With a name like Robin I guess I was predestined to be a lover of nature and nesting in a small home surrounded by bits and pieces gathered from here and there. Long before the sustainable design movement I was raised in a home where reusing and repurposing was the norm. I hated it at the time but my mother loved the hunt and it seemed like we were always in search of vintage pieces that she could bring home and work her magic on. I was blessed without realizing it because even to this day if I could afford a home of all things new I would not want to live in the land of mass production (what Robin builds a nest with brand new twigs?) : )
Moderation is a good thing so mixing old with new is a great way to not only create a home that incorporates unique pieces with what’s readily available to the masses, but it’s also a way to be environmentally conscience if that’s important to you, or to save money and create a home that’s a unique expression of your personality, if it’s not. Whatever your personal belief is about global warming one thing most people have in common is the desire to save money. Beyond some of the things that people are doing in their homes to improve energy efficiency here are a few ways to design your home’s décor for sustainably designed living:
This traditional table works in a more contemporary home when paired with a grouping of chairs which includes elegantly detailed slipcovers on the hosts’ chairs. If you have some old chairs that don’t make the cut consider having them slipcovered in a beautiful fabric and allowing them to take center stage.
This $30.00 garage sale find was reupholstered in a brocade fabric. There’s nothing new under the sun. Everything that’s currently available through national home furnishings retailers was inspired by the same classic furnishings that resided in living rooms and homes everywhere long before many even existed. And don’t underestimate the quality of granny’s family hand me downs. One man’s trash became this homeowner’s treasure.
This painted farm table with shiny metal bistro chairs for alfresco dining is in a nice setting to unwind. What doesn’t work for you indoors might work perfectly fine outdoors.
This reupholstered hand me down chair looks like a comfortable place to settled in with a good novel.
A vintage collection of antiques and flea market finds provides an opportunity to take advantage of high ceilings.
For DIYers that have more time than cash, damaged furniture can get a new lease on life with decoupage using aged sheet music as shown on the dresser above.
These two chairs upholstered in Ikat fabric add just the right amount of spice to this room
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit Savannah you know it’s not lacking in beautiful old homes. Here’s a peak inside one where this Savannah, Georgia homeowner enjoys relaxing on this Victorian chaise upholstered in a silver tufted silk.
I can’t explain why but this old repurposed frame and piece of original art really speaks to me. : ) I’m also not sure if this post is “tweetable” but if you’ve been thinking about living a greener or more sustainable lifestyle, at the very least consider giving a vintage find a new look and/or a new home.
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“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”