Carbon Footprint, Charity Upcycles, Interior Design, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Upcycled Furniture, Upcycled Homeware

Interior Design with Upcycling at its Heart

Scrolling through glossy home magazines can evoke dreams of transforming your own castle into an equally welcoming and alluring showroom. Unfortunately, they frequently feel a little out of reach and altogether unlikely. However, with a dream in your heart and a little imagination in your head, it's amazing what can be achieved with what you… Continue reading Interior Design with Upcycling at its Heart

Carbon Footprint, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Upcycled Furniture

Upcycling Zoomers: The Next Generation

There has never been a better time to introduce Gen Z to the upcycling life choice. They have the power to champion a sustainable lifestyle amongst their peers and elders (assuming us Generation X are elders??). But how to get them engaged? Zoomers, as they are known, born mid-1990s to 2012, are digital natives. They… Continue reading Upcycling Zoomers: The Next Generation

Carbon Footprint, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized

Beijing 2022: Winter Olympics Without Snow

The 2022 Winter Olympics get underway on Friday 4th February in Beijing but they don't have snow. They always knew they wouldn't have snow but they still got the gig. Solution? 100% artificial snow. I do not ski. Cannot ski. I love the theme music to Ski Sunday and have enjoyed watching some Winter Olympics… Continue reading Beijing 2022: Winter Olympics Without Snow

Carbon Footprint, Interior Design, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Upcycled Furniture

Upcycled Furniture isn’t all Bling and Pizzazz

Upcycled furniture is on a popularity roll. If you're after an unusual statement piece with added 'wow' worthy of discussion, then upcycled will tick every box. However, a classic and conservative professionally upcycled item can bring understated refined elegance to your home. Most homes are not graced with bold, colourful artisan pieces of furniture and… Continue reading Upcycled Furniture isn’t all Bling and Pizzazz

Carbon Footprint, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Upcycled Furniture

Upcycling and Sustainability Christmas Quiz

Fancy a topical quiz before Christmas? This is for fun with no winners and no prizes, just a little lighthearted break in your busy day. Answers are at the bottom - no cheating! 1. How many pieces of furniture end up in landfill in the UK each year (to the nearest million)? 2. Place these… Continue reading Upcycling and Sustainability Christmas Quiz

Carbon Footprint, Charity Upcycles, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Upcycled Furniture, Upcycled Homeware

Have a Happy Upcycled Christmas

With any luck Christmas will be back on the menu this year. After having to endure nearly-there pared down festivities in 2020, we all deserve some seasonal cheer, in whatever guise or scale you choose. Christmas is often a time for families, friends, neighbours and loved ones. It is also a time for exchanging gifts.… Continue reading Have a Happy Upcycled Christmas

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The Carbon Footprint of our Trip to France

During the half-term break we took a long overdue trip to France to visit my Dad. But with all the attention on climate change and COP26 dominating the news, I wondered just how much our mini-holiday would actually cost the planet. I have broken down the research into the following sections: Air travelCar travelCovid implicationsHow… Continue reading The Carbon Footprint of our Trip to France

Interior Design, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized, Upcycled Furniture, Upcycled Homeware

Is OLD the new NEW?

I LOVE new things. Not necessarily in a materialistic fashion, but the gleaming, room transforming change of new. I love new things; things that are new to ME. A piece of furniture is very often a small permanent fixture; sometimes it has always been there through countless generations. But then suddenly sentimentality looses out to… Continue reading Is OLD the new NEW?

Sustainable Living, Uncategorized

Cottagecore – A Quintessential English Country Garden

At Upcycle Arcade HQ, since becoming a full-time furniture upcycler - I say full-time very loosely - I have been able to spend much more time indulging in one of my increasingly important hobbies: gardening. I say this as I find complete tranquility and calm in tinkering about in my area of paradise. Gardening for… Continue reading Cottagecore – A Quintessential English Country Garden

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Greenwashing

To falsely give the impression that a company’s products and services provide greater environmental or ‘green’ benefits than is actually the case. Mistrust, distrust and inherent suspicions can wreak havoc on well laid plans be they for production or marketing purposes. But are these feelings justified? After a long career in financial services, I have… Continue reading Greenwashing