We’re sharing 11 architectural salvage decorating ideas as we team up with some of our favorite ladies for the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop today hosted by the always creative Cindy of County Road 407.
The Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop…
The Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop is a series where we share our love of vintage, antique, farmhouse, and repurposed finds and ideas every other month.
If you’ve missed any of our other installments, you can catch up here:
- How to Create Farmhouse Crocks from Paint Cans
- Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase (2020’s #1 reader-favorite post)
- Simple Ways to Organize the Pantry with Baskets
- Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar
- Easy Ways to Decorate with Frames
- DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy
- Jadeite Inspired Cupcake Stands
- 8 Easy Tips for Styling a Dining Room Hutch
If you’re coming over from Paula’s blog Sweet Pea, welcome, we’re thrilled to have you here.
Paula has such a fun way of mixing antique and vintage finds with cherished family treasures into her home, I can’t wait to check out all the goodies she found at Black Dog Salvage!
What is Architectural Salvage?
I freely confess when I first looked at our topic for the month, Architectural Salvage Decorating Ideas, I actually didn’t think I had anything to share.
I love to go to outdoor antique events where unique pieces are plentiful.
But most of the time those pieces are way too big for us to bring home.
Whenever I think about architectural salvage decorating ideas, I think of homes that have incorporated beautiful porch columns, chippy mantels from country houses, planked oak floors, and thick Georgian-style moldings.
In prepping for this post though, I discovered architectural salvage is considered items saved from old buildings set to be demolished.
These salvaged pieces can include anything from construction materials such as windows, bricks, and tile to lighting and bookcases to décor items like wrought iron, clawfoot bathtubs, crystal, and even hardware.
While this list covers only a fraction of the vintage and antique pieces represented under the architectural salvage umbrella, it did make me realize decorating with architectural salvage was much easier than I had anticipated.
Here’s a look at 11 Architectural Salvage Decorating Ideas you might not have considered…
I was treasure hunting through my uncle’s barn when I found it and fell in love. He was super sweet to sell the mantel to me on the spot for $10.
While the piece has gone through a few iterations over the years from chippy pink to classy neutrals to a French Country feel, I think about that special day every time I walk in the room.
My parents still live at my childhood home part-time and our family uses the retreat space for holidays.
The laundry room is fairly small. Given we have a big family though we needed a simple way to store laundry essentials that wouldn’t take up a lot of extra space.
We finally decided to add open shelving to the laundry room using corbels as the base. It’s a project that’s worked out really well and one we still enjoy today!
These corbels are technically new. But this idea is an easy one to incorporate if you want open shelving or to build a desk or an entry table in a small space.
You can find the laundry room reveal here.
Window Pediments, Molding, and Trim
Incorporating window pediments, trims, and moldings into your home is another super simple architectural salvage decorating idea.
You can use them in so many different ways!
I found this window pediment while we were at the cabin one year and loved it immediately.
We ultimately decided to use it in the pantry makeover.
But honestly, you can use pieces like this over the door, in a bookcase or hutch, or as part of a vignette.
Architectural Salvaged Doors
Some of you may know I have a soft spot for old barn doors.
This beast of a horse barn door came from an antique store, and it was one of the first things I bought in the early stages of starting this creative business.
It’s still one of my most treasured pieces to this day.
We recently moved it out to The Crowned Goat Cottage, but it topped a French Country style dresser for the longest time.
After we moved the horse barn door out to my office, we created a seating area with another chippy barn door I picked up from an outdoor antique event.
It’s become one of my favorite places to curl up for quiet time each morning.
Giving old windows a new purpose is another easy way to decorate with architectural salvage.
We layered this window with a piece of DIY canvas artwork for the desk area in the master bedroom.
You could also layer with an ornate frame, wreath, bunting, window basket, or even another piece of salvage.
We added a skirt to the console table we created from an old door earlier this year to help soften up the space between the living room and the entry.
It was another piece we hauled home from the cabin that has served us well over the years and goes with everything.
Both of my grandparents lived on tobacco farms so the minute I was able to scoop up this tobacco basket from a nearby farm, I was elated.
While it definitely gives a nod to farmhouse charm, it can be dressed up or down throughout the year with festive ribbons and bows.
Most baskets, even large tobacco baskets like this one, need extra care now and then. You can find out how to revitalize an old tobacco basket here.
Architectural Salvage Decorating Ideas with Columns
When we gave a quick makeover to my parent’s lanai at Bliss Barracks a few years ago, we needed small tables people could place their drinks on while hanging out in the seating area.
My Mom could never quite find exactly what she envisioned. So, my dad and I set out to help make her dreams come true.
These column inspired side tables are still one of my favorite architectural salvage decorating ideas because they’re beautiful, functional, and didn’t take long to make at all!
During that same lanai makeover, my Mom found a beautiful wrought iron baker’s rack she wanted to use as an outdoor plant stand.
The baker’s rack had already been left outdoors for many years and the patina on it was amazing.
It took a few coats of paint to bring the wood on the shelves back to life.
But the effort was definitely worth it!
Lights and Chandeliers
If it were up to me, I’d have a chandelier in every single room! And over the years, I’ve tried to incorporate as many as I can throughout the house.
Since we live in Florida and ceiling fans are a must, most of the time I have to hold myself back whenever I see a chandelier I love.
While most of the chandeliers in our home are new, antique lights and chandeliers are still a really pretty way to integrate architectural salvage decorating ideas into your home.
Architectural Salvage Decorating with Knick Knacks
Knick knacks are the kinds of pieces people either love or hate.
I totally get it because sometimes too much is exactly that – too much – and editing collections down to only what you truly treasure is not always easy.
That said if you’re on a tight budget or don’t have a big truck to haul home gorgeous pieces of architectural salvage, consider adding a few knick-knacks to bookcases, hutches, shelves, or vignettes.
I definitely had more architectural salvaged pieces than I thought! I hope this post has helped you look at some of the pieces differently in your home too!
Up next on the Lifestyle of Love blog hop is Emily of Le Cultivateur. You’ll love her beautiful style!
Once you’re finished there be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing…Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.