Meet upcycle, recycle's hotter, younger sister. "If you're not up on the green lingo, the best way to think of upcycling is that it's like a sexier, even greener version of recycling. When something is recycled (or "downcycled"), it's broken down into something of lesser quality--a process that consumes energy. Upcycling adds value by transforming or reinventing an otherwise-disposable item into something of higher quality. It's the ultimate in reuse--and a whole new industry sector is shaping up around it." – Wang, Jennifer "Upcycling Becomes a Treasure Trove for Green Business Ideas", Entrepreneur
A prime example is the Hermès, Petit h. collection of goods. In 2010, Hermès brought together all of its disregarded materials, know-how and creativity in a single place for the first time. A workshop that's continually evolving, as the materials that are recovered and provided change. Artists create objects keeping in mind that they need to be functional and have a certain understated style that is true to Hermès.
For example this miniature boat sailboat. The point of the sailboat is to highlight the company's emblematic materials, which include scraps of the luxury brand's precious leather, metal and silk scarf. Of course, it is also inspired by the toy sailboats that both children and adults use. But at $10,200 you might want to set this piece on the highest shelf until your tot is much, much, older.
This fall I was approached by Kelly LaPlante, Editorial Director of Marché Mag to collaborate on a room design. Marché Mag is the journal of Trove Market (marché is French for "market"). Kelly and her team share daily stories, inspirations and ideas centered around themes of design, sustainability, reuse and buying local. The Marché team also curates Trove's Instagram feed and creates inspirational sets using Trove merchandise on Polyvore.com, another inspirational website.
The goal of our collaboration was for YouthfulNest to create a style board inspired by the essence of Trove's eclectic offering of vintage pieces. Since my favorite style is eclectic, this seemed more like fun than work. In fact, I enjoyed it immensely. So much so, that I wound up knocking out two boards with one rolling-stone. Both share the same rock music inspiration. Color scheme, furnishings and styling details were applied to an edgy teen room and even an over-the-edge nursery.
Let me take a quick step back and introduce you to Trove Market. l discovered Trove in one of my usual online searches for new furnishings and décor sources. What intrigued me about this unique, online consignment concept was that I could actually search for vintage and previously owned pieces in the city where my clients live. That means they could go and see a piece in person to decide if it was truly right for them and there would be no shipping cost. I love incorporating vintage pieces in my designs for an eclectic look, but it's tricky to do when they cannot be seen prior to purchasing. Nearly half of all the items selected for each style board were found using the Trove app.
This teen room design is not only ageless, it's also unisex. This could be the funky glam space for a spirited teen girl or boy. As always YouthfulNest selects pieces across the board on price point. Main pieces of furniture that are intended to outlast the years and even room design are usually of a higher quality and therefore have a higher price tag – while the trendier looks and smaller décor pieces can be fetched at a lower price point. The must-have furnishing piece for the teen room is the over-the-top ornate, Menara bed frame (twin-king) from Anthropologie. The must-have splurge accessory for this room is of course the guitar. Look for one on Trove, at a local thrift shop or other online source.
I was recently visiting a friend's mother who isn't the crafty type, but she came up with the idea to hanging a large tree branch in her entryway, adorning it with seasonal imagery. At the time it was just after Halloween and she had whimsical, black paper bats dangling from the branch.
It got me thinking about how to incorporate some simple, easy and economical holiday cheer into kids' bedrooms – minus all the safety hazards of candles, electrical accessories and glass bobbles, of course. There are some wonderful winter white D.I.Y. ideas out there and then of course there are the easy-to-order-online D.B.O. decorations. And even some that are sorta in between.
These are a few seasonal decorations we thought were not only doable, but also adorable!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
As it gets chillier outdoors, and being a mom with a little one at home, I am always thinking of fun things to do indoors. Try your hand at old an school, hand-cut snowflakes is just the right wondrous seasonal project with a WOW factor. The art of surprise is in your corner for the kids who have never seen paper snow done before.
There are tons of D.I.Y. "How to cut snowflake" instructions out there. I say go big, or well...go home. You can achieve a dramatic effect with these oversized designs by hanging them together in flurries. Or simply adhering them to the glass window panes in your child's bedroom. The no-glue factor for these craft projects is just my thing.
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