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Investing your time and creativity to get the look spot on will result in a home filled with wondrous character, unique charm and a thousand stories to tell.
Salvaging great pieces is all about having an eye for quality and more importantly potential. You need to have the vision to see past the object in its current context and see it as an opportunity to refurbish or repurpose the piece. The best results often come from the creative ‘reimagining’ of an object’s purpose.
This exploration and reimagination of an object’s purpose allows you to create individual one-off pieces that are unique to you. Not only that, they will carry your personal story of where the piece was found and always leave you wondering about the details of its life before you.
Not only is this approach a great way to get the most from your interior design budget, it’s an extremely eco-friendly approach that reduces landfill, and minimises the use of raw materials. It’s a rejection of the increasingly disposable society we live in today.
Try to avoid seeing the object for what it is. Look for the potential in the piece. Could it be reimagined and repurposed without losing its identity and character? Installing a Shaws Aysgill sink atop an old Victorian chest of drawers creates a stunning bathroom vanity unit.
Reclaimed flooring can make a great interior wall cladding, adding both warmth and texture to a room. The original, highly decorative Majolica glazed brick tiles often found in Victorian era swimming baths, can be bought easily online, and make a great splashback that will add a perfect patina and character to any kitchen – and what better contemporary sink to pair this with than the Butler?
Architectural salvage knockoffs are everywhere, period items like marble fireplaces, stained glass and iron work are frequently reproductions posing as period. If the price is too good to be true, it probably isn’t period. However, if you love something and the price is right, don’t be put off – just be careful. At the end of the day, an object’s value to you is what counts.
Shopping for salvage items often involves having an eye for detail and seeing beyond the paint. Get to know which woods are heaviest. A pine door will weigh far less than a comparable oak door. A basic knowledge of materials and even better, design periods, will really up your salvaging game.
Reclamation yards are the go-to places for unique finds that will create an individual look for your interior. They often have a good selection of their stock online, making it easier to dig around to unearth some real gems. Here are some of the best outlets across the UK:
SALVO – An online resource that’s a great starting point, providing a list of architectural salvage specialists across the UK. It also offers its own selection of salvaged and already upcycled items for purchase.
ARC RECLAMATION – Hampshire.
BRIGHTON ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE – Brighton
COX’S ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE YARD – Gloucestershire.
GLASGOW ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE – Glasgow.
LASSCO – London.
LEOMINSTER RECLAMATION & ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE – Herefordshire.
LOVE SALVAGE – Glasgow.
MASCO ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGE – Gloucestershire.
RETROUVIUS – London.
Have you created a Stunning Salvage kitchen or bathroom with a Shaws sink? Or are you planning to? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line, or share your creation with us on social media.
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