TC’s 5 Surprising Décor Sources

The catalogs paint such a pretty picture of what your home decor could be until you crunch the numbers. And though Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn would have you think otherwise, you can get that rustic modern look for a lot less … if you know where to look.

Here are 5 great local spots to check when you’ve got the creativity, but not the cash. 

Wheelock & Sons Welding, 9954 N Long Lake Rd

Wheelock and Sons is your go-to when you’ve got basic black metal that could be a showstopper in red, orange, or beach glass green.

Wheelock & Sons will powder coat your patio furniture, table base, or anything you’ve got, as long as it’s metal. They can even do hammered effects and candy tones. Visit wheelockandsons.com for more.

Ace Welding, 1505 Premier Street 

If you need it, Ace Welding can build it. Bring in your favorite magazine or catalog and have them go to town on an iron table base, breakfast bar, or piece of art. Check out aceweldingtc.com.

Symmetree, 1670 Barlow Street

Owner Paul Paradis slices giant slabs of rare wood into works of live-edge art. Paradis’ slabs can be repurposed for headboards, clocks, side tables, or giant tables. Visit their facebook page or call 935-4477 or stop by to check out his shop for odds and ends.

Odom Reusable Building Materials, 5555 Brentwood Ave., Grawn

Odom’s, a supplier of reclaimed materials, is the ultimate in architectural treasure hunting. Corrugated metal with the right amount of rust patina? $1.25 a foot. Claw foot bathtubs, 100-year-old pine lumber, and vintage mosaic tiles are also common finds. Visit odomreuse.com or like them on Facebook to see their daily finds.

The Concrete Service, 3742 W. Front Street

Resurfacing a tired brick fireplace or ugly backsplash is now relatively easy with stone veneers. A variety of patterns and thicknesses are available at The Concrete service. Stone veneers are hot for homeowners because the panels can be installed with basic tools and skills. No stone chisels, no masonry saws, no mortar, and no trowels. Visit theconcreteservice.com for more.

By Becky Kalajian

Do you have a favorite go-to local business for home decor? Please contact pam@gathergrandtraverse.com with your picks or visit here for more information.

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