I really like the look of the railroad tie wood collection from eco-friendly Vivaterra. The first piece was this bookshelf  ($869 but actually $944 when you factor in the $75 shipping surcharge) and then they expanded the collection to include this dining room table with chairs ($949 but actually $1074… yup, $125 shipping surcharge). But you can actually only just the chairs for $298, an option that I am very seriously considering. Artisans used 50-year old railroad ties and wood to fashion these objects. Amazing what a little recycling can do right? The effect is a sense of history with a hint of modernity.