The Art of Repurposing

My friend used the term “re-purposing” the other day. I did not want to look as if I did not know what I was talking about so I politely nodded as if I knew what the heck she was talking about. I'm seeing her again this week. Can you give me a crash course on…

My friend used the term “re-purposing” the other day. I did not want to look as if I did not know what I was talking about so I politely nodded as if I knew what the heck she was talking about. I'm seeing her again this week. Can you give me a crash course on this jargon.

Brittany

The styles change as the world evolves around them. A child's needs change as they age. When a child is a teenager, their likes and dislikes are quite different from their toddler years. The same can be said for our society, the needs of today's society are very much different than those of our grandparents. Our lives are intermingled with a heavy impact on electronics and “instant” delivery of products. No longer are we relying solely on the information surrounding our community to influence our decisions. We are influenced by the entire world and its inhibiting societies. Ethnic and cultural differences have been coming together to create the “melting pot” effect.

As the world changes, so does design. Now how do all of these changes affect design? It's quite simple. As we have access to more information, our design choices become more worldly. We are aware of the surplus or lack of certain products on our planet. This makes us conscious buyers as to what we consume and purchase. There has been a wide array of new products that have surfaced in the last few years to satisfy this new demand for “eco products”.

One of the biggest trends in eco design is called “repurposing”. I recently took old frames and mirrors and turned them into trays. This is one of the many examples of how you can use existing pieces from around the house and turn them into your new designer pieces. Therefore, instead of throwing out the stuff that is lying around in your attic, carefully go through it and decide if there is anything that is salvageable.

Speaking of salvageable products, one of my favorite eco products is made of reclaimed wood. It's such a trendy way to add warm wood tones to your home. The furniture is made of wooden trunks and various tree parts therefore each piece is completely unique! I've included an image of my favorite piece from Urban Tree Salvage. It is a maple coffee table made from a single width slab with a hot rolled steel base and inset levelers. It's a hot find and would look fabulous in a cottage chic setting!

Chic settings today are made up of memories as opposed to things. To clarify this statement, I like to think of a designer as one that truly reflects one's personality. In order to do this, you can not just walk into a store and fill your shopping cart with whatever fits into your color scheme. That's too impersonal. You must indulge in the design experience. Choose items that remind you of a holiday, a memory or a loved one.

While shopping the other day in search of trendy worldly finds, I came across this boutique Paris inspired trunk. I instantly fell in love with it. It has an old world charm to it while keeping the romantic flair of Paris alive within its look and feel. I've included an image of the trunk. La Tour Trunk is available at Pier 1 Imports. This item like many others can bring back memories of our time in Europe, family holidays or a romantic holiday with our sweetheart.

While hunting for the hottest finds, I came across a new trend in area rugs. It's the antique look in the weave of the rug while having the quality and finish of a new rug. I first saw this trend come to life while talking to a rug manufacturer at the Las Vegas Furniture Market and he promised it would be a hot trend. Sure enough, a few months later I saw it in stores.

Trends evolve and change and it is easy to re-purpose items and hold on to them for years to come.