reclaimthesoul

THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO INTERIOR DESIGNS embracing VINTAGE AND RECLAIMED MATERIALS

I simply love neon!

I always felt that the 80’s didn’t bring much to the table. Now when I have some distance, I’m beginning to embrace the 80’s in both fashion and in the home. Neon is back and it can add a contemporary kick to any interior or exterior. 

 

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snazzy yellow rails to hang your frocks on?

I spotted this image in an add, and set out to try and buy a couple of these cloths rails. It turns out that they were home made for a ‘designer photoshot’ and also therefor not entirely unattainable. The exact rails used in this photo can be bought for under £30 as can the uv paint.

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neon pain from theuvcentre

So I couldn’t stop thinking of things at home which could benifit with a face lift.

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bikes are beautiful objects

Once you start… the possibilities are endless…

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pots painted in neon?

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This laughing buddha was spotted on Etsy

 

 

I just had a quick look on e-bay and found some fun items that would look fantastic with a neon makeover…

 

 

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these cocker spaniels could make a great ‘moving in’ present for someone, if painted bright yellow?

                           

 

Or what about ‘colour coded hangers’ to get your clothes organised?

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wooden hangers from amazon

 

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Spray and hang your clothes!

 

 

Even with more subdued colours it will look fantastically hip and fresh.

 

 

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shop with sprayed clothes rails

Clothes rails 4ft   http://www.shopfittingwarehouse.co.uk   £30

UV paint 1l         http://www.theuvcentre.com              £30

Wooden hangers 100  Amazon                           £42

coca spaniels       Ebay                             £12

Summer coctails

May 13, 2014

As summer is fast approaching, I am noticing a spring in my step and am starting to think about maybe gathering some friends together for some early evening cocktails. 

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A few hazy coctails in Copenhagen

I went to Denmark last summer , where we went to a cocktail bar in some cool part of town. I loved the way they served our drinks, very charming and best of all easy to replicate.

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A snazzy, dazzling collection of coctails

This is how to make a Rock and Rye Cocktail

You’ll Need

  1. Cocktail shaker
  2. Crushed ice
  3. Piece of rock candy
  4. lemon juice
  5. rye whiskey

Instructions


 Fill a shaker halfway with crushed ice.

 Add the rock candy and lemon juice and rye whiskey to the cocktail shaker.

shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.

Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into a chilled old jam jar.


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Just one more for the road

 

 

Garnish with a twisted lemon or you could use a lid; make a hole in the top to put a straw into it. You could even make a old looking label by using a brown post office lable and hand write the instructions. This is a nice thing your guests could bring back home with them at the end of the evening to remember the night by.

 

 

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There are some beautiful jars out there

 

 

… Some more inspiration

 

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An old jar made into a light fitting

 

 

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Can be quite practical for a summer party

 

 

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Gin and tonic. Looks fresh

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“LA ARBOLEDA” RETREAT CABIN BY RECLAIMED SPACE

 

LETS GO INSIDE

 

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They asked Reclaimed Space to turn their ideas into reality

 

 

ONE OF THE MOST SUSTAINABLE HOMES FOR DECADES

 

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Dan Phillips’s amazing house he built from reclaimed material

Dan Phillips a builder whose quirky homes are made from entirely reclaimed materials (including everything from found doors and hardware to old picture frames like in the roof above), has been erecting arguably the most sustainable homes for decades.”

INSPIRING INTERIORS

I would argue that these photos speak for them selves. I find many of these interior designs are more beautiful, interesting and welcoming them most of the modern minimalist trends. I believe there is a way of combing old with the new in exciting new ways.

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REFERENCES

These houses have been featured and built by reclaimed space

Reclaimed Space 

RECLAIMED HOMES

May 9, 2014


RECLAIMED HOMES

This is when my heart rate goes up with excitement. What an inspiration! Below is a house built from recycled bottles. The way the world is going we will have to start embracing these kind of materials and ideas.. and why not? To be honest if you google modern interiors very cold uninspiring images pop up. It’s far more beautiful and exciting to work with recycled materials in a modern way.

 

 

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a house built entirely from recycled bottles

 

 

HEINEKEN BEER BOTTLES DOUBLING UP AS BUILDING BLOCKS

Fifty years ago the Heineken Beer company looked at reshaping its beer bottle to be doubling up as a building block, It never happened. What a beautiful clever design this was envisioned by beer brewer Alfred Heineken and designed by Dutch architect John Habraken.

