I've had this book, Home from the Hardware Store, sitting on my desk at work for weeks. It features projects made with common items from the hardware store—a candelabra from plumbing parts; a lamp made out of drain grates; a coffee table made with galvanized ductowork elbows— that manage to look stylish, modern, and not too crafty. So it was great to see the authors' Brooklyn home featured in The New York Times today, and to see some of the book projects actually put to use! Their manifesto? "Buy as little new as possible... Also, make stuff from other stuff."
The authors, Stephen Antonson and Kathleen Hackett, are "a match made from salvage, found at flea markets, antiques stores and yard sales." Their Boerum Hill, Brooklyn house features many items from their book. Here's just a sampling:
For the last decade, Mr. Antonson has been collecting orphaned mittens and gloves, harvesting them from piles of snow in his neighborhood and beyond. In December, he began mating mismatched pairs and framing them, noting the locale and date on which he found each one, urged on by a friend, Andy Gray, managing director of the New York office of VSA Partners, a branding agency.
In the dining area, a white table Mr. Antonson made from two-by-two boards and painted glossy white is fitted with roller shades on which windows and doors are sketched out in black marker. You can pull them down to make a terrific fort (the book has directions). Mr. Antonson goes through a lot of dining tables, he said. The last one he made from a rusty Saarinen Tulip table base he found on the street and ground down to the metal. Topped with an oval of plywood, it was dull — too boring, in his estimation. One day when he was home alone, he took his jigsaw and carved a huge bite-mark in the edge, "like Godzilla had been there," he said excitedly.
Check out the full photo slideshow and read more about their home at The New York Times.
(And buy their book here!)
Images: Trevor Tondro for The New York Times