Home décor gems: recycled, reused & repurposed
Spring cleaning season may be over, but the summer is also a great time to refresh, rejuvenate and redecorate your abode. Here in Berkeley there are several places where you can find unique furniture, fixtures and accessories to make your home as individual as you are. To top it off, you can go green because the wares in these shops are recycled, reused or repurposed. Redecorate your house and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. What could be better?
The first local shop we'll feature in Berkeley is Ohmega Salvage. Whether you are starting your remodel from the ground up or just wanting to add a few architectural gems to refresh your home, Ohmega Salvage is a great local place to shop. Ohmega Salvage recycles architecturally interesting fixtures and materials that have mostly come from the demolition of old houses and buildings. Remember when houses used real wood and intricate designs? Well here's a place that has managed to save the best parts of those houses and offer them back to the public. Check out Ohmega Salvage. You will surely find something that will set your home apart from all the rest. Ohmega Salvage - 2407 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
Our next stop is an eco-friendly, local furniture store just steps away from the Fourth Street shopping neighborhood. The Wooden Duck is a shop that makes furniture from recycled and reclaimed teak, Douglas fir, pine, redwood and oak. This custom furniture maker and importer, located in west Berkeley has been in business for almost 20 years. There is something for every room in your house. And true blue Cal fans can have the staff at the Wooden Duck make you a custom clock from wood salvaged from Memorial Stadium. Shop at this local furniture store to add sustainable style to every room in your home.
The Wooden Duck - 1823 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA 94710 510-848-3575
Our final stop is a huge warehouse and lot located on three acres in West Berkeley where the mission is "to end the age of waste". Urban Ore is a local DIY paradise. At this huge salvage facility you can find most everything you will need to renovate and redecorate your home... and at rock bottom prices. Some items will be ready to use immediately, while others will allow you to bring your creative talents to bear prior to placing them in your home. Urban Ore also boast a selection of about 3,500 unique doors, in over 20 distinct categories at any given time. Even if you just want to add a few decorative touches here and there, you can find items at super cheap prices that would look great with just a bit of paint, polish and perspiration, including bookshelves, desks, mirrors, dining chairs and armoires.
Urban Ore - 900 Murray St, Berkeley, CA 94710 (510) 841-7283
So this summer, revitalize your home, and begin with visits to these local businesses that offer eco-friendly merchandise.