Every April, millions of people around the world mark Earth Day to show support for the environment.
But this Earth Day 2022 follows the report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) describing the climate crisis as a “code red for humanity”. So if you want to ensure that you play your part this Earth Day, here are some design tips that can help you play your part.
WANT TO GO GREEN, THEN GO EVERGREEN
DON’T CHASE TRENDS
Unfortunately, we live in an era of fast fashion – with social media enforcing the pressure to chase the latest trend. But the only trend worth following – is the trend that you truly love
The most eco-friendly action you can take is to choose a design that you can live with long term.
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As a designer, I love to repurpose old furniture. Not only is this the greenest action you can take, but mixing old pieces into new interiors, gives a home personality. The look is layered and has more character.
REJECT – TODAY’S THROW AWAY CULTURE
Another eco-friendly action we can make – is to question whether we need to purchase the new item at all!
or can we RECYCLE, REDESIGN or REWORK what we already have.
A LICK OF PAINT AND TA DA!
A fun color choice can give an instant update to a tired piece. The bright blue color choice transforms an old mirror into a stunning focal point.
A BIT DECOUPAGE CAN WORK WONDERS
Decoupage is the art of cutting and pasting paper cut outs onto furniture. It originated in France in the 17th century.
In this project we have transformed our client sold Chinese console by adding some wallpaper cut pieces onto the drawers. Now it works with her new Bridgerton inspired décor.
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Some fun upholstery can give it a new lease of life. In this kitchen, adding a comfortable cushion top, in a fantastic print has transformed an old Indonesian Trestle table set texture brings warmth to this modern kitchen.
We also painted an old Chinese chair in a bold red, instantly giving it anew lease of life.
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Antiques, don’t date a design. It’s all about how you combine them.
I love how these antique chairs bring warmth and texture to this crisp hallway.
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ANTIQUE PIECES MAKE A HOME FEEL WELCOMING
The cracks and nicks, make a home feel authentic and approachable. It is this weathered nature, the imperfections that infuse a room with a sense of welcome – The fact that they are imperfect and yet still beautiful encourages us to embrace our own imperfections and relax.
We used these antique pillars to frame the entry of this bedroom to create something truly spectacular.
ANTIQUES IN A NURSERY – AND WHY NOT?!
The dark, heavy wood- provides a visual counterbalance to the sweetness.
In this room, I have placed an old Chinese games table by the window. Surrounded by cheerful colours and new pieces, the dark wood tone anchors the room scheme.
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A touch of animal print and this old Chinese bench – is instantly modern and glam!
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWERS OF A GREAT UPHOLSTERER
This chair used to sit in my grandmother’s house. A fun fabric and fringe and it is as good as new.
THINK OUT OF THE BOX – DON’T BE AFRAID TO REPURPOSE
In this crisp and contemporary interior we used antique Vietnamese rain drums as a dining table base. The distressed finish brings a textural softness to the monochrome scheme.
EXPLORE YOUR CREATIVITY AND REPURPOSE
In this home, designed for an aeronautical engineer, we used a Boeing engine casing as a base for a games table.
So don’t be afraid to explore your creativity, have fun and create something unique – You will be doing your bit for the planet too!