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Architectural Do’s

Jamie Altman

Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

Here is a unique little cottage I found for some clients. A special property that had potential and character in addition, sitting on a couple of acres. It was primitive but with utilities already on site.

When I saw the property I instantly visualized what it could be transformed into...


A cottage like this! Do you see it? Using some salvaged architectural elements it would be beautiful like this. I described my vision to the couple and they got it, they were on board.


Interior details can be made with using vintage salvage pieces, like this vintage tin. many applications for this piece. This cornice piece is off an old building facia.


Creating a beautiful table with this vintage street light basewould easy, just add a glass top! A cool foyer table with a vase of flowers or a lovely breakfast table. It would be stunning for a cottage like this.


Collecting accessories is where you can really add charming character. This little shelfis perfect for displaying pretty little latte bowls and some vintage linens.


A vintage corbel can be used lying down to prop up a framed piece of art or photograph.



My design tip: When collecting vintage pieces, if you can only find one piece and you love it...such as the corbel above. Buy it and take it to a wood turner. They can replicate the piece so you can have a pair or make many if you need them.


Have a beautiful weekend! If you find a little gem of a cottage, just think about how you can transform it into your favorite home with some architectural salvage and vintage finds.


Street light base, Corbel and shelf can be found in my store!

 xo, Gail

TEAM and Lifestyle Vintage Contributor

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Photo source: Photo#2 was found on pinterest, all other photos by Gail Smith-Peterson

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