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A coffee table from Urban Hardwoods is the focal point of this Seattle living room. See a similar table made of salvaged Douglas fir here.
In this northern California house by architects Howard J. Backen and Loren Kroeger, a stump side table cozies up next to a white slipcovered couch. Urban Hardwoods sells stump side tables, too.
Even the scraps from old hardwood can make great home additions--here, in a Brooklyn kitchen designed by Brooklyn-based design firm Workstead.
Photo: Matthew Williams
A handsome slab of gnarled wood makes an eye-catching wall-mounted headboard. Urban Hardwoods has this one that was salvaged on Vancouver Island.
In the past decade, there?s been a real shift away from sterile spaces to warm and fuzzy interior design. (Really, when?s the last time you saw a room with all-white furniture?) "Rustic Modernity" means that it?s cool to outfit your home with everything from pottery to macramé.
And at the new Urban Hardwoods storefront in Santa Monica you can get that earthy style made to order.
Urban Hardwoods takes rough-edged wooden slabs, finishes them, then lets customers choose from dozens of bases to make tables. The Seattle-based company doesn?t harm any forests, though--its small-scale production means it can rely on trees that have fallen naturally or been removed as hazards.
Preparing the wood is a protracted process--first it air-dries for two years, then there are endless rounds of sanding and three coats of varnish (so that even a spilled glass of red wine won?t leave a stain). All that labor is worth it, since the results are splendid: the side table made from a cedar block ($945) or the English elm dining-room table for 10 ($7,515).
And rest assured that a natural wood slab table is one decor trend we?ll be cozying up to long after the antlers have been consigned to storage.
Urban Hardwoods, 1627 Montana Ave., Ste. C, Santa Monica; 310-310-3517 or urbanhardwoods.com
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