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Architectural Salvage: Sexy, Modern and Eco-Friendly | Toma Clark Haines | The Antiques Diva & Co

Architectural Salvage: Sexy, Modern and Eco-Friendly

Design today values new ways to use old things. Instead of just buying an antique to display, today homeowners want to take interesting pieces and use them in a new and modern way. Antiques are the quintessential eco-friendly way to furnish your home – #AntiquesAreGreen. Reuse, repurpose and revitalize. Antiques Diva® Architectural Salvage tours have helped clients source entire frescoed ceilings, built-in libraries, Italian roof tiles, floor tiles, reclaimed wood floors, and staircases. Whether found on tour or through our Buying Services, our Diva Guides know where to go, who to talk to about restoration, and what a fair price is. I recently spoke to Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News about sourcing architectural salvage in Europe and Asia: 

Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News  Business Profile: The Antiques Diva & CompanyThe first client who approached me for architectural salvage was Australian in 2009. She wanted antique bricks to pave her driveway. I was perplexed – I’ve never had anyone ask me for building supplies – but I contacted a friend who had a small assortment of fireplaces in the back room of his antique shop and I asked his advice. Three days later I found myself driving my Mercedes SUV to a salvage yard after salvage yard after salvage yard on the back roads of Belgium and France, and a new addiction was born. The south of France and the Cognac region came on my radar and England and Italy or soon thereafter. But that first day – seeking sources for salvage – I learned that 17th 18th and 19th-century Flemish bricks have amazing patina and that one can tell the region by the color. But the salvage yards had more than bricks – they had balustrades and grand stone steps and terraces, Versailles parquet from France and limestone that would make your heart skip. As I would walk through these dissected château laid out like pieces of a puzzle, I realized you can give a new home an old history – and in America, where most of my clients come from, access to an entirely new way of living.

At the Antiques Diva and Co, our mission has always been to make antiques modern, sexy and fun but most of all our goal is to make antiques accessible. Our sources become our clients’ sources. My first big architectural salvage client in Europe was starting a new store specializing in American architectural salvage and she wanted to vary her inventory. Three container loads and about €250,000 later I had been educated in the best way possible… by doing. 

Read more about my adventures in architectural salvage in Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News  Business Profile: The Antiques Diva & Company. 

Here are a few tips on how to buy architectural salvage.


About Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News

About Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News
Architectural Salvage & Antique Lumber News was founded in 2004 to provide sources for salvage, project ideas, and news to architects, designers, decorators, homeowners and the architectural salvage and antique lumber industry, and to connect buyers and sellers. It is the only U.S.-based publication focused on this industry in both North America and Europe.

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Ciao for now, 

Toma Clark Haines – The Antiques Diva 







Go Green with Du Verre

Dear Diva Readers,

At The Antiques Diva & Co we will be celebrating Earth Day April 22, 2012 along with billions of other people around the globe, standing united for a sustainable future!  While we all know “Antiques Are Green” – making them an excellent décor choice for reducing through reuse – you might not realize that there are also a slew of eco-friendly products available for decorating. 

In addition to buying antiques as a means of eco friendly decorating, you can “Go Green” with everything in your house from the paint you choose to put on the walls to the pulls that attach to your kitchen drawers.  After all, as the German-born architect Mies van der Rohe is rumored to have said, “God is in the details” –  whatever one does should be done thoroughly.  Taking even small steps – by choosing eco-friendly products such as your kitchen hardware to decorate your home – goes a long ways towards creating a more sustainable lifestyle and helps to reduce your carbon footprint. 

Du Verre Hardware, a leader in quality and original design for cabinet hardware, has developed a “Green Initiative and is rapidly gaining a reputation in the design industry for their commitment to the green movement.  They’ve moved away from the sand casting process to die casting, to reflect global concerns about sustainability and the responsible use of resources and materials and today all of their hardware is manufactured entirely from recycled aluminum.  Shifting technologies has benefits for both their clients and the environment. Using post-consumer recycled aluminum reduces the generation of air and water pollution by 95% and requires only 5% of the energy that would otherwise be used in production of new metals. In addition, manufacturing this way generates a small fraction of the greenhouse gasses normally expelled in this process.

I often find myself frustrated in my attempts to find sustainable and eco-friendly products while decorating.  But as the green culture grows and becomes more desirable, more retailers and manufacturers will take a clue from industry leaders such as Du Verre and begin providing options for style-conscious homeowners and decorators who don’t want to sacrifice the planet for a great look.

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Go Green!

The Antiques Diva®

(Seen below enjoying the great outdoors over the Easter Holiday in Austria)

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