Home Decorating

15
SEP
2019
Vintage 1930s lime green chandelier

16 best vintage home decor shops on Etsy

Etsy is a goldmine of handmade art and craft from around the globe. Lesser known however are the abundance of Etsy shops selling beautifully curated vintage home decor and furniture for the modern interior. With so much second hand homeware available, sourcing the perfect antique... Read More →
08
JUN
2018
Planks of recycled wood

Enviromate: An online marketplace for used building materials

According to data gathered by the Green Building Council, construction, demolition and refurbishment accounts for around 120 million tonnes of waste in the UK each year. The value of that perfectly reusable material ending up in landfill – 13% of which is still new and... Read More →
27
MAY
2018
Recycled plastic dark grey kitchen cabinets by IKEA

10 IKEA homeware products made of recycled plastic

Any discussion around the eco-friendly values of IKEA is guaranteed to provoke hot debate. Even if they are able to make their manufacturing more sustainable, can they ever shake off the transient throwaway image we associate with their products? IKEA calls to mind, mass-produced... Read More →
11
MAY
2018
Hotel room with mezzanine bedroom small space solutions

10 small house interior design solutions

As more architects explore the potential of tiny homes, finding ways to optimise small interiors is a growing area of interest for designers. Some minimalists advocate that living with less creates simplicity, efficiency and a calmer existence, allowing us to focus on... Read More →
06
APR
2018
Holding a grey ceramic planter and cactus

10 handmade ceramic plant pots available on Etsy

You can never have enough plants in the home, but what about the vessels you put them in? Hundreds of talented ceramicists are selling their beautiful handmade pieces on Etsy, all of which are one of a kind. A stylish way to present your succulents, air plants and cactai, add an... Read More →
09
FEB
2018
Modern vintage bathroom

8 stylish vintage decorating ideas for the bathroom

The bathroom may not be an obvious setting for some of your flea market finds, but then again, isn’t it that element of the unexpected that makes a room stand apart from the norm? Even one or two vintage pieces – an ornate mirror or a Midcentury cabinet, could turn... Read More →
15
DEC
2017
Natural branch hanging Christmas decoration

10 ways to create a winter centrepiece with natural branches

When it comes to Scandi design, natural branches and foliage are Christmas decor staples. To create a focal point, a few foraged branches and sprays of pine can be much simpler alternative to a Christmas tree, especially where space is limited. So, if you’re looking for... Read More →
08
DEC
2017
Foliage tied to brass wreath

Eco chic and minimalist Christmas decor ideas

The conscious shopper will always ask… how much use and joy will I get out this item that I’m about to bring into my life? This time of year we see an abundance of homeware that can only be used at Christmas, everything from snowflake embellished tableware to Santa... Read More →
18
NOV
2017
Lit candle and fairy lights

Festive scented candles made from natural wax

Following on from my recent post on wool blankets, my hygge obsession doesn’t seem to have waned. The best selling book, The Little Book of Hygge* reveals that 28% of Danes light candles every single day of the year and more than 50% almost every day during autumn and... Read More →
27
OCT
2017

10 simple home decoration ideas that will tempt you to paint it black

Will you be facing your fear of the dark, this Halloween…? To some, the idea of painting a room black is somewhat horrifying, but if you use just about the right amount, it can take a room from drab to dynamic with little effort. And it goes a lot further than just... Read More →
21
OCT
2017
Pink multicoloured wool throw

10 of the best British made wool blankets for a hygge inspired home

Once you discover the Danish art of hygge, you might even look forward to the onset of winter. Although it has no direct translation, hygge is the word used to describe a feeling of cosiness, wellbeing and contentment with all the simple things in life: cups of cocoa by the fire,... Read More →
16
SEP
2017
LIving room painted dark teal

Autumn colour inspiration from 5 eco-friendly paint brands

With such an overwhelming amount of options available, choosing paint colours is enough to bring on a headache, even before you’ve been exposed to any paint fumes. Narrowing your choice down to more eco-friendly paint brands, could make life easier… Paints are known... Read More →
18
AUG
2017
Scandi monochrome bedroom for a teen

10 vintage decor ideas for kids bedrooms

I would like to think I’m not a hoarder, but some of the items I’ve owned since childhood, will probably never get thrown out – Hopefully that Sylvanian owl family will come in handy one day… It goes with out saying, that being able to reuse heirloom... Read More →
15
JUL
2017
vintage rattan coffee table with plants

Bohemian interior design: 10 rattan pieces for your vintage shopping list

This is the first in a new series on vintage shopping, and this month I’m putting the spotlight on the renaissance of rattan. This seems to have come hand in hand with a revival of all things 1970s which, thanks to the likes of Gucci, has also hit the catwalk. Rattan also... Read More →
16
JUN
2017
vintage chair in the bedroom

