Barn doors are definitely trending right now, and there are so many ways to introduce them into a space. The finish of the doors can easily take them from the farm to an urban loft — and the actual doors are just half of the allure. With all of the gorgeous hardware options available, it's almost like choosing a piece of jewelry or a handbag. Depending on how utilitarian you'd like the finished product to be, you could choose anything from sleek chrome to chunky iron. I pulled together a range of inspiring photos that will spark ideas for how you might be able to pull this look off in your home.
"Seeing the images of wide open Big Sky country in the movie True Grit makes one long for the serene and peaceful out-of-doors. One searches for this simplicity and serenity in western looks," notes Starin. "What looks new for interiors is western vernacular cleaned up, updated with an eco-spin or used in a cleaner, more modern way."
Keep reading for Starin's favorite elements of this trend:
- Recycled Wood : "Trends overlap. The 'Western Look' meets eco-repurposing with the use of recycled woods. I have seen a number of interiors using recycled industrial wood palettes or old barn wood for a textural effect."
- Cow hides "Natural textures prevail. Hides show up in rugs, as shaped natural hides or as rugs pieced in squares or in strips. Furniture is especially interesting as mid-century Eames chairs are covered in cow hide = modern western or western moderne."
- Horns: "Horns look new because they are used in a cleaner way. Horns are bleached, and used in wall décor, lamps and chandeliers, table bases, chairs, and as accessories in a bowl on a table. I have seen horns and skulls recast in white or clear resin and lit from within for a new spin."
To shop this trend, just click on each image!
If you read my post Alicia Silverstone's 10 Fab Resources For Reclaimed Wood Furniture, you're probably convinced that salvaged wood can make for some very, very stunning furniture. Silverstone's resources are mostly boutique furniture makers who make one-of-a-kind pieces — and also expensive pieces. But salvaged wood furniture doesn't have to be expensive, bespoke, or one-off.
There are plenty of big box stores, like Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and more, that sell great-looking furniture pieces made from reclaimed wood. This cool, streamlined Hendrix Desk ($1,300), for instance, is from Crate and Barrel! I thought I'd round up a few of my favorites to show you how easy it is to buy beautiful, eco-friendly furniture. Check out my selections below.
It's no secret that PETA model and vegan cookbook author Alicia Silverstone makes a point to be kind to all of earth's inhabitants. So you probably won't be surprised to hear that she's also gung-ho about being eco-friendly and "green" as can be.
On her delightful blog, the Kind Life, I discovered a post where she spotlights furniture made out of decaying wood. She writes, "I think it's so great to use reclaimed wood rather than cut down trees growing in forests. When I buy furniture, if I don’t buy something used, I only buy new things that are made out of reclaimed wood. I also love the rustic, earthy look so I did some research to see what other companies are out there that also use reclaimed wood." I've selected some very gorgeous furnishings for you to gaze out from resources Silverstone herself recommends. Come check them out!
If you were tempted by the customized wedding ring bowl from artist Paloma's Nest, chances are that you'll also fall for these Table Talk Napkin Rings ($48 for four). Made from reclaimed wood, the rings are stamped with a message of your choice. Need a wedding present for a newlywed couple? These, stamped with their wedding date, would be a great choice. Want to commemorate a special occasion or gathering? These rings can do just that. Since each ring is only two inches in diameter, the text is limited to 30 characters and spaces. The text is printed in uppercase letters in black ink, and the wood is sanded to a smooth finish to accommodate your favorite linens.
This Sunday, the Gosselin clan of Jon and Kate Plus 8 will welcome Planet Green's Renovation Nation host Steve Thomas into their home to retrofit it with some eco-friendly upgrades. Steve and his crew will help install electric solar panels and solar thermal panels onto the house, as well as solar powered lights along the driveway. They'll also build a picnic table for the family using reclaimed wood. Of course, the kids will also lend a hand (or 16) with the projects, and learn a few things about being green. Unfortunately, the hefty needs of the large household are not helping the family's carbon footprint! Catch the special at 9 p.m. EDT this Sunday, April 19, on TLC.
7x7, San Francisco's city magazine, recently wrote about a new bar in the SoMa neighborhood called Bloodhound. My life isn't short on watering holes, and I rarely find myself in that 'hood, but I was impressed by the design of the space. The coolest thing, as the mag points out, is the flock of black birds painted on the ceiling. Beyond that, reclaimed wood paneling and rustic accents like an antler chandelier and wildlife artwork give the space a spooky, lost-in-the-woods aura. I came across the CB2 Flock Rug ($249), which would be ideal for re-creating the look of this bar. Using it as a jumping off point, I decided to round up a few more items inspired by this San Francisco spot. To see them, read more
A dining table is a big investment. So why pay full price when you can swoop up a gorgeous one at 30 percent off? Made from reclaimed railroad tie wood with a sturdy, waxed metal frame, the Viva Terra Railroad Tie Dining Table and Chairs ($278-1,468) is a beautiful set for a casual, rustic home, or an eat-in kitchen if you have a separate dining room. I love its slender form and x-shaped base. The table top and chair backs, with original weathered markings, exude a sense of history that's much more interesting than anything you'd see in a showroom. I'd pair the dining table with a different set of chairs, perhaps something more comfortable for winding, conversation-filled dinners. What do you think?
Woodworker Nick Stagg lives in rural Oregon, where he operates Moonraker Turning from his farm-based studio. Using reclaimed wood whenever possible, Nick shapes rough pieces of wood into beautiful, turned wood bowls, vessels, and vases. I recently had the chance to ask Nick about the craft of woodturning, and he explained the ins and outs of the craft. Also, check out his shop to order some of his beautiful turned wood pieces.
CasaSugar: When did you start woodturning?
Nick Stagg: I started woodturning in 2003 after seeing some turned tool handles in someone's shop and I thought that I could do that! I had an old, inferior lathe and poor tools, but was able to make some small oil-filled lamps for family members. Shortly after that I upgraded my lathe and slowly purchased better tools and continued to turn. I joined a woodturning club and checked out all the books and videos I could from the library and spent my spare time trying to improve. As time passed, I've hosted instructors from Engalnd and Australia in my shop to give classes to other turners. I'm now confident enough that I can offer help to beginning turners and, perhaps, make their journey into the woodturning arena less painful than mine!
To hear about how Nick makes his turned wood vessels, read more
Oakland-based design-building studio Because We Can was hired by SunPower to create furniture for their new office in an old Ford manufacturing building in Richmond, CA. This enormous, potential-filled pile of lumber had been taken out of the building and slated to be dumped, but the studio stepped in, deciding the wood could be reclaimed to build something new.
After mulling it over, they "decided that benches were the most feasible idea to use the lumber and keep costs down." They created two designs, one simple with legs and a seat, and another that doubled as a bookcase, with a bottom shelf fit for storing books. They designed 20-foot-long benches to use the wood most efficiently, basically as it was in its found state — but prettier and less splintery. When the wood was milled down, they discovered "a beautiful Douglas Fir glue lam, not far beneath the weathered exterior." The benches are so large that they had to be fork-lifted through a small opening on the second floor of the building. Now installed in the new HQ, they look gorgeous and fit for the vast size of the old factory building. To see the splintery wood planks in their fabulous new form, read more