Tuesday

Everything Old is New Again...

Growing up in the Chilcotin, British Columbia, I was surrounded by History and thanks to my parents lots of amazing Antiques. It took me until my late twenties to even begin to appreciate them and now I certainly am my father's daughter!
I decided to challenge myself to designing my home with the right balance of Antique pieces with the Contemporary design of my home and really, my style. The past few seasons retailers such as Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn have introduced pieces "reinterpreted" as they would say, and I love it all! So when it came time to renovate my small family room, not only did walls come down but the Antiques came in!
This stunning Early 1900's Oak Factory Cart was beautifully restored by  
Williams Architectural Salvage. The Lineberry cart features original cast iron fittings and are simply cleaned to bring back their lustre. Even the popular "American Pickers" TV show featured a factory cart very similar and they hold their value incredibly well. What I love most about these carts that Williams Architectural Salvage retains all the original stencilling along the sides that really give it character, saving a small piece of history.
I find this piece extremely versatile, it blends beautifully with my Chocolate Oak Hardwood floors and picks up the golden browns in my fireplace Ledgestone.
The table lamps, Quoizel, also adds a touch of Antiquity that makes this room work and feel so comfortable and inviting.

Usually when it comes to Antiques the thrill of the hunt and discovery is half the fun but when I came across these tables and the quality of the re-finishing I had to have one. If you are interested in one of these amazing pieces I really recommend you to view their Website and contact Jordi for a piece of your own history. http://www.wasalvager.com/

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I just happen to stumble across your blog and I really love it, you're an amazing designer! It's funny because over time I've saved various images I liked of room designs and I just discovered a lot of them are your projects :) I also live in the lower mainland area of BC so that excited me to see as well haha. I was wondering if you could give me some advice. I just bought my first house and I'm super excited about it but I'm also really nervous because I loooove design too and everyone keeps telling me they "can't wait to see what I do with the place" which only adds pressure since it's the first time I'll be able to exert my design bone (on a next to nothing budget) but I am not a pro like you so I'm a little lost. More to the point I was hoping you could tell me what your favorite paint colours of gray are to work with. The house is only 1150 sq ft and I want to keep it really neutral but I'm so sick of beige. My couch is a beige colour as well, so I was thinking gray might be a fresh take on a neutral space. I want something really muted that warms up the space and makes it feel cozy and homey. Any advice you could give me would be so so so appreciated!
Keep up the great work, thanks!!!!

designergirl said...

I can't say I really have a favourite Grey, my last personal home scheme was grey and it didn't last for long as I am a warm colour person. However I can appreciate what the right tone of grey can do and Benjamin Moore has a great selection. But you have to be careful as many grey's have underlying colours that can present themselves once complimentary or contrasting colours are put in the same room. there is no safe grey but one of the Freshest is "Cement Grey", it does tend to have a bit of a light blue undertone. Hope this helps, if you require a consultation please visit my website and go to the guest contact page: http://www.emilyhagermandesign.com/Contact.html

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what colour and brand of ledgestone you used for your fireplace. It is stunning!

designergirl said...

The Ledgestone is called Rustic Lava and is a Natural Slate Cladding. My supplier for this project was Julian Tile in Burnaby.