"I found an old paned window at a salvage yard and cut it down to fit the opening between this home's entry and dining room. It not only looks cool, but it cuts down on drafts," says Emily Jones, graphic designer and owner of Jones Design Company, Seattle, Washington.
Salvage has become increasingly popular in regard to eco-friendly, custom-designed pieces. To add one-of-a-kind flair to a basic mirror, plywood was cut to size, then a corrugated metal remnant was cut as a frame using a grinder with a cut-off wheel attachment. To protect the raw edge of the corrugated metal, a whitewashed strip of trim was attached to the plywood. Lastly, the mirror was put in place, then secured to plywood using mirror mastic.
Designer Tyler Karu added a bright paint stripe on the brick wall so that the exposed brick doesn't feel too overwhelming. The rustic mirror is from Portland Architectural Salvage, and he chose a marble subway tile from Home Depot for the backsplash.
Phoenix pool builder Kirk Bianchi removes the “artificial penguin exhibit” and replaces it with an ironwood tree salvaged from the desert (one of three he places around the yard). He declutters the landscaping, introduces new decking and adds overflow to all sides of the pool, enhancing the lovely mirror effect.