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WOBO A beer bottle designed also as a building block

 

AMAZING TEMPLE BUILT ON BOTTLES

It never happened, so Buddhist monks from Thailand’s Sisaket province took matters into their own hands and collected a million bottles to build the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple. It puts every other bottle building

 

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Inside looking out of temple built of glass bottles

 

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Monk walking through temple made from glass bottles

 

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Temple made from glass bottles

THE WOBO CAME TO LIFE IN 1963

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A wall built from WOBO

THERE ARE A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL HOMES BUILT ENTIRELY FROM RE CLAIMED MATERIALS

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House built entirely from Reclaimed Building Materials Columbus Ohio

 

 

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House built from re claimed wood featured on tree hugers

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House Made From Recycled Windows By Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz (via Inhabitat)

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Artist Covers 10-Storey Building With 1,000 Recycled Doors

REFERENCES  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ ABOUT THIS MORE

Buddhist Temple Built from Beer Bottles

Dan Phillips

House made from re cycled windows

House cover in doors

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luxurious turquoise paper from Walnut paper

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Tiled wallpaper from Walnut

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Classic Timorous Beasties design from the Thistles series

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wallpaper from my bedroom. From Rosies on-line vintage paper shop

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Timorous Beasties

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Timorous Beasties

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A great example of a papered dividing wall

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Bold green flowers

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timorousbeasties latest bee design

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Yellow birds perched on birch trees

 

 

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Dark scary wood muriel in grey

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Resources for wallpaper

I love buying or looking at wallpaper. Below are a couple of links to amazing wallpaper shops that I have bought from in the past and would go back to any day. Great for inspiration.

http://timorousbeasties.com/shop

http://www.rosiesvintagewallpaper.com/

Thanks Emma, This is an amazing wallpaper shop in LA. I have to move house so I can buy lots of amazing wallpaper from them! WOW! I will add some of there collections this evening.

http://www.walnutwallpaper.com/

You can easily get wall muriel wallpaper on  line. You have to google your specifications and lots of different images should come up… I love the idea of murial wallpapers and might just blog about this..

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I love storage

I am slightly obsessed with storage! It comes from having a largish family, and with that comes a lot of clutter and stuff.. The only solution to cope with this, is to try create and implement a place for everything! 

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The possibilities are endless

I fantasise about creating the perfect ‘clothing unit’ for all my clothes, jewellery, shoes and hats; what a cool way to display and organise your clothes. You could in effect create a walk-in wardrobe in a corner of your bed room, cupboard or a small spare room. I think it looks industrially chic.

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Looking for the perfect spot

Where ever I find an opportunity to install some storage space I do. I recently installed a window seat in our kitchen under a large window. I bought an ‘old school science lab teak work top’ to match the kitchen work tops I already have. I bought an ‘old crate box’ from my local reclamation yard. I then I found some nice designs other people had done on the internet and drew up some of my own designs. I then got a carpenter who was keen to gain some experience and willing to give it ago. I find now a days it’s quite easy to find tradesmen by put an ad out on gumtree or rated people specifying excatly what it is that you need doing.

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The result was a got my self a unique bespoke window seat in the finest quality materials that didn’t break the bank. It looks great and I sit on it every day and have my coffee in the mornings,  whilst my wine and flour is safely tucked away stylishly underneath.

Colour coding your children

Ok, I have been building myself up to my huge confession.. My boys are all colour coded! Louis is red, Milo green and Jonah blue. I have bought bag’s in their individual colour schemes, so as when we go away or swimming I know where their belongings are quickly.

In fact I think this can make a great feature at home. I have bought lots of beautiful coloured felt baskets in each of their unique colours where I can easily store their outdoor clothes, football kits and toys. This can also make it an easier way for the boy’s to be able to clear away their own toy or clothes.

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Felt bags are just so stylish

I think its a great way to store away clutter easily!

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you can buy some lovely felt baskets form John Lewis

http://www.johnlewis.com/

Everything I do, I do to the extreme. I want the best for as little money as I can do it for. I sit down and research and then try and source the best I can secondhand. This is not always the most successful way!

I bought a very nice fridge freezer from ‘pre loved’ a stainless steel Gaggenau. I thought this would make my vintage kitchen rice to a higher level.

Three years of leaking… a slow trickle that could almost be ignored.. To be fair it would stop for month and then…we would find a little river of water..

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So the end result when I finally took my head out of the sand was.. a few new boards (..at a £100) Re paining my down stairs neighbours entire bedroom (..at £350) buying a new fridge freezer (…at £1000) and finally re sanding and this time varnishing the floor (..at £1000)

So if I had just bought a brand new fridge freezer I might be on holiday right now…

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my holiday

But as always I try to do things a little better then before and I am very proud of my new floors!

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new floors

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times
if one only remembers to turn on the light

May 6, 2014