I've always loved a salvaged door (as the barn door in my former living room above will attest). A great old door can separate two spaces or fill the role of headboard for an otherwise ordinary bed. When hung from the ceiling, windows can act as room dividers without blocking light. Or when propped on a console table, they introduce height to a grouping of found objects. Old signs that have nothing to do with a room's purpose add a bit of whimsy and fill the role of art at a fraction of the price. A room that otherwise leans toward the feminine finds balance when factory pieces are introduced. Chipping paint, cracks and rust are part of the appeal -- perfection is over-rated.
English pub sign
carnival ride & industrial baskets turned upside down
Images: 1) L.Gaule. 2, 3 & 4) Country Living, May, June & November 2012. 5) Elle Decoration, May 2012. 6 & 7) Flea Market Style, Summer & Fall/Winter 2011. 8, 9 & 10) Vogue Living, July/Aug 2011, Feb 2012 & July/Aug 2010. 11) Cote Est, Sept-Nov 2011. 12 & 13) Flea Market Style, Winter 2012 & House Beautiful, July/Aug 2012.