Sustainable Decorating Trends 2014

It is the time of year where we start to think about spending time with family, taking some down time, and for many of us, getting stuck into some projects around the house! Do you have any planned? Perhaps our Community DIY Painted Feet Chair!  I have been looking around at what is trending  for 2014 and am sharing some of my favourite picks in sustainable interior decorating at the moment.

I am looking forward to some blogging thinking time, planning all the posts and exciting things for next year, including some fab Communty DIY Challenges, some amazing Creatives and cool Homewares features, plus tours of homes in SA which feature a sustainable approach in their decorating. And, excitingly for me, getting stuck into my Interior Design course with the International School of Colour and Design which I have recently begun!  I feel very grateful for having met so many wonderful creative people through Recycled Interiors and connecting with so many of you out there!

I will be posting some of my learning as I go and am also looking for people in Adelaide or surrounds, who would be interested in letting me work with them (for free!) on the decorating of a space in your home, so I can build my portfolio. I will be taking (of course) a sustainable approach, so my Interior Styling and Decorating Practice (when I get through the course!) will be all about use of homewares and products such as paints, wallpapers, rugs etc which have been made with sustainability and health of people and environment in mind. I will  work with vintage pieces, upcycled and handcrafted pieces available in all the wonderful homewares stores now, both locally and online and will be building my connections with these businesses so I can source pieces for you. I am very excited about being able to get some hands on experience while I am learning so if you would be interested let me know!

Upcycled (going mainstream!)

This funky basket is ideal as a waste paper bin or for simple, colourful storage. Its made with an incredible 110 reclaimed plastic bags that are collected from the streets and fields of Cambodia. The plastic bags once collected are washed, disinfected and then dried in the sun before they are sorted/colour matched and cut into strips to create a durable, colourful, lightweight yarn that is woven into the perfect everyday upcycled basket! This basket is not just 'ecofriendly' its extremely usable and ideal for the bedroom, bathroom or office!

Via The Upcycle Studio this funky basket is ideal as a waste paper bin or for simple, colourful storage. Its made with an incredible 110 reclaimed plastic bags that are collected from the streets and fields of Cambodia. The plastic bags once collected are washed, disinfected and then dried in the sun before they are sorted/colour matched and cut into strips to create a durable, colourful, lightweight yarn that is woven into the perfect everyday upcycled basket! This basket is not just ‘ecofriendly’ its extremely usable and ideal for the bedroom, bathroom or office!

Yuuuuummy!! An indulgent mix of delicious scents hand poured in Sydney into reclaimed beer bottles. All of the bottles are collected from the local bars in Glebe and Sydneys Inner West, the labels are removed, they're washed, cut and filled with a luscious scented soy wax.  These Eco Friendly candles use paraffin lead free wicks and burn for approximately 40 blissful hours. Trust us...you wont be disappointed!

Via The Upcycle Studio these are hand poured into reclaimed beer bottles  collected from the local bars in Glebe and Sydneys Inner West, the labels are removed, they’re washed, cut and filled with a luscious scented soy wax.
These Eco Friendly candles use paraffin lead free wicks and burn for approximately 40 blissful hours.

Texture and natural fibres

 

From The Design Hunter, Crochet Table Lamp Description: Beautifully crafted Crochet Table Lamp with a timber branch stand and contrasting red cord. Suitable for any room of the house, including children's rooms (it's really handmade as well!)

From The Design Hunter, Crochet Table Lamp
Description: Beautifully crafted Crochet Table Lamp with a timber branch stand and contrasting red cord. Suitable for any room of the house, including children’s rooms (it’s really handmade as well!)

Via The Design Hunter - Dandelion is a delightfully playful circular design and is delicately formed and patiently stitched together from seductively soft Bangladeshi hemp, perfect for adding a dash of personality to any space.

Via The Design Hunter – Dandelion is a delightfully playful circular design and is delicately formed and patiently stitched together from seductively soft Bangladeshi hemp, perfect for adding a dash of personality to any space. I feel a distinct trend back to the 70’s!

Blue (especially my fave, COBALT!)

Eco Chic's Boheme range can be mixed and matched with confidence and the vibrant patterns are digitally printed meaning you can get creative with a clear conscience. Digital textile printing has the added advantages of showing greater design detail than screen printing, plus, unlike conventional textile manufacturing, digital printing entails very little waste of fabric, ink, water or electricity. Our fabrics use eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks on 100{5baa604ca7ba54356663ac818e2540f5a63eb80840e8fce1c1738a88d2e39fef} natural fibre textiles. No additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process. All Eco Chic fabric is carefully hand printed by a merry band of fabric lovers and our fabric designers profit share in every metre sold.

