Friday Favorites 5/4/2012

Kara Lashley, Associate Editor
On a recent weekend in Maine, my husband and I stopped in at Portland Architectural Salvage, wondering if they might have just the right iron trellis for our garden. And did they ever! We took our pick from tons of perfectly patinaed trellises, then browsed the massive three-floor emporium, marveling at the seemingly endless array of things old, rare and extremely cool, from slate sinks and industrial metal baskets to stained-glass windows. Whether you’re on the hunt for a funky vintage sign, old-school hardware or just a bit of inspiration, this Portland treasure trove is more than worth a visit.

A sampling of unique items from the store’s enormous inventory.

Photos courtesy of Portland Architectural Salvage

Stacy Kunstel, Homes Editor
Audrey Sterk Design has turned out a line of lacquered trays in the same colorways and patterns as their beautiful wallpapers. Made in the USA, using water-based custom colors, the trays come in a variety of colors and styles with some of my favorites here.

Flowers/Blue Green. Photos courtesy of Audrey Sterk

Links/Blue Green

Links/Charcoal Cream

Jared Ainscough, Assistant Art Director
This week I blogged about Karin Ganga Sheppard from Island Weaves on Nantucket. My favorite design of hers are these terry cloth bathmats that she creates from recycled towels. They remind me of braided rugs, both in style and concept. She creatively repurposes old materials, and the mats serve as a smart solution to a problem most people would overlook. Plus they look great!

Handwoven Stria rug. Photo courtesy of Island Weaves

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