If you’re interested in giving your home more of an individualistic style, consider using architectural salvage pieces in your decor. This piece above was created by using old pieces of salvaged wood and giving it a light coating of white paint.
Finding architectural pieces is easier if you live in parts of the country where old barns and homes are being torn down or renovated. I’ve found a few pieces here in Southern California but have purchased pieces on eBay and had them shipped to me. You can also find architectural salvage on sites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.
This piece above was an eBay purchase and was created out of an old piece of ceiling molding. The vintage hooks were added on and it now works perfectly as a coat and hat rack.
Some pieces come to you already created into something useful like these signs below:
The piece below is a heating grate salvaged from an old home. I love these heavy old pieces – some are way more ornate than this – and all are beautiful.
One of my favorite architectural salvage pieces to find and display are old leaded glass windows. I have three in my collection, one of which is pictured below.
Other salvaged windows make wonderful decorative pieces like the two I have on my stairway wall:
Start looking around at vintage markets and the internet. You’ll be surprised what you can find.