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The kitchen island in Palmisano's own home is one of her favorite spots in her house. The top of the island was made from salvaged Douglas fir railroad trusses, found in a 19th-century building torn down in a neighboring town. Believe it or not, the soapstone sink, backsplash, refrigerator, and clock were also salvaged — an effort that saved money but still has a clean, high-end appearance.
Common, everyday items can be salvaged for a creative and slightly surprising look. "These bottles were found during the deconstruction phase of an old, condemned building on the property," Palmisano writes. "The homeowner cut the bottoms off the bottles, threaded the wiring through the necks, and suspended them from an old window shutter."
This artistic kitchen is an example of the how salvaged materials can create a look that is both affordable and unique.
"The high concrete countertop was repurposed in its full length from [the owner's] old studio, which was being transformed into loft apartments," Palmisano writes. "The baker's table is from a bakery that went out of business and was selling its equipment — a fine example of using an interesting, functional piece that is much more affordable than built-in cabinetry. The round structural pole was salvaged from the bottom of a nearby river."
Vintage and salvaged brick help give this living room a welcoming vibe.
"The brick was found by the builder of the home in an upstate New York salvage yard. Because not all brick is created equal — having very different looks, textures, and even structural qualities — the builder had the brick fire tested before using it for the inside firebox areas as well as the external masonry," she writes.