Shopping architectural salvage requires a keen eye and sturdy shoes
Located below 4100 Bar at Sunset Junction, it should be easy to overlook Silverlake Yards. However, with hundreds of old doors and windows and enough crystal doorknobs for a boutique hotel, the architectural salvage warehouse has a cult following among serial remodelers.
Owned by schoolteacher turned scavenger Bruce Baker, his inventory stems from “For Sale” signs or chain-link fences that signal an impending teardown. He then woos owners to let his team remove anything from light fixtures to fireplace mantels. “Some of the stuff is so beautiful you wonder why they’re getting rid of it,” says manager Sev Montoya.
The Yards demand a good eye. With housekeeper’s carts from a shuttered San Pedro hotel, vintage bus station lockers and steel medical cabinets, the vibe is Restoration Hardware meets “The Shining.” That’s why Variety Weekend teamed with interior designer Annette English to search for trash you can treasure. (Her first tip: Wear closed-toe shoes.)
|Twelve-foot, wrought-iron gates from a Malibu estate could become room dividers or a floating headboard.||These cast-iron urns would look great in a garden.||The ornate carved surface of this wooden door appealed to English: “It would make a great headboard or tabletop.”|
|Scavenger chic: $5,000/pair
Refurbish: Sandblasting to expose the finish, $1,000
|Scavenger chic: $1000/pair
Refurbish: English suggests use as a funky table base ($300 for a glass top, $600 for marble) or as a lamp ($400 for wiring, $200 for a lampshade)
|Scavenger chic: $300
Refurbish: Stripping and painting, $750
|Craftsman-style windows with stained or leaded glass can be mounted on the wall like a piece of art.||English liked the look of these mismatched, intricately patterned heating vents hanging on the wall like art pieces. Montoya notes that vintage reproductions often sell for as much as $70.|
|Scavenger chic: $250
Refurbish: Replacement panes, $250, plus $10 hooks
|Scavenger chic: From $20 each
Refurbish: Use as is. “The funky and unique patina of each is what makes them so interesting,” says English.
1085 Manzanita St.