In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share two great sources for reclaimed materials. Although both salvage yards are found in Houston and both focus on architectural reclamation, they preserve two very different cultures.
Adding architectural salvage to your home means adding character, uniqueness and charm.
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Adkins Architectural Antiques is suitably located in an old house built in 1912 shaded by a fabulous giant oak tree in one of Houston's oldest neighborhoods. Every inch of this three story house is full of architectural salvage, period details, and miscellaneous house parts.
Chosen as one of the top architectural salvage dealers in the country by This Old House Magazine, this shop is one not to miss.
As we entered the property, the entire yard was cluttered with outdoor furniture, statuary, and garden elements. Unfortunately most pieces were reproductions, but I enjoyed the hunt anyway.
Once we entered the house, the reproductions were left out to weather, and we were surrounded by authenticity and charm. The 30 year history of Adkins was apparent by the multiple layers of salvage including light fixtures representing many time periods, hardware of all types, mantels, doors, shutters, plumbing, tubs, and mill-work.
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There was an incredible collection of hardware with decorative back plates and door knobs of all sizes, styles, and material.
One of my favorite items to shop for at a salvage yard are shutters, doors, and unique windows! I look for pieces that can be re-used as window treatments or as decorative wall art to fill unique spaces.
From Texas to Europe . . .
On the opposite side of town, Chateau Domingue is a reclamation yard with European treasures. I was immediately reminded of my shopping days in England, scouring flea markets in hopes of finding one fabulous old door and here were hundreds of them! The large quantity and quality of the pieces found at Chateau Domingue was remarkable.
The salvage yard has three distinct areas. The first upon entering was landscaped to highlight the impressive collection of antique stone fountains, birdbaths, urns, sculptures, and stone door casings. While touring these beautiful gardens, it was hard to remember we were still in Texas!
The second area of Chateau Domingue was inside the 15,000sf warehouse, where walls divided the space and created rooms to showcase the old doors, mantles, stone floors, and antique furniture.
The last area found in the back of the warehouse, was my favorite space. Shelves and shelves were organized with reclaimed tile, stone, terra cotta, and painted cement. I can only imagine the time spent in European villages searching for these pieces. I have never seen such an amazing collection . . .
Shopping for unique pieces at architectural salvage yards will force you to be creative with your finds. The pieces you bring home, will fill your house with character and charm.
This Earth Day, give some thought to buying old and loving again.
Also while visiting Houston, stop to appreciate it's history, beautiful architecture, the arts community, and this century old oak tree at the Menil Collection.