The new sal­vage chic

Love the idea of us­ing old things, but not sure how? Fol­low the ad­vice of the orig­i­nal recla­ma­tion ex­perts

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How to do recla­ma­tion right

IF ANY­ONE CAN PROVE the adage that one per­son’s trash is an­other’s trea­sure, it is Maria Speake and Adam Hills of the ar­chi­tec­tural-sal­vage and in­te­rior-de­sign com­pany Retrou­vius (retrou­vius.com). Since they went into busi­ness just over 25 years ago, they have scoured de­mo­li­tion sites and sal­vage yards for re­claimed ma­te­ri­als that they re­con­di­tion for sale, or craft into beau­ti­ful in­te­rior schemes.

At a time when up­cy­cling dis­carded ma­te­ri­als and buy­ing vintage fur­ni­ture is on trend, their pol­icy of reusing what­ever they can seems par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant; but for the av­er­age per­son, it can be hard to imag­ine achiev­ing any­thing stylish with the piles of scratched, splin­tery wood and dusty chipped stone that you might find at a sal­vage yard. As Hills notes, ‘Any­one who doesn’t know will look at a pile of re­claimed wood and think it’s a bon­fire.’ But with the right know-how and ex­per­tise, sal­vage can yield unique, el­e­gant in­te­ri­ors that are packed with char­ac­ter, his­tory and soul. Fol­low these tips from Speake and Hills to learn how to work it into your home. Re­claimed Style: Us­ing Sal­vaged Ma­te­ri­als To Cre­ate an El­e­gant Home, by Maria Speake and Adam Hills (words by Het­tie Ju­dah, pho­to­graphs by Debi Treloar), is pub­lished by Ry­land Peters & Small, £19.99

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