Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What Goes Around, Comes Around,

Finding different uses for your salvaged pieces.

sal-vage(v.) 2. to retrieve or preserve (something) from potential loss or adverse circumstances

When I travel to flea markets, garage sales, or estate sales, I’m always opening my mind to infinite possibilities for my potential purchases. We tend to forget that items we come across, whether it be at an Antique store, a flea market, or in our pile of “throw aways” can be salvaged and resurrected  into something new and purposeful!
This blog entry is to help open your eyes and let the creative juices flow with ideas and tips for salvaged home decor!
I have a big ole’ soft spot for salvaged goods! Abandoned baskets, crates, old windows, doors, bed frames, and more; have so much to offer than just discarding them into a dumpster! Even the tattered and torn need love, too!
Your first step is to accept that whatever piece you’re eyeing has possibility! (Acceptance is the first step to anything, really, so it even fits with finding your rustic treasure) There are many times my friends and I pass on certain items and experience “Buyer's Remorse”, not because we purchased it, but because, we simply didn’t!
Your second step is to actually buy the piece. Now, ladies and gentlemen, we all know how to haggle; it’s an art form. So, if there’s something you REALLY love and want, don’t be ashamed to ask the proprietor if he/she can do better on the price or offer a price you would be comfortable in paying! The worst case scenario would be for them saying no, but 9 out of 10 times, if you show great interest in the piece and a smile, they’ll definitely work with you!
Once you have your little rustic treasure at your home, now the third step (and probably the most fun!) is to figure out what to do with it, where to put it, what to add to it, and the list goes on and on. Don’t get nervous! It’s going to be OK, for I am here to help you!
Below, I have posted photos of pieces, that normally would be forgotten and wind up perishing, that have inspired me to do more, get creative, and let loose! We’ll call these photos:

Tess Home Inspiration Boards

The Ladder

Here,  an antique ladder: handmade and dating back to the 1800’s. It’s a sturdy, original, simple, and  perfect piece to display your favorite linens, magazines, or vintage newspapers. (I chose burlap coffee bean bags to show texture and color scheme) This would look amazing in really, any room of your home. (Maybe your bathroom to display hand towels? Your living room to display throw blankets or reading material? Even your kitchen for those cookbooks that get hidden and your dish towels for easy access!)  

The Architectural Pieces.

Many of you probably don’t have twin headboards laying around in your home, BUT if you did or you came across a sweet one for an even sweeter price...use it! I hoard architectural pieces because of their vintage detail! Not only do I sell these antique finds, at my shop, but I transform them into functional, yet fabulous, coat racks! If you’re a handywoman, like myself, or if you’re not, minimal tool usage is needed! These are great for your entry way to hang your coats, keys, and scarves or in your bedroom for accessories or vintage clothing you want to display! (I even like the idea of placing this on your kitchen wall to hang your aprons and cooking utensils.)

Vintage Crates, Carriers, & Containers.


I love antique crates! They are so useful and complete that cottage style. You really can use them for any type of storage and you can find them at decent prices! I like them for holding magazines and displaying linens (pictured above)! Antique crates look amazing hung up on a wall for storage and decorating! All you need is a drill, a leveler, and a stud finder and voila! Instant shelving! Here, I’m showcasing towels (ideal for your guest bath or your outdoor shower area for your beach home), and the simplicity of this idea is what I love the most!

At the end of the day, it’s not what you have, but what you do with what you have, that matters. You can find inspiration everywhere, if you look hard enough (re: Passion & Purpose Blog) and you may not even have to look hard, at all! When it comes to furnishing and decorating your home, you can’t forget to have fun and enjoy yourself!

Until Then,
Tess Xo

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