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More Coffee Tables Please!

30 Jun

Here is another batch of Coffee Tables to inspire your D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) spirit.  Lately, I have been in “table” mode. I have been picking up pieces I can use for both bottoms and tops.  I recently picked up some wrought iron sewing machine legs circa 1800’s to add to my collection. Also, picked up an old door with some beautiful details that someone was tossing out curbside. Anyhow, check out these coffee tables. Wood is a wonderful resource for reclaiming, refinishing and reusing. Getting your hands on some re-purposed table legs or frames can give you some cool finished pieces.



For me it’s all about reclaiming ~ re-purposing ~ recreating. Why not reuse the old to reinvent the new. So over your next cup of java make a plan to D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) your very own Coffee Table. Let green thinking rule.


“The Shelf” Volume Two

6 Jun

In my continuation of the last post

“The Shelf” Volume One

here in “The Shelf” Volume Two are some additional wall-mounted shelf ideas.

This selection is a little more




and Real COOL!

Reclaim, Re-purpose, reCREATE

D. I. Y.

Get Inspired….Do It Yourself!


“The Shelf” Volume Two

“Wood” Side Story

20 May

Two weeks ago one of our neighbours had to take down a large Maple tree that apparently was deemed unstable. In many heavy wind storms large branches had cracked off causing some concern for fellow area dwellers. The older couple, whom the tree belonged to, made the final decision to call in the experts and take care of business.

ImageThese moments are always a little “bitter-sweet” for me. On one hand, I love to see the natural beauty of these magnificent trees and foliage growing and coexisting with us in our urban and rural settings. So it is bitter to see one go. Quick observation: Suburbia is still in a mode of catch-up since most new developments seem to be planned on flat unobstructed land.

ImageAnyhow, back to the regal tree. To see such a beautiful specimen have to go was a sad moment. Now the sweet part to this love story was that the older couple who were also saddened by their “be felled” tree offered us a “slice of wood”.  At first offer, I said sure! I love wood and the thought of reclaiming, re-purposing and recreating a piece of natural history was a no brainer.

After a few days of cutting and getting the tree down, I went over to check out my piece. OMG! My slab was about 4 feet by 3 feet and maybe 500 lbs. It was beautiful, It was huge and how was I going to haul this sucker down the street to my backyard. Anyhow, after a few good men and women, a couple of dollies, one incline and a good half hour later we rolled that baby home.

ImageIt is currently drying out. I am considering cutting it thinner or in half. I have plans to make a table or two or four. Still deciding on the configuration!


Check out some of these table ideas.

I am getting inspired by looking at Wood Grain Slabs that have been turned into tables.

These are absolutely cool!








The purpose, the finish, the design are all things to consider.

This is going to be awesome!

“Sack of Ideas”

26 Apr

Today I’m going to change it up.

I’m going textile. Not just any type of textile.

Specifically “BURLAP“.


What I love about burlap is that it’s a textile fibre that is actually part wood.

Made from the Jute Plant and Sisal Fibres.

ImageImageBURLAP is probably one of the least expensive textile crops in the world and offers many cultures versatility whether it be used as food, rope, fabrics or packaging.

The fact that BURLAP is an eco friendly natural green material is creatively inspiring to me.

Check out some of these re-purposed creations.

Many of these ideas can be found on etsy and other online sources.



ImageImageDrapes ~ Ottomans ~Mat ~ Lamp Shades ~ Chair Covering




ImageCoffee Sleeve ~ Basket ~ Make-up Pouch ~ Messenger Bag

ImageImageImage~ Cushions ~ Cushions ~ Cushions ~

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You can source burlap bags for your next burlap project from coffee or potatoes.

~ Remember ~

“Reclaim ~ Re-purpose ~ Re-create”


18 Apr

I tend to prefer re-purposing various natural inspired materials like reclaimed wood, metals, textiles, paper products, glass and stone.  Working with these materials keeps me connected to nature and I find them easier to integrate into my design projects, artwork and stand alone styling.

However, my hat goes off to those who recycle and re-purpose man made items. I can definitely appreciate that someone can take something that was made with one purpose in mind and put a new spin on it. These are the items, that by re-inventing their use, landfills get a reprieve from becoming a wasted dumping ground. The tire is one of those things that needs to find a second life.


Just think! Our cars and trucks look spectacular in a new set of tires and rims! Remember there are four in a set. We are encouraged to dump tires every season or every few years for a new set! Got the picture! That is a lot of Tires. Well it’s time to “Re-Tire” and burn rubber. These designs are awesome:



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Image~ Furniture made out of rubber tires is a fabulous idea for interiors and exteriors ~



~ Rubberized Housewares ~


~ Fashion ~


~ Garden and Sculpture ~



~ Sheds and Housing ~

Truly amazing and inspiring what we could do with old tires



Headboard Heaven

13 Apr

Decorating is both a personal thing as well as a public display of who you are.

People either get others to create their space for them or they create their own haven.

Your bedroom is one of those areas that needs to entice and comfort you, as well as, maintain its functionality as a place to rest your head.

Lets face facts, your eyes may be closed for the better part of your time in your bedroom.

Styling bedrooms often starts with the bed as a focal point.

The “headboard” is an opportunity to creatively set your bed apart from all others.

Nowadays by just thinking a little green, doing a some reclaiming, moderately re-purposing you can do a whole lot of reCREATing.

Welcome to my “Headboard Heaven” where the angels sing lullabies of reclaimed, re-purposed, reCREATed Coolness!

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Wrought Iron, Shutters, Tin Tiles, Old Doors and Books…

Metal and Wooden Gates, Barn Doors…


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“Headboard Heaven ~ Pleasant Dreams”

Pallet “Royale”

6 Apr

Welcome to the third installment of the world of the

reclaimed, re-purposed and reCREATed

~ Pallet ~

Thanks for checking out previous posts “Pallet Playground” and “Pallet Romp” for a variety of cool, inspiring and easier ways to reinvent the Pallet.

Check out some of these mastered Pallet pieces.

From Cribs to the Home Theatre to Armoires to Office Furniture ~ Sheds, Chests, Chairs, Tables ~

It’s all possible by thinking outside of the box.

A picture says a thousand words…

Presenting the Royalty of the Pallet!






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See you next time…

When I feature various materials and found objects

that Artisans and Designers

are reclaiming, re-purposing and reCREATing.

It can be a fantastic “green” world out there

where anything is artistically possible.

~ DeeBeeCool ~

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