(The article below was part of my application to write for Re-nest. Unfortunately I didn’t get the gig…but why let a good post go to waste?)
While the 1970’s may be making a style comeback, most people won’t wish to saturate their living room in mirrored surfaces and wood paneling. If you choose to feature only a few key pieces, there’s no reason why these items can’t have a retro and modern feel. And if repurposed materials and DIY tutorials come into the mix – well, you can dig it, can’t you?
West Elm wood veneer pendent ($149.00) as DIY’d by Kara Paslay Designs. While the original doesn’t have any claims to sustainability, Kara’s version was made completely out of materials she had around the house: Two metal hoops from an old lampshade, leftover scraps of vinyl wood flooring, heavy gauge wire and some construction adhesive. Related link: A DIY Woven Pendant Lamp
Assembled by simply stacking thrift-store suitcases ($15 each) and topping with a beveled mirror, Emily at Cupcakes and Cashmere created a stunning nightstand for her guest room.
This patchwork pillow cover (approximately $37.26) by Etsy seller lisaghove, is made from vintage fabric scraps in tones of orange, yellow, gold, brown. If you have retro fabric remnants at home, you can easily construct your own. Related link: Easy DIY Patchwork Pillow
Blogger Heather Moore of Skinny Laminx shares her modern DIY take on the classic macramé plant hanger. Using plain cotton rope in black and white, Heather’s macramé has an elegant edge lacking in the dated originals.
Re-nest has already featured the recycled T-shirt version of the Flokati rug, but if you’d rather buy it then try it, Etsy seller talkingsquid makes it in a variety of colors to match any décor. Related link: DIY Idea: Make a T-Shirt Flokati Rug