10 ideas for decorating the bedroom with vintage

I’m beginning to think that those who have the knack of being able to style vintage are the most eco of all. Being able to see the value in something old and rejuvenate it simply by placing it in the right setting, really is an art form. No sanding, repainting or... Read More →
24
MAY
2017
Serving tea and cake

20 eco friendly products for a beautiful green kitchen

It’s easy to regard the things that get used every day, as purely functional, practical and utilitarian. But first thing in the morning, we instinctively reach for our favourite mug, because there is something about its shape and texture that makes that ritual of tea... Read More →
11
APR
2017
Spring themed cake by Lily Vanilli

Easter decorating with food and flowers

If you’re hosting a festive party over the Easter weekend, you might be wondering how best to create a sense of occasion. A perpetual quandary for the conscious consumer is finding ways to get into the spirit of things, without purchasing single use items that will end up... Read More →
24
FEB
2017
Stylist Marij Hessel

INTERVIEW: Marij Hessel on styling flea market finds

Marij Hessel is an interior stylist with a taste for DIY, travel and thrifting. As you’ll see from her blog and web shop My Attic, she has an instinctive sense for colour and a unique talent for styling flea market finds. Based in the Netherlands, she tells us about her... Read More →
16
FEB
2017
narrow corridor decorated with frames

Decorating ideas for narrow corridors and hallways

There is no shortage of decorating inspiration for kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms or living rooms. But what about those awkward in between spaces? Hallways can offer a whole host of quirks and obstacles – narrow corridors in particular often end up lacking in light,... Read More →
27
JAN
2017
vintage Ercol chairs on the street

25 places to shop for vintage homeware in London

The joy of hunting for vintage homeware is that element of discovery, chance encounters and salvaging a piece of history. That’s all very romantic… but coming across that perfect one-off piece that fits your budget? Some might say it’s like searching for a... Read More →
21
DEC
2016
Chrome Falcon Chair with red cushion

WIN tickets to AFE London: Art, Antiques & Interiors Fair

The beginning of the year is the perfect time to rethink your home interior. After the decluttering, rearranging and general Christmas detox, you might feel your home could really do with one unique and timeless piece, that will give the space a bit of character. So, if... Read More →
08
DEC
2016
White and gold porcelain Christmas jumper decorations best Etsy shops for Christmas

The best Etsy shops for Christmas decorations

There is something about ‘handmade’ that goes so well with Christmas. Perhaps it’s the thought of all those elves in Lapland busy making toys… how do they do it? Best of all, it offers the perfect excuse for anyone with a crafty inclination, to make... Read More →
02
OCT
2015
Ariele-Alasko

Beautiful work made from reclaimed wood by Ariele Alasko

Ariele Alasko is a full-time woodworker living in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from California, Alasko started building furniture for her own apartment, shortly after she graduated from a BFA in sculpture in 2009. It swiftly grew from a fun hobby to a full time job in her 900... Read More →
15
JUL
2015
SerpentSea mats made-from-upcycled-ropes

Accessories made from recycled marine rope by SerpentSea

Serpent Sea was founded by New Yorker Sophie Aschauer in 2011. After a sailing trip to Nantucket, she began to make colourful mats out of recycled marine rope. Using ropes that showed no signs of wear, she weaves the mats using four kinds of knot called Bonny, Drake, Morgan and... Read More →
02
MAR
2015
upcyclist book antonia edwards

Upcyclist book out now!

After months of anticipation, Upcyclist’s first book ‘Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture Lighting and Interiors‘ is finally hot off the press and released in the UK today! Together with Prestel Publishing and the extremely talented designer Paul Sloman of... Read More →
06
DEC
2014
nudie-jeans-camper-detail

Homeware made from upcycled jeans by Nudie

Swedish company Nudie Jeans have upcycled 2700 pairs of old, worn out jeans into limited edition rugs and camper seats. The In-and-Out Seam Camper Seat was inspired by Sweden’s love of camping and is made from the in-and-out seam from nine pairs of jeans. The Rag Rug is... Read More →
19
MAY
2014

Upcycled homeware by Nanawo

Nanawo are a Polish design trio who specialise in upcycling waste objects into household goods. As well as working to commission they have a series of products available to buy on their website including food storage tins made from titanium damper pipe covers, childrens’... Read More →
05
MAR
2014

Reworked plates by Little Owl Design

Based in Amsterdam, Bruce Wayland and Marcello De Simone are the designers behind Little Owl Design. Their Altered Perspectives collection combines painting with transferware plates to create merged scenes. Canvas is applied to the surface of the plates creating a contrast... Read More →
03
MAR
2014

Vintage book letters from Anthropologie

Love these Library Letters made from vintage hardback books from Anthropologie. Spell out meaningful words or names and you have the perfect decorative addition to a bedroom, home study or living room. Images via Anthropologie Read More →
17
DEC
2013
Amish Barn Star

