An­tique, vin­tage, up­cy­cled: cre­ate the style you love with sec­ond­hand pieces or new items de­signed to look the part.

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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.


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.

Table talk

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.

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