Decorating with French Architectural Salvage

Hi, everyone, I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for Design Shuffle, a fabulous social media site that promotes interior designers and their work from around the world. My writing focuses on things I'm passionate about: interior design, decorating ideas, home furnishings, gardening, travel and art. I get to look at gorgeous things all day and write about them. I'm a very lucky girl!

Thanks Lynn for inviting me and Design Shuffle to visit this week. I am excited to share some gorgeous pictures of beautiful rooms decorated with French architectural salvage. I hope you and your readers will feel inspired. There are so many types of architectural salvage: windows, mirrors, mantels, finials, iron work, flooring, columns—the decorating possibilities are endless! There is so much history in each piece of French architectural salvage. I love imagining where each piece came from and what history it has witnessed. Here are my tips for decorating with French Architectural Salvage. Enjoy!
Trouvais via
A French overmantel mirror, painted in a shabby chic white, would look wonderful paired with the console table in an entry or bedroom design. Love the floor candelabrum too.
Remodelista via
Seriously love this shower enclosure from old factory windows. Not sure if the windows are truly from France but they have that certain je ne sais quoi of French architecture.
My Home Ideas via
Gothic arches form the base of a custom console table. Repurposing architectural salvage is part of the charm of working with these historic objects.
Better Homes and Gardens (slide #2) via
Looking for out of the ordinary bathroom design ideas? Using salvaged ironwork, an architectural element popular during the Belle Époque in Paris, to make a bathroom vanity is a clever and charming.
Décor de Provence via
French glass panels frame a glass door leading into a great room. The etching detail is lovely.
Better Homes and Gardens (slide #4) via
This round window reminds me of the round garret windows that pepper the rooflines of Paris, very La Boheme. Turning windows into mirrors is an easy DIY project.
Pottery Barn via
Salvage wood finials make wonderful, charming lamp bases. If you can’t find French salvage finials, stores like Pottery Barn have copies that capture the look.
Eclectic Revisited via
Antique French wood doors greet visitors as they have for centuries. The wood flooring is also salvaged antique wood from France, which gives this interior design a true feeling of life in France.

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It was a pleasure to have you as a guest blogger today at The Vintage Nest Susi  :) The photos are exquisite and so inspirational.  For more inspiration,  I am joining these  parties today.  Won't you click on the links for a visit? 

White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Vintage Inspiration Wednesday at A Very Merry Vintage Style
Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here  

Farmhouse Friday at Laurie Anna's

Voila French Thursday at French Cupboard 

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Gabriela Delworth said...


Love these photos, these spaces are stunning!


CatHerder said...

just checking in to see how you fared our national disasters this past week. hope u r well

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

WOW! I loved every single photo...fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Margaret Cloud said...

Wow, talk about beauty, I liked them all, especially the shower enclosure and the sink. Thanks Lynn for inviting Susi and Design Shuffle (I like that name) to come on your blog so we could see all this beauty. Have a great week and I am glad you and Bobby are safe. That is awful what happened in New York.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Lynn...what a great post!
I've never heard of Design Shuffle, thank you Susi!

Tete said...

I'm in love- the lamp, the shower, the entry table...I could take it all.
Great post!

Anonymous said...

Lynn and Susi - thank you for the fabulous post! Every single idea is an inspiration... but I especially loved the windows shower! I've always been attracted to architectural finds but never know quite how to incorporate into my decor without it looking out of place or that I'm trying to hard...

Unknown said...

Dear Lynn and Susi,
if only we could have more than one home..how much fun it would be to change our decorations from house to house..what a dream!!!
Okay I'm awake...
nice photo's...

Bohemian said...

I love decorating with Architectural Salvage... I'm thankful that at least some of the remnants of the Past are being preserved this way from magnificent Old Buildings that were not spared.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Honey at 2805 said...

These are really inspirational ideas from architectural artifacts. Love them all!

Hope you will bring one of your projects to my first Potpourri Friday Party this week - Friday, September 2. Link-up starts on Thursday afternoon. Without a doubt, your participation will help make the party better!

very merry vintage style said...

There are some great photos here. I love those wood finial lamps... all different with the same shade. Great inspiration. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

very merry vintage style said...

Love these photos--great inspiration here. Those finial lamps are amazing. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful decor.

Sarah said...

Absolutely stunning. Thanks for all this yummy inspiration.

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

You lost me at the first photo ~ Incredible...

A Few Pennies said...

I could get lost in all those lovely rooms. I spend too much time browsing pinterest too--another source of home decor. Great photos--thanks for sharing the inspiration.

Rebecca said...

I love decorating with architectural items but they're so expensive anymore.

Thanks for your kind words on Tete's blog about Buddy!

Anonymous said...

That entry table was a great idea. The shower doors are pretty cool, too, but I wouldn't want to live with them! :) I'm lazy....

Love the burlap lamp shades.....and chair covers!

Happy Wednesday!!

L, Dana

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

What a visually stunning post! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Amazing ideas!

lvroftiques said...

Wowser!! I'm drooling just a little *winks*
Love all of the inspiration photos! You don't have to twist my arm, French architectual style is my favorite by a mile! Vanna

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is all so wonderful...I'm really glad you came to the party. Love the framed in shower...and the cloches in the first picture. Great post!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh absolutely beautiful inspirations!!! So pinning some of these!! :) Thanks for sharing at my party!

ParkerNicole said...

I love all the decorating ideas. It's really awesome and the person who planned this is really brilliant. Thanks Susi for beautiful post.
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Toronto Painters said...

Using architectural salvage pieces in any room adds another design element that is just gorgeous!

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