Reclaim Your Design

I came across this article in This Old House magazine and immediately recognized the name of the homeowner/ designer, Alison Babcock. I did a hand-painted children’s table and chairs set for her all the way back in 2003 when my store was located in Sag Harbor where the house featured in the article is.

Alison chose the colors. I loved the contrast of the red letters against the blue and green.

Anyway, I loved getting a glimpse of the interior of the house. I think she is a talented designer and was impressed with how much of the materials used were reclaimed. Thus, the title of this blog post.

Walk in the front door and see the reclaimed, vintage newel post and the reclaimed pine she used on the tread of the stairs to go with the original pine floors which she kept. A very sustainable choice and great way to get amazing character!

I also love the dining room which is the only room that they did not gut. Again, reclaimed pine was used to create two built-in corner units. BTW love the wallpaper, too!

After my own heart! Alison used milk-paint (one of my favorite sustainable paint products) on a circa 1800 wood mantel. In this room, the doors were also salvaged from the renovation.

I hope these images will give you some great ideas on how you can “reclaim” your room designs by using reclaimed woods and salvaged architectural details. Let me know how you might “reclaim” your design.

Bye for now,

Shannon W.


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Creator of coastal retreats for families to feel good in, lover of beach walks, and sustainable living.

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