Details: How to Design with Architectural Salvage and Antiques

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Overview

Discover and display the uncommon beauty of age.

No matter the style or location of a home, architectural salvage can quickly add character and charm to any room, whether it's with an old soapstone sink in a suburban bungalow or a Victorian wrought-iron railing recast as a fireplace screen in an urban high-rise apartment. The possibilities are endless-and with the right amount of imagination and a slightly mischievous attitude, architectural salvage can pack a delightfully beautiful decorating punch.

Find out the answers to common questions such as "How do I use an old stained glass window that isn't the right size?" or "What exactly is the right type of mantel for my home?" Brian Coleman reveals the simple truth to decorating with salvage-embrace the imperfections, as they add a patina of time that is hard to reproduce. This book also includes contributions from a forum of salvage experts from across the country.

" Topics include hardware for doors your doors, vintage lighting, mantels, sinks, staircases, and stained glass. The book includes a savvy resource guide

Brian D. Coleman, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington. Also an old-house enthusiast, he has grown his love for historic restoration into an active second career. He has written numerous articles on historic home design for magazines ranging from Old House Journal to Period Living in the United Kingdom and is the West Coast editor for Old House Interiors. Brian is the author of Extraordinary Interiors: Decorating with Architectural Salvage and Antiques, Window Dressings: Beautiful Curtains and Draperies for your Home, Scalamandré: Luxurious Home Interiors, and Classic Cottages. He divides his time between New York and Seattle.

Dan Mayers is a New York-based photographer whose work appears regularly in Country Decorating Magazine's Cottage Style, Country Collectibles, Country Victorian and Old House Interiors. His work has been included in books such as Extraordinary Interiors, Scalamandré: Luxurious Home Interiors and The Ultimate Kitchen.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781586855239
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/20/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian D. Coleman, MD, divides his time between Seattle and New York. His articles have appeared in magazines ranging from Old House Journal, where he is the West Coast editor; to Period Living in the U.K. Brian is the author of seven books on the decorative arts, including the recent titles Farrow & Ball and Cottages.

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Introduction

Details are what make the difference, and nowhere is this more important than in home construction and design. More and more homeowners are discovering architectural salvage as a way to add interest to their homes, to make them more interesting and unique. Whether it's the well-worn, chipped-paint charm of a section of Victorian wrought-iron railing recast as a fireplace screen, or an old soapstone sink given a new lease on life in a kitchen, architectural salvage packs a punch that is hard to beat. In Extraordinary Interiors: Decorating with Architectural Salvage and Antiques, we looked at homes that used architectural salvage in creative and inspiring ways. In this book we explore how to use of architectural salvage in more detail and, in the process, provide answers to many common questions, such as, "How do I use an old stained-glass window that isn't the right size?" or "What exactly is the right type of mantel for my home?" Front door hardware, vintage lighting, mantels, sinks, stairs and staircases and stained-glass windows are types of salvage we will examine.

The message for using salvage is simple: don't be afraid if it's not perfect. Remember, there's nothing wrong with something that has a few nicks and scrapes-they only add to the charm. A minor crack in a window can often be stabilized, an uneven and askew window frame realigned or a missing knob replaced. Many prefer imperfections, in fact, as they add a patina of time that is hard to reproduce. Think twice about repainting that old door or window-its crusty, peeling paint has a beauty of its own you'll never be able to match. Of course, not all of us go so far as the homeowner who distressed his pine kitchen doors with a hammer and chain before their installation to ensure they would blend in appropriately with the time-worn texture of his antique kitchen cabinets!

Using architectural salvage need not be complicated. Try decorating with salvage for a quick and easy way to give your home a fresh and individual look. One enterprising apartment owner used flea market finds such as salvaged school maps from the 1930s to redecorate his Manhattan apartment, recycling them as window shades, and even found a period light fixture of a globe to match. Or how about the homeowners who combined rusty iron newel posts with wooden spindles in their new home for instant vintage charm?

Knowledge is power and the more you know and understand about salvage the easier it is to use. In Details we have gathered a forum of experts in the field to discuss architectural salvage in depth. Web Wilson, well-known author and antiques dealer in vintage hardware, examines the types of hardware used on both interior and exterior doors, from hinges and lock sets to pocket door rollers. Mary Ellen Polson, a well-respected author on interior design and editor at Old House Interiors magazine, surveys vintage lighting from Federal to Retro (1960s-70s) with good pointers and tips on their use. Mantels, the focal point of any room, are discussed in detail by Dan Cooper, a knowledgeable and frequent contributing writer for Old House Interiors. Jill Wilson, well-known antiques dealer and designer, discusses sinks, something everyone undergoing restoration of a kitchen or bath should be familiar with. Mary Ellen Polson contributes advice on stairs and staircases, taking the mystery and confusion out of them. And I discuss the secrets of incorporating stained glass into your home, which isn't that secret after all.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction:

By Brian D. Coleman

Fine Finishing Touches for Your Doors

By H. Weber Wilson

A Survey of Vintage Lighting

By Mary Ellen Polson

The Magic of Mantels

By Dan Cooper

The Secrets of Sinks

By Jill Wilson

Stairs and Staircases Savoir-Faire

By Mary Ellen Polson

Stained Glass Savvy

By Brian D. Coleman

Resource Guide

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