Photo via CountryHome.com
I just finished writing a column that was basically about turning trash into treasure (I'll post it here when its published in August!) So many of us scour antique centers, yard sales, even eBay, looking for a diamond in the rough. Something that's inexpensive but has plenty of potential.
I love the idea of recycling found objects into something new and useful. Projects are my passion and so today I wanted to share a few of the amazing resources I often turn to for a bit of "junk chic" inspiration...
JunkMarketStyle.com: Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer started their "Junk Market Style" a few years ago. They're super smart and passionate about their projects. They think up the most creative ideas like creating this adorable floral centerpiece (above) out of a collection of empty green glass bottles and a crate - fitted with casters! I love it. Check out some of their other party projects on the Country Home web site (another sad magazine-casualty of the economy).
ReadyMade.com: Based in California (so you know its cool), I love this magazine's fearless approach to quirky projects for the home. Plus, how could you not love a magazine that includes designer/photographer/creative genius Todd Oldham as a contributor? Here's a link to his clever Deep-Sea LEDs (basically lights made out of empty soda bottles.) Check out the picture above.
DannySeo.com: The ultimate eco-conscious lifestyle guru, Danny made green "cool" before everyone else did. I have been to several Danny Seo events and even met him a few times, but my favorite resource is still his Simply Green: Parties book. It is packed, I mean packed with clever party-friendly recycling ideas. Everything from gift-wrapping to place card ideas to centerpieces, I refer to this book often.