Home Design | Upscale Upcycling

Many of us have a penchant for the finer things in life, but that does not necessarily mean we have to discount sustainable practices. “Upcycling” is a term that encompasses just that: repurposing items that would otherwise be discarded into products of better quality than their originals. Whether you’re looking to shop around or make your own, check out these gorgeously repurposed upscale items, and start brainstorming your next home design upgrade!

1. Kari Elizabeth Designer Pillows

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Kari Elizabeth’s collection of decorative pillows are upcycled from the best designer fashion houses, materials and fabrics. Repurposed from authentic vintage scarves including Hermes, Chanel, Cartier, Dior and Bottega Veneta, the pillows add a touch of glamour to any couch or bedspread. The pillows make for the perfect gift, or the perfect keep-sake!

2. Facaro Bicycle Gear Chandeliers

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To the average objective eye, the above chandelier does not entice memories of childhood neighborhood bike rides, but a closer look just may. These artistic and luxurious pieces are in fact made from reclaimed bicycle chain, ranging in size from one foot to ten feet, and from one foot to four feet in diameter. What a way to brighten the room!

3. Antique Tin Ceiling Mirrors

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New Yorkers know a thing or two about tin ceilings; the distinctive design staple was said to have originated in New York in the late 1860s. Though the city’s new development ceiling trends do not appear to be returning to tin in the near future, the pieces do lend themselves well to other purposes, such as mirrors. Olde Good Things has a stellar selection of intricately repurposed tin ceiling mirrors that just might look perfect on that empty wall in your hall.

4. Luxury Candle Jars 

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We all have our one favorite scent, and those of us lucky enough have identified the candle that bottles it up perfectly. And, the benefits of candles do not stop at the scent;  they add a touch of luxurious design to any table, desk or bookshelf.  Once you’ve burned your favorite candle to the max, you don’t have to toss the accompanying jar. These DIY steps will allow you to repurpose it into a convenient household item!

5. Frames

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One of the best ways to update a room is to swap out picture frames with new, fresh pieces. That said, you do not have to get rid of the old! If you’re looking for another DIY project, check out these top ways to repurpose old frames into furniture accents, jewelry holders and more.