I love the look of some of the upscale home decor catalogs, but I am always tentative to pay the sticker price for something I can often make myself. I am a particular sucker for their accessories, as they are just so perfectly positioned and cultivated in the catalog photos, yet when I go searching to reproduce the look on my own, I usually find that the item is something: (1) vintage, (2) rare, or (3) handmade. Thus, I spend a lot of time studying their style, buying a few key pieces from the store (hello, have you experienced the awesome quality of their furniture?!?) and then creating the rest of the look on my own.
While vacationing in the Keys this summer, I was on an intense hunt for wood buoys and cork floats, when I stumbled upon a stack of these beauties sold by a salvager on Summerland Key:
My original idea was to salvage the wood from these lobster trap parts and create small picture frames (which I still plan to do). I bought 5 or so at a dollar or so a clip, and brought them home to sand, dismantle, and rebuild. But as I sanded this one down, I noticed a beautiful, subtle white wash on the wood. Turning the (now sanded) lobster trap piece horizontally, I hung it on the wall and stuck an 8″x10″ photo in the middle:
I think it has the wonderful rustic elegance that makes home decor catalog so attractive, don’t you think? And the dollar price tag? Unbeatable.