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!)
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!
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!)
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.
The fabrics use eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks on 100% 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 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 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!
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 already have a lot of colour in my home!
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, 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, 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 features rustic metal construction and reclaimed weathered Elm table top. Perfect for people who want to care for the envrionment.
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.
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% Cotton Yarn
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