DO IT: SALVAGE
Antique, vintage, upcycled: create the style you love with secondhand pieces or new items designed to look the part.
THERE’S NO SECRET TO finding treasure among other’s people’s trash – it’s a simple matter of knowing where to look, what to look for and choosing things you love. First, the “where”. Katy swears by her local council rubbish collections, when the neighbourhood is literally littered with beautiful items just waiting to be discovered. Op shops and secondhand stores are also great but, of course, everything has a price tag. Look for sturdy, well-made items, and look beyond the cosmetic – a torn sofa with great shape can always be reupholstered, for example. And finally, go with your heart: if you love the look, take it with you and find it a home.
Try it The beauty of salvaging is that it can give you something you never knew you needed. With a little ingenuity you can solve your office storage problems with nothing but a drill and sandpaper. The obvious finds are old storage cabinets, but even an old ladder can be used to hang baskets.
And they’re built to last!
Try it It may have been a window frame in a past life, a piece of driftwood or a storage trunk, but how you use it now is limited only by your imagination. Repurposing and upcycling old materials is a great way to create something truly original that suits the style of your home.
BUY THE LOOK
Try it If op shops and streetside clean-ups aren’t working for you, buy new or even custom furniture: you can replicate that worn, vintage look and get exactly what you want.
Tall order Repurposed vintage industrial metal multi-drawer cabinets are great for filing. VINTAGE STYLE 2-tone low chest of drawers, $825, from Sounds Like Home.
Lost and found
Katy has a knack for finding quality pieces of furniture and storage solutions at council clean-ups.
Wheely good time Recycled timber can be used for just about anything – how about this quirky drinks cabinet?
STAY SEATED Substation “One Way” bar stool, $279, from Sounds Like Home.
LEATHER & STEEL Napier stool, $359, from Domayne.
Old things, new ideas
Katy’s study is decorated with a pre-loved Asian screen as art, and a hat rack from an antique store.
Katy’s coffee table is another secondhand find, with storage built in underneath.
Show the door This gorgeous bedhead has been made with an old timber door frame, hinges included!
FEELING TRUNK Fitzroy trunk coffee table, $799, from Zanui.
HOLE IN ONE Cube coffee cart table, $849, from Rustix.