(Ph. © Attic Fire Photography)We spy something curious afoot in a bevy of beautiful interiors: collections of perfectly aged gym lockers in place of shelving, cabinetry, you name it! Rustic and unexpected, these utilitarian cubicles take on an edgy vibe when given a fresh coat of coordinating paints. Take, for example, the weathered row of antique cubbies in interior designer Julia Buckingham's Chicago showroom. The combination of white brick walls and sleek CB2 filing cabinets makes for an all-the-more appealing juxtaposition of styles.
(Photos © Susan Teare/W.W. Norton & Company)Or you could go the traditional route. In her new book Salvage Secrets Design & Decor (W.W. Norton & Company), salvage design maven Joanne Palmisano shows readers how to transform their homes using reclaimed materials, including these old-fashioned lockers. They're perfect for a busy family's entryway storage, where each member could have his or her own space for books, bags, and keys. Try them in your next makeover project and let us know how it goes @Lonnymag.