GREEN TEAM : Recycled Crates

 Upcycling is a term used to describe the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. The following are some great examples of  the creative and imaginative ways this can be done using old wood, metal & even plastic crates that would have wound up being downcycled which is the other half of the recycling process . Downcycling  involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material which is still in my opinion a good approach. On the other hand, if you can take an  existing object and create something beautiful and functional  without changing what it is but rather incorporating it into the new design, even better.

Crate shelving


Stacked vintage old wooden apple storage crates


Shipping crate as bike basket


Hanging wall shelves


Reclaimed crates as shelving


Reclaimed wood stools by Edwards Moore. Made from discarded wood from various sources. Sanded and finished with linseed oil, putty and wax.

Dog bowl holder




Crate furniture


DIY: Coffee, Console & End Table Redos

I am constantly being wowed by DIY projects, the possibilities are limitless you just have to have an eye for potential. Today’s DIY’s are all about the side, console and coffee tables. These are great finds and because of the size can almost always be easily transported. With spring in full bloom garage sales are becoming a popular weekend outing so keep your eyes open for fixer uppers while you are browsing. To see the how to for any of these stunning examples click on the links provided below the images.

Image above: Marion’s black & white side table redo

Image above: Lauren’s sophisticated side table

Image above: Elle’s inventive salvaged side table

Image above: D*S reader Jody created this amazing industrial-style side table out of old wooden drawers.

Image above: Amanda’s rustic entryway table



Image above: Three Men and a Lady’s bed side tables



Image above: Three Men and a Lady’s entryway Walmart table makeover



Image above: Three Men and a Lady’s craigslist dresser

Image above: Style Files DIY wood table

Image above: Matsutake DIY side table

Image above: Home Depot tutorial DIY glass coffee table

Image above: Bromeliad DIY Ikea Lack to Parson Cube

Image above: Plastolux DIY Eero Saarinen Tables

DIY: Easy Summer Favours

Spring warms our spirits and sets the socialites into their event planners, organizing parties, bbq’s and whatever else works as an excuse to drink.  I recently came across this great food & craft site Eat Drink Chic and thought this idea would make for a charming token of appreciation to bring to a party.

Print the design onto thick white, textured card-stock. Use a scalpel to cut out then use a small round hole punch in the center of the solid coloured circle.

Below I have provided a link to print off the flower tags with or without writing  If you wish to customize your own sayings, the font used for this is Traveling Typewriter and it’s available for free here. Download and install the font, use a word processing program to type out your message, print onto white paper then use a scalpel to cut out your message and stick onto the tag with glue or double-sided tape.

To download the floral gift tags with or without sayings click on the following link Floral Gift Tags Download

INSPIRATION: Home Makeover- Entrance Way

A friend of mine has just purchased his very first place and has asked for some assistance in the design department. I am thrilled to help out,  so for the following few weeks I will feature some posts of inspiration for his new home makeover.

Simply for order purposes lets start with the entrance. In his case the entrance is a small vestibule preceding to a short stair case which is open to the adjacent living room.  I have been infatuated with sisal, grass and jute runners down entrance stairs for a while and have yet to feature them.  Fortunately I think this look would fit very well in this particular case. It is important to have anti slip finish on stairs and this type of runner would serve that function.

Since my friend has already said he will change the banister I suggest a more Eco friendly method as an alternative to chucking the old one.  In a previous post I featured Rust Oleum ( 4 Step Cabinet Makeover) which could be used to stain this banister a beautiful black finish.  He also said that he will be removing the carpet so I recommend finishing the new stair treads in the same black finish. This look would provide a clean and styled contrast to white stair risers as well as walls. With the stair treads and banister now finished in black and remaining area in white this would work as the perfect canvas for a beige sisal, grass or jute runner.   You can see the step by step to ripping off carpet and creating a new stair case by clicking on the following link Southern Hospitality. Also you can view my friends before entrance photo as well as some examples of this style below.

Above: The Before Entrance Way

Above via Decorpad

Above via Posners

You can see the step by step to ripping off carpet and creating a new stair case by clicking on the following link Southern Hospitality

The next step to creating a designed entranceway is revitalizing the window treatments. Since this is a starter home and he is a young bachelor I don’t want to empty his back pocket. Window treatments don’t have to cost you a fortune especially when the windows don’t require custom specifications. Luckily for him I have just the thing in mind. Since the space is small I want to tie in the pieces in a sophisticated minimalist fashion so not to make the area appear cluttered. I believe dark stained wood blinds will do the job. Below are two images with similar styles and you can find this type of product at such locations as BouClair.

via DesignWagen

And lastly to finish off the space it comes down to a personal choice. If you prefer reserving space in the closet for jackets then you can get rid of the coat rack. However I do understand the convenience of having a coat rack so in such a case I would simply install individual hooks like those shown below. A trick I often use is the “rule of odd numbers.” See odd numbers provide a center point which our eyes are attracted to and in turn makes a display look balanced. If he is open to the first suggestion of reserving space in the closet I recommend using the open wall space for a small collage of black and white photographs.

Below the Vippa Hook from Ikea

Stay posted for more inspirational ideas!

INSPIRATION: 7 Design Examples for Using Drift Wood

I have been fortunate enough to visit the beautiful West Coast of Canada, home to the Rockie Mountains and cold Pacific ocean.  While walking along the beach I found so many incredible pieces of drift wood that could be used in a variety of creative ways. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be very practical for me to ship them across the country but for any of you that are lucky enough to live near those sandy shores you should definitely take advantage. Below I have provided just a few examples of designs recycling drift wood.

This can also be crafted from recycled pallets. The writing in the mustard yellow accent colour adds that extra touch and ties the pieces together providing a relaxing rustic bedroom atmosphere. Above via Crafterholic

Drift wood with a light colour tone almost, bleached has a quality to it that looks great as sculptural pieces on their own and can be integrated with even the most minimalist of styles. Above via Elizabeth Stuart Design

If you are feeling extra creative and have found the right pieces of wood, you can make a custom mirror that could cost you hundreds.  I especially love the green stained wood version shown Above Via The Girl is a Mess. The green adds the needed contrast against the neutral background

Using drift wood in unique ways can also work as a frame for stenciled or decal-ed words. I can imagine this in a dining room as an accent wall. Above via Event Decor Blog

Who says you need to pay a lot of money for art.. when you can be the artist and reap the beauty of your own work.  The sculpture above can be a co-creation between you and mother earth .  Above via This Next

Above is another great example of a DIY headboard created from a variety of different found Drift Wood. Via Pinterest

Last on our list may not be drift wood but I wanted to include it because it has that similar raw character and honestly I just really like it! This DIY kitchen island is made from a rough-hewn slab of cypress wood supported by Trojan sawhorses (known for being the sturdiest on the market).

Above: The steel Trojan TS-27 27-Inch Sawhorse Legs for one complete sawhorse are $45.63 at Amazon.

Via Remodelista