Decorating Using Recycled & Upcycled Materials

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10 Books to get you started


    Features 35 simple, inexpensive projects that you can make from salvaged and upcycled materials. Many are stackable and easily portable, most can be made in a weekend, and all include instructions for disassembly and disposal when you’re ready to repurpose the materials. 


    2. Upcycle : 24 sustainable DIY projects / Rebbeca Proctor.

    Recreate upcycled designs – step-by-step instructions.

    Projects include a clever mat woven from marine rope, a geometric lampshade made of strips of Tetrapak carton, a hanging rail using leftover copper plumbing pipe, a cane chair upcycled as a cross-stitch canvas and many more.

    3. Mend it! : 400 easy repairs for everyday items from kitchenware & jewellery to furniture & textiles / Sian Berry.

    Even the most DIY-shy person will find this book a revelation –  step-by-step instructions.

    In today’s throwaway culture, Sian Berry sets out to prove that your much-loved items can be given a new lease of life. With chapters covering furniture, kitchenware, electrical goods, textiles and jewellery.


    4. For the love of old : living with chipped, frayed, tarnished, faded, tattered, worn and weathered things that bring comfort, character and joy to the places we call home / by Mary Randolph Carter.

    Lavishly illustrated with beautiful photographs.

    Pays tribute to furniture, textiles, china, silver, and other accessories, and also shows us how best to preserve, adapt, and arrange them.  Includes ideas and recipes for saving old items from the junk pile, preserving and caring, and giving newer things a lived-in feel.



    5. Flea market fabulous : designing gorgeous rooms with vintage treasures / Lara Spencer

    All it takes is planning, and a little imagination to create beautiful and comfortable homes.

    Spencer comes up with a decorating plan; makes a mood board for inspiration; compiles a shopping list; scours flea markets for furniture and accessories; restores, repurposes, and reinvents pieces. Includes before, during, and after photographs.


    6. Rachel Ashwell’s shabby chic : treasure hunting & decorating guide / photography by Wynn Miller & Cathy Mogull

    Treasure hunting advice and tips for furniture, objects, and decorations. Learn how to exchange  mass-produced furniture and home accessories for the unique, and to create comfortable, livable rooms.

    7. Thrifty chic : interior style on a shoestring / Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell

    How to create a stylish home without spending a fortune.

    Give old furniture a new lease of life and bring vintage charm to a room. Finishing touches – china and ceramics, glassware, paintings and frames, fabrics and trims-are covered in detail.


    8. Fleamarket chic : the thrifty way to create a stylish home / Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell

    In modern rooms, a distressed chair or a vintage mirror adds a perfect finishing touch. And in traditional decorating schemes, fleamarket chic is a key part of the mix: faded textiles, weathered furniture, mismatched china and the occasional flamboyant lamp or work of art are all part of the charm.



    9. Bazaar style : decorating with market and vintage finds / Selina Lake

    Create a beautiful home combining vintage, retro and flea-market finds.

    Shows homes furnished with intriguing pieces from different eras and cultures, which mix and match colours, patterns and design. Discover a wonderful mix of vintage and retro influences, flea-market finds.


    10. Upcyclist : reclaimed and remade furniture, lighting and interiors / Antonia Edwards.

    Transform seemingly low value items into something new.
    Today’s upcyclists are combining values of superb craftsmanship and design with ideas of how “waste” can be both inspiring and informing. Based on the author’s popular website,  Organised by material, with chapters dedicated to wood, metal, glass and ceramics, textiles, plastic, paper and mixed media.


    Author: Cherie

    As the Adult Services Coordinator for Cockburn City Libraries I have the pleasure of planning adult events and programs. I work closely with our Sustainability Department, love bike riding and all things outdoors.

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