Ruth grew up a missionary’s daughter in Europe, and though she moved to Texas when she married, she retained the continental spirit. "People in Europe really stop and smell the roses," she says. "I know it sounds trite, but it’s a way of life that is, to me, more pure. It’s why I decided to bring these elements over here—it’s rewarding to visualize the outcome of the unused pieces we rescue for people to enjoy in their daily lives."
"I’m at my most creative in a dirty, dusty stoneyard in the middle of nowhere, climbing over old rock and looking at pieces on the ground—maybe finding a 17th-century surround that I can visualize in someone’s house, or a spiral staircase on pallets that I know will end up as a completed piece," says Ruth. "It’s not glamorous, but it gets me going more than anything in the world."