raw building itself is the most spectacular element in this very unique space. The natural lumber which makes up the building itself is painted in a creamy white, really allowing the lumber, piping, windows and beams to pop. The tables, chairs and furniture in rustic woods give this room a natural element that fit into the overall nautical surroundings. The open concept gives this space a grand industrial feel.

Cornerstone Cafe by Paul Crofts Studio

Create architectural detail using cut pieces of plywood- Designed by London based Paul Crofts Studio, is a cafe is located in a former munitions factory and store, which inspired the V shaped military badge chevron motif used throughout. Borrow looks for your own back splashes, and flooring from this very unique wall design. You can read more about it here. Photographs by Chris Tubbs via Dezeen.


Create Interest Using Molds –Boston Ornament Company’s showroom- New England Home


Boston Ornament Company’s showroom- New England Home


Victoria Larsen “Nuance Panel Mold Architectural Molds On Ebay


Victoria Larsen “Victorian Musical Flourish Architectural Molds On Ebay

Architectural Castings And Molds

Architectural molds allow you to play around with so many design possibilities. Designers and decorators are also using small scale ornamental embellishment molds, such as swags, bellflower molds, bows, ribbons and so forth to dress up their otherwise plain furniture. Molds can cost just pennies to make.

Here are just a few common architectural items available:

-Cornices known as crown moldings are used to finish the top of your wall and can make an otherwise boring-looking corner a focal point.

-Pilasters may look like columns embedded in the wall, but are nothing more than vertical moldings , with with caps and bases. Today you can purchase these decorative pilasters, which can be paired with wood, and simply painted. This look is often associated with lavish Greek architecture.

-Columns are designed to fit around structural poles and posts. You can buy plaster decorative caps for the tops of the columns which will certainly make your home more impressive.

-Corbels come in many different varieties and sizes, and can be used under your fireplace mantle, under your kitchen cabinets, holding drapery rods, and shelving.

– You can also look in the cake decorating molds for decorative flourishes, which could be applied to dressers, beds frames, mirrors and chairs.

Newman House | UCD Conferences & Events

Newman House | UCD Conferences & Events


Soane Museum, London

Victoria Larsen Raised Stencils On Ebay

Victoria Larsen Raised Stencils On Ebay

Victoria Larsen Raised Stencils On Ebay

Victoria Larsen Raised Stencils On Ebay

Work With Raised Plaster Border Stencils

Do you remember when wallpaper borders were all the rage?

They are out of style now.

Although if you love the idea of a border, consider a plaster border, which can look like molding. It can be painted white, and has a classic appearance to it.

Simply tape the stencil to the wall, ceiling or intended item, spread joint compound over the stencil openings with a plastic scraper, gently peel the stencil back to reveal the design and let dry.

You now have a raised design on your walls in the area that was once your wallpaper trim. The look is simple and breathtaking!

Paint the same color as your wall for ultra raised elegance or you can pre-tint the joint compound with craft paints to create a colored raised design.

Joint compound is fast, inexpensive and easy to use. If a stencil is ripped off the wall while the joint compound is still wet, it will leave a ragged edge which can creates an antique effect. Joint compound is softer than plaster, so you can use tools to mess around with the edges and lines before it has dried.

These stencils will add architectural detail without dating your room like wallpaper trim does.

Collection of turn of the century glass bottles on a 18th century French wall shelf.

Collection of turn of the century glass bottles on a 18th century French wall shelf- Pinterest

Doors are one of the things I see most often reclaimed and salvaged, and yet they continue to be underutilized. Doors can be so much more than just doors. They can be re-purposed for a variety of things. For example:

1.    Chairs – An old door can make a perfect chair. With a high back and sturdy frame, this chair would be perfect in an entryway. Add hooks for jackets at the top and you have a multipurpose piece of furniture.

2.    Tables –A glass door makes for a cool coffee table and a bard door makes an awesomely huge dining table. Either way you can spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint or keep it weathered for a shabby chic appeal.

3.    Bookshelves –Using a door to create a cool shelving unit is a great idea. Tall enough to work and sturdy enough to hold the weight of all those tomes, a reclaimed door is perfect for this job.Split the door in half for a cool corner shelf.

4.    Cabinets –Think big with a door cabinet. From classic looks a la The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to more modern fair, your reclaimed door can be the perfect solution to your storage woes. It can even double as an extra closet!

5.    Wall Art – A door can make an amazing work of art. Just fill the panels with cool images or paintings or leave plain and weathered for an awesome effect. You can even paint it with chalkboard paint and have a go to writing space.

6.    Mirror Frame – Another cool thing you can do with a door is place a large mirror in it. The door acts as a frame and brightens up a small room while adding architectural interest.

7.    Desk –A big paneled door can easily be turned into a desk. Fold up for easy access to the storage underneath and you have a one of a kind space to work in.

These are just a few of the cool things you can do with a reclaimed and re-purposed door. Try to think outside the box and keep your eyes open for that perfect salvage opportunity.



