Friday, May 14, 2010

Love it, love it, love it......

Why do old things look so cool? On a recent visit to Houston, I couldn't help but take photos of the decor at the Pappacito's. I thought it was limited to the exterior, which was lovingly clad in recovered and repurposed sheet metals and recycled wood sidings. However, the interior featured solid, five-panel doors and a number of other architectural salvage pieces on walls, ceilings, etc.  The patio was nothing other than fabulous (and so were the margs). The space that was created from the solid bricks and the other exterior pieces created the most comfortable, warm, and inviting space. I just know I spent more money because we stayed so long there, enjoying the atmosphere.
I contend that these classic spaces, with re-use of classic materials and lines will withstand time. I hope that they will be recognized as not only as sustainable practices of recycling "good old stuff", but as wise business decisions in which greater economies are created in spaces where people spend more money!

Clockwise from left - solid brick patio entrance, old rail install and example of exterior siding at Pappacito's in Houston.

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