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