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Decorate With Salvaged Finds

Andrika Lawren shows how to create a standout foyer using unique, one-of-a-kind salvaged finds and shares what to keep in mind when out shopping for salvaged pieces.

Look for Durable Pieces

If you want your salvaged purchase to be functional in your space, make sure it can stand up to additional wear and tear. Chances are it's pretty old, so if you're going to interact with it on a daily basis, it needs to be strong and durable to last. Don't buy something if you're going to be too scared to use it, unless you are buying it simply for display purposes. Always look for furniture and accessories made out of strong materials like wood, steel or marble, as they will hold up a lot longer.

Consider Repairs

Study the item before you buy it. Does it have any cracks that can't be sealed? Does it need to be reupholstered? Is it wobbly or does it have any missing pieces? If it's not something that you can fix yourself and it requires a professional's help, factor that into your purchase price. And if you find something and fall in love with the shape but it's not the right colour, don't be afraid to get it re-stained or painted. Going the extra mile can give new life to a piece that has a lot of potential.

Be Wary of Trends

Before you commit to an item, think about whether or not you can see it lasting in your home for a long period of time. If it's a classic piece, you might want to invest a little bit more money on it and even pass it down for generations to come. If the item is trendier, make sure you're okay with parting with it once it's no longer in style or if you change your decor and it no longer works in your space.

Shop Smart

If you're looking for something specific, make sure you have proper measurements for what you need when you're out shopping. And don't forget to bring your measuring tape to the store! If you find something and it doesn't fit, you can move on immediately so you don't spend time falling in love with something that won't work in your home. It's also important to know how you plan on using an item that catches your eye before you buy it. You don't want to spend money on something that you love but will end up gathering dust in your home for years to come if it doesn't fit. For example, when in the market for vintage hardware, remember that vintage doorknobs don't necessarily fit into new construction doors. The door holes on new doors are bigger these days, so you can either get reproduction pieces or you can use vintage hardware on custom pieces, cabinet doors or closets as accents.

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