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Getting a new look can cost you nothing. How? Restyle what you have! By reusing items around the house and yard you can instantly change the look of a space and be kind to the environment.
I seriously can’t get over the reused crochet afghans re-purposed as a tent. Ingenious, colorful and the perfect getaway in your own backyard. Kids will love it and it could be a chic shady spot for a hot summer afternoon.
The easiest way to restyle is to move things around. Take a look at the living room above. By simply moving items around you can re-purpose function. Don’t need a workspace in the living room anymore? No problem, out it goes and an antique chest can be displayed for guests.
Adding color and pattern can easily happen if you reuse pillows, throws and even lively sheets or blankets wrapped around a plain cushion. Voila! Turn a bland room into an exotic locale.
Another great find are items from the yard. From adding cuttings in a vase and glass top tables to reusing planters and outdoor light fixtures, you can infuse any room with a touch of nature.
Art can set you back serious money unless you learn to be creative. Kids rooms tend to be the easiest as inspiration is everywhere. While I have seen skateboards mounted to wall sin the past, I have never seen a toy train set wound around a wall creating an amazing art installation.
Found objects should also be considered when restyling your home. Could there be anything cheaper that a pile of cardboard? How fantastic does that end table look? Genius. Also look for extra lamp shades that can be adorned with ribbon, or plain boards that can be painted and reused as desks and sideboards. The options are endless and the cost minimal, so fear not the restyling of your abode.
Photos: Katiedid, Manhattan Nest.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.