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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Vintage Spindles

The popularity of architectural salvage shows no sign of stopping.  I am sure in great part do to the effort of many to be more green.  It may also be attributed to the downturn of our economy.   But I believe for a vast majority, it is a way to avoid the abundance of mass produced items in favor of original artisan creations that add unique character to our homes.

In the recent issue of NapaStyle there was the most unusual and charming Chandelier that caught my eye.  It is made of beautiful lathe-turned wooden spindles that have been salvaged mostly from the midwest.  In addition, there are several other pieces that have been reinvented as fabulous one-of-a-kind useful home decor.  Here is a look at the collection:


End Tables:

Towel Bars:

Magazine Basket:

Lazy Susan:

I would also like to take this opportunity to extend a very big THANK YOU to Averill for giving me the "Sunshine Award" this past Wednesday!  It was a crazy busy week and this was just such a wonderful  surprise!  Averill's blog Odi et Amo was one of the first handful of blogs that I became hooked on!
She is a lawyer by day and a decorating DIY extraordinare in her spare time, who always inspires me with one amazing post after another!!!

So in the spirit of receiving this award, I would like to pass it on to these 5 wonderful blogs:

Debra at 5th and State
Linda at Lime In The Coconut
Renae Moore of Renae Moore Designs
Delores at Vignette Design


  1. It never ceases to amaze me how clever people can be. I love the magazine rack and the light fixture is a show stopper for sure, Kathysue

  2. The cheese plate is the most fun!

  3. Have never seen any of these great! And, plan on checking out Odi et Amo...since I am a former lawyer, (very intrigued!)

  4. These are very unique. I especially like the towel rack. Very clever. Congrats on your award. I am off to check out a couple of these new (to me) blogs. Thanks.

  5. You hit the nail on the head for me - I love arch. salvage for the unique element it can add to a space. I'm torn on favorites - light fixture, cheese platter or towel bar (though I would love the towel bar in a bright color!). Marija

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  7. oooooooh Those spindle creations are so cool! I have a few spindles hanging around. I could try my hand at the lazy susan!

    Congrats on your award...very deserving (you are one of my new faves!) And I am honored that you passed it on to me. Thank you...thank you!

  8. I used to do all kinds of salvage stuff...called it "making a silk purse from a sow's ear"...probably an old southern expression. You've movtivated me to try my hand at something creative again. Love your blog!

  9. I just saw these items in my new NapaStyle catalogue today! I love the lazy Susan! Congratulations on your award! You deserve it!
    And thank you for thinking of me and passing it along. I am truly honored!

  10. How cute it this?? And what a great and stylish way to recycle! Love the tiered cheese plate and your delightful outlook.

  11. Napa Style is a great catalogue -- we featured Michael Chiarello once when I edited a publication for Food Network (prior to the current magazine you see everywhere now). Spindles/ interesting, I think something I'd have to get used to a little bit. Like shabby chic -- I like looking at it, but not sure I would put it in my own house, but everyone has different tastes!

  12. I never would've thought to reuse spindles in this way, but I love the character they bring to all of these pieces (though I'll admit that the chandelier isn't quite to my taste). Hope you had a great weekend!

  13. Hi,

    thanks for the comment in my blog, I also love the color green.


  14. Thanks for the comments! I agree this is not a look for everyone. But, it is innovative and would be so charming in a casual, cottage or rustic setting. I would love to see the chandelier hanging in a stairwell of an old house. Imagine seeing this as you head up the stairs and it hovers above the landing turn?

  15. Very creative. There is just something about recycling vintage house parts into something new, functional, fun and exciting that puts a smile on my face. I really love the towel bars and cheese plate.


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