Salvaged Soul is a fantastic site that's filled to the brim with custom wood furniture. Who makes these stunning pieces? A funky gal from SoCal named Christa Paarni. She designs and builds these one-of-a-kind pieces for herself, friends, and clients and they're amazing. We've admired all of the pieces Christa has created for a while. She's a mom, a wife, and an extremely talented carpenter and her ability to multi-task and create incredible pieces has blown us away. We were lucky enough to get an interview and we're sharing it with the world!
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Christa and I live in Southern California. I am a mommy to two perfect (as perfect as a rowdy three and six-year-old can be) baby boys.
2. In your own words, what is Salvaged Soul?
Salvaged Soul is a place you can find custom, chic wood furniture and decor. Every piece is designed and built with passion and love and therefore, has a little part of my soul in it. I want my furniture to stay in families for generations.
3. When did you start Salvaged Soul?
I started in April of 2013.
4. Why did you choose custom furniture as your craft?
It chose me. Both of my grandpas and my great grandpa were carpenters, so it's in my blood. Growing up I never thought custom furniture would turn into my livelihood, but now I can see my children running Salvaged Soul when they grow up.
5. What's your favorite piece you've ever made and why?
This is a really tough one. All of my pieces are my favorite in a different way. If I HAVE to choose one I would choose my wine bar. This piece really pushed my carpentry to another level. I was given an inspiration photo from a client and designed this piece from top to bottom. There are six cabinets (two of them being glass), two drawers, seven wine bottle slots, crown molding around the top, LED lights shining down on the counter area, and a space for a wine fridge. My clients push me to learn more and allow me to do what I love for a living while making them something beautiful.
6. Who is your interior design icon and why?
I have many! I guess it really depends on the project. I love Nate Berkus and how he has branded himself into a household name. That is what I want to achieve with Salvaged Soul. I feel like he is always on point with trends and is great with creating new trends as well. I work with many interior designers and always get inspired by their individual creativity and outlooks on design concepts. No two are alike and that's what I love.
7. If you could travel to any decade, what decade would it be?
Without a doubt I would travel to the early 1900s. In that era everything was handcrafted and wood was used to build everything. The design concepts were very glamorous and chic. If I could design a home from top to bottom I would incorporate as much as I could from that era. Ninety percent of the reason I watch Vampire Diaries is to see the Salvatore Boarding House (better known as the Glenridge Hall, located in Georgia) to get inspired. It was built in 1929 and the design is impeccable. I love the massive beams on the ceilings, the gorgeous chandeliers, and the dark goth vibe. This decade showcases elegance at it's finest and plays to my old soul.
8. If you had to pick one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
9. Do you have a hidden talent?
My talent is my work. I am 100% self-taught. I do not make or follow plans for anything I have built. I look at a picture, make the plan in my head, and build it.
10. What's your favorite piece on Furniture.com?
The Juliette dining chair is my favorite!
We hope you have a better sense of who Christa is and what Salvaged Soul is all about. A big thank you to Christa Paarni and Salvaged Soul for the interview!