During my quest to furnish the house and do the odd job for others, I have developed a philosophy of recycling materials, parts of furniture, old door panels and windows and older details from the house that can be echoed in a piece. This helps integrate an item and give it a bit of character as well as satisfying my urge to give things a second chance. Let me show you:
Mirror frame that echoes a detail at either end of the traditional shelving and is hung with a fisherman’s rope and floats.
A cupboard built for a friend in the village using her original old chestnut windows, plus a panel and moulding from her old balcony doors.
This plate rack is a copy of the one in the kitchen below. I’ve made lots of these with the height and length differing. Some people even use them to store shoes!
A traditional bed base built for a house on Lefkada. A mattress is put in the middle, cushions thrown around, storage under and two sets of steps up that can be put together to make a small table. A traditional idea of north/western Greece.
The drawers and sides were taken from a larger cupboard that had lost its doors. So I just made a chest of drawers from the central stack.
The barber’s mirror had no legs. These legs had been chainsawed off an old table in Thessaloniki and put in the rubbish. I knew I would do something with them one day. I extended them with some off cut chunks that had a bark detail. It’s all a rather strange mix!
Telephone cupboard just big enough to hide all the wires and plugs.
My boot box in the hall is made from an old panel from a friend’s balcony doors plus other bits and pieces in the workshop. The panel opens out for boots below and the top opens up to pop in the shoes.