Saturday, January 11, 2014

Where do designers shop? Treasure hunting at Adam and Eve Salvage.

What could I possibly find for design projects at my favorite salvage yard, Adam and Eve's, in West Palm Beach, Florida?   I was dismayed to read that they would be closing at the end of this month.  Where would I find all those rustic treasures that inspire me to get creative?

Adam and Eve's has been around for years.  You can basically find anything you want...and lots that you don't know you even a place like Adam and Eve's.  Remnants from mansions in Palm Beach, hotels, churches, old buildings and more jammed their yard and their warehouses.

You can see that much of their inventory has already been depleted.  What is it about digging around in old stuff that gets me so excited? I thought you would enjoy exploring this fantastic place with me one more time before the gavel sounds on the auction block.  As I look back I wish I had loaded up my car with a few of these remnants of the past.

I love these intricate panels.  What could I do with them?  Could I mount them on a wall as art? Paint them bright colors?  Turn them into standing screens or a room divider?  What about paneling for a wall?  The small one would make a great door for a cabinet...I am sure I could find a mate to it in that pile somewhere.

Oh, this is very pretty.  Architectural fragments like this are wonderful on a shelf just as they are but what else could I do with this one?  I just thought, how about in the back splash over a stove or maybe as part of a fireplace surround?  I wonder where it came from.  Their stories fascinate me.

What do you think, parts of a balustrade or table legs for a stately console or dining table for a patio?  Maybe one could be an over scaled candlestick for giant pillar candles or a stand for a fabulous Boston fern?

I have to say I am a sucker for wrought iron.  This is the best place to find tons of it.  Here is one of my favorites. I did struggle with taking this sweet thing home. What would you do with it?  Hang it on a wall, turn it on it's side, create a trellis or turn it into a table top and put a piece of glass on it?

Perhaps you have an old fashioned tub that is missing a foot?  If you like the really rustic look,  put these on an ottoman for fun.  My favorite is the ball and claw foot with some of the white paint still on it.  Where did they come from?  Who took baths in those tubs?

Isn't the design on this railing lovely?  Of course this could be used  on a porch as a railing but could it be turned vertically and function as a poolside towel rack?

This iron fragment was undoubtedly part of a front porch but I keep thinking I could turn it sideways and place it above a window like a valance.  I could incorporate it into a cornice.  A pair could frame a doorway.
You have to either love the time worn (rusty) finish or be willing to use a bit of elbow grease to restore it, however.

Windows were everywhere.  I can picture the white ones with photos behind each pane.
Put a mirror behind  the arched window and hang it over a doorway or window to create a dramatic arched window or door effect.

I can't figure out why I love these screen doors so much.  Maybe it reminds me of my grandparents farm in Mississippi.  I keep thinking I could brush off the dust, freshen up the finish and use it in my bedroom to hang jewelry on. Would that work?  Should I go back and get it?

This patina of this scruffy door frame is wonderful.  A finish like this would cost a lot to replicate and is highly desirable in many decorating styles.  Would it work in your home?

French doors always seem to lend a certain charm where ever they are. I am thinking of replacing my old bifold louvered door on my pantry with this one.  Would it fit?  That reminds me to always bring measurements when shopping at a salvage yard.

I had hoped to find some pretty stately carved doors to use as a screen in the corner of my living room, but I did not find them.  If I wanted louvered doors or simple raised panel doors, there were tons.

Inside there were lots of old chandeliers and outside these lanterns caught my eye.

If these fixtures were left as they are, wouldn't they look striking hung on a fence with a candle glowing inside?

This was the only "statuary" I found and as adorable as they may be it wasn't quite what I hoped to find.  Outdoor figures are fun to place in unexpected spots in your garden or on a bookshelf or ledge inside too.

Inside their warehouses we found furniture, art, chandeliers and lots of parts....hardware,  crystals, frames, and more.  It has already been a week since our little field trip to Adam and Eve's but I am still thinking about it!

Do you like to poke around salvage yards?  What kind of treasures inspire you?  How do you like those time worn finishes?  I invite you to share your salvage yard tales as well as your own thoughts and ideas in the comment box below.  I look forward to hearing from you.

       Happy Decorating!

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  1. Hi Marsha,
    I am also dismayed that Adam and Eve Salvage is closing it's doors. It seems they have been around forever!!!
    It's interesting because I love to look at real estate for sale for investment properties or just to see what I could do with a space.
    I just came across a villa that had a kitchen with a pantry that seemed to be a focal point from the living / great room area. I was just thinking what could I do with those typical boring bi-fold doors to create some interest.
    I love your idea of using French doors to create that certain charm in lieu of the tradition bi-fold door.

    Thank You,
    Teresa G.

    1. Thanks Teresa. Yes these places always get my mind going. Its very inspirational.

  2. What a shame that this place is closing! I would definitely go NUTS in there. It's an interesting point about the doors that remind you of the farm in Mississippi. I think I see it. Do you think some similar store will snap up a lot of this stuff?

    1. I am going to "keep my eyes peeled" for any new salvage yards. At the moment I don't think there are any nearby, sad to say.
      Thanks so much for commenting.

    2. Hi. There's been such a void since Adam & Eve's closed. Were you able to find any other salvage yards in S. Florida?


      Michele P.