September 18, 2013



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As I predicted, when mid-century-modern was hot (ten years ago) that Modern, Bauhaus - sleek and simple - are going to be the next wave.  People want the pure, classic, basics as they're tired of poor quality rehashes of "New Jersey cul-de-sac modern.
Flocked-foil wallpapers, orange lucite chandeliers and Brady-Bunch upholstery looks cheap and dated, once again....


Reclaimed lumber is the hot material for the "new, new modern style." You'll begin to see it used in the smartest cafe's, retail shops and in sleek, super contemporary homes.  

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(Source: Silvia Kuhl/Jeffrey Allsbrooks)
Everything I adore! 
White upholstery, old wood, woven chairs, contemporary iron...all woven into this perfect ensemble. Simplicity is key, nothing is precious here. The old wood ceiling gives it a softer, cozier look.

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(Source: Helena Teixeira/Jaques Rios)
That kick-ass wooden slab-table juxtaposed with the unfinished wooden ceiling and the polished wood cabinetry creates the perfect contrast of textures.

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The "washed" gray color of this reclaimed wood paneling is cozy'ing and soft; the slab sink top held by chunky metal chain is rustic, industrial and earthy all in one.

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(Source: Noeacute Duchanfour Lawrence)
Instead of another blanched white foyer - this one's laminated vertically and horizontally with grayed reclaimed wood creating a warm and sophisticated welcome.

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(Source: Oppenheim Architecture & Design)
That's how you give some fo-shizzle to the cold Aspen winters!  Clean, contemporary interiors with weathered boards incorporating the warming tones of grays, browns and tans. 

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(Source: Gogl Architekten)
Damn, shit just got real!
Large oak refinished vintage planks for the floors and random planking on the ceiling with the original patina, HOT!

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(Source: House Beautiful)
Rustic Modern or Modern Rustic?
The warm gold's and taupe's of this kitchen's stone walls and counters are paired with the weathered cedar cabinetry for a fantastic look.

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Recycled siding is used in a beach house bathroom - instantly creating the feel of an old house with a history.

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(Source: Frederico Valsassina Architects)
Love at first sight is usually a result of too much to drink, but I ain't drinkin' - this is LOVE!

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This newly built home used reclaimed wood for the ceiling beams and trim work. The doors were crafted from reclaimed lumber as well - instant patina! 

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(Source: Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Magazine)
LOVE this old 'bleached' pine fabricated into wall paneling in this Atlanta apartment. It gives warmth and quality to a standard-issue white box.

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(Source: Bates Masi Architects, Amagansett, NY)
At the beach old wood looks great as it has a naturally weathered appearance.

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(Source: Chateau Combloux, French Alps)
The kooky eclectic grouping is artfully tempered by the earthy, natural paneling....

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(Source: Tony Ingrao)
Old world elegance meets Little House on the Prairie...
This cottages walls are in reclaimed honey-colored wood, giving a warm background to the high-tone English antiques - creating an intimate, less formal environment.

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The gray leather & stainless steel sofa with the black and white photo hung on multi-tone barn-siding creates a cutting edge look while providing visual warmth.

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A traditional home wanted a regionally authentic look, so reclaimed lumber gave it texture and rich color.

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Indie Rock meets Hacienda Cool
A brilliant use of reclaimed wood; old narrow floorboards on the ceiling balance the coolness of the cement floors.

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(Source: Carver and Schicketanz, Big Sur, CA)
The reclaimed wood above the fireplace functions as art - the new wood recedes - allowing the white distressed boards to create interest without competing with the ocean views.

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A bad colonial McMansion gets made into a bad-ass Hipster pad by adding old beams and raw stucco walls. 

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Old floorboards are sanded and cut into lengths creating a contemporary pattern. A 'tung oil' finish highlights the varied colors in the old wood.

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(Source: Gogl Architekten, Austria)
Originality plus low maintenance - done!

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(Source: Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects, SA)
A super sleek modern home in South Africa gets a rustic front door which serves as an earthy art piece.

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(Source: Elle Decor)
Finally...a break way from the standard whitewashed pool houses in the Hampton's...   Urban cool wins out over Faux-Palladian.

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(Source: Remodelista)
Industrial meets sensual!
Reclaimed boards are the perfect choice for this porch ceiling at the beach.

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(Source: Horst Architects)
The Trifecta of Amazingness!
Corten steel, reclaimed barn-siding and a living wall

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The wood on these entrance doors is from old studs which had plaster lath's nailed to it in its former life, leaving behind the artistic striped pattern.

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(Source: POD, Cape Town, SA)
Instead of another bleak cement privacy wall at this hotel they used wide reclaimed boards which offer a natural, more friendly surface.

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(Source: Superkul Architects, Inc. Canada)
Old reclaimed doors and panels assembled into this collage of amazingness kicks this home over the goalpost.

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(Source: Dennis Gibbens Arch.)
There's something really artistic about the juxtaposition of modern with rustic. Here, the privacy wall of old barnwood against the sleek whiteness of the house creates the perfect tension between elements.

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(Source: Gisele Bundchen's Los Angeles Home)
Apparently, every exposed wood surface in Gisele's home is reclaimed material - whether that was a patina or environmental issue is not important as the end result is beautiful.

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(Source: Gogl Architekten)
Wiggity wack!
My favorite photo in this missive.  The stunningly simple, wide-plank boards are waxed only, leaving a pale, clear color - ancient and oh so modern!

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(Source: Paris Ceramics, Designer Jennifer Garrigues)
Yes, this beautatious floor is in a new home - not an 17th century chateau! LOVE!

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(Source: Jessica Helgerson) 
For Instant Warmth: Take wide-plank reclaimed floors, add tung-oil finish, throw in books and BAM! a cozy room

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(Source: Houzz)
Do I even need to tell you how heinous new wood floors would be in this country-style kitchen? The old wood carries the entire room.

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(Source: Browzernet)
Old warehouse flooring shakes this contemporary house right off its frigid foundation. 
(Just imagine if they'd used white marble, or God forbid, beige ceramic tile....ick!)

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(Source: Marie Claire Maison)
Old English pine floors were installed in this cottage to give it a sense of age - well done!

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(Source: Freshome)
Hickory, probably milled from old barn timbers gives this home a fantastic old floor, and it's all the decoration they need.

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(Source: Rose Uniacke)
An 18th century English manor home has a newly installed reclaimed floor; the original one would've been quite similar. 
The concept that manor homes had fine inlaid floors like mahogany or walnut is farcical as exotic woods were as precious then as they are now. It wasn't until the late 19th century that fancy inlaid and hardwood floors became popular outside of palaces.

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(Source: Desdem Ventana)
A cottage has 'clear-finished' random plank floors which keeps the room bright and coordinates with the old stripped overhead beams.


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Looks like the house had a fire....

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Some things from the 70's weren't revisited for a reason...

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Looks like you've closed over a secret passage with whatever you had on hand in the shed....

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"Ski Chalet Chic" is one thing, but this looks like the Unabomber's cabin in Montana!

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This looks like one of those houses where people built a home from all found objects and scrap materials... That's not a good thing!

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Who thought that was a good idea?

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A little too scrap-yard looking...

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Everything new and crisp and whitewashed in this traditional home and then that old wood on the ceiling - sooo not working!

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For that Beverly Hillbillies "before-Jed-hit-oil" look....

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A well-proportioned room with Georgian mouldings, traditional layout, crisp white trim and a barn-wood ceiling?...uh, no, looks psychitzophrenic!

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You can do it, I'm here to help!

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