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How to decorate with secondhand finds

L.A. designer Kelly LaPlante shows how to give salvaged materials stylish new purpose

Los Angeles loft
Photo by Thomas J. Story; styling by Miranda Jones

Salvage style: How to decorate with what you already 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)

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