Amish Metal Barn Star

These beautiful metal barn stars are made by Amish communities in America using traditional methods.  Believed to bring good luck, they are made from reclaimed tin salvaged from old farm buildings.  Purchase for £37 from Not on the High Street here.   Images via Not on the... Read More →
28
NOV
2013

Alternative Christmas tree ideas

Christmas is a great time to get creative and sometimes the best results can come from reusing miscellaneous bits and pieces you have lying around the house. Assemblage trees can be put together from virtually anything. They’re fun to make, look contemporary and can b... Read More →
21
OCT
2013

Jelly mould scented candle by Ines Cole

Simple and unique  – we love this scented candle by Ines Cole made from a vintage jelly mould. The mould is hand poured with organic soya wax and lightly scented with natural essential oils in Limeleaf and Ginger.  It can also be hand washed and used as a jelly mould after... Read More →
08
OCT
2013
Upcycled Vinyl Record Tiles

Tiles cut from vinyl records

A few months ago we blogged about Disc O’Clock’s laser cut vinyls clocks.  They have recently brought out a new product – decorative tiles made from cut records.  Made in Italy, the tiles come in a range of retro style geometric designs and fit together to... Read More →
30
SEP
2013

Creating the Vintage Look book by Ellie Laycock

Out this month is a book by Ellie Laycock, Creating the Vintage Look: 35 ways to upcycle for a stylish home.  There are some great projects to experiment with at home, some of which are really very easy.  A few favourites include the silk scarf cushion, vintage tin clock and... Read More →
02
SEP
2013

Square Modern textile remnant cushions

These one of a kind cushions by Square Modern are made with rare and original mid-century textile remnants from prestigious textile manufacturers including Maharam, Kvadrat, Knoll and Kravet.  The brand was started by New Yorker Suzanne Renard who now resides in Paris, with the... Read More →
28
AUG
2013

Bic biro chandeliers by Lucas Munoz

Proving humble objects have more to offer than first meets the eye, these lights and chandeliers are all made from Bic biro pens.  The Spanish designer Lucas Munoz took his inspiration from the 1920’s Charleston fringe and combined it with an iconic 20th-century object... Read More →
06
AUG
2013

Inspiration for upcycling wooden pallets

The brilliant website 1001pallets.com is entirely dedicated to creative projects that reuse, repurpose and upcycle wooden pallets.  The site allows you submit your own personal projects which means there are dozens of inspirational ideas to browse though.  They say “an... Read More →
19
JUL
2013

Laser cut vinyl record clocks by Disc O’Clock

I have been dubious about the upcycled vinyl record clock, but it looks like Disc O’Clock have a lot more to offer than most. Made in Italy, clocks are crafted from scratched records donated by partner DJs and are intricately laser cut into awesome silhouettes.  Purchase... Read More →
08
JUL
2013
Upcycled painted box by Linescapes

Reworked handpainted homeware by Linescapes

Linescapes is a multidisciplinary brand by Amalia Sanchez who has a passion for bringing new life to old objects.  As well as running an interior design consultancy, she hand paints boxes, trays and home accessories to give them a new lease of life.  Her work has a unique graphic... Read More →
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07
JUL
2013

Postcard hanger chandelier

The ceiling light you can upcycle over and over.  This three tiered Page Chandelier allows you to clip on book pages, post cards, tickets, photos or anything that takes your fancy and illuminate them from inside.  Very easy to update whenever you fancy a change.  You can purchase... Read More →
02
MAY
2013

Homeware made from Thai rice bags at Habitat

Great to see this exclusive range of products at Habitat which are made of bright and colourful recycled, traditional Thai rice bags.  This includes the Tung 5-pocket concertina planter in blue or yellow (£12), Tung storage box (£20-£22), Tung round strawberry planter (£15) and... Read More →
30
APR
2013

Repaired buckets by Cordula Kehrer

According to the children’s song, the response to ‘there’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, dear Liza’ is ‘with a straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry’ – a make do and mend principle taken literally by German designer... Read More →
10
APR
2013

Spoons made from driftwood at Anthropologie

A lovely addition to any rustic kitchen – Handcarved Bungalow Spoons £20 from Anthropologie.  They’re by Southern California ceramist Linda Fahey who creates stylish, eco-friendly ceramics designed for everyday use.  The spoons are handcrafted from driftwood found on... Read More →
31
MAR
2013

Vintage fabric cushions by Mutton and Lamb

Mutton and Lamb is an Oxford company specialising in handmade vintage fabric cushions.  All the fabrics used have had ‘previous lives as drapes and curtains, fringed bedspreads, tablecloths and tea towels.’  What a great way to memorialise the unique character of... Read More →
22
MAR
2013

