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.


Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

Almost anything can re-purposed.

Nancy H.
Nancy Hatcher5 years ago

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.

Olivia S.
Past Member 5 years ago

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.

New G.
W. C5 years ago

Thank you.

Kristina C.
Kristina C5 years ago

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.

Please sign my petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/give-a-pitbull-a-chance/

Jane Warren
Jane Warren6 years ago

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

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago

Love the unconventional!! Ta!

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers6 years ago

A great way to re-cycle!

Montse Aloy
Montse Aloy6 years ago

Great ideas!