2012 Interior Design Trends – Upscale Upcycling

A Sofa by Squint, in London. Image from Squint’s website

I am gearing myself up both to work on a reno I have been studiously avoiding, (more out of lack of time than enthusiasm) and the New York International Gift Fair. My goal for this an all products projects this year is up-cycling. I really love taking something literally out of the trash, and repurposing it. I will be beginning by creating a stencil from a shopping bag to add some panache to some rustic built-ins that came with my basement family room. It’s not just an invitation to stretch a tight budget, or a thematic design extender – it’s the thrill of the challenge!

How great is the potential for creating from something amazing from salvaged or unremarkable materials? Let me share some of my favorite up-cycled recycled design finds that might be foundation and focal points of my upcycled day-dream home…

I had the privilege last year to interview Lisa Whatmough of Squint, in London. Lisa has my dream job, spicing up vintage furnishings with Designers Guild and other fabric remnants to create something completely extraordinary.

A chair from Squint, by Lisa Whatmough; image from Squint.com

Artist Stuart Haygarth creates my dream dining room epic lighting from unremarkable finds, giving new meaning to gestalt.

Clear Tide found objects chandelier by stuart haygarth (left) and TTide Chandelier (right) by Stuart Haygarth

Sometimes in great design, God is in the details…

Details from Tide Chandeliers created by artist Stuart Haygarth – images from his website

I also had the opportunity last spring to interview Joe Manus of Shiner International, about the remarkable story behind Shiner (see the link above) and his amazing love affair with trash to treasure….

Joe Manus with his creations for Shiner International – image from his Etsy Store

… and in particular, the unexpected therapeutic properties of hismood bed…a must have for my upcycled day-dream master bedroom! (available at: http://www.homeaccessoryaccents.com/bedroom/bed-room-collections/mood-rocking-bed )

The Mood bed by Joe Manus

My dream dining room would have to include these maxed-out minimalist hand-painted chairs by artist Leslie Oschmann – art you sit on!

Blank chair painted to percetion by artist Leslie Oschmann – images from swarmhome.com

A Bohemian touch for the walls might just be these up-cycled glass art pieces from Etsy artist jarmfarm The artists‘ vision is garden ornamentation – but I really see these as a dining room art wall.

Colorful Glass Flower Garden Art Upcycled from Etsy

Or a kitchen art wall displaying these up-cycled tea saucer treasures against your favorite color trend shade – I love the contrast between this delicate china bird form and this striking turquoise!

a repurposed tea saucer from twicelovedchina on Etsy

While we’re on the topic of art, I have complained in the past about entryways being the unloved step-child of otherwise Cinderella homes. My answer is: upcycle with paper art.

goldfish bowl – printed on old page from vintage dictionary image from paper artist Jen Cody’s Etsy Store

You may have guessed by this time that I am fond of art walls…

Artwall of printed book pages by artist Jean Cody – image from her Etsy Shop

Printed old dictionary page by artist Jean Cody – image from her Etsy Shop

Printed old dictionary page by artist Jean Cody – image from her Etsy Shop

and why not a paper pendant to illuminate all these upcycled treasures?

Signature white paper origami lampshade from Studio Snowpuppe’s

or re-purposed vintage glass electrical pole covers!

Light pendant by Vintage Cake

Yup, time to roll up those sleeves and get busy!