DIY upcycling for an eco friendly interior

We are all looking to stamp our own individual style on our interiors. But the only way to be truly unique is to create it. So instead of shopping for something new, why don’t you challenge your creativity and DIY skills by giving new life to something old?

Here are the rules when it comes to re-purposing:

·        Look for something with ‘good bones’ or a beautiful shape. Your outcome will be better if you start with good foundations.

·        Design for the garbage bin. It sounds like a strange thing to say but all it means is to not get so scared about your project not turning out perfect that it holds you back from experimenting.  Instead, pretend that the end result doesn’t matter and let your creativity be free.

·        Give your object a new purpose. Sometimes just looking good isn’t enough. If it looks good and is functional, then you have ticked all the boxes!

·        Think outside of the box. The more out of context the object is, the cooler it will look.

·        Don’t try too hard. Simple is always best.

Keen to give up-cycling a try? Have at look at these simple, surprising and inspiring ways to re-purpose everyday objects.


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Mia Lake
Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.