There is something about walking into a new space. It is a clean slate, the floors and walls are void of the patina of life and there is a feeling of anticipation of what could be. I enjoy an updated place as much as anyone, but there is something about that “patina” of an older home that I enjoy. This history can add warmth and interest to a home or office. Adding character to a new home or addition can change the whole feel of it and link it to other spaces in an existing home. Some of the many options include hardware, vintage doors, built-in cabinets or salvaged trim. (base board and trim around windows and doors)
Does this mean that your entire space should transport you and your guests back in time to experience life 100 years ago? No. The goal is to only add a few things that you really like. Here are a few ideas:
- Match the 7″ baseboard in the rest of your house when you add an addition to your home.
- Use an old door or 2 to make a sliding door for your office
- Use an old candy counter as a kitchen island. (they have lots of storage)
I recently visited West End Architectural Salvage located in Des Moines, Iowa. It is the perfect destination for those searching for something old to add to their something new, I could have spent days there. There are floors filled with everything from church pews and ornate trim to vintage signs and doors that used to lead to somewhere grand.
The day we (my friend Laura and I) were there, we saw a number of fireplace mantels that I wish I would have seen earlier so I could have used on in my home. I also have my eye on 2 doors for my next project – a sliding door.
I am looking forward to roaming around to spot the perfect item to include in my next project.
What have you been doing to add something to the new?
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