Billy Blankets contemporary quilting

Loving these patchwork Billy Blankets which offer a contemporary twist on traditional quilting.  They’re available at the beautiful shop Specks and Keepings in Baltimore, Maryland.  The large blankets are made from recycled fibre and cutting room scraps and also have a blue... Read More →
20
MAR
2013

Toys made from reclaimed fabrics at SMUG

Camden Passage in Angel offers a string of beautiful independent boutiques, all of which are certainly worth a look should you find yourself in the vicinity.  SMUG is a concept boutique with a lovely collection of products on offer, notably these fabulous toys made from vintage... Read More →
27
FEB
2013

Wallcoverings crafted from cinema posters by Weitzner

Wallcoverings by Weitzner Limited break conventions.  Around the World (pictured above) is part of the Weitzner Handmade range and features a melange of handwoven maps which have been collected, cut into strips and handwoven on a nylon warp.  Around the World is the third in an... Read More →
14
FEB
2013

Vintage map artwork by Bombus

Today is the only day we can get away with sharing something heart-shaped – better make the most of it!  Why not express your love for your favourite part of the world with bespoke vintage map artwork by Bombus?  These make great gifts for a wedding or anniversary as they... Read More →
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23
JAN
2013

Icelandic rag rugs woven from discarded garments

Anna María Lind Geirsdóttir from Reykjavik in Iceland uses rags as her colour palette.  Taking discarded garments, bedlinen and textiles, she cleans the fabric before cutting off the seams then cuts the material into strips and winds them into a ball.  The technique is inspired... Read More →
21
JAN
2013

Upcycled paper animal heads at Anthropologie

This weekend I visited the wonderful Anthropologie store in west London.  The shop not only sells some beautiful products made from reclaimed materials but boasts some incredible installations around the shop.  From an organic sculpture made from painted corrugated cardboard that... Read More →
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10
JAN
2013

Butterflies made from old 45s

Now, some might think that cutting up old 45s is somewhat controversial.  However, one way of immortalising broken vinyl records you can no longer play is to turn them into beautiful butterflies.  You can get instructions on how to make them here.  Image via ThreadSence Read More →
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03
JAN
2013

Wood pallet garden

If you have a new year’s resolutions to be more green-fingered, you might be interested in making a pallet garden – ideal for small outdoor spaces.  Find out how to make one on a lovely blog called Life on the Balcony. Images via Life on the Balcony Read More →
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26
DEC
2012

Butterfly plate ornament at Liberty & Co

In amongst the copious amount of eating and drinking and present giving, this week has involved a great deal of trawling around the shops of central London.  A highlight has to be a visit to the wonderful Liberty‘s which has been high on the list for top of the range... Read More →
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21
DEC
2012

Antique book paper prints

So I’m aware we may be past the online Christmas delivery date here, but I had to share these prints on antique book paper by Roo Abrook.  They also do a beautiful range of keepsake collages using vintage postage stamps, musical sheets and book covers.  For more great... Read More →
20
DEC
2012

Festive greetings in Scrabble letters

It’s all about typography at the moment and there is something particularly appealing about scrabble letters. These Christmas ornaments say it all.  Sold by Etsy seller Shopallthings here. Images via Etsy Read More →
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16
DEC
2012

Stars made from upcycled soda cans

We’re loving these Christmas ornaments made of upcycled soda cans by Etsy member Lizard Skins – a great way to introduce some colour to your home this Christmas. Hanging stars are made from all sorts of recycled packaging from Diet Cheerwine to Youngs Double Chocolate... Read More →
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07
DEC
2012

Vintage furniture sculptures by Azhar Duhovich

From his North London workshop, Azhar Duhovich creates sculptural light structures using wood, metal and reconfigured vintage furniture.  Inspired by Art Deco and Bauhaus with themes of symmetry and geometry, “the resulting objects are both playful and functional… All... Read More →
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25
NOV
2012

Assemblage wall Christmas tree

Here’s an alternative idea for a Christmas tree or indeed any kind of wall decoration.  Dutch graphic designer Jane Schouter created this festive display using a collection of seemingly useless objects.  Very nice. Images via Wee Finds Read More →
19
NOV
2012

RX Made products made from Chicago’s waste

The ReBuilding Exchange is a nonprofit social enterprise in Chicago dedicated to creating a market for reclaimed building materials.  They have launched a Kickstarter project RX Made which aims to make beautiful products from locally sourced waste materials with local designers... Read More →
18
NOV
2012

Upcycled knitwear toys and accessories by The Remakerie

If you’ve ever accidentally shrunk a favourite jumper in the wash, there may still be life in it yet.  I’ve just been checking out these lovely products by the Remakerie on Etsy.  Sarah Hepworth from Montreal, Canada transforms Fair Isle jumpers into floor cushion... Read More →
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