This is just the sort of place that thrills me to walk into. After a wonderful drive with
vineyards and the occasional winery splayed on either side of the road, you take a right turn
just before the turnoff for downtown Sonoma or further Napa, into Cornerstone Gardens.
There are several shops and a great place for coffee or lunch with gravel underfoot,
corrugated metal buildings and factory lights, olive trees and rugged perennials…
it’s how Sonoma does country.
Artefact Salvage is a place that has a point of view,
an aggregate of various artists, countries, materials, sizes, centuries…
Huge suspended grinding wheels alongside a mythical beaux-arts panel
Marble, femininely French…
Baby heads and NAP…of course they’d go together…
Colonel Sanders and rusty iron wheels and weather vane…
The namesake pediment back lit by mid morning sun…
Huge tin wrapped tabletops with massive carved cast stone legs
are laden with curiosities, cast iron rosettes and lion heads,
bowls of slag glass rock, succulent candles, tamarind bowls,
river rock votive holders and soap dishes, and a good selection of books.
Myriad of interesting small items…
like these sliced Nautilus shell sections
Closer look at those enormous tables and the view through the huge building’s belly…
industrial lights, driftwood, a Gazebo/Pavilion from Northern India complete with roof
(not shown). Crusty original paint in beautiful pastel colors. Early to mid 19th century.
Outdoors there are stone fireplaces, statues,
scrapes of architectural salvage…
Fragments from an old Philadelphia building that was torn down
One of many stately fountains…
Pretty aqua colored, slightly less industrial cart
Solemnly sentinel greyhounds grouped outside in the entrance courtyard
Huge (60″ diameter) teak scrap spheres and fountain in background.
One of my “rescued” bits of architectural salvage safe at home.
Click Artefact Design Interview for the store’s fascinating history, with owner Dave Allen.
(click on TV screen to view) You might notice they visit an Erin Martin designed property
in St. Helena that I posted about here (look for the gilded Italian lamp and window pelmets)
to show places where the architectural salvage was used.
Artefact Design & Salvage
23562 Highway 121
Sonoma, Ca. 95476
Artefact recently updated their website here
If you are wondering where “the hunt” has taken Dave Allen next…check out his blog on the site.
Completely entertaining, great travel photos, a must read!