Little Ideas: Spruce up old chairs

Hi all! Recently I have been visiting my family. They are in the middle of renovations and I have had lots of fun helping them to pick colours and key pieces to style their new rooms. They have visitors arriving from overseas soon and more chairs were needed for an outdoor entertaining area. My Mum found these chairs at the tip when dropping off rubbish and knew I’d do something to spruce them up.

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DIY: Teal Touched Table

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Whether you want to call it teal, turquoise, peacock, emerald, seagrass or even bahaman bliss (I’m continuously fascinated by the names on paint chip cards and wonder how they come to get their names!) there is no denying that this colour has been trending for a while. I’m not surprised, it’s beautiful and it complements so many other colours; especially pink, bronze, grey and even bolder colours such as red and yellow, as seen below, work. Continue reading

Upcycle: Yes Deer, Footrest

For some time now I have loved deers. I was very excited quite a few years back when they started making an appearance in luxe and high-end interiors as such trends always filter down into the mainstream. I suppose they have been used for decor for centuries really featuring on the walls in elaborate rooms of wealthy estate or as centrepiece in the macho hunters games room but I should clarify I am more referring to the deer’s image or symbol being used in decorating as opposed to having a dead one hung on my wall! Not so much into that. I’d rather them be prancing around the forest. Ah makes me cringe thinking of that scene in Bambi. I am not sure why it is that I like them so much. I just think they are beautiful and seem so fragile and whimsical whilst strong and sturdy at the same time.

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Upcycle: A Table of Memories

Visiting op shops or garage sales can be tiring, and at times, a disheartening task. You set off feeling super hopeful and convinced that you will find that one piece of unique treasure, or the ‘ultimate bargain’ that will make the early start and effort worth while. Reality however is that you do often leave empty handed, especially as people are becoming increasingly thrifty in more trying financial times and with DIY currently trending.

When visiting these places frequently you start to realize there are nearly always the same items that seem to be in abundance. You can always, for example, find plenty of chests of drawers, desks, dressing tables, stools and nests of tables to name a few. These items are usually always sitting undesired in their somewhat shabby, dated existence. Oh, and they are usually that lovely shade of mahogany! –  see below. Continue reading

Upcycle: Giving chairs a new lease of life

The more thrift stores and tip sites I visit it is confirmed to me that there are an abundance of lonely, forgotten chairs just waiting for a new lease of life out there. I could simply keep myself busy revamping chairs alone.I came across this one abandoned on the streets of New York on holiday earlier this year! If only I could have fit it in my suitcase.

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Each time I see a chair I find myself thinking about it’s story, it’s possibilities and it’s ideal use; perhaps in a nursery, hallway, bedroom corner or home office. Another bonus is a chair can be a relatively simple and easy project and there is plenty of inspiration available such as these below. Continue reading