Quick Tip #24: Old Doors As Mirrors

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Part two of our little Décor Quick Tip series on awesome things to do with old reclaimed doors…

#24  Repurpose old salvaged doors by transforming them into quirky mirrors. Browse flea markets and thrift stores for doors with lots of interest – moulding, recessed panels, carved insets, or rustic textures like flaking paint all add tons of character. Lean it against a wall to serve as an awesome full-length mirror or mount it on the wall horizontally to create an attention-grabbing focal point!

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Old Doors As Headboards

Quick Tip #23: Old Doors As Headboards

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Time for another little Décor Quick Tip series… this one is going to be about all the awesome things you can do with old or reclaimed doors! I have stumbled upon some seriously cool images and ideas, so keep your eyes peeled in the next few weeks!

I want to try this super popular tip myself…

#23  Add oodles of character to any bedroom by transforming old solid timber doors into a one of a kind headboard! Any salvaged door with interest or moulding will work, whether it’s vintage or slightly new. Rickety barn doors or weathered, paint-peeling farm doors will add a rustic shabby chic element to your bedroom or repurpose louvre doors for a French county or seaside flair. Leave the doors distressed or give it a glossy coat of paint.

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Repurposed Ladders

It was my intention to write a little décor Quick Tip about re-using old ladders in and around the house after stumbling across this beautiful image (right below) while browsing through Stylizimo (a funky Scandinavian décor blog). However, after doing a quick search I found a good dozen of excellent ideas and images illustrating ways in which you can repurpose your old run-down ladder. So, this is no ordinary Quick Tip, as instead of the customary one image, I included all the gorgeous images to inspire you!

#11  Don’t toss away your old wooden ladder – repurpose it. Your old ladder, whether you give it a fresh lick of paint or keep it paint-splattered & earth-stained, can be used in a variety of interesting ways: as a rustic book shelf, funky bathroom storage or even a shabby chic way to store and display your beautiful shoes. All you need is a bit of inspiration.

I adore this gorgeous use of a ladder display a few fashion items - if styled, it can be a powerful bedroom décor feature.
Scarves, necklaces, shoes and handbags and you are one rung away from a beautiful and original dressing area.
This ingenious pots & pans hanger would look amazing above the island of any rustic or shabby chic industrial kitchen
Use your ladder to store and display dishcloths, napery or other linens.
Keep the guest towels close at hand.
Every reading nook needs one of these - a funky ladder book rack! And isn't it absolutely genius to use a ladder as a way to store and display your newspapers and magazines!
My patio is asking for this - a stepped garden of potted herbs! I'm going to patch up our dilapidated ladder - herb garden here I come!

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

2011 Trend Watching – Part One

By Marica

Rose and I regularly have awesome (and sometimes quite extensive) discussions about design and decor trends. Now, while we are in the process of review and reflection, and before the 2012 trend reports start flooding in we would like to take a look at some of the trends we observed in 2011.

We are by no means Li Edelkoort, but if you watch the blogs and image sharing websites long enough it is quite easy to recognize popular content and before you know it a definite trend pattern emerges. So without further ado, here are our favourite observed trends of the past year…

Nostalgia:

  

The primary trend that explains the popularity of most of the subsequent trends (some of which we are discussing below) is aptly labelled Nostalgia. Rose had the following to say about the rise of Nostalgia:

“Despite the fact that there is never a time when change is not happening on a global scale, the uncertainty of the current times in terms of climate change, economies, etc, has been and is very real to us. Experts have shown that when there is a prevailing sense of threat and insecurity, the over-riding trend towards nostalgia and all things from the past, become evident.

That is exactly what our current Nostalgic trend is all about. We have reached into a time past, back into eras that speak the fundamentals of our value systems, with the hope of finding stability in our roots. Nostalgia is all about being “homesick”, yearning and idealizing the past, while fondly recalling memories of times that seem to us much better than that which is our immediate experience.

So, it comes as no surprise, that as the Nostalgic trend stands on the shoulders of the Past, it has gained huge momentum in all walks of life. We draw our inspiration from décor of eras past, motivated in an almost “pick-me-up” fashion for the strength to push on as those from that past era must have done. Despite the fact that Nostalgic styled décor & accessories have been given a fresh and contemporary twist, in a very real sense it is creating a sense of “time standing still” or timelessness.

