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Inspired interiors: A renewed interest in what was old for 2013 | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Home and Garden story on an emphasis on renew, redo, recycle, reclaim, etc. There are examples of locals' works at Reclamation (5335 Winthrop Ave), a vintage market and art gallery. Pictured here, manager, Brittany Sowers, points and pretends to shoot one of the more fun handmade items, a ray-gun, made of bits and pieces of other objects, by artist, Steve Stephens. It sells for $65. (Frank Espich/The Star)

This is the year of “re” — renew, redo, recycle. Home furnishings in 2013 will repurpose, reclaim, revamp and reimagine.

A whole new generation of antique lovers has emerged. They’re young, energetic, not hampered by tradition. They don’t worry that a piece of furniture is antique — they change it, saw it, paint it. They update the hardware. They change its use from a record cabinet to a bar or a French hamper to a chandelier.

Take, for example, Susan Van Huss, who has a design studio in an old commercial building on Winthrop Avenue in the trendy area near 54th Street and the Monon Trail.

“As a furniture painting teacher, it tickles me that more and more women (and men) are jumping on the bandwagon to reuse what they already have in their attics, basements and closets — or are finding at fabulous stores.”

Home and Garden story on an emphasis on renew, redo, recycle, reclaim, etc. There are examples of locals' works at Reclamation (5335 Winthrop Ave), a vintage market and art gallery. Pictured here, an overall view of just some of the customized hand painted furnishings from Indianapolis artist, David Marsh, on display in the basement area of Reclamation. (Frank Espich/The Star)

For the Inspired Interiors column, cover of H&G :::: Pictured here, an exterior Reclamation (5335 Winthrop Ave), owned and operated by Elizabeth Brown. The new and bigger location, has 7,000 square feet and 29 vendors and growing.  The fun and hip shop is perfect for last minute Holiday shopping.  Frank Espich/The Star

Home and Garden story on an emphasis on renew, redo, recycle, reclaim, etc. There are examples of locals' works at Reclamation (5335 Winthrop Ave), a vintage market and art gallery. One of the artists, Kim Lohr, reworks used furniture with wonderful painted designs and updated hardware, as seen in this chest of drawers, that goes for $1,850. (Frank Espich/The Star)

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New uses for 200-year-old barns | wood, bolin, barns – Business – The Orange County Register

By JAN NORMAN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Ben Bonin and Collin Gibellino search rural America for centuries-old barns that are on the verge of falling down.

For property owners the old structures are attractive nuisances for young kids, property tax burdens and eyesores. Bonin and Gibellino see them differently.

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True American Grain in Laguna Niguel buys barns originally built in the 1800s, such as this one in Michigan. The company tears the barns down and sells the reclaimed lumber, doors and hardware for residential remodeling and commercial interiors. The hand hewn wood has a unique look and a historial story to tell, the owners say.

One man’s hazard is another man’s business opportunity.

Bonin and Gibellino are partners in True American Grain, a Laguna Niguel supplier of what is called reclaimed or vintage wood that is used for residential and commercial interiors.

In a little more than a year, they have torn down five barns in Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan and resold the wood for interiors in several homes, a shopping mall in Las Vegas, a couple of restaurants and a cheese shop.

The company’s slogan is “giving new life to old America.”

Strolling through one of three local warehouses, Bonin pointed out beams that still bear the hatchet marks of 19th century farmers who built the barns to house dairy cows in northern Michigan. Boards from Tennessee tobacco barns are destined for a home being remodeled in Pelican Hills. A barn door in the corner will soon go to a wine bar in Las Vegas.

“Each piece of wood has a back story, where it came from, what it was used for,” said Gibellino, who keeps a jar filled with handmade nails that have been removed as barns were torn down. “It’s a conversation piece, unique.”

The partners, who tear the barns down themselves with the help of locals they hire, salvage everything they can from brick-sized blocks of wood to metal pulleys that they convert into track lighting.

“Every piece has a home,” Gibellino said.

Reclaimed wood “is very trendy; it’s popular to do repurposed furnishings,” said designer Sherrie Jordan, owner of Incorporate Orange in San Juan Capistrano who has used True American Grain products in wine bars and shops. “Environmentally friendly interiors are popular in California. You can tell right away that it’s authentic.”

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