Home Decorating

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 →
13
NOV
2012

Illustrated vintage china by Esther Coombs

Esther Coombs gives a new lease of life to unwanted household items by drawing illustrations on to discarded ceramics, tea towels, cushions and old postcards.  Traditional floral teapots are brought up to date with illustrations of modern day tower blocks.  Cake stands are... Read More →
10
NOV
2012

Patterned paint rollers by The Painted House

Patterned paint rollers by The Painted House  are all you need for giving walls, fabrics and furniture a new lease of life. They’re available in nine different designs and offer a quick and easy way of creating a subtle handmade effect.  You can buy them on Etsy here.... Read More →
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06
NOV
2012

Pet beds made from upcycled iMac monitors

These cats look right at home in these upcycled iMac pet beds – another brilliant creation from Atomic Attic.  They have reused the entire iMac including the original speakers which are placed at the rear to prevent the bed from rocking.   They come with a removable machine... Read More →
25
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fabric toy characters by Katkaland

Katkaland is the playground of Katka Hubacek from Quebec, Canada. These wonderful handmade creatures are influenced by a childhood spent drawing princesses, dressing her doll Blanka and feeding her imaginary animals. Her education in Scenography and Costume Studies provided an... Read More →