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BOOK REVIEW : RECYCLED HOME

April 5, 2013

This is the second of two books that publisher Laurence King sent me to review.  This book, Recycled Home by Rebeca Proctor, is more of a DIY home furnishing book.  It focused on using salvaged materials from around your house or thrift stores to upcycle into usable decor for your home.

I tend to lean more towards a modern, sometimes retro aesthetic, while this book has a strong antique handmade feel to it.  For that reason I didn’t love a lot of the styling, and some of the projects were just not my style.  Still there were a few really solid ideas that I could see myself using – especially with a little tweak here and there.

First of all I thought this was really solid pillow tutorial.  It shows you how to make it with a zipper or envelope closure.  I think that we can all use a few more decorative pillows around the house.  I know that I need to update my own.

I also thought that this crate with wheels was a pretty awesome idea.  I don’t know if I would use such a rustic crate for mine, but I could see myself using a more polished toy box and adding the wheels.  So convenient for cleaning up and being able to bring toys from the living room and back into the bedroom.

And then there was this rug.  My grandma has one exactly like it in her kitchen and I’ve always loved it.  I think I would maybe do a monochromatic or maybe ombre one, but I think the tutorial is really a wonderful idea.  I could see this working in a lot of homes.

So, in conclusion I could see a lot of really great projects coming from this book.  It’s certainly geared towards the beginner and all of the projects look really simple to accomplish.  I could especially see someone with a real bohemian, antique style home loving and using the book a lot.

Disclosure : Laurence King sent me this book to review free of charge.  This is my true and honest opinion.

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2 Comments

  • Reply gingermakes April 5, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Oh, my grandma always had lots of rag rugs, too! I bet that’s a good stashbusting project!

    • Reply Kelli Ward April 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      that is true. Great stashbusting. Our grandmas should be friends 🙂

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