Garbage room diaries… A room full of junk



This is for all of you non believers out there… TRASH is treasure.

Over the past 7 years, I’ve been collecting items from various garbage rooms and incorporating them into my space.  There is nothing better than finding something for free and having it fit seamlessly into your home.  Maybe the Garbage Gods are on my side… but I’ve had some serious luck when it comes to other people’s junk.  Over the past few days, I redecorated the den of our condo. I challenged myself to see how many second-hand pieces I could use in one room.  When it comes to interior decor, you can affordably transform any space by simply moving around furniture and buying a few inexpensive accents from Ikea or secondhand shops.

Example: You may walk by a brown ceramic owl statue tucked away on one of the shelves at Value Village, priced at $1.99.  That same exact statue, painted matte white or black will be $45 at Home Outfitters.  Frames, statues and shelves are all items that can be completely transformed with a couple of coats of paint.  Little accents like this are what makes a room/home unique and original.  Don’t be so quick to overlook those pieces that can be easily transformed.

Have a look below at all of the arrows, these are my garbage finds from over the years.

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New season, new decor

The sun is shining and I don’t want to jinx it but I think it’s here to stay.  With that in mind, I was in the mood to freshen up our indoor space with a little flowers and lace.  The before picture is rather dark and the room has an awkward flow.  With the beautiful lake view, I’ve been wanting to open this space up and allow the view to me the main focus.  A great collection of “Garbage room diaries” has allowed me to do just that.  The lace curtains were a great find from Ikea for $7 at panel.  By simply moving around existing furniture I was able to affordably transform the space.

Have a look at the before and after pictures:

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My latest garbage find- Industrial chic metal stand

After a blog post about Industrial chic interior design and hours of flipping through pinterest… I was feeling inspired to incorporate more of this Industrial chic theme into my space.  On a trip to the recycle/garbage room the other night, I came across a 4 tier metal stand and nabbed it up right away.  Although some may just see it as a rusty old metal stand for storing paint cans and tools in a garage, I kept an open mind and incorporated it into my bedroom as a TV stand.  Mind you, I did thoroughly wipe it down with my trusty Lysol wipes. (I love those handy wipes!)

 Check out the images below and see how I reinvented this rusty old stand and turned it into a focal point of our bedroom!
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My favourite style- Industrial chic

Warehouse conversion lofts aren’t the only spaces with industrial elements. The photos below include modern and even traditional homes featuring raw, unfinished materials, concrete floors, exposed brick walls, old wood beams and ceiling pipes, as well as sleek metal lighting and stainless steel accents. Whether you live in a old Victorian house or an open-concept condo, these images will teach you how to incorporate industrial style into kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and bedrooms.



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Bathroom style- Before & After

Whether you live in a house of five or a condo by yourself, the bathroom is often used as a getaway from the world, a place to relax and have a bubble bath or pamper yourself before a night out.  I love mixing soft tones and vintage pieces with modern finishes. Have a look below at the way I transformed my bathroom into a relaxing getaway for a calming bath after a long day.IMG_1762 Beforephoto 1-4photo 2-4After