Hand blown glass bottles filled with an assortment of bobbins, Belgium c.1920 Carl Moore Antiques


Atelier de Campagne


Atelier de Campagne

Top Tips To Add More Architectural Flavor To Your Home

Tell A Story Throughout Your Home – Consider the various window treatments, molding, and match the architectural details of the door and apply it to the rest of your home. Be sure to choose styles that coordinate with your house design.  Choosing the door with correct architectural details can make your home look more put together.  Stone, Brick or tile flooring can bring about a welcoming feeling. Hardwood floors stained the same color can link a series of rooms together, while wide hardwoods left bare can make a narrow entrance appear larger.

Work With Layered, or Interesting Finish Applications-  There are various applications to choose from that are far more interesting than just solid paint.  Consider working with wood stained finishes, faux wall finishes, steel and aged finishes and distressed finishes that can be applied to the indoor and outdoor furniture.

Contact A Professional To Re-create An Old World Appearance.  Rare wood or unique metal doors can be very expensive, and many people turn to faux artists to recreate the look they are after. A very talented artist can be expensive, a worth while investment.  Hand finished plaster walls can be a stunning backdrop to a sophisticated interior.  Textured glazed applications for walls can give an aged worn look, that is much different than a painted wall. For centuries glazing had been practiced by artists who discovered it was one of the many ways to modify color and disguise wall defects. Washed in a coat of translucent color that signals french style, the painted surface is toned down, producing varying results depending on the base and top coats used.  By sanding over milky white paint can give the appearance of worn parchment. Amber over butterscotch creates a warm mellowing terra cotta.

Transform Areas That Are Otherwise Useless- Homeowners with a passion for books are turning their entry ways into auxiliary libraries by building floor to ceiling bookcases around doorways and along halls. If your foyer is not roomy enough, consider stacking a few hard covered books on a round skirted round table where they can double as prized collections.

18th century French Boiserie, 1stdibs

18th century French Boiserie, 1stdibs

Luis PuertaDesigner Luis Puerta

How To Save Money For A Home Renovation

Home decoration can vary dramatically in scale and price, but whatever the budget for the project, the overall cost of this outlay can be significantly altered by the way that you approach funding. In a nutshell, the choice is between borrowing and saving. If you want to see interest rates working in your favor, rather than adding to your overall expenditure, the obvious choice is saving. The challenge comes in actually hitting a regular savings target, as most of us don’t seem to have a significant surplus of disposable cash at the end of each month. However, a little creative thinking when it comes to routine expenditure can be surprisingly effective.

Before we look at ways of freeing up some extra cash, it is perhaps worth mentioning a crucial first step of the savings drive which may seem obvious, but is nonetheless still overlooked by many; and that is shopping around for the best interest rates.  These days, there really is no excuse for neglecting to check the market for the best deals: the online savings interest rates of major banks like Santander are available almost instantly with the press of a few mouse clicks.  Finding the best online interest savings rates will ensure that you make the most of your money through healthy growth, but what if you can’t seem to find much to place in the savings account in the first place?

The answer lies in taking a closer look at you regular outgoings. Essential expenditure like the mortgage, buying food, and paying your utilities bills may seem to be unavoidable, but you must remember that these products exist in a marketplace just like any other. There are often better deals around if you take the time to look.

Frances Palmer TERRA COTTA POTS 1

Frances Palmer‘s Terra Cotta Pots

Best-known for her quirky yet charming handmade all white porcelain vases in unusual shapes, the Connecticut-based artist Frances Palmer has made a foray into terra cotta. The rich orange hue she and classic vessels with the deep ridges and pedestal bases make these pots unique.

Frances Palmer TERRA COTTA POTS 2

Frances Palmer‘s Terra Cotta Pots

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Frances Palmer‘s Terra Cotta Pots

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Frances Palmer‘s Terra Cotta Pots

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From the Article – See Eight designers, artists, and tastemakers (including Martha Stewart) reveal their prized collections, from brass trays to tin dollhouses.

Martha tells how she got started collecting brass from around the world.

I started collecting brass — I call it poor man’s gold — when I bought Skylands, my house in Maine, 14 years ago. There were some brass pieces in the house when I bought it, and they looked great in the light. So I continued the tradition of using brass there.”

She says that she doesn’t keep any brass pieces in storage, but uses everything. She says that some of the pieces are black when she locates them, but once they are buffed, they shine like gold. She finds it exciting to stumble upon very large trays. Many of which come with their own stands.

Don’t Concern Yourself With Only Collecting The Most Valuable Finds – ”When I buy brass, I don’t care where it came from or how valuable it is. If it’s appealing to me in shape or size or pattern, then I buy it.”

Collect What You Love ‘As a child, I was more interested in reading than collecting. When I finally got a house, I started to look at objects as things to gather. I’m still not a serious collector; I am more of an accumulator of things. And some of those things, such as brass, turn into collections. Who knew I would have enough someday to take a picture with?”

Read More At Martha Stewart