Paradise Hill Designs' Reclaimed Barn Wood

Paradise Hill Designs' Reclaimed Barn Wood

Kathryn Wright
Sep 28, 2010

Living the simple life in a rustic cabin, Rick and Heidi spend their days collecting reclaimed wood for their beautiful handmade boxes, frames, jewelry and more. They collaborate on designs that are both rustic and elegant in a workshop built by Rick on their rural property.

What started out as a philosophy of "do what you can with what you've got," their life in rural British Columbia turned into a wonderful hobby that makes use of reclaimed wood and provides them with a rich and creative life.

They got their start building furniture for their rustic home from wood collected on their property, getting an extra boost as their pieces proved to be a hit at local craft markets. All of their pieces use wood collected from the Northern Interior of British Columbia where fences, barns and buildings from ranches and ghost towns are still abundant. The natural weathering on the wood remains intact in combination with Heidi's lovely woodburnings of illustrations of the plants and creatures of BC and Rick's charming woodworks.

The couple have a knack for capturing rural British Columbia in their works while still staying true to their individual styles. Paradise Hill Designs range from $20 - $40 and are available online through their etsy shop and craft markets in Northern British Columbia, Canada, such as 'Wintergold' in Smithers, B.C. and 'Artisans of the North' in Prince George, B.C.

We like to live by the three words 'less is more' as much as possible. It can apply to almost anything. Choosing food that is the least refined, fewer but high quality pieces of clothing, a smaller living space that requires less upkeep, working from home or as close to home as possible.
- Rick and Heidi, Paradise Hill Designs
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