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Cool Spaces: Strongsville home filled with old farm and industrial wares (photos, video)

January 11, 2018 GMT

Cool Spaces: Strongsville home filled with old farm and industrial wares (photos, video)

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - - From the chicken-nesting box decorating her living room wall to the possum belly farm table that’s used as a kitchen island, old farm and industrial pieces fill Tiffany Marimberga’s home in Strongsville.

She hasn’t stripped, painted, polished or otherwise refinished any of it. To her, weathered is better.

“I like the character of time-worn pieces,” Marimberga says. “I’m not into paint because I think it changes the entire look of something. I like well-worn and aged-naturally.”

From the outside, there’s nothing unusual about Marimberga’s four-bedroom, split-level home that she shares with daughter, Alexis, 17, and son, Nick, 15. On this day, Marimberga is having fun with neighbors and passers-by, with “Baby it’s cold outside” announced on a chalkboard, just in case no one has noticed.

Inside, it’s a totally different century. The galvanized metal front closet door was salvaged from the old Peerless Motor Company building downtown Cleveland. A friend found it for her.

The thickly pitted, senescent nine-foot work bench against the living room wall once was scaffolding. The little table next to Marimberga’s sofa? That’s a chicken incubator. The rusty tricycle that accents a corner in the living room belonged to her late mother, Dee.

Raw vintage, and a thick slice of farm and industrial history, flows from room to room.

“My eye goes to rust,” says Marimberga, 45, who is a respiratory therapist. “I like dull. I don’t like shiny at all. Rusty feels warm to me. I also enjoy combining wood and metal when I remake something. Together they have a good feel.”

Her dining room doubles a gallery for vintage nail aprons.

“I usually find them in barns stuck in something,” she says. “I bring them home, wash them as well as I can, and then hang them up.”

When she was growing up in Bedford, Marimberga’s parents dragged her to flea markets and auctions.

“I hated every minute of it,” she remembers. “Mom was a collector, dad was a repairer. But over time it started to make sense to me.”

Three years ago, Marimberga lost her husband, Vince, and her mother. Rescuing pieces that others regard as scrap has become even more meaningful since her mother died, she says.

Marimberga mines old barns being cleaned out and flea markets. What she doesn’t use to decorate her own home, she sells on Instagram at _brokenladder. She also has barn sales twice a year in Chagrin Falls.

For those who share her decorating taste, Marimberga hunts down requests.

“I have people call me and tell me what they’re looking for, and I’ll go out and fine it,” she adds.

Marimberga’s decor doesn’t fit into any category. She calls it an industrial, garage-related, farm-styled feel.

“These items aren’t necessarily collectibles,” she adds. “It’s just what I enjoy. I also appreciate that many of these items aren’t made anymore.”

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