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Add Personality with Salvaged Lighting Fixtures


Our roving salvage correspondent Nancy Ranchel has a great piece posted on the NW Renovations blog about how to add personality to your home through salvaged vintage lighting fixtures. Here’s a quote:

Next time you need a new sconce or dome light, try thinking outside the (big) box (store). Anybody can buy those lights! You want something different. You didn’t realize it before, but you do. You want something old. Something used, refurbished, re-wired.

And I’m here to help you! While new is good, and it certainly has its place (new underwear comes to mind), it can lack character. And there’s also the danger of new being homogenous. Homogenized milk is good. Homogenized light fixtures are not. They are — what’s that word? Oh yeah, boring. Turning to the old stuff will personalize your space, and it’s easier on the environment. Read the whole story here.

While you’re there, keep an eye out for the June/July issue, featuring a story on outdoor kitchens featuring some fun Arciform projects.

Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone!

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Give Your House a Voice


If your house could speak, what do you hope it would say?

Would it be a cheeky affirmation?


Or a friendly reminder?


Maybe just a morning directive:


Whatever the message, consider giving your home a voice with light up letter forms that spell out the feelings that are close to your heart.


Arciform client and good friend Maria Hardison decided to create her first set of these charming light up letters as a surprise gift for her husband. They now grace the wall in their basement family room.

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That project proved so popular with friends that soon she was creating custom letters for friends and business contacts. There’s Maria in the photo above, working with her friend (and now business partner) Tom.


Then, after the “Pig Out” sign she created for new Portland restaurant Lardo was featured in a ton of great reviews, she decided to get serious.

The result: now she has launched a business creating custom vintage look marquee letters  you can purchase to illuminate your home and give it a voice.

So… if your home could speak to every guest who stops buy… what would YOU like it to say?

Tell us the 3 word phrase you’d want your home to shout from the rooftops (in glowing marquee letters) in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win a FREE custom letter light of your choice from Maria’s new company.


You can check out Maria’s new website and get the details on creating your own custom sign here.

Explore some other options for adding letter forms into your home design in our Pinterest gallery.

We can’t wait to hear what your home would say if it could speak!

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