Eco Chic’s Boheme range can be mixed and matched with confidence and the vibrant patterns are digitally printed meaning you can get creative with a clear conscience. Digital textile printing has the added advantages of showing greater design detail than screen printing, plus, unlike conventional textile manufacturing, digital printing entails very little waste of fabric, ink, water or electricity.
The fabrics use eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks on 100{5baa604ca7ba54356663ac818e2540f5a63eb80840e8fce1c1738a88d2e39fef} natural fibre textiles. No additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process. All Eco Chic fabric is carefully hand printed by a merry band of fabric lovers and their fabric designers profit share in every metre sold.

Via Eco Chic this Blue peony range featuring a tradional Vietnamese design. This beautifully hand painted teapot comes to you from Bat Trang, an ancient traditional pottery village of Hanoi, Vietnam. Ceramic H16xDIA14CM Product ID#: 5K0552 Oxfam Shop is a passionate supporter of fair trade, empowering disadvantaged communities by paying them fair and stable prices for their work

Via Eco Chic this Blue peony range features a tradional Vietnamese design. This beautifully hand painted teapot comes to you from Bat Trang, an ancient traditional pottery village of Hanoi, Vietnam. Oxfam Shop is a passionate supporter of fair trade, empowering disadvantaged communities by paying them fair and stable prices for their work

Via Eco Chic, these Sunshine Scatters are an exclusive design by Australian artist Megan Skehan superimposed onto evocative images of far flung destinations, printed on cotton/ linen with water based inks, backed with EC Signature prints and trimmed with raffia or pompoms. These generous scatter cushions are hand sewn by crafty mother of three Jenny and features interchangeable backs and trims, an assortment of shapes, invisible zips and eco friendly feather foam inserts. Earth Friendly Credentials • Australian designed and made • Cruelty free feather inserts (uses by product of poultry industry) • Linen/cotton fabric • Water based inks • Raffia trim • Sizes: Square 50 x 50 cm Rectangle 40 x 60 cm

Via Eco Chic, these Sunshine Scatters are an exclusive design by Australian artist Megan Skehan superimposed onto evocative images of far flung destinations, printed on cotton/ linen with water based inks, backed with EC Signature prints and trimmed with raffia or pompoms. These generous scatter cushions are hand sewn by crafty mother of three Jenny and features interchangeable backs and trims, an assortment of shapes, invisible zips and eco friendly feather foam inserts. Earth Friendly Credentials:Australian designed and made; Cruelty free feather inserts (uses by product of poultry industry; Linen/cotton fabric; Water based inks; Raffia trim cm

From Two Girls and a Container, amazing all premium leather Moroccan pouf in the trend colour for 2014 - COBALT! Hand stitched and imported from Morocco these incredibly practical pieces can be filled with anything - beads, rags, old clothes - you decide!

From Two Girls and a Container, amazing all premium leather Moroccan pouf in the trend colour for 2014 – COBALT!
Hand stitched and imported from Morocco these incredibly practical pieces can be filled with anything – beads, rags, old clothes – you decide!

 

Peacock Chairs

Having just bought an original one on ebay from the 70’s I am VERY happy and they are abounding on online stores at the moment in a variety of colours!

My original 70's Peacock Chair which I am loving in natural given i have a lot of colour in my home

My original 70’s Peacock Chair which I am loving in natural given I already have a lot of colour in my home!

From eco chic -Retro chic personified, the Peacock chair is a classic aquisition for all glamour addicts out there!. Add a touch of Seventies Hollywood to your bedroom, lounge room or verandah with this midnight blue Peacock chair accented with a gorgeous emerald, aqua and gold seat cushion. This chair is a more dainty size than some of the extravagent pieces out there meaning it adds drama without overpowering your space.

From eco chic -Retro chic personified, the midnight blue Peacock chair accented with a gorgeous emerald, aqua and gold seat cushion. This chair is a more dainty size than some of the extravagent pieces out there meaning it adds drama without overpowering your space.

From Two Girls and a Container, this glamorous chair is a fun and fabulous throwback to an era when trends turned their noses up at the ordinary and traditional but welcomed all that was fabulous. Stunning and hand woven from rattan, we are thrilled to see that these beautiful chairs have seen a well deserved resurgence of popularity. Comes with plain white cushion supplied, although they have some whiz banging colourful print cushions available also!

From Two Girls and a Container, this glamorous chair is a fun and fabulous throwback to an era when trends turned their noses up at the ordinary and traditional but welcomed all that was fabulous.
Stunning and hand woven from rattan, I am personally delighted to see these gorgeous pieces have a resurgence of popularity.
Comes with plain white cushion supplied, although they say they have some “whizz banging” print cushions also!

