Posts by Trisha Anderson (page 2)
Baby Fey came into the store eight months ago with her parents, Angie and John. They have a 100-year-old home and are in and out of the store pretty frequently. Foley, who has a known soft spot for babies and puppies, scooped her up for a little lovin’.
When she came in not too long ago, I didn’t get my cuddle, but I did find her the PERFECT gift: a 1965 Murray V-Front Thunderbird peddle car. Does this little lady have an early onset need for speed or what?
Earthy, textural, and rich — live-edge furniture has it all. A technique that emerged after the Arts and Crafts era, it shows off the relatively unrefined beauty of wood, highlighting its burrs, grains and knots. Sometimes it’s as understated as a shelf or bar with a bark-clad edge. Other times it’s as organic as a cross-cut slab made into a table or bench.
Here in our Portland salvage department we were lucky enough to happen upon some amazing slabs.
This piece of curly maple was in the truck of a picker who had come to sell us something else entirely. Keen-eyed Justin spotted the mud encrusted wood that he was going to throw out! With patience and diligence — he cleaned it and painstakingly applied many layers of Danish oil and spar varnish. A couple of chunky industrial legs and it makes a unique cocktail table or bench for your entry way.
This redwood burl is a mid-century unused slab sourced locally. We refinished the top to bring out all of its rich color and patterning and added those skinny retro legs to bring back that mid-century modern look. We have it displayed in a vignette that’s a mix of traditional furniture and salvage pieces and it looks dynamite!
Consider capturing a little Mother Nature with the organic beauty of a live edge in your home!
Lately, it seems, you can’t walk into any national retailer or hipster bar and not run smack into an elk head or deer antlers of some sort. Whether this trend is our way of staying in touch with nature or simply a means to have a great conversation starter in your home — taxidermy is hip once again. Not since the Victorian age has there been such an obsession.
In our Salvage Department we are a bit enamored as well. This darling muskie – a mere 12″ long – is one of my favorites. Muskies grow to be one and a half to four feet long – so our miniature mount is especially endearing.
This adorable alligator head is wonderful for enticing small hands into its maw.
And this extraordinary elk (who needs some salvage TLC) will be repaired so it can repose regally in someone’s home.
And if you just want to stay on trend – but can’t handle the bodies – we have these sweet bottle openers! No deer were harmed in the making…
For a much more comprehensive take on taxidermy – please read “Taxidermy Comes Alive!”. It is fascinating stuff. A parting thought…
“Maybe I’ll learn a trade. I’ve considered taxidermy. I always thought it was a shame you couldn’t do that on people.” -David Sedaris
For the past three years Portland has been home to Serving up Style, an event to benefit lupus. It is an interior design contest that garners huge interest. The rules are simple: each design group gets a 12 x 16 draped room on a concrete floor and away you go!
I was thrilled to have my design firm, Abode Design, tapped to partner with Rejuvenation. The sky was the limit – any lighting, furniture, accessories and salvage were mine for the offing. Woo hoo!
Amongst my friends, it’s no secret I love champagne — and champagne is all about style. And bubbles – lots of bubbles.
I started with our Hood fixture in a variety of sizes and globes in clear, frosted and opal. From there I chose Art Deco styling since it has lots of circles. And I wanted it to feel like a sepia-tinted space — no blatant color. I used our brown leather chairs with circular chrome bases, a sophisticated sideboard with burled inserts + round chrome pulls and a small grey-brown brushed velvet settee.
Kush Carpets in NW Portland supplied this outrageously luxurious hand-woven rug from with Tibetan wool and Chinese Silk
Salvage items — art deco sconces, drapery brackets, a cool old aluminum prop and ashtray added that vintage feel.
I artfully arranged white and glass accents for tabletop — cakeplates, champagne glasses, bowls and decanters with bottles of champagne (full and empty - love my job!).
The warm glow was supplied by the salvage Deco fireplace with custom hand-made bubble tile surround from Pratt and Larson and a real insert with flames from Gordon’s Fireplace.
I think the final look was beautiful!