Upcycled Home Furnishings by Birdmouse, PEI

Lenny and Heather Gallant of Birdmouse - located in St. Georges on Prince Edward Island - find the threads of creativity in grains of wood.

Starting with salvaged wood materials, Lenny and Heather upcycle unwanted remnants into one-of-a-kind home furnishings. Sourcing materials from their surrounding community - ranging from aging barn deconstruction, house renovation, and even discarded furniture - they create an eclectic range of artful pieces from items that might otherwise end up in a landfill. You may even find a piece of a century-old piano in your nightstand!

Birdmouse sands, cleans, and finishes these recycled pieces without compromising the “characteristic” imperfections of the materials. In fact, they highlight this patina so that it elevates their finished product. Skilled at their craft no matter the scale, their specialty ranges from visually-compelling feature walls to small wall hangings which can be shipped across the country for as little as $10 dollars.

Their mini wooden landscapes are pieces of 3D art! I love how the imperfections are incorporated into their design, amplifying their creative efforts.



Moonlit, by Birdmouse.



A common thread in all their work is an adherence - and celebration- of sentimentality. This headboard was inspired by a client's favourite painting. The sentimental value was augmented by Birdmouse’s use of wood from the client’s mother’s sewing machine. Unique origin stories, such as this one, are one reason why I love upcycled design.





Birdmouse can create anything from salvaged wood. These asymmetrical night tables are a charming mismatch of styles that celebrate the source of their construction.





The source of the materials are also considered when creating a specific item. This vinyl record shelf was made exclusively from wood sourced from pianos and pump organs, paying homage to the present using materials which created music in the past.





Creative gymnastics are apparent in each design, injecting an energetic vibrancy where ever the item is placed.



TV Stand, by Birdmouse.



Scrolling through their gallery,  I find myself fantasizing about what Birdmouse might create next.

Explore Birdmouse to discover more exciting home furnishings, and read through their blog to learn more about their upcycle process!


Love recycling, reuse, and upcycling? Here's past posts on Houseporn.ca from Vancouver called Repurposing/Upcycling –Some Ideas to Inspire and one from Toronto called Knocking On Wood!


All photos courtesy of Birdmouse.

Researched and Written by Emily E.A. Stringer, Undergraduate of Sociology, and Geography: Environment & Sustainability, at the University of British Columbia.

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