Wood Wall Planking Time

Growing up we had this awful amazing faux wood paneling on our living room walls.  You know what I am talking about right?  The faux wood kind with vertical lines.  So when I say “wood planked walls” I am not meaning the faux wood particle board type.

The wood paneling I am totally having a moment with right now is the horizontal, larger planked wood walls, preferably painted either bright fresh white or dark charcoal gray like so:

I am really loving this idea in a hallway or mudroom.

And if you have to do the traditional wood stain, a feature wall like this is pretty cool using old rustic pallet boards…

Check out these links below from three amazing blogs if you want to tackle this DIY yourself – I am saving these under the “dream home / to do” file.  I am channeling my inner childhood memories with the wood paneling but in an updated chic way.

House of SmithsJust A Girl;  Little Green Notebook

Navy Island and Amazing Light Fixtures

I was perusing Young House Love’s blog this week, and I came across some fun pics of a showhouse they’re helping with. I don’t know much about it, but the kitchen reminded me of what my neighbor, Paige, wants to do in hers. So I stopped to take a deeper look.

I adore the gray cabinets with the navy island. Paige said she was thinking about doing either gray or navy cabinets when she updates her kitchen. Well, I say this picture makes me think she should do both!! Absolutely stunning. And those gold light fixtures are to die for!!!

As I was scrolling through the rest of the post, these other photos were screaming my name as well.

I want a hexagon chandelier. This one is apparently from Restoration Hardware.

Or maybe mint subway tiles in my shower.

Or maybe both!

Yeah, definitely both.



Salvage Show Junkie

There are three shows my husband and I recently found that we’re completely addicted to: “West End Salvage,” “Salvage Dawgs,” and “Picker Sisters.” On each of these shows, the shop owners buy and find salvage items that they can repurpose into new pieces, new designs, or just give them new homes. What’s not to love?

We have watched “American Pickers” for a couple years now, but these shows are definitely giving them a run for their money. Especially since we get to see how they transform items into new designs. Total Middle Redefined kind of stuff. If you haven’t given these a whirl, you really need to DVR them.

“West End Salvage”

On HGTV, this show features a shop in Des Moines, IA that not only buys flea market, antique, and architectural items, they also provide interior design services. It’s so fun to watch them reinvent, such as taking old barn wood and making wainscoting or turning elementary school chalkboards into a fireplace mantel.

My husband actually got to visit their shop recently on a business trip to Iowa. The shop owner and stars of the show gave him a tour of the shop, offered him a beer, and pretty much made him feel like the most special guest ever. He was over the moon, and definitely is an even bigger fan now. Check out their designs and more about their show at http://www.westendsalvage.com.

“Salvage Dawgs”

A DIY Network series, Black Dog Salvage (the shop owned by the stars of the show) is located in Roanoke, VA. They go around the country, disassembling old homes, businesses, and architectural gems. Their finds are then either used as-is in other peoples’ homes, or they completely repurpose the materials to create something new. Learn more at http://www.blackdogsalvage.com.

“Picker Sisters” 

And my new favorite: “Picker Sisters.” Two absolutely adorable women from L.A. who had dreams to open a shop full of redefined items. They drive across the country a-la “American Picker” style, finding random items from barns, attics, yards, etc. And then they transform them into modern furniture. I’ve loved most of everything they’ve redesigned so far. Would LOVE to meet them, drink wine with them, and then go picking with them!!

These shows are inspiring and refreshing to watch. Especially as reality TV. The characters are true recyclers, appreciating the beauty found all over the country and finding new life for pieces that would have otherwise been thrown in the dumpster. It’s so interesting to see how these old architectural gems are given new life in their clients’ homes and businesses. Must-watch TV for those of us obsessed with interior design, flea markets, and Americana. Enjoy!