Monday, November 30, 2009

Revive a room with Repurposed Style

I'm just back from the preview party at the Make a Wish Home Show and I have a new love. His name is Branan White, and he is an interior designer. Have you ever walked into a home and felt like it perfectly represented your design personality? Branan was able to crawl into my decor dreams and make them come true without ever having laid eyes on me. A master of fusion design, he is known for pairing 18th and 19th Century French and English antiques with repurposed and upcycled industrial pieces. I would like to highlight some of my favorites from the MAW Show and let him inspire you to practice "upcycling" in your own home. Please excuse the picture quality. Although I can't live without my iphone, it does have it's limits.

Holiday Wreath from the 1950's made from the pages of a Christmas Book.
Close up shot

I absolutely adore these chairs.
They combine several of my favorite things, burlap, french design and flair and an aged glazed finish.

Check out this stove hood.
It is made of old tin ceiling tiles and a salvaged beam. While you're at it check out the brick back splash with the oozing mortar. It pulls the look together.

How about this for a pantry door?
It's an old barn door put on sliding rail tracks. Great for a style statement and a good space saver. I'd love to try this look in my master bath. Our door opens in and leaves no room at all.

How about snuggling up for a snooze in this bed?
Let's take a closer look at this headboard.
It's upcycled tin tiles and antique balusters.

Here's a stylish living room vignette. I love the square Louis Vuitton ottoman with the red coral and the animal prints mixed with the vintage tapestry pillows. That ottoman is for sale for $2500. That's a steal for Louis Vuitton.

Don't think I'm not going to put a fringe skirt like this on every chair I own.

This is a bar area complete with vintage seltzer bottles.
Simply stunning the way the green globes pick up the green of the weathered cabinet.

Aerial view of the study.
Again, the use of animal prints mixed with the vintage furniture and original artwork.

Lest you think I have gone off the deep end with my ode to Branan White, I am not alone in my admiration of his style. He was voted, "Best Interior Designer" for the Make a Wish Holiday Home Show. Here he is holding a guitar that will be auctioned for Make a Wish signed by Julianne Hough.

There is a store in Nashville called Preservation Station, it is a great place to look for the architectural pieces. If you know of a good place to shop for these pieces, leave me a comment. I am on a mission to incorporate some Branan White style into my own home.


  1. Branan's store, Revival Home Inspirations, is easy to find. Off Charlotte in West Meade area (615-351-4415).....the store is incredible and you can see more original dimensional art from in-store artist, Amber Wallace. Great post Dana!

  2. brooks...i love that it yours? did you make it? could i have permission to use it on my blog...i am always looking for crafty ideas to share...i want to make one of these...

    thank you for connecting to artistically speaking magazine...if, at any time, you would like to contribute, please let me know...

    i have twins also..mine are 33 years old now...i am sending you and your wife good energy...

    hugs, rebecca

  3. I went to the Make a Wish tour today and fell in love with Branan too! Share your sentiments exactly. Gotta get over to his store. And Amber Wallace's work is amazing.