About Recycled Interiors & The Sustainable Home Hub

We believe in beauty in nature, that we need to#dropthemumguilt & love our children more than the latest trends, in your home being perfect the way you want it, family, love, spending time with each other, blending old with new, doing it yourself, sustainability, health and happiness. We stand for our planet, for people of all types, for animals, trees, for difference being fabulous, for ordinary being spectacular, for old being cherished, for community, for stories and for happiness.

Recycled Interiors & The Sustainable Home Hub is your go-to resource for being sustainable, healthy and happy at home.

We are all about encouraging and inspiring you to create a home & life you love, that is better for you and the planet. Read the blog for sustainable decorating and design, DIY and upcycling ideas, sustainable living, healthy lifestyle and wellbeing tips and inspiration. Check out the hub for your sustainable design, build and decorate needs, and add your business.

They say your home is your castle. No matter how big or small, whether it has cracks and knocks, needs some work or is perfect the way it is – your home is YOURS.

Whether you rent, buy, or live at home, you have the right to create a space that makes you feel happy and secure.

Be grateful for having a home and NEVER let anyone tell you that you are “outdated” or that you are just not “on trend”. At Recycled Interiors we don’t believe in trends.

We do believe in YOUR style being perfect and in creating a beautiful home that feels just like you. We want to help you create a home that is better for you and the planet.

If you believe in a happy healthy life, that cares for you, your family and the planet; if you love decorating and design, DIY, op shopping, pottering in the garden and a good cup of tea, you have come to the right place!

Each small step you take makes a difference to the health of our planet, you, your family and your home. It is all connected.

“Home” does not mean the same thing to everyone. But we all have the same basic need for a home, for shelter and a place in the world we call ours.

Your home should nurture and hold those who live in it, and it should work with the environment in which it stands, not against it. Most importantly, your home is about the people who live there.

Your health and happiness are connected to the way you live, and the way you live is connected to the health of the planet.

Creating these connections is our ultimate aim at Recycled Interiors.

We work with local makers and creators of beautiful homewares, and with a range of Fair Trade groups listed on our Sustainable Home Hub.

Recycled Interiors and the Sustainable Home Hub are here to show you how to make small changes to have a big impact. When we all take these small steps, we pack a powerful punch.

Think of yourself like a tree trying to shade a home.

As one tree, you can make some definite impact and at certain times of the day, you will cast a strong patch of shade across the roof of the house.

But if you had a group of trees next to you, dotted around the property, you would create a forest, and this would bring far more shade, oxygen and comfort to everything that lives on the block.

On an even wider scale than that, you would contribute to the health of our planet.

Together, your little forest of trees would improve the environment of the home and the lives of the people who live in it, as well as the wider world.

We are not just growing tomatoes because it is fun, or shifting back to locally-grown food because we are wannabe hipsters. We are not buying furniture from locally-made woodworkers just because it is beautiful or on-trend. We are not upcycling and making our own cushion covers just because it is satisfying to do something yourself.

All of those things may be true, but these changes in the ways we live are ultimately contributing to reducing the damage to our planet and improving the quality of all of our lives.

The future looks bright when we all look forward together.
Helen xx

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Helen’s Story

I am an ex-counsellor and charity founder, turned award winning writer, blogger & podcaster; a wife to Mr Recycled and Mama to 3 gorgeous sons. I am also a diabetes blogger, advocate, speaker and consultant at my blog Diabetes Can’t Stop Me.

A passionate and genuine lover of people and planet, I am here to help you feel good about yourself, your home and your everyday, while we talk all things health, happiness & sustainability.

Get inspired to think before you buy, reduce your waste and lighten your footprint on the planet, while you create a happy healthy home and life you can love!

I have spent many years decorating my home in my own unique style and cherishing the stories that lie behind old stuff.

I grew up with bohemian parents who valued the environment and were passionate about people and planet.

I have also lived with depression and anxiety in my past, and I saw so many people also getting stressed about life, it made me want to do more.

So many people are yearning to go back to a slower pace of life, to appreciate difference and connect with what matters in life – and so Recycled Interiors was born in April 2013.

I have spent my life helping, nurturing and loving human beings, animals and our earth. I am a genuine tree hugger and passionate about living a life that leaves this beautiful planet in a state that allows future generations and other creatures we share the world with, to live long and well.

I love creating, designing, homes and interiors. I am also passionate about your health and wellbeing and believe these things can not be separated.

Mostly, Recycled Interiors is about YOU. It is about your kids, your parents, your lovers, your friends. Your daily experiences and your health and wellbeing, as well as finding ways to sustain ourselves, our planet and the other creatures we inhabit it with.

From when I was a little girl being banned from watching Lassie (yes really!) because I was too worried about her being left behind during the opening credits (yes that was before the show even got into the multitude of crises she faced!), to my career as a social worker, my founding of a national diabetes charity, and my work at Recycled Interiors -helping people is really what floats my boat.

  • Recycled Interiors is the number 1 sustainable living blog in Australia via catablog, the number 10 home and real estate blog, as well as being in the top 30 health and wellbeing blogs.
  • I was a state finalist in  the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2015 and a state finalist in the Australia of the Year Awards 2016 for my charity work
  • I am one of Australia’s top bloggers, a top 30 finalist in the Home & Wellbeing category of the Kidspot Voices of 2015 and a was finalist in the Bupa Blog Awards 2014.
  • I was a designer in the Feast Watson Re-Love project 2015 raising funds for the Salvos and was a national Ambassador for the Garage Sale Trail in 2014, and for the Amex Shop Small movement in 2014 and 2015.

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Helen xx

And just because I am an over-sharer and love all the juicy details here are 10 fun facts about me (please also share yours!)

  1. I have 3 sons which is pretty amazing considering my type 1 diabetes which I have lived with for 37 years. Pregnancy with type 1 diabetes is tough. I am damn proud of these 3 kids, and myself.
  2. I am an eternal optimist, and lover of colour and nature.
  3. I make mistakes, lots of them and I worry about what people think of me. I have always had that issue. I am waiting until I grow up to get over it.
  4. I DO NOT like large spiders. Just in case you were thinking of showing me any of those on your Instagram feed.
  5. I do however LOVE whales, please share them a lot with me.
  6. I have lived with depression and anxiety, which was a pretty crap place to be for an optimist. But I got through it and optimism helped. As did mindfulness.
  7. I am an acute op shopper (ok addict).
  8. I love to share, a lot, about everything.
  9. My favourite smell is that of rain.
  10. It is the blend of old and new that make my heart skip a beat.