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Unconventional Design from Cast-Offs

Unconventional Design from Cast-Offs

Portland, Maine-based designers Wary Meyers (husband and wife team Linda and John Meyers) specialize in scavenging, thrift-shop hunting, and yard-sale picking in their constant search for characterful pieces for their interiors projects.

Above: We especially like this mantel made from scrapwood, discovered on the Wary Meyers blog and featured in their book, Wary Meyers’ Tossed and Found: Unconvential Design from Cast-Offs (available from Amazon for $18.15).

Above: The book includes a how-to on making pendant lamps from unwanted plastic planters.

Above: Wary Meyers’ simple terrarium comes together from cast-off goods.

For more inspiration on decorating with previously loved goods, visit Remodelista’s post, Books: Cheap Chic by Emily Chalmers.

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5:02PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

Almost anything can re-purposed.

4:50PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

When we built our home we re-purposed and recycled as much as possible. Our interior window frames in many rooms are made from wood from an unwanted water bed frame and walnut from a friends yard that was struck by lightening. We found wonderful marble tile at the Habitat for Humanity Resale shop as well as a bathroom vanity and wood trim. We found our front door at a flea market. In fact that door was in a long gone business that my husband worked at when he was a young man.

We were amazed at the response of our friends and acquaintances to our building needs. Our favorite comment was "I had this ______ just laying around and thought you might be able to use it" and, what do you know, it was just the right thing we needed!

On my 50th birthday we were sleeping on the floor in the saw dust and incredibly happy. During my birthday party we had everyone sign the inside of the walls not enclosed. The only room totally enclosed was the bathroom..........ahh those were the days.

5:49PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thanks...reuse/recycle. Our mantle is made from old beams that my hubby rescued from an old building many years ago. We have one piece of furniture (sort of a bookcase) that was made from driftwood pieces.

7:29PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Thank you.

12:02PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Thanks. My whole house is furnited with antiques, thrift store finds and re-used items. One day I started it and now I can't stop.

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2:56PM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Not for me thanks - who knows where any of those castoffs have been.

5:51AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:32PM PST on Mar 1, 2011

Love the unconventional!! Ta!

2:46AM PST on Feb 15, 2011

A great way to re-cycle!

9:10AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Great ideas!

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