Upcycle Archive

  • USES FOR OLD MAGAZINES: NEVER THROW INSPIRATION AWAY!

    Hands up: who keeps their old magazines?

    In my post How to organize a magazine collection I talked about how I’m considering organizing my rather impressive magazine collection. I also admitted to keeping a lot more magazines than your average normal person (if any normal person would like to prove me wrong on this, please have a go!) Yes, the collection moved with me to The Creative Coastal Home, and I have some really good ideas on how I’m going to store and display them. That’s the subject of a future post! Here I’m taking a trip down memory lane and showing you how your magazine stash can provide plenty of inspiration for your home today, especially if you’re a crafter, diyer, or upcycler. Read on!

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  • WHAT’S MY HOME STYLE? PART TWO

    How is your home style influenced and inspired?

    Recently I posted What’s my home style? Part One to give you some hints about my home style, and what you might expect as I decorate The Creative Coastal Home. But of course although I have my favourite things that I’ve brought with me, my style is evolving. Here’s what influences and inspires me:

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  • WHAT’S MY HOME STYLE? PART ONE

    Showing the home style of The Creative Coastal Home

    Do you know what your Home Style is?

    In deciding whether you want to follow The Creative Coastal Home, you’re going to want to know, what’s my home style and do you like it? Is it similar to yours, or will it inspire you and help you decide what yours is? Like many people, my style has evolved, and I’ve collected a whole mixture of possessions over the years. I’m taking the opportunity of a move to inventory my possessions and work out which ones fit into my home style, and which really don’t, now I’m starting to plan rooms around more cohesive schemes.

    Showing the home style of The Creative Coastal Home
    Some of my favourite furnishings

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  • THE IKEA RAST – WHAT DOES YOURS LOOK LIKE?

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    A lot of us have a faithful Ikea Rast chest of drawers somewhere in their house. I have 3! 2 of them still look pretty much as they did on purchase:

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    I have big plans for these, and the other unpainted pine furniture I own, when I move next year and can get stuck into some new room schemes. But one of them has been given a makeover, and it looks like this:

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