L.A. designer Kelly LaPlante shows how to give salvaged materials stylish new purpose.
Nothing more green than keeping what you have
Decorating with salvage finds
For Kelly LaPlante, a leading Los Angeles-based interior designer, author, television host, and new mother, green design isn't just about choosing fabrics and furniture made from sustainable materials.
She prefers to help her clients find new use--and often unexpected new love--for things they already own. "There's nothing more green than keeping what you have," she says.
Her own Venice loft is proof that hand-me-downs and thrift-store finds can rise to stylish new purpose.
DESIGN Kelly LaPlante Organic Interior Design, Venice, CA (kellylaplante.com or 310/581-6789).
Revived with a punch of bold red paint
The dining table was brown and had belonged to a client. "They were going to throw it away," says LaPlante, who saw potential in its curves.
After being revived with a punch of bold red low-VOC paint (try shiny-finish Sophia by Bungaloo, mybungaloo.com), it's the star of herRead More »from How to Decorate with Secondhand Finds