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Posted by Lee Anne Culpepper | Nov 01, 2011

Designer Picks: Barnwood Home Accessories

Reclaimed barn wood serving trays from Napa Style (Napastyle.com)The rustic look and feel of barn wood evokes feelings of home, history and tradition. It is always in style.  It is fashionable today to incorporate furniture and accessories made of barn wood into a modern or transitional design scheme.  For example, a room with white walls and white upholstered furniture could have a rustic barn wood accessory or furniture piece as an unexpected element. Barn wood furniture and accessories are also a natural for urban lofts because their raw natural look is a good fit with the industrial feel of the architecture. Here are some affordable accessories made of barn wood that I like.

Napa Style has reclaimed barn wood serving trays. The trays are made of reclaimed heart of pine from European homes that date back to the 1870’s; a team of Hungarian artisans rescued the wood. I especially like the 18” round tray with a 2” lip and handle and a round cutting board with feet, because it is handy, useful and charming. The wood is hand finished with bees wax. This tray collection also includes darling rectangular and square trivet trays.

Log Cabin Rustics has a Wyoming Reclaimed Wood Coat Rack. The style is traditional with 6 pegs and a shelf; it measures 36”w x 9”d x 9”h and has the look of hand scraped, waxed wood. Over the years I have found many uses for this style coat rack. Every house can use a shelf with pegs for dog leashes, coats, dishes, dish cloths, necklaces, scarves and many more creative applications. Log Cabin Rustics also has a Fireside Reclaimed Barn Wood Mirror/Picture Frame. I like this item because it is versatile and can be useful in any home for years to come. I like to make a house a home by filling it with items that have a story and a history as this item does. It is made of reclaimed red oak planks from tobacco barns built in the 1800’s. Another detail, that makes this item useful, is its size ― at 48”w x 36”h it makes a statement on any wall.

Rustic Decor LLC has a rustic barnwood bird house that I love! It is made out of rustic barn wood and looks good indoors and outdoors. I especially like the design, because it is simple and organic and reminds me of one that I made from old wood years ago.

I love to decorate with personalized photos which make a house a home. I especially like the Barn Wood Frames that Rustic Décor has.  They come in all sizes and finishes; for example: natural, whitewashed, and black (to name a few). The price range is affordable from $12 to $50. Here is the best part…they are made in America.

Etsy  is a rich resource for creative unique items hand made by people like you and me. I found all of the following treasures there.

Midwest Collectibles has barn wood shutters that are rough cut with a star cut out. Very cool! The shutters can be custom painted, stained, or kept in their natural color.  These shutters are an awesome accent for inside or outdoor applications.  Midwest also offers additional cutouts.

Pottery by Dan has several items that I like.  The Rustic Barn Wood Knick-Knack Shelf has many possible uses. For example: a collection of perfume bottles, miniature clocks, figurines, pipes or tiles (to name a few). The appeal is the rough-cut saw-edge on the weathered wood.   Dan is a very talented craftsman. I like his stuff.  Another item he makes is a stunning cobalt blue, stained glass panel with a barn wood frame.

I also found a variety of barn wood tea light holders from various merchants on Etsy. A search there will yield an array of creative wooden candle holders to illuminate your home with soft, warm light.

Furniture and accessories made out of repurposed barn wood give a “design pop” to any motif, and what makes it even more desirable is that it is a green product.  Barn wood is timeless and evokes feelings of home, nature and a simpler time. It embodies our history and culture as a tough society of hard working achievers.

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