as i extended the lease on my condo, the thought of decorating snuck into my mind. i have such a weird mix of modern and vintage in both my decorating tastes and fashion choices. my home has a bit of an identity crisis.
tucked down a gravel alley, through a yard full of creations is reclaimed trading company, Calgary’s newest source for salvage and reclaimed, upcycled furniture and decor in Ramsay.
once you reach the building’s door, you’re greeted by three of the most adorable rescue dogs, that sadly aren’t for sale.
(at this point, i’m pretty sure Katey told me i was being creepy)
as general contractors, the team at reclaimed trading company see a lot of construction waste going to the dump at almost every job site. they decided to make it their mission to save as much construction landfill waste as possible and see it be reused in new builds. they source material from all across Canada in an effort to get a wide variety of inventory to fill any scope of work.
their passion for the environment is only matched by a love of antiques and saving solid building materials. whether they are salvaging cedar from Calgary’s courthouse or removing old growth fir from a cannery in BC, they love the idea of diverting materials from the landfill and creating beautiful pieces of furniture.
i was first turned on to reclaimed by my friend Scotty, where his unique light creations were on display.
what started as a hobby tinkering around, has led to Murdoch Design. where his imagination has Scotty creating fan lamps (that were featured on the Marilyn Dennis show), lights out of old vintage cameras, medicine bottle creations that would light up the best bars, and anything else you could imagine and illuminate.
the rest of the store is filled with the most unique found items, and stunning reclaimed creations.
what was old is new again: benches made from church pews, decorative mirrors from a ship’s porthole, charcuterie boards made from old-growth fir reclaimed from the beams of a warehouse in Vancouver, wine bottle holders made from old whiskey barrels.
while it’s a bit dangerous for my pocket book each time i’m in the store, the overwhelming urge to redecorate my apartment with everything reclaimed and vintage pulls me back time and time again.
if the creations and finds aren’t enough for you, reclaimed trading company also hosts concerts and events, and may have a fully stocked beer fridge and wine selection…
what’s your decorating style?