Dec 042011

For the last decade, Zac Free­man has saved pieces of house­hold junk that would one day become a part of his mas­ter­fully intrigu­ing art col­lec­tion. From junk to Art!  He wanted to give his two-dimensional por­traits three-dimensional value by using glue to meld every­thing from bot­tle caps, nails and old key­board pieces onto a board to cre­ate faces that can only be seen from a dis­tance. Zac has shown his work in exhi­bi­tions across the coun­try which has suc­cess­fully made its way to HD’s archives. Only when you stand back and see, the true pic­ture comes to life. We wanted to give you the inspi­ra­tion to think out­side the box when cre­at­ing your own art­work or any­thing else for that matter!

 Go on, dare to think different…

Nov 282011

Every home has items that are essen­tial in terms of every­day liv­ing, but are unfor­tu­nately a nec­es­sary evil.  I’m talk­ing about the pen & scrap piece of paper you need when you have to write down a num­ber in a hurry; the notepad for those gro­cery items and the never-ending To-do lists; and the list goes on.  More often than not it ends up in a ‘high traf­fic’ zone sim­ply because that is where you need it, right?

So, if you can’t hide it, dis­play it!

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Nov 212011

Beau­ti­ful ideas for keep­ing your work­space tidy at home.  I found it here.

Nov 142011

Okay, I’m guilty!  Apolo­gies to every­one who fol­lows our ‘Get Organ­ised’ posts.  I skipped the last week in favour of my Birth­day post.

I’m will­ing to bet we all have at least one book­case in our homes.  Lets face it, it is not exactly the most inter­est­ing or inspir­ing piece of fur­ni­ture around.  We all asso­ciate it with func­tion and not for its abil­ity to add to the decor of a room.  Well, we were wrong.  Have a look how some­thing as sim­ple as paint­ing the back­ing board, cov­er­ing it with your favourite wall­pa­per or adding colour­ful baskets/boxes can really make it come into its own.  And, how a dark or black back­ground defines shelves and allows the items on dis­play to stand out.

Hav­ing said that, the key to this look is always going to lie in keep­ing it neat.

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And then  the ultimate…

Oct 242011

With 2 full-time uni­ver­sity stu­dents in the house and 2 more enrolling next year, hav­ing every­thing organ­ised is an absolute must for me.  Ever since I can remem­ber I have col­lected boxes, crates and tins in all shapes and sizes which has all stood me in good stead over the years.  You can leave them as-is if you favour a vin­tage look, or cover it with any­thing from beau­ti­ful wrap­ping paper to mock leather — the pos­si­bil­i­ties are lit­er­ally endless.

Our ear­lier post on get­ting organ­ised had such an amaz­ing response from you guys that we’ve decided to make it a reg­u­lar fea­ture on our blog.  Let us know what you think and share some of your own ideas!

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Wooden library card file cab­i­net — great for orga­niz­ing sup­plies or pho­tos. Or how about plac­ing it in the kitchen and fill­ing the draw­ers with recipe cards, spices or other small utensils.

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Milk bot­tle car­rier — fill with sup­plies, pot­ted plants or herbs in the kitchen!

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Well-ordered junk drawer with expand­able organisers

Altered cans — very pretty and good for stor­ing almost anything.

Floor to ceil­ing shelving

Shelves made from old wooden crates; love the wire baskets!

So pretty…