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Monday, September 7th, 2015

5 Tips for Using Reclaimed Wood in Your Home

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Taken from old barns and other buildings, and even on site in some construction projects, reclaimed wood lends a rustic and warm cabin-like feel to any space around the home. One of the biggest benefits of “harvesting” wood from old structures is that you can often find lumber that’s no longer available, such as old-growth denser species and species like chestnut that no longer grow tall and mighty due to the blight. Here are some tips for using reclaimed wood in your home.


Keep bedding simple to put the focus on the reclaimed wood. This bedroom strikes just the right balance between modern and rustic, with its concrete floor, clean lines and weathered wood. (Room by Briggs Edward Solomon)

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Don’t be afraid to add color to a room with a wood accent wall. Chartreuse adds a great dash of color in this contemporary rustic bedroom. And we love the faux trophies — they add an playful touch. (wood and photo via Stikwood)

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Consider reclaimed wood in the bathroom. Annie from the blog Annie’s Blessed Nest did a lovely job on her powder room reclaimed wood accent wall.  And she’s been generous enough to share how you can do it to.



Look to smaller items that integrate reclaimed wood. Some products can add just the right dose of rustic reclaimed wood to your home. When curating our offerings, we were drawn to this table lamp because we love the contrast between the 100% recovered wood fiber base and the crisp white linen lampshade.

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Clean white is a great backdrop for reclaimed wood. It lets the wood stand out and become a focal point, but doesn’t let the rough quality overpower the room. This is an especially good way to go in a kitchen where you want things to look, feel and be sanitary.

Have you tried using reclaimed wood at home? If you’ve got any tips to share, please let us know in the comments.




Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Organizing and De-Cluttering: Cleaning Gayle King’s Closet


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Because we’ve been chatting about de-cluttering and getting organized in the new year, I want to tell you to pick up the March 2012 issue of O magazine. Publishing the clutter-clearing issue arrive in March is wise; everyone else is doing it in January, and we’ve all run out of steam, given up or forgotten about it by March.

The de-cluttering issue is always great, especially since clutter guru Peter Walsh is in Oprah’s posse. However, my favorite feature was not his decluttered ’til it’s really boring Palm Springs home, but rather, a bunch of people cleaning out the closet of  Oprah’s BFF, Gayle King. It is helpful, if not all that realistic (her closet is bigger than my kitchen). It is also totally hilarious. My favorite part was seeing her wearing this 1984 Ungaro dress she didn’t want to get rid of (I think you’ll have to buy the magazine to see the shot):

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My second-favorite part was writer Lisa Kogan’s description of said dress: “A marigold and black Ungaro with the kind of shoulder pads seldom seen outside the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line.” She sounds ready to give Michael Kors a run for his money on Project Runway!

Anyway, I know shelling out money for magazines is a luxury right now, but this is an issue I will hoard until Peter Walsh declares it clutter and pries it from my cold, dead hands.

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Also, speaking of clutter, how have you been clearing yours lately? I dropped the ball on those Easy Organizing Projects, didn’t I? Here is a really easy, really enjoyable one attack the magazines!  I realize this is ironic, that I’m telling you to purge the glossies right after telling you to buy one; sue me. Take a stack along with a box and a stapler and enjoy them while watching TV, trying to get sleepy in bed, whatever. Rip out articles you want to read someday and staple each article together. You’ll now have a stack of juicy reading that won’t weigh you down next time you are on the train, a plane or the bathtub. Cut out pictures that you know you’ll want to save for future inspiration. Put them in your inspiration binder or scan or photograph them and upload them to Pinterest. If you don’t do this within a month, you need to recycle them as well.

If you don’t wind up cutting a thing out of your magazines, see if any schools, hospitals, shelters, nursing homes, etc. would like to use them. If you did cut things out, lots of art classrooms can use your magazines (make sure they are age-appropriate). If you just want them out of the house, pop them in with the newspaper and cardboard recycling.


Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Green Idea of the Week: Coffee Bag Chic


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Sometimes we design bloggers get worn out. We look at so much design all day that it takes a lot to impress us; sometimes nothing seems new. Sometimes I think if I hear “Hollywood Glamour” or “Brooklyn Modern” one more time I might just throw up, and those are two styles I actually like.

Then there are some times when you go on a virtual house tour that gets you really buzzing with excitement again. This was the case when I saw Alysia’s Treehouse by the Lake on Apartment Therapy L.A. Alysia’s decorating philosophy was inspired by The Recycled Home by Sally Bailey. She begged, borrowed, swapped and repurposed. One of the best results was this ottoman she reupholstered with an old coffee bean sack a local roaster gave her.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

See the entire house tour here.

images via Apartment Therapy L.A.