Restore & Repurpose

Ingenious approaches to turning old into new, and mixing vintage with modern


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An old, forgotten gate becomes a table; a vintage basket adorns a light fixture; a 100-year-old fallen-oak tree becomes a cocktail table … Resourceful upcycling is important for these area designers, who find creative and artistic uses for treasures left behind.


Marianne Jones

Who: Marianne Jones got her start in interior design selling repurposed vintage furniture and fabricating one-of-a-kind wrought-iron metal pieces. In 2010, she opened an interior design studio at the Michigan Design Center, while simultaneously working with builders on distinguished lakefront properties. This past spring, she moved into a new and shared space with Betty Mason of Classic Country Antiques in Birmingham. “It’s been a wonderful marriage of eclectic styles,” Jones says.

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“I like taking items with an old, rich patina and updating them, like the ‘ballroom’ chair (in photo below).” — Marianne Jones


The table is set with an eclectic mix of repurposed items and antiques (showcased at the Michigan Design Center’s Haute House event). “I designed the table; it was fabricated by a local metalsmith,” says designer Marianne Jones. “The tabletop is a rusted gate nestled within a clean, transitional table base and finished with a tempered-glass top. The light is a vintage French shipping basket from Betty Mason, Classic Country Antiques.  It was retrofitted to create the light.” (Light fixture, $1,410; table, $3,810,

under foot: “This is a great transitional and geometric rug,” says designer Marianne Jones. Linen Soumak rug, $3,600 (8x10), Stark Carpet, Troy,

NOW SERVING: Jones is big on serving with style. She notes that the sideboard shown above would look great among her mix. At the turn of the 20th century, well-made cabinets like this were often used by English shopkeepers to display their wares. English slider wood sideboard in weathered natural oak, $1,795, Restoration Hardware, Somerset Collection North, Troy,



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