Design

Decorating your House on a Vintage Finds Budget

As a busy person, caring for my family, studying my PhD, managing this blog and my diabetes blog, I was thinking recently about how hard it can be to keep up with all the things I would love to do at home. You know, all of the painting, fixing cracks, scrubbing the deck outside, getting…

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Pocket Watch Pill Boxes Upcycled Creations!

Don’t you just love it when your worlds collide? This happened recently in our diabetes group when Leon Tribe, from Pocket Watch Pill Box, shared his business of upcycling pocket watches into pillboxes.  Based in Sydney, he has an etsy shop where he sells his gorgeous alternatives to a plastic pill box for people with any…

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Ideas For Vintage Kitchen Cabinets

As part of our #realhomesmovement, some of our lovely community have been bringing out their gorgeous home pics! Recently I shared a beautiful home tour from Pretty Rustic and this gorgeous vintage kitchen cabinet. I then shared a tour of Gina’s home, which also includes a stunning vintage kitchen cabinet. It triggered off a whole lot…

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Tiny House workshop in Marrickville

tiny house by James the Upcyclist - image Alicia Fox Photography

I know lots of you like to consider creative ways to live that tread more lightly on the planet. One of the things that can make a difference is to reduce the size of your home, which reduces living costs, and the need for “stuff”. It is not for everyone, but is on the increase…

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Upcycled Art from Cassette Tapes!

upcycled art from cassette tapes

I love finding very cool, very fabulous things people are doing in the name of upcycling, and creating something beautiful in the process. Gypsy-Lea Douglas is one such person, who is currently on show at On A Bike Art, The Beth McDonnell Gallery, Kew, Victoria. An artist creating portraiture, using recycled audio cassettes, VHS tapes, vintage…

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Upcycled Play Kitchen from a Change Table/Dresser!

upcycled play kitchen project

I know you all love a good upcycling project and our friends from the Salvaged Boutique are the queens of upcycling ideas! We have shared some of their work before and love the fact that while we are in different countries, we share the same passion for reinventing and recycling things into useful and beautiful…

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Little Hipster Upcycled Cubbies & Playhouses

Upcycled Timber Cubby Houses from Little Hipster Kubbies

Do you remember the magic of a great cubby house? As kids my sister and I used to create them from whatever was available including the large peppercorn tree in our backyard where we spent ours with hours with our hands deep in mud pies. Our son has a fabulous recycled cubby house that Mr…

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Fabulous upcycling ideas to inspire you with RETRASH

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  A book like this…

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Industrial Architecture and an Upcycled Railway Chair!

  There is nothing like seeing a remarkable upcycle, something completely unexpected. It shows how resourceful we can be and opens your mind to possibilities – that is why we all love upcycling so much don’t you agree! Sam Payne contacted me a while back to share an extremely cool upcycle of an old steel casting…

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How to Create a Dipped Feet Chair

There is nothing like a good DIY to get your creative juices going, and here is an update of a project we shared a while back, from DIY extraordinaire Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries – how to create a dipped feet chair. Natasha starred as DIY and craft presenter for The Living Room Series 1 on Network Ten…

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Upcycling, What’s It All About?

Have you noticed a rise in people being interested in upcycling? Have you heard the word more often than usual? It’s a thing! So what is all the fuss about upcycling? And what is it all about? Upcycle Magazine says “Upcycling is taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it…

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