Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Architectural Salvage "Ladder"

Hello everyone, hope you are having a lucky and fun Friday the 13th!

Before I start redecorating my corner cabinet for fall and Halloween I want to show the architectural salvage porch piece that I am using to display my dried flowers and favorite lace. My last post was about adding fall to the kitchen and I highlighted some of my primitive elements, but most of my style is "shabby-junky-chic-romantic cottage." Actually I just buy (or salvage, scrounge, repurpose, etc.) and use whatever vintage junk speaks to me, and if I like it I make it work somehow!

 Here is an example:

First off, I would like to apologize once again for poor picture quality. When I get the urge to do a post, it's just easier to snap with my iphone but the pictures aren't very good and as you can see from the light coming in the window, my dining room is very bright and it's difficult to get good pictures even with my real camera. I know you all are creative and talented people who can visualize how it all looks in real life and you'll forgive my lack of photography skills! Along with sewing, learning to use my camera is also on my to-do list!
Okay enough of that. Let's talk about this "ladder," which is actually an ornamental architecture piece  from a porch. I bought it from another junk lady simply because it was old and chippy, originally thinking I was going to hang above a door opening, but when I propped it up I decided to use in different ways. At Christmas, my vintage knee hugger elves are displayed on the "rungs."
This spring I got the idea to display my dried flowers on it since I usually get nice bouquets of roses from the cast on the last night of our musicals and I had been wanting a unique way to display them so the ladder works nicely.
I am an absolute sucker for vintage lace. I just can't resist it. The older, the better. I have found a lot of old intricate lace and tatting from the 1800's on numerous occasions and I just marvel at the skill it took to make it all. I like draping the lace over the spindles so it's easy to see the details.

                     Some of my shabby-junky-chic favorite things...


I love adding things to the house that are part of my dream homes. Although I love cottage style and the goal of our exterior look is to evoke a magical, story book cottage, I am also crazy about Victorian homes and farmhouses. Who says you can't have it all? I just add pieces of those styles here and there. In my dining room I have a rustic farm table, an old farmhouse salvaged door propped up as a divider, this corner display, and a very French chair that some people would never dare to put in the same room with a primitive farm table, but it all works for me and gives me a little bit of everything I love. After all, our homes should be a reflection of what we love. With a little creativity and imagination, it all comes together.

Now I'm off to party hop for fall inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!

Amber blogspot/QoLtm (FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE) blogspot/bCGJMl (Common Ground)


  1. Ooo yes, beautiful old lace gets me every time. Great use of your porch piece as a ladder! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

  2. This is so great. I love bringing in old pieces and repurposing them into my decor. I love your porch piece as a ladder and the lace and dried flowers so pretty.

  3. HI Amber, and thanks for following my blog. I've been a follower of yours for a while now! Love your name...

  4. Oh, you are such a clever girl, Amber!
    I love the porch piece used like a ladder.
    Now I'll be on the look out for some cool salvage, too.
    Thanks for always inspiring!

  5. Oh wow! I buy vintage knee hugger elves all the time, and now I need a 'ladder' to display them!! Thanks for joining my blog, I just joined yours too!

  6. Hi Amber,
    Thanks for stopping by and your nice comment. I'm following you now too!

  7. A new follower over from Timewashed. Love architectural salvage pieces mixed with the bits and pieces of vintage items. My ideal home would be a sleek modern space packed with salvage, primitives, French, and rust! United by color, of course!

  8. Oh I like your little salvaged ladder very much, I just love how we take outside inside these days,makes it so interesting

  9. Amber, I love using old architectural pieces in my home. This piece is a real beauty! Love the bits of vintage lace! I too am in awe of the intricateness of it. I have a little, but would love more, more, more! lol! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.


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