Reuse, improve and recycle. It’s all about combining the old with the new to create a lovely interior decoration for your home. Yes, upcycling is THE trend in home interiors.
Whether you’re staging a home for sale or simply just wanting a different look, the good news is upcycling is very enjoyable and easy to do. Of course, if you are not that passionate for DIY, you can always get great items from handy artists and craftspeople specialising in upcycling.
But I’d rather you do it yourself. DIY upcycling allows you to create your own masterpiece and feel a sense of achievement. What’s more, upcycled items are one-of-a-kind and can be good conversation pieces at parties or dinners – even when presenting your home to sell.
Some Great Ideas for DIY Upcycling
There are countless vintage and old pieces you can reuse and re-function to make for a lovely home interior. The best place to search for these objects is in your own cupboards and garage or you can shop online, at garage sales or salvage yards.
Glass Jars & Bottles
Oh, I’m sure you have lots of these. Coloured wine bottles lined up with the light shining through can make a dull area bright. Add some paint and glitter and you have one beautiful centrepiece on your table. They can also be used as a flower vase or simply decorated and filled with oil to display in the kitchen and use for cooking.
And the glass jars? What better way than to give it a new function. A small lampshade or fill with crayons? Who knows, you could even inspire a budding artist.
I am simply fascinated with chairs, which I usually find on Gum-tree, second hand shops, online classified ads, or simply along the road! There are a thousand and one ways to give old chairs a revamp – clean and wax, stencil, paint the wooden ones, or redo upholstery for fabric chairs.
Old, Damaged Timber Doors and Windows
Old doors and windows can definitely be salvaged and re-functioned. Here are just a few ideas on how to reuse and re-function them:
Wooden Crates and Boxes
Get creative! Crates are very versatile. With a clean and clear varnish they can be stacked to make great bedside tables, shelving or bound together to make a magazine table! Timber boxes can be deconstructed and made into other beautiful, functional pieces such as a rack for keys or hats.
You need to ensure first that you are not taking chemical residues into your home. So better check where they came from and what they were used for.
Common uses for pallets is outdoor furniture, coffee tables, swinging daybeds, shelving, table tops, a rustic looking bookcase and more. Pallet items are seriously the biggest trend in upcycling right now and you’re only limited by your imagination! This one was made by my daughter!
So go forth and create something new from old!
Check out more fabulous ideas at http://www.pinterest.com/APPinkerton/upcycling/
Are you considering doing minor improvements in your home before selling it?
Outdoor living in Australia is tied to our relaxed, social way of life, and a fantastic yet comfortable and practical outdoor living space has become an important feature in Australian homes as we aim to improve both our lifestyle and home value.
Below are three ideas on how to maximise your outdoor living space and consequently help you increase the value of your home when you sell.
Carefully Planned Landscaping
A professional outdoor design done by a landscape architect is the first step towards having an outdoor living space that functions just the way you envisioned it.
Here are areas to focus on:
Curb appeal. Leave a good first impression – make sure your home looks beautiful from the street to leave a positive imprint on your guests from simply looking at the façade.
Low-maintenance gardens. Time spent in the outdoors should be relaxing for you so create a garden that requires less watering, weeding and upkeep. One way to achieve this is to cut down the lawn to make way for low-maintenance, foot-friendly native ground covers. Another is to use elements such as colourful pebbles and stones to replace your lawn.
Trees. Do you know that the value of trees increase over time? This means trees can be considered a long-term investment. Get trees that are roughly 2 ½ metres tall, and you will own a beautiful, shady outdoor space in just a few years.
Irrigation system. Water is important to keep your outdoor area blooming and green and your home very attractive to potential buyers.
Custom lighting. You can showcase elements and light pathways at night with custom lighting. It makes for a useful and eye-catching improvement.
Outdoor Area Designs
Appeal to buyers who hanker for an al fresco lifestyle by creating a great outdoor space for entertaining friends and family.
Build a covered patio, perfect for entertaining all-year around. For added comfort during the winter months, look into patio heating and a screened area,
A well-planned outdoor kitchen, featuring a drinks fridge, sinks and barbeque grill, will eliminate the need for you to run in and outside the house to prepare food, thus allowing you to entertain guests without interruption.
A Water Sanctuary in your Backyard
Water is the secret to the best outdoor escape is water – a cliché but very true.
Water features. These create calming sounds that will make you feel like you’re in a tropical holiday retreat.
Swimming pool. It remains a highly valued addition to any outdoor living space. It makes you feel serene; it draws you; and is a sparkling and lovely centrepiece for your home.
Spa. A fantastic accompaniment or substitute for a pool that allows you to enjoy your outdoor space even during the winter months, thanks to its wonderful heating ability.
If you are renovating or preparing to sell your home, one of the areas that you should never ignore is your entry. It sets the scene for what people would see inside. Your entry should entice the people who stand before it to open the door and come inside.
How do you come with the perfect design for the entrance to your property? First, identify the feel that you would like to create for the rest of the house. Do this by working on two separate elements: the doorway and the entry foyer.
You can always combine design and drama in any type of entry, whether it is a huge verandah of a bungalow, a contemporary portico or a single step tread.
Here are a few things you can consider for the doorway:
Once you’re through the doorway, the next space should be as impressive as the other parts of the house. The design of the entry will largely depend on the amount of space and your lifestyle needs.
Here are helpful decorating tips for the entry:
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