 

Rustic Timber and Industrial

From Two Girls and A Container, this hand carved from one piece of solid teak, this amazing stool is available in it's natural form, treated, or lovingly finished in Australia with gold on the underside and topside.

From Two Girls and A Container, this hand carved from one piece of solid teak, stool is available in it’s natural form, treated, or lovingly finished in Australia with gold on the underside and topside.

Via Vavoom Emporium,  this Recycled Timber industrial Bar Table with adjustable height featuring rustic metal construction and reclaimed weathered Elm table top. Perfect for the home that prefers a contribution to the environment or for that non corporate look in the office or Commercial Bar.

Via Vavoom Emporium, this Recycled Timber industrial Bar Table with adjustable height features rustic metal construction and reclaimed weathered Elm table top. Perfect for  people who want to care for the envrionment.

Via Cranmore Home, a reclaimed timber ladder houses three beautiful Bonnie and Neil tea towels with both monochromatic and pops of colour. Jacqueline Evan's skin care sits atop a group of Rabbit Trap Timber share boards, with the ever-popular Bonnie and Neil wall vase with amber vessel.  An industrial miner's cage lamp has its cord casually wound along a rung of the ladder providing extra detail and appeal to this light.

Via Cranmore Home, this says it all for me – a reclaimed timber ladder with gorgeous Bonnie and Neil tea towels. Jacqueline Evan skin care sits atop a group of Rabbit Trap Timber share boards, with the ever-popular Bonnie and Neil wall vase with amber vessel.
An industrial miner’s cage lamp has its cord casually wound along a rung of the ladder providing extra detail and appeal to this light. Perfect modern look with all that lovely sustainability and heart in the styling.

Handmade

We adore this hand crocheted rug...the round shape, the fabulous texture and bohemian style. Made a by the very talented Camille, this rug is woven from thick off white cotton yarn. Its beautiful vintage flower pattern is just perfect to dress up the floor next to your bed or next to your favourite reading chair. Soft and sturdy, being made from cotton means it's also washable! 100{5baa604ca7ba54356663ac818e2540f5a63eb80840e8fce1c1738a88d2e39fef} Cotton Yarn 12mm thick Hand Wash or machine wash cold by itself on delicate and then lay flat to dry when needed to ensure a long life for your rug.

I adore this hand crocheted rug via Eco Chic. Made a by the very talented Camille, this rug is woven from thick off white cotton yarn. Its beautiful vintage flower pattern is just perfect to dress up the floor next to your bed or next to your favourite reading chair. Soft and sturdy, being made from cotton means it’s also washable!
100{5baa604ca7ba54356663ac818e2540f5a63eb80840e8fce1c1738a88d2e39fef} Cotton Yarn
12mm thick
Hand Wash or machine wash cold by itself on delicate and then lay flat to dry when needed to ensure a long life for your rug.

By Down That Little Lane & Inspired by the numerous little finches and fairy wrens that hop around outside her workshop, this little fella has been hand painted. Made from porcelain and glazed on the inside. The item comes wrapped in bubbles and packed in a Kanimbla Clay gift box. Approx.height............5cm approx. diameter.......6cm

By Down That Little Lane, inspired by the numerous little finches and fairy wrens that hop around outside her workshop, this little fella has been hand painted. Made from porcelain and glazed on the inside. The item comes wrapped in bubbles and packed in a Kanimbla Clay gift box. Approx.height…………5cm approx. diameter…….6cm

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Genevieve McLean on January 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Hi Helen, I am on Instagram as Gennybird, & looked at your site today & having a wonderful read about all you do, your wonderful reviews, your recycling/up cycling etc. just loved it all. Am moving in 4 weeks to a big home 5 brms, studio, to begin decorating our 1890s home. Very excited but have never worked on decorating such a big space. I am an artist/sculptor who makes rather quirky outrageous pretty works, but confident about what I love/like. Trouble is I love so many different styles, & some how I have to bring my loves together to make a special home. On thing my hubby & I agree in us that we want our home to always feel like we are on Holidays! Now how that is going to work with my love of industrial vintage, Parisian, mid century etc will be a delightful challenge. Thanks for a great read. We will be living in Healesville Vic moving from city apartment to beautiful Yarra Valley!

    • Helen Edwards on January 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Genevieve! Lovely to see you here at my home 🙂 And thank you for your beautiful comments. Your move sounds heavenly and I also love all of those styles and think they can work really well – in fact I am all for an eclectic approach to your home, filled with what you love. Would love to see your progress if interested in sharing? And also your works of art – love to share on the blog. Good luck with the move. 🙂

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