  

The Nostalgic vein runs though most of popular trend of the past year – think Vintage, Shabby Chic, Retro & Mid-Century Modern, Rustic Scandinavian, Contemporary Country, and even the glamorous Hollywood Regency, the list goes on. All of these contain tributes to the past, little collections of bygone eras.

As we sat down to review the trends and styles of the past year, it is evident that Nostalgia is the TREND, into which ever expanding styles from the “Golden Ages” of past eras have come to find home.

I am very grateful for the rise of this Nostalgic Trend, as it is a very necessary phase, a breathing space in which to appreciate the past, in order to continue moving forward.”

Handmade Revolution:

 

A lot of emphasis has been placed on craft this past year – this Handmade trend is definite secondary arm to the primary Nostalgic trend. Who would have thought that crafts like crocheting, knitting, quilting and other general DIY decor projects & products would become so overwhelmingly fashionable? Is it a protest against consumerism or an attempt to save some moola?  I don’t know, maybe it’s the emotion behind Handmade that makes it so popular – it’s personal, it’s sentimental, it’s my own…it’s perfectly imperfect.

REcycled / UPcycled:

  

It makes me happy to see that decor & design trends have, in some small way, taken a cue from our planet’s environmental crisis and adopted a waste not want not approach. We have seen some excellent examples of innovative use of old, discarded trash transformed into beautiful pieces of design. Also, slotting in with the Nostalgic and Handmade trends, a lot of Upcycled designs – like the painted vintage furniture trend or converting an old suitcase into a chair or a rusted cheese grater into a lamp, etc. It’s all about being eco-aware – REclaim, REpurpose, REcycle. This trend is far from dead.

Mid-Century Modern:

Eames Lounge Chair

Seen as one of the most influential and significant design movements, the Mid-Century Modern style is synonymous with furniture design greats like Charles and Ray EamesArne Jacobsen and Eero Saarinen (to name but a tiny few). The Mid-Century style can also be linked to Scandinavian Design, as they had a significant influence on each other. The use of Mid-Century Modern furniture and elements in interiors and decor has always been an admired choice between decorators, designers and architects alike. However, the Nostalgic trend of the past couple of years has boosted this classic vintage style back into mainstream popularity. It is said that Mid-Century Modern is the perfect balance between function and aesthetic. And I don’t know about you, but I sure want to own an Eames chair….

Industrial:

  

This funky style has made a smashing comeback in the past couple of years can also be tied to the Nostalgic and Mid-Century Modern trends. The core of Industrial Style is to expose elements that are usually hidden – brickwork, exposed I-beams, unfinished wood and all the nuts, bolts and mechanisms that we generally hide.

Nautical:

  

The Nautical interior & decor style spilled over from the recent nautical fashion trend. Bold stripes in shades of blues and splashes of reds and oranges, rustic and distressed timbers, and ocean-inspired baubles make for a perfect sailor’s sanctuary. Rehashed this cool and fresh style is often paired with Industrial and Mid-Century Modern elements.

Stick around for Part 2 of our 2011 Trends report where we discuss the past year’s colour and pattern trends…

So, what trends patterns did you notice in 2011? We would love to hear about your favourites!

Images sourced: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14


Thistle Cottage – Up-cycled Treasure Trove

Many years ago a very good friend of mine, Margot Ammerman, took the bold step of buying a quaint cottage along Belvedere Road to convert into a shop for her abundance of furniture and objects d’art – a right treasure trove.

Today we classify her style of shop as nostalgic, vintage with up-cycled furniture.  It seems as if Margot was really ahead of her time OR she has been found doing the right thing at the right time – up grading furniture and accessories from the past to that place of being something trendy we just need to have.

She trawls the auctions and other hidden places gathering her wares.  Then takes them to her workshop at the back of Thistle Cottage, where she applies her magic in paint techniques to transform the each piece of furniture to something shabby chic (poor husband has also been found with paint dripping from his hair as well).  In fact, Thistle Cottage has many services to offer, including upgrading your ole stuff.

There are plenty of décor accessories to be had as well for any room in the house. When I go to Thistle Cottage, I have to give myself plenty of time there, just to be able to take in everything.  I am one of those people who get great pleasure from just shopping with my eyes.

So, when you are next going along Belvedere Road look out for the quaint cottage, painted dark grey, with swing plate announcing Thistle Cottage.  One of the latest members of staff there is little Ruby Grace – Margot’s totally charming and beautiful baby girl.

80 Belvedere Road
Claremont
Cape Town
Tel: 021 683 0060