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Steps to Create the Perfect Distressed Style Painted Furniture

May 30, 2016

Sharing the work of our community is one of the things I love most and Mel got in touch with me about her love for upcycling furniture with a distressed paint style. We all want our houses feeling like home, but great looking furniture can have a not so great price tag, says Mel, so…

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Tips on Painting Furniture

May 27, 2016

I know lots of you love to upcycle furniture with a lick of paint and you can find many of the projects I have shared on the blog here I ran a Facebook Live video the other day on some tips to painting furniture and am sharing here with you. Please ask any questions and…

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How to Upcycle Old Tins into Succulent or Herb Gardens

May 26, 2016

If you are anything like me you probably end up with about five to six tins in your recycling at the end of each week…Stacey from The Upcycle Bandwagon says she gets three just from cooking spaghetti bolognese! She is sharing a project completed recently about how to upcycle old tins into succulent or herb…

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Sustainable Rooms By Design & Eco Urban Retreat by Kate St James

May 25, 2016

Driven by a passion for the environment, interior designer Kate St James has made it her mission to educate and inform consumers about the benefits of sustainable building and interior design. Trained as a designer and having worked in the profession for more than 30 years, Kate is also a well-respected magazine editor dedicated to…

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The Importance of Considering Your Food

May 24, 2016

Do you write a weekly meal plan? How about a shopping list? These are things I tend to stray away from, but I know it is better for your wallet, our planet, and your health. If you work out what you will have for your main meals for the week, write a list and then stick to…

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Fairtrade – Not Just For a Fortnight

May 23, 2016

We have just had the fabulous Fairtrade fornight, an annual, nationwide celebration of all things fair trade held on the 6 – 22nd May this year, and recognising the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries. One of our favourite fair trade businesses is Tradewinds, who supply the most divine teas…

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Old Soul, Bespoke Upcycled Furniture

May 20, 2016

Do you love seeing the ingenious ways people are reinventing stuff? It is one of the best parts of my job! A while back I featured these upcyclers and am sharing them with you now for some inspiration. This is a fabulous upcycling team with a beautiful name – Old Soul. They design and make all…

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SEE Sustainable Experience 2016, Sydney

May 19, 2016

Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to think about the word “sustainable”, and if every building we ever created, just had all the elements of sustainable design incorporated – that the process, resources and finished results reflected the way many of us feel about preserving our beautiful planet, and caring for our own…

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3 Tips to Create a More Sustainable Home

May 18, 2016

Hi Recyclers! I am running an “almost daily” Facebook Live Video with tips, chats, ideas, musings and inspiration for your happy healthy home. I will also be posting them to the blog. Today I am talking about 3 tips to creating a more sustainable home – and how to join our free 21 Days to a…

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ESTABLISHED_ An installation + talk event at Factory Design District

May 18, 2016

Endless articles and reports claim the maker movement has begun or is in an early cycle, yet these Australian makers and designers are leading the way both here and abroad and have been at it for more than 20 years. Presented in two parts, ESTABLISHED_ is a celebration of determination, passion and the resulting longevity…

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Duncan Meerding Design Launches Outdoor Stump Lamp

May 17, 2016

Emerging furniture and lighting designer Duncan Meerding has returned to Australia after a successful debut on the international design stage at the 2016 Messe Frankfurt Light + Building tradeshow, the world’s largest of its kind. Duncan and his work have featured on Recycled Interiors a few times, with one of my posts creating a viral…

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When The Scales Lie & Why We Should Ditch Them

May 16, 2016

Today I am sharing a healthy people post and talking about scales. Not the gorgeous vintage kitchen scales I have on my benchtop. No, not those. The square, glassy ones that live on your bedroom floor. The ones that drive me to climb on them every day, even though I know that is not good…

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Welcome here! I am Helen Edwards, ex-counsellor and charity founder, turned award winning writer, blogger, consultant and speaker. I am the lucky Mama of 3 beautiful boys, wife to Mr Recycled, daughter of Grandma and Baba Recycled, a tree hugger, and a passionate and genuine lover of people and planet. Join us to get inspired to decorate your home with your own style, feel good about yourself, your home and your everyday. Think before you buy, reduce your waste and lighten your footprint on the planet, while you create a happy healthy home and life. 

