lath goods by jersey ice cream co.

November 4, 2011

Tara Mangini and Percy Bright are two of the most innovative, creative people I know. Not only do they have an unerring eye for vintage goods, which they sell through their shop Jersey Ice Cream Company, but they are masters of repurposing. Basically if it’s old, they can make it new. Outdated? They make it fresh. Ready for the dump or wrecking ball? Resurrected. Renewed! They recently performed one of their miraculous transformations on their own home, a 1915 brick townhouse, which they painstakingly renovated room by room. (You can enjoy the before and after shots on Design Sponge here and here.)

One of my favorite upgrades was the recycled lath paneling that they installed over a non-descript wall in the guest bedroom. With this simple, surprising detail they were able to create a cozy, rustic oasis right in the middle of the city. (They will install one for you if you’re in the Philly area or you can see my guest post on Remodelista today for instructions on how to do it yourself.)

But the lath innovation didn’t stop there. Rescuing this obsolete building material from obscurity once again, Percy and Tara continued with their imaginative use of lath, this time creating smaller scale objects for the home. Nesting boxes, storage cubbies and lights made of recycled lath are original and full of character. With their variegated hues and rich textures, they have a wonderful patina and sense of history. But they are also surprisingly modern (not to mention eco-friendly).

If you’d like some of these singular lath goods or other inspired vintage accents, visit Jersey Ice Cream Co.

above and below: Percy and Tara’s lath wall. Custom installations are available to those within striking distance of Philly, or you can check out Remodelista today for DIY instructions.

nesting boxes

ceiling lights

storage cubby

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raquel November 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm


can you please tell me which kind of wood the lath wall is made of.

if I buy new wood, do I have to put it out in the sun for a summer in oder to get that driftwood colour?



Justine November 8, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Hi Raquel,

Per Tara and Percy, lath was made out of all kinds of woods: Balsam, Aspen, Cedar and Spruce. The white patina most likely comes from the plaster that was applied to it, so I think it would be hard to recreate. If you can’t find any lath, your best bet would probably not be new lumber, but another kind of salvaged wood.

Hope that helps.



Eleni November 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

Great ideas! Love the ceiling lights!


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