Up-cycling your beloved pieces

Up-cycling your beloved furniture pieces

As an interior designer, I am always encouraged when clients ask me about up-cycling their well-loved and used furniture. One of my passions in decorating is to see “what I can do with what I have” – and the result is always gratifying for both the client and myself.

It is everyone’s responsibility to try and reduce the (negative) carbon footprint impact in the environment through the everyday human activities and behavior. In a small way, we can all do this when interior decorating our homes, offices and spaces that we occupy. Viridescent is the word that is currently being used for this – meaning “green or becoming green.”

There was a time when “brand new” furnishings were the peak of sophistication and the sole approach to interior design. However, secondhand objects are starting to take over as the pinnacle of style – re-use, restore, recycle and definitely up-cycle – thus viridescence!

Whether it’s the story behind a driftwood-carved coffee table that was found in a second-hand store or the character conveyed by the crack formed in an old and loved wooden table, the charm of dated or out-moded furniture is putting up-cycling in first place. Because whilst furniture may be second-hand, they can be made to be sophisticated, elegant and “new” and they are without a doubt eco-friendly. Vintage and retro furniture is not simply a design statement it is a statement of intent and life-style.

Looking at the chairs that were lovingly up-cycled, you cannot believe that it is the same chair. A darkly stained mahogany chair with damaged dated fabric was sanded down and repainted in a soft gray wash and defined. It was further re-upholstered in a modern fabric and studded. And what a difference it has made to the chair! And the cost of the alteration was a fraction of a new chair.

At Anita’s Interiors we support this life-style initiative and action. Consider ramping up your eco-credentials and strive to live in a green, more sustainable and eco-friendly home.

I am Ingrid Meyer

Home Owner South Africa (May 2019) used my interior design on their Cover Page. This house was one of my projects that I completed a little while ago. The house was a substantial project that I really enjoyed doing and completing. This is such an achievement, especially in the current, extremely competitive market. 
I am so blessed and privileged to have been part of this exciting and challenging project. 

HISTORY – 5 years ago 
(Extract taken from Home Owner March 2014) 
The company has been in existence for over 20 years and deals with custom-made curtains, furniture and unique decor.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into the interiors profession.
I am a very passionate, dedicated woman! I absolutely love what I do and thrive on running my business. I got into the decorating business by starting something I am very enthusiastic about, and it has just grown over the years. It has taken a lot of time and hard work to get to where I am.
How did your company start, and how long have you been in operation?
I started my business 20 years ago, making curtains for friends on my bedroom floor. I have since then established a very successful business. I studied through INTEC while working and have grown from year to year.
What does you company specialise in, and what services do you offer?
We specialise in motorised curtains and blinds for enhanced convenience and style. We supply a variety of wallpapers, paint techniques and other home decorating ideas. Anita’s Interiors designs and manufactures new furniture and reupholsters old furniture. We ensure that all home decor is of a high standard and appropriate for the home.
What is the most exciting project that you have ever completed?
That is a tough one. Each home I work on is so unique and has such a unique style, therefore making each project as exciting as the next. I love what I do, which is transforming a house into a home.
What is your favourite place in your home and why?
My dining room. It is the place where my family meets every night to catch up on their day and just indulge in conversation. I love it! It makes the whole day worthwhile.
What advice do you have for home owners wanting to decorate their interiors?
Don’t clutter a room. Sometimes simple is better. Make sure that when you are decorating you visualise the end result and run a theme throughout.
Any parting thoughts?
Make your home your own – you are the one who has to live in it so you need to be the one who loves it! 

Beauty in the Home

Beauty in the Home is so important. We spend so much time in our places of comfort, our homes, and for me it is my primary source of love, security, comfort and calm. I love coming home to my space. Many people think that beauty is opulence or luxury and they attach this to wealth and finance. For me, home beauty is about that special piece or item that means something to you, it has sentimental value and love – simply because YOU like it. 
Or it was gifted to you from a special someone. 
Or you really “could not afford it, but splashed out anyway”.
Or you have up-scaled a piece of furniture and now you love it. 
Or you have invested in something yourself – putting time and effort into it. 
That is true home beauty, and no-one can attach money to it. The interesting aspect about home beauty is that other people may not like it as much you do, but they always seem to feel and see the love put into your home. Which tells them about who you are. Not what you have. 
I encourage you to “shake-up” your home beauty. Bring out the hidden pieces, re-arrange your furniture, give the old items a clean, find that old beloved throw, and bring the, no – YOUR, beauty back into your home. 
Until next time, 
Ingrid Meyer.

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