Monday, 19 August 2013

How to Upcycle Glass Bottles

I have been eyeing off this upcycle project  for some time now but have never known how to achieve a clean cut when cutting the bottle in half. I have tried the 'flaming rope' method but that left very jagged edges and the bottle was not salvagable. After doing some intense googling I found Dan Rojas, a green earth activist with amazing and easy DIY videos, and he taught me through the world wide web just how to achive a clean cut. 

The video can be seen HERE and in it Dan demostrates how to use the G2 Bottle Cutter (a seriously good investment for those interested in upcycling bottles).

Now if the above image didnt make up your mind view those below and I am sure you will be itching to try it yourself!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Golden Fleece Cafe

This morning the sun was shining and the sky was blue, so I decided to go exploring. Willunga is a town that I usually pass straight through on my way to Victor Harbour but today I decided to take a chance and see what it has to offer. I knew of the Golden Fleece but had never visited until today and I was very impressed. I was immediately greated with smiling faces and funky retro decor (see pictures). I treated myself to a berry and chia smoothie and drank in my surroundings. Each interior table was dressed with fresh flowers and a deck of cards and the out door tables were adorned with succulents in terracotta pots. The charming mix matched furniture teamed with an open fire place and retro pendant lighting created a very warm inviting environment and the floor to ceiling windows with succulents in tea cups was the icing on the cake!
If you are ever passing through Willunga I urge you to pull up and visit this cute cafe in such a gorgeous historic town. (Golden Fleece details in my Cafe Directory)

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Get That Look #2


If you are anything like me, then you are still experiencing some serious heart pain from the death of Patrick Reid in Australia's most loved drama series Offspring. I must admit that during the latest episode I used many many tissues and had to re-apply my make up afterwards, and I am sure that I am not alone! So to honour Patrick I have decided to do another 'Get That Look' feature on the interiors of offspring. This time I will be featuring Geraldine Proudman's house (as I have already featured Nina & Patrick's abode) and all of its quirky personality.

Now as you may know, Geraldine has a very loud and bohemian personality and this is directly reflected in her home. As a retired architect Geraldine has only slightly modified her gorgeous Melbourne heritage home to include large windows in the living/kitchen areas which brings lots of natural light into the home and brings a glowing look to the yellow walls of her living areas. The walls are aged and chipped with mementos and photos taped in eclectic arrangements around the room and the floors are covered in vintage carpets. Geraldine has embraced the 'organised chaos' style of living, with piles of books and crockery spread across her living and kitchen areas and has brought the outside in with various pot plants in and around the windows.

If you would like to achieve this look in your own home then I am here to help! The following post will share with you some carefully selected upcycled/reclaimed/handmade products that will have you on your way to having a delicious bohemian home like Geraldine's.

1. Upcycled herb spoons by Handmade At The Homestead
2. Hand painted pot plant by Birdsnests For Hair
3. Pottery mugs from Sunbird Pottery
4. Hand made lamp shade from Patturn
5. Mason jar trio by Tutus And Tattoos
6. Upcycled tumblers by Twice Drunk
7. Wooden serving tray from Sunlab Productions
8. Upcycled wine barrel recipe stand from Winestains Barossa

1. Reclaimed timber dining table (seats 8) by Triple R Tables
2. Upcycled cushion from Collecting Feathers
3. Storage basket from upcycled materials by Been And Done
4. Vintage boucherouite rug from Fossik
5. Recycled timber coffee table by Milkcart
6. Reclaimed wooden crate from Hiatus Vintage
7. Handmade bulletin board from Kraft4Kids
8. Upcycled teak dish from ELCdesigns
9. Upcycled blanket ottoman by Flaunt Design
10. Driftwood clock from Jan Dickers Ocean Art

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Block Those Colours!

So theres a trend thats been going around for some time that I am really loving: Colour Blocking. 
This trend is super easy to achieve without going out and buying all new homewares, all you need is some paint or maybe some fabric dye.
Colour blocking is an easy way to bring a modern look to your home without having super modern decor, you want that colour to say 'POW!' so its all about how you style it! Typically colour blocking looks best against white walls however it could also look great against darker walls as the dark tones will make the colours pop even more then they would against the white. Colour blocking can also be done on your walls and looks awesome against black or white furniture.
Another interesting way to colour block is to spray paint old ornaments with bright colours and display them about your house!
I will admit this is a project I am yet to try out so stay tuned for my future projects (I'm thinking lamp shades, jewellery boxes and pot plants!). If you, like so many out there, are too busy to find the time for this then why not check out the following products from some awesome online sellers? (Most items aren't repurposed, but its always great to support hard working artisans!)

 1. Set of 3 colour blocked crochet baskets from My Very Own Eye Goggles
2. Red vintage framed magnetic black board from Shugabee Lane
3. Neon pink wooden serving bowls from Wind and Willow Home
4. Orange painted elephant from Juxtaposition SC
5. Concrete colour blocked planter from Sarai Homewares

Now scroll down for more inspiration!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Get That Look!

Hey friends! If you've been a keen watcher of Channel Ten's Offspring like I have then I bet you're constantly swooning over Nina and Patrick's house. In today's blog post I am going to show you how you can replicate their style using reclaimed woods, vintage and retro items and better yet, what you already have!
Now ofcourse it would help if you just happen to live in an old coat hanger factory, but it is certainly not esssential. Make the most of your windows by dressing them with wooden blinds, long draping curtains in whites or greys or better yet, dont dress them at all (if privacy is not an issue for you). Walls should be kept simple with exposed brick work and a colour palette of white or grey for a concreted look, however this should be done on few walls as darker colours will make your rooms look smaller, where as whites will make your rooms bright and refreshing. Since the industrial look is what we are wanting, any rustic crates, boxes, equiptment or furniture you can find or might already have would look fantastic in your new industrial living areas. If you are in desperate need of some key pieces then I have put together a short list of must-haves that can be seen below:

1. Dining table made by Michael Hayes Furniture using recycled timbers.
2. Photo frame made by Mulbury  using recycled timber.
3. Industrial coat hooks by Mulbury using recycled materials.
4. Cushion by Medwin and Mcgarry made from pre-loved denim.
5. Distressed dining chairs by Rustic Boutique made from pre-loved chairs.
6. Chalk board bottles by NAKEBA using vintage bottles.
7. Industrial step ladder from Old New House.
8. Vintage rolling pin from Epoch Co.
9.  Upcycled lamp by Red Zebra Designs using old books.
10. Storage basket by Been & Done made from old coffee sacks.
11. Hand painted pot plant by Birdsnests For Hair.

1. Vintage kantha quilt from Fossik.
2. Original 24 inch acrylic painting by ELCdesigns.
3. Upcycled jewellery display hanger by Ayliss made from repurposed wood and old knobs.
4. Upcycled teak dish painted with acrylic paints by ELCdesigns.
5. Hand made 'Be Brave' cushion by NZFINCH.
6. Bedside table by GHIFY made from repurposed woods
7. Upcycled metalic glass bottles by NAKEBA.
8. Vintage alarm clock from White Space Vintage.
9. Repurposed wood table lamp by BRZ wood DESIGN.
10. Vintage AM/FM radio from The Fox And The Spoon 

Ofcourse all credit to this gorgeous home goes it its real-life owner Adriene Strampp a Melbourne artist who's work can be seen above nina's sofa in their living area. If you are interested in purchasing one of her master pieces you can fin her here.