Dive into the blog, join the Recycled Interiors family & sign up for a free copy of my e book "Tips for a happy healthy home". Find out more about my services, visit our sustainable homewares online shop and pre order my new eBook! We look forward to getting to know you more and helping you create a home and a life you can love. You can read more about us all here

x Helen

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Duncan Meerding Expands his Cracked Log Lamp Range

June 24, 2015

There is a real passion for natural materials in our homes at the moment. I think we are all craving a connection with nature as a way to counteract our love affair with technology. Lots of people are creating beautiful homewares using a natural and organic approach, but none more than talented designer, Duncan Meerding.…

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Upcycled Pallet Cubby Houses Made in Australia

February 26, 2016

Cubby houses are such a wonderful part of childhood. Did you have a cubby? I remember having cubbies under trees and made indoors from blankets over chairs. Mr Recycled has made some amazing cubbies over the years for our boys, including a 2 storey fort with a sandpit underneath, and Maxwell’s current cubby made from…

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Fabulous upcycling ideas to inspire you with RETRASH

June 11, 2015

I am sharing tons of upcycling ideas to inspire you today with a bit of a book review of Retrash-  a high quality, soft cover coffee table book showcasing inspirational ideas on reusing second hand materials through upcycling. I met the author Nathan Devine, at a talk with the inspiring Terracycle at Google headquarters earlier this year.…

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How to upcycle a lampshade with vintage sheet music

April 8, 2016

There is just something about vintage sheet music, paper and maps, they work so well for decoupage projects, craft and art. There is something about old music sheets in particular that are very beautiful, would you agree? Those notes and scripts just dance across the page and create a stunning accent in your decorating, and…

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7 Reasons Why Thrift Shopping is Good for You

September 9, 2015

  Shopping in second hand, thrift or op shops (opportunity shops) is becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Are you a thrift or op shop lover like me? I have grown up wandering through second hand and vintage shops, so for me it is second nature. I remember when my dear darling…

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Top 10 Tips For Keeping Chickens

October 21, 2015

Do you have or have you ever kept chickens? It is rising in popularity in our cities as people turn back to organic and home grown food, urban gardens, and wanting less reliance on the questionable chicken industry. I remember being a little girl living in rural South Australia and my parents had a few…

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Painting an upholstered chair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

April 11, 2014

  You may have seen this picture on Facebook or Instagram over the weekend of my first ever go painting fabric with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I had read about it and seen some amazing results and decided to have a go with one of the two little bedroom chairs I found on the side…

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Kambrook Blitz2Go Blender Review: Just don’t tell them it’s Zucchini Smoothie

November 29, 2015

Do you love a good smoothie? It can be a great way to get your fruit and vegetable serves, or to increased them for your kids. A while back I was given a Blitz2Go Blender so that I could experiment with some recipes. It was a very popular post, so I am bringing it back to the…

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How To Get Started Making a Coiled Recycled Rag Rug

November 10, 2015

  How To Get Started Making a Coiled Recycled Rag Rug A little while ago, my Mum and I had a go at starting a coiled recycled rag rug, while at our lovely beach shack. I got started but never went back to finish so I am updating this post in the hope I may get…

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The Tiny House Project: A collaboration between The Upcyclist & The Bower

December 20, 2015

I posted this story a while back but have refreshed it because so many people are getting interested in tiny houses at the moment. James The Upcyclist builds all sorts of things with recycled materials. This project is the Tiny House prototype, in conjunction with The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre in Marrickville, Sydney, made mostly…

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Vintage Decorating Ideas with a House Tour in the Adelaide Hills

February 25, 2016

A home should reflect you, no matter whether you have a whopping great mortgage, own your home, or rent. Even if you share with other people or still live at home and only have your own room to decorate. One of the lovely parts of my job is seeing inside other people’s homes and getting…

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House Tour, Gina’s Vintage Home Full of Love

October 8, 2014

I am so excited to bring you this house tour today of this beautiful home and the story behind the people who live here. Sam and Gina Rosenberg have been married for thirty years after they met on a blind date! They have been together ever since. Not only that, they have also been business…

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House Tour: Emma’s Upcycled Cottage

November 18, 2015

I shared this house tour a while ago and it was so popular I thought I would refresh it and bring it back to the limelight for your enjoyment! We all love to seek inspiration from each other in our lives and this upcycled home is an amazingly pretty cottage which has been renovated using…

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21 Junk Street, Upcycling Vintage Tour

March 23, 2016

Don’t you just love a family roadtrip? It is our favourite type of holiday and what could be better than a weekend away where you also get to explore some vintage stores! A while back we had the absolute pleasure of visiting the most beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, and the magical shop, 21 Junk Street, owned…

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House Tour, Aleysha’s Adelaide Mid Century Home

