guest post – who woodn’t love this old furniture?

August 18, 2012

Hello Living Fresh fans! Tina was kind enough to write a great tutorial on floral design for readers of my blog ~delicious decor~ and I am pleased to have the opportunity to return the favour.

I am an Interior Decorator at Creating Contrast Designs in Burlington, Ontario. I frequently buy and sell fabulous used furniture to refinsh, repurpose or upcycle. Today I will share with you pictures & ideas of wooden furnishings from my latest trip to the Aberfoyle Antique Market. I hope you enjoy it!

Walnut, oak, maple, pine, mahogany, cedar, beech – we all have a preference to which type of woods we are drawn to for different reasons. It could be for the simple fact that you just love the colour and grain of a specific type of wood. Or it could stem from something deeper such as  a childhood memory of your very first matching bedroom set or your grandpa’s old porch swing.


As an interior decorator who thrives on repurposing and upcycling items in home decor, the possibilities and transformations of wooden pieces excite me.

Reclaimed wood – Stylish and kind to the environment

I wanted to share with you some beautiful furnishings I saw on a recent visit to one of my absolute favourite places – the Aberfoyle Antique Market. With over 100 vendors on more than 20 acres, there are so many one of a kind treasures waiting for you here in various styles & finishes.

I love the wood grain in this drop leaf desk with the crooked shelving.

Whether you love the look of refinished natural wood or prefer a more weathered, rustic design – you can’t argue that either style can add a ‘wow’ factor to a space like nothing else.

Mahogany Duncan Phyfe styled furniture remains a popular choice for buyers and the quality is unbeatable.
The markings in this oak wood are simply stunning and the design of the piece is rare to find.
An antique pine chest that’s functional and a beauty too!

Wood has always been an obvious and popular choice for quality case goods. With the focus of today being on recycling and using sustainable resources, there has never been a better time to reclaim an antique piece and make it your own.

The elevated wrought iron legs on the wooden mounts are a nice touch.

In my experience there has been one significant shift in our decision making process when buying used items and it is this: The type of material used for a piece of furniture is not as important as the unique style & quality of the piece of furniture itself.

I understand that this may not ring true for every buyer. However, often it comes down to how much we love the look of an item that tends to overrule our preference for the specific material its been made from. This is especially the case if you are buying furniture to upcycle or repurpose.

If you are searching for organic furnishings of remarkable workmanship, I found  these items (below) that would work nicely in a rustic setting or add a natural feel to a more contemporary space.

Wonderful walnut bookcase
Stunning contrasting colours on this chopping board.
Marks from the cutting saw add to the authenticity and raw beauty of these wooden benches.


Imagine how wood furnishings will look in your home…



Such natural beauty

Cheers to Tina for inviting me to guest blog here at Living Fresh.  I hope you enjoyed these beautiful wood furnishings and perhaps you’ve even been inspired to head to your local antique market to see what fabulous treasures await there for you! For more posts from ~delicious decor~ on Aberfoyle & Upcycling, please click on the links below.

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