South Jersey House and Home September 2010 : Page 55

family home is filled with antique furniture that experienced antique collectors would pay a hundred times more for than she did. Fortunately, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. As an interior designer, I love to incorporate vintage pieces with my designs. There is so much personality in a room when you blend the old with the new. More importantly, designing with recycled and upcycled furnishings is a wonderful way to contribute to keeping our environment healthy. In my work, I consider recycled furniture to be antiques and vintage furnishings that are reused in unusual ways or in different spaces. Purchasing an antique to add to a beautifully designed room or taking a 1930s child’s dresser and turning it into a bar in the dining room are good examples. To elaborate somewhat on what upcycling is, just think of it as a twist to recycling. Upycling furniture means salvaging pieces that others may think are no longer usable. You may find these pieces collecting dust in an antique shop or even at the curb on trash day. Chairs or tables with missing arms or legs, or a piece of furniture with upholstery that is worn ragged are examples of pieces that—with the help of experts—can return to their gor-geous beginnings or become transformed and updated with a new twist when placed within a different space. Even with the expense of repair and upholstery, the cost is generally far less than buying a new piece. When purchasing recycled or upcycled furniture, consider some of these tips: • Distressed furniture is stunning and very popular today. Some pieces will present beautifully just as they are— blemishes and all. • When browsing for vintage or upcycled pieces, think about whether a fresh coat of bright paint (use low-VOC paints when possible) and some snazzy hardware will create the wow factor you are seeking. • When purchasing antiques, be sure the style (or period) will work with the décor of your home. Take the size and scale of the piece into account as well. There are many artisans today who dedicate a large part of their business to repairing and upcycling furniture. Updated legs and arms can be built using molds and resin. Upholsterers can work magic with the right fabrics. Seek their expertise to bring an old piece back to life and into your home. What a wonderful way to go green! Beth Secosky, owner, EASYdesigns, Cherry Hill, NJ, can be reached at 609-560-6346. Visit www.easydesigns.biz for more information. Easydesigns specializes in interior design, including one-day room makeovers, custom window treatments and upholstery, and occupied staging. Serves area locations in and around Cherry Hill and Ocean City, NJ. H&H Adds andValue to Your Bath Beauty Precision Laser Measuring System 3/8” and 1/2” Heavy Glass 1/4” Framed & Semi-Frameless Shower Enclosures Bath and Wall Mirrors The ultimate in QUALITY FRAMELESS SHOWER DOORS. Backed byover 27 years of experience Serving the South Jersey and Philadelphia Areas 856-345-0030 NJ Contractors Lic. #13VH03633000 Visit our online showroom at www.cafsd.com We are offering SPECIAL PRICING to anyone who calls prior to 10/15/10. SEPTEMBER 2010 SOUTH JERSEY HOUSE & HOME 55 Call for a FREE Estimate

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