Living spaces

Beautiful spaces and places that have been decorated with recycled materials, antiques and random items picked up at flee markets! Having a pretty home does not have to be too expansive with some good ideas and some carpentry skills ūüėõ

 

A wall in the living area is clad with planks of reclaimed barn wood.

A wall in the living area is clad with planks of reclaimed barn wood.

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The desk is made of a galvanized- steel drum base and a custom-made top! Select a pretty wallpaper, get some wood planks from the nearest barn and create your own shelving.

Mexican tile stairs - or any other bits of colorful tiles you have found! Start collecting now.

Mexican tile stairs – or any other bits of colorful tiles you have found! Start collecting now.

 

The living area includes a 17th-century verdure tapestry, 19th-century wing chairs, and an antique bench from Provence;  and the plaster sculpture was found at a Paris flea market. I like the steel bath - adds some warmth.

The living area includes a 17th-century verdure tapestry, 19th-century wing chairs, and an antique bench from Provence; and the plaster sculpture was found at a Paris flea market. 

library

I don’t know much about this space… but it’s a library, with warm colors many cushions and and I just want to be there. Now. Please?

Of chocolates and kids crafts

This weekend a friend and I went for breakfast at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock in Cape Town. This is one of my favorite places to go to on a lazy Saturday morning – you get to eat, buy fresh and organic products and stroll around the Woodstock streets for vintage shops and quirky items.

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My parents have a picture of me – much like this one at home. Some things don’t change I’m afraid.

 

As I was walking around the stalls I saw that there was a new exciting addition: a chocolate  factory! Chocolate turns me into a kid again РI can eat entire bars by myself, I love how it melts between my fingers and make them all sticky! Off-course I end up with melted chocolate all over my face Рand yes- even my hair.

Now a chocolate factory… ¬†let’s just say that after numerous failed attempts at asking me to stop jumping on the spot, my friend disappeared pretending not to know me. Can’t say I blame her.

CocoaFair is an organic chocolate factory founded on social entrepreneurship. What these fancy words basically mean Рat least to me Рis that the beans are sourced responsibly and sustainably, they recycle stuff, money goes back to the community and they make some of the finest chocolate in South Africa. Click  here for more information on CocoaFair.

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The chocolate is packaged in this awesome Klikerty box – made of recycled plastic bottles.

The blog MiriMoo gives you step by step instructions on how to achieve these beautiful gift boxes! According to the blog these are fun to do as a family and may take some practice to make perfectly. But who wants perfection anyways?

 

 

This little trip down memory lane reminded me of glued fingers, painted skin and ruined dresses! As a kid I loved making bird houses – all you need is an empty milk carton, glue, pretty paint, buttons/ribbons, or dried flowers,leaves wood – oh an bird seeds!

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Bucket mania

I was procrastinating on Pinterest, as one does, and hoped to find an idea or two on how to use this old steel bucket James gave me as present from his road trip (read the On the road post!). Not only is this probably the oddest gift I’ve even been given, it’s also making my house look un-tidy and gritty!

Pinterest however saved the day! There are apparently thousands of ways to re-use steel buckets.

Here are my top fives !!

Number 1

Number 1

 

Because we are proudly South African.. the bucket braai won my heart!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 2

Number 2

 

I have a garden. I also have a husky puppy named Kito. My husky likes to dig holes and thinks     himself quite the landscape artist! So this idea is great for my poor suffering garden РI can now have  flowers at home.

 

 

 

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number 3

 

 

I love organising. No no, I LOVE organising. Cool storage places make me happy. Storage places that can also be used as chairs – make me even happier. Imagine the possibilities: kids toys, shoes, bed sheets, blankets, craft papers and pencils …

 

 

 

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number 4

 

This is just cool. Also I’m rather short and any high chairs are good to have in my house!

 

 

 

 

 

 

flipflop bucket

And last but not least – ta da. I am the queen of leaving my shoes lying around the house. Kito off course thinks that’s just the best thing in the world because nothing tastes better than smelly shoes! However this also means that I literally have only one pair of sandals left. And it is still summer in Cape Town.

 

 

 

Tip: Cleaning those steel buckets are apparently as easy as washing them with a little dishwasher and water – scrub the dirt away softly not to damage the zinc coating. And then you can apply a thin coat of car wax to make it pretty and shiny!

 

Just Junk has a number of these buckets left…

Re-using vintage suitcases

One of the best ways to recycle is to reuse !

Remember those days when we had to carry our suitcases in and out of cars, trains and carrier belts – how heavy they were? I don’t because i’m too young! Nevertheless, I am SURE that I do not miss those days either! I travel quite often and being able to easily roll my South African wine out of the airport to the rest of the world – is bliss.

But what about those beautiful vintage suitcases that are collecting dust? Here are a few ideas on how to reuse them, from the decorative to the useful – from ottomans to filling cabinets!

Remember:¬†‚ÄúCreativity takes courage. ‚ÄĚ Henri Matisse

The ottoman:

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Click on this link to learn how to do this! It is simple, cheap and pretty!

The coffee Table:

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Click on this link to go to¬†korrine wojcik’s DIY amazing blog – and just follow the steps to do this!

 

And for the ones that are just a tad too old: why not create a garden?

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Our shop in Wynberg, Cape Town has quite a number of these beautiful vintage suitcases – all colours and sizes! Here’s a little peek to what we can offer:

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