February 12, 2016

Today I have a wonderful house tour for you! Aleysha Turner and her family live in the leafy foothills suburbs of Adelaide, just 10 kms North East of the city. Aleysha is a part time Primary school teacher, Tutor for the Ronald McDonald Learning Program, and in the beginning stages of running her own recycled clothing business.…

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House Tour, Sarah’s Vintage Upcycled Bedroom

August 31, 2015

I have a wonderful tour of a vintage upcycled bedroom today. Sarah has undertaken to transform her room in her parent’s country home with upcycled and vintage decor and has done an amazing job! Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration. Sarah is 22 years old and is currently studying her diploma in interior design and…

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Vintage Boho Decorating, a House Tour of My Home

July 30, 2015

I love seeing inside your homes and sharing house tours, so today I thought I would share  bit of  tour around my place, to show how I use vintage and new pieces to create my own personal look and style. This may not be to your taste, but that is the way it should be!…

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Brenda’s Vintage House Tour

April 14, 2016

Brenda lives in Springwood NSW in the Blue Mountains, in a gorgeous mountain home built in the 1920’s. The garden is magnificent and the camellias and azaleas are particularly beautiful when in bloom. She has only been here for 18 months but says it will be their “forever home”. Built in the 1920’s, it is a fibro and brick…

Do You Want A More Sustainable Lifestyle? Make More Yourself, Do More Yourself, Grow Your Own, Eat Healthier, Take Care Of Your Family & Our Planet & Create A Home You Can Love?

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DIY & Upcycling Projects

how to create the ultimate distressed look on painted furniture

Steps to Create the Perfect Distressed Style Painted Furniture

May 30, 2016

Sharing the work of our community is one of the things I love most and Mel got in touch with me about her love for upcycling furniture with a distressed paint style. We all want our houses feeling like home, but great looking furniture can have a not so great price tag, says Mel, so…

How to upcycle old cans for succulents or herb gardens

How to Upcycle Old Tins into Succulent or Herb Gardens

May 26, 2016

If you are anything like me you probably end up with about five to six tins in your recycling at the end of each week…Stacey from The Upcycle Bandwagon says she gets three just from cooking spaghetti bolognese! She is sharing a project completed recently about how to upcycle old tins into succulent or herb…

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How to upcycle a lampshade with vintage sheet music

April 8, 2016

There is just something about vintage sheet music, paper and maps, they work so well for decoupage projects, craft and art. There is something about old music sheets in particular that are very beautiful, would you agree? Those notes and scripts just dance across the page and create a stunning accent in your decorating, and…

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Tips On How To Use Chalk Paint For Your Upcycling Projects

February 3, 2016

Have you caught the Chalk Pain bug yet? I first discovered it about 3 years ago. I somehow stumbled upon it on the Internet and became hooked on the idea of getting my painty little hands on this stuff! So I started searching. First I went into a  hardware store. Nope, no such thing on the…

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The 3 Most Important Steps in Upcycling a Retro Stool

January 28, 2016

I am sharing a great DIY tutorial today from our DIY expert, Natasha Dickins, on the 3 most important steps in upcycling a retro stool. You know those old brown or orange vinyl covered numbers you see in the op shops or on the side of the road? Yes those! Here is how you can…

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How to Make Upcycled Bathroom Storage Jars

January 18, 2016

Stacey from the Upcycle Bandwagon has a quick and effective upcycling project for you today to create upcycled bathroom storage jars that you can knock off in a short time, flex your creative muscle and feel like you have achieved something without too much effort. We love these kinds of projects! You can create unique…

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How to Upcycle a Lamp Shade

January 13, 2016

I have a great guest blog today from Julie-Ann Bigava – a Tassie Marimekko fabric aficionado as well as the owner of Yulki’s Home Décor, on how to upcycle a lamp shade. I know you will love it as there are so many unloved lamps out there in the vintage stores that you could bring…

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How to Make Upcycled Tile Coasters

December 30, 2015

Stacey from The Upcycle Bandwagon is coming on board as a regular DIY contributor in 2016 and we are excited to see what she shares with us! Today Stacey is sharing a great little upcycled tile project, to make the sweetest tile coasters. A quick one you can do in the holidays with the kids…

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10 Upcycling Projects For Kids

December 9, 2015

If you are a lover of all things thrifty, vintage, upcycled and DIY, there is a fair chance your kids will also love these things. I know mine sometimes like to get involved in some of my hairbrained schemes! It is important we teach children how to make the most of what they already have, to…

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