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Salvage for the Home

How to put old, salvaged stuff to its best, most stylish use.

By Kristin Belz September 16, 2012 Published in the September 2012 issue of Portland Monthly


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Home decorating DIY-and-salvage-style has grown up since the days of rummaging through dusty shelves in musty thrift stores or diving into dumpsters. Salvage style is high style now, with reclaimed, discarded old things gaining new luster and chic. So why not take some notes from local salvage specialists Rejuvenation, Arciform and Shannon Quimby? The trio are teaming up for what they’re billing as the “First Annual Salvage Home Tour: Design + Build + Decorate with Salvage” Saturday October 6, 2012. Tickets are $15 per person, and all proceeds go directly to benefit p:ear, a Portland non-profit that mentors homeless youth through offering arts programs.  

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Rejuvenation has been on the leading edge of the salvage wave since the store opened in the mid-1970s to provide period light fixtures for historic houses. Now, the Portland-based store is part of the Williams-Sonoma family of home décor stores (arrayed on a style stable that includes Pottery Barn, West Elm and the Williams-Sonoma original brand itself). But so far, Rejuvenation is still headquartered here, and their period roots are firmly in place. They’ve even got a salvage department that sells – and also buys – salvaged materials.

Rejuvenation’s eastside flagship store is the first stop on the salvage home tour; there, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., DIY maven Quimby and Arciform co-owner Anne DeWolf will spill some of their secrets to salvage style. The tour itself consists of five homes featuring salvaged materials, each open until 6 p.m. for ticket holders to visit at their own pace.


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