Architectural Antique Archaeology

by Lisa Stewart 12 May 2014

This beautiful fireplace mantel was salvaged, restored and reused. Filling an empty bedroom alcove with warmth and character the repurposed mantel appears to be a fireplace. But look again. We created this look without the expense of adding a real fireplace by placing a big sheet mirror and some candles inside the mantel. The vintage screen, framed mirror and sconces above complete the look. 

Below I’m pictured at my favorite place in Minneapolis for archaeological digs. It’s an ever-changing universe of antique architectural salvage, vintage lighting, stained glass windows, ironwork, mantles and more. Each relic is handmade with the careful craftsmanship of a bygone era. 

Today many of these items are refashioned in amazing and creative ways: some are incorporated into new home structures and others are used in older home renovations. They add historical elegance, adapt well to modern spaces and can even add a little whimsy. These pieces of historic architecture are simply beautiful! They make me want to shout, Reclaim! Recycle! Restore! Reuse! Repurpose! Renew! Rebuild! Reinvent! 

Lisa Stewart is an Interior Designer in Raleigh NC.