"We want our pieces to be that focal piece in the room," Perez said.
Perez, 38, had been selling "upcycled" furniture on the Craigslist website from her home for about a year, but she wanted to get a storefront for more exposure. She teamed up with Lyons, 62, to create the business.
They opened the venture at the end of September and have about 600 pieces in their inventory. The business shares space with Objects Found, an antiques store.
While terms such as upcycled, recycled, and refurbishing have similarities, Perez and Lyons describe upcycled as similar to reinventing, changing furniture to make it a better quality object.
"I love to create things and take trash and make it really pretty and beautiful," said Lyons, whose career includes 15 years as a visual director at Bloomingdale's, the department store chain. She was most recently substitute teaching. "That's where our commonality is with our venture."
A hall tree — furniture used in an entryway to hang coats — that was made out of an old door and includes a bench that was made from parts of two dining room tables, sells for $295. A chandelier, painted hot pink and sporting new bulbs and hanging prisms, sells for $139. A Mediterranean hutch turned into a TV stand is $295.
The goal is to come up with something unique, Perez said.
"I think this is a store you walk into and you fall in love with a piece and you make it work for your space because you want it, you love it and you want it to be a part of your home," Perez said.
Perez and Lyons said there isn't much competition, aside from a store in Howard County called The Vintage Marketplace that repurposes furniture.
Laura Kimball, the interior design program coordinator at The Community College of Baltimore County, said upcycling has become more commonplace in recent years, in part because of Pinterest, a social media platform that allows users to share ideas they like.