I’ve been watching Kirstie Allsopp’s latest TV show, Fill Your House For Free, Channel 4 Tuesdays, with mixed thoughts. Although I’m a great believer and practiser of filling my home with pre loved and vintage items, which, as we all know, are often, much better made and kinder to the environment, I don’t always think some of the designs are always particularly aesthetic.
This home however, in Sydney Australia, is a shining example of how you can design your home on a budget, with great style. Many of the items were sourced very cheaply and some, for example, the cinema chairs, which now grace the dining area, were found discarded and have been reupholstered to give them a new lease of life.
With a lot of imagination, a pot of paint and a few upholstery skills or the talents of a professional upholsterer, many items can look better than some of the most expensive replicas found on the High Street.
Pictures taken from the Generalist
If you want to have a go at upcycling some pre loved items here are some of the best books I have found, all with inspiring ideas.
Available from Amazon and other good book suppliers. I personally try and use our local bookshop, which we’re very lucky to have and if they haven’t got it in they can order it for you.
Here’s a quick snap of my lounge, sorry for the quality but taken on my phone and put into a snapseed filter to darken it slightly. Anyway it’s a shot of some of the things in my upcycled home such as a £10 coffee table from Ebay, painted Pavilion grey,waxed and distressed, the lamp stand also £10 from a charity shop and repainted, with a lampshade bought from Homesense and pimped using vintage bobble trim, from a flea market. Also cushions made from bits of found fabric, a £20 oil painting from an old barn in Cheshire that used to sell bric a brac. The french mirror over the fireplace, was an old frame from Newark antique market costing £35.00, with a piece of glass added to make the mirror, costing all in all about £50.00!
My next project are some High Street lights I’ve bought off Ebay which I am going to transform to some luxury dark grey beaded chandeliers to rival those sold by designer retailers like these.
I’ll keep you posted!