Everything Old Is New Again

Go green this Earth Day (April 22) with repurposed items for the home from Deconstructed Living in Wayne.

In celebration of Earth Day (April 22), here’s a trend that benefits both your home and Mother Earth: repurposing—whether it means transforming vintage accessories into chic statement pieces, or breathing life into tired furniture with fresh paint and new hardware.

It’s easy enough to watch HGTV and read magazine articles about the subject. The hard part is finding the time to go to flea markets, estate sales or antique shows, and having the vision to know what has the potential to be repurposed. But a growing number of Main Line businesses are happy to do the picking for you.

“My clients want clean, open spaces with unique, functional pieces,” says Audra Fine, owner of Deconstructed Living, a new home décor and accessories shop in Wayne. “They don’t want everything from a catalog that everyone else has. It’s great to mix the old with the new.”

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It’s a look she refers to as “earthy modern”—bringing the outdoors inside with textiles and woods, complemented by modern lighting and window treatments. Fine’s store has a number of repurposed finds, from a bright-red coffee table (pictured) made of loading pallets to a vintage distressed-wood T-stand wine rack. “The best part of [the wine rack] is that it could be left standing, or it could be unhinged and hung on the wall as art,” says Fine. “I like things that have more than one use.”

201 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 975-8908.

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