kitchen made from fruit crates

A Beautiful Recycled Hertfordshire Home

I love a good virtual snoop around other peoples houses.  I stumbled upon this beautiful Victorian terraced house in Hertfordshire, on the House to Home website and fell in love with how the owners have cleverly repurposed old materials and furniture to really stunning and unique effect.

kitchen made from fruit crates

recycled kitchen idea

reclaimed kitchen shelves

For the kitchen the owners repurposed the original floorboards and fruit crates to make the doors, and used reclaimed shelving to maximise their storage.

sofa made from crates

The crate theme continues in the living room.  The owners couldn’t find a large sofa that they liked, so they made the sofa’s wooden base from salvaged fruit crates, and then added their own cushions.

mirror made from door

The mirror frame was made from a door frame found in a salvage yard.
custom rustic bathroom vanity unit

And the bathroom echoes the rest of the house, with this custom rustic vanity unit.

For more photos and further details please visit House to Home.

What do you think?  Is it to your taste?  Would you consider making your own sofa?

 

All photos used c/o House to Home / Heather Hobhouse.

 

 

understair storage ideas

Clever Indoor Bike Storage Ideas

Are you stuck for indoor bike storage ideas?  Do you live in a flat or tiny house without a garden?  Well, today I’ve got you covered with some wheelie clever and creative ways to store your bike indoors.

These indoor bike storage ideas have the added benefit that none of the ideas are a trip hazard, and they’ll stop you getting tangled in your bike every time you go into the hall.  Nor will your bike annoy the crap out of your significant other either!  I’ve certainly been there, done that, and bought the t-shirt with my bikes in the past!

9 Clever Indoor Bike Storage Ideas

bike storage ideas

How about this storage unit that doubles as a bike stand?  It’s really quite a thing of beauty.

clever bike storage ideas

This clever shelf provides you with space to hang your bike and gives you somewhere to store your helmet and bike bits too.

thomas walde bike shelf

How about this handy shelving unit/room divider by Thomas Walde?

Bookbike BYografia bike storage

In a similar vein, the Bookbike by Byografia is a bit more savvy in it’s space saving abilities, but equally as stylish.

understair storage ideas

Got some unused or under-utilised space under the stairs?  Why not use it creatively, like in this Philadelphia home?

bicycle desk

Sitting for long periods at your desk isn’t good for your health.  Why not install a standing desk, and use your bike as a desk chair?  It might not be so comfortable for prolonged periods of time, but you could mount your bike on to a turbo trainer* so you can get some exercise whilst you plough through your emails.

desk with bike storage

If that’s a step too far for you, how about this desk from Choll?  Simple yet effective.

bike sofa

Also from Choll, this clever sofa with inbuilt bike storage rack.  Here’s the back view:

bike storage sofa

However the mum in me says just watch you don’t mark the cream cushions with your muddy bike!

window bike storage

And finally, have you got a spare pair of handlebars lying around?  Why not mount your bike on the handlebars?  Don’t have some spare handlebars?  Hit up your local bike recycling centre – they’ll have heaps of secondhand sets that you pick up for just a few pounds.  Find your nearest one here.

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9 Clever Indoor Bike Storage Ideas

peat free gardening

The Benefits of Peat Free Compost

peat free gardening

This is a sponsored post

I’ve written in the past about the benefits of peat free compost, but as that post is now two years old it feels like a good time to revisit this important topic.  Thankfully my friends at Compost Direct have put together this handy infographic full of peat free gardening tips and advice – including some handy alternatives to peat.  I hope you enjoy!

The benefits of peat-free compost