As the Outer Banks picks up and dusts off the remnants from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, I can’t help but finding inspiration in the distressed scraps of wood strewn around. Each piece cracked and weathered in it’s own unique way. We locals on the Outer Banks are certainly no strangers to hurricanes and the aftermath that follows. For some there’s an immediate rush to the shores, hoping to gather their share of shells and beach glass that the crashing waves of the storm washed ashore. For others the goal is to gather the most unique twisted pieces of driftwood and other planks of wood. Reclaimed wood has long been collected for the use of furniture, art, and other aspects of the homes interiors. My own fireplace mantel is crafted with a salvaged plank from a hurricane that hit the Outer Banks in the 80′s. Reclaimed wood and rustic decorating is a style that easily fits the Outer Banks casual look.
Variations of a the reclaimed styles are shown in the 3 chest above. Rustic & dark woods, painted and antiqued, or a cargo or industrial style with burn marks and lettering. The skies the limit for this look, it’s so versatile.
Above: Distressed wood is finding it’s way onto upholstery with unique legs, plinth bases along sofa frames, or entirely trimmed, like this chair designed by Gluckstein Home for Broyhill. See more of the Gluckstein Home Collections
Below: Minick Wood Products is a brand that offers solid wood furniture. This collection, called Linear, provides a visual of modern sleek lines with rustic reclaimed wood styling.
American Drew – Americana Home Collection
In keeping with the “Reclaimed Style” check out Recycled Leather offerings for an affordable and durable option for upholstery.
Comfort for the Environment
Capturing the appealing look and feel of leather, Renew™ represents a new category in furniture coverings. This recycled leather construction offers similar colors, depth, luster, dimensional grain, and hand-rubbed layered tones as genuine leather, while delivering care-free, high performance reliability – year after year.
The best part? Renew is kind to the environment by recycling scrap leather headed for already overcrowded landfills. This reduces the amount of waste generated in traditional leather manufacturing and transforms leather pieces into a beautiful, carefree and affordable alternative.
A note to our community:
We want to wish all of those who are affected by the storm a swift recovery! A big thank you to the First Responders, Coast Guard, Police and others who help to keep us safe during the storm. An even bigger thanks to those who help return life to normal; NCDOT, Power Companies, Contractors, and the simple helping hand of a neighbor or stranger. You all make the Outer Banks such a wonderful place to live!