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before & after: austin’s barn wood wall + bear’s chair

by Kate Pruitt

When I first laid eyes on this project, I went absolutely cuckoo bananas. What I wouldn’t give for a blank room in my home to install a salvaged wood wall! This lovely version was made by Austin, a photographer living in Nashville, which explains the lovely, well-composed “after” shot. Austin saw a similar installation in a recording studio using new lumber and he decided to make his own out of reclaimed barn wood. I highly approve of Austin’s decision: the reclaimed boards have so much character and beauty and they look wonderful with his furniture and styling choices. But how does he get any work done? I would spend all day just gazing at this loveliness. You can see more of Austin’s lovely photo work on his blog. Thanks for sharing, Austin! — Kate

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I’m really excited to post this project, not only because it’s inventive and lovely, but also because I was dying to type the words “Bear’s chair.” What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good rhyme! Actually, Bear’s chair wasn’t a terrible specimen to begin with — I could see the camel leather and the mid-century frame dropping straight onto the set of Mad Men. But admittedly the pale, solid upholstery was a little bland. The linen fabric and stamped text add a lovely rustic touch and definitely make the chair more of a stand-out piece. Great work on the chair, Bear! Okay that’s the last time, I promise . . .

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