All posts tagged: home decor

I’ll Drink To That… DIY Chic Chalkboard Paint Repurposed Bottles

Over the weekend I found some time to work on some eco art projects.  I had a fantastic time!    Here is another eco chic way you can repurpose your wine bottles and glass jars.  Confession, this may have been one of those catch 22 art projects.  On one hand, I tried to be eco friendly by repurposing the glass bottles into chic decorative pieces for dinner or birthday parties by painting them in chalkboard paint.  Yet, the chalkboard spray paint may not have been so eco friendly. What you will need: chalkboard paint, chalk, wine bottles or glass jars. Easy Steps:  1. I bought some chalkboard paint in a spray can.  It was easy to use and pretty cheap.  (I purchased it at AL Thompson) Confession, it may have not been the most eco friendly choice, but I could not find one that was made with eco friendly products.  I felt it better to buy the spray can version as opposed to a can of chalkboard paint.  The spray can had the amount I …

Painting until the sun rises…Repurposed Canvases

Painting until the sun rises…  For the nights I find myself an insomniac and remedies like a glass of warm milk or counting sheep won’t help me fall back asleep- and yes I have tried them – I choose to paint.  For me the best thing to do when I am restless and wired with a sudden burst of energy is to immerse myself in creative projects, like painting, writing or scrapbooking.  From when it was just minutes to midnight, to almost the breaking of dawn, I let my music play and I listen to all the artists bearing out their souls. I harness any inspiration or sparks of creatvity and just paint.  Granted I am purely just an amateur  when it comes to painting.  I love experimenting with different abstract ideas.  Personally, I am drawn to earthy colors like 50 shades of blue,  greens, a sea of turquoise variations, and every now and then I like to mix in some gold. Since I am not particularly attached to any of my works of art, I …

Eco Art: Repurposing Cayman Logwood Into Exquisite Art Pieces

For everyone who loves local artwork which showcases the essence of Caymanian Heritage then you need to check out Cayman Logwood Products! As some of you may remember way back in the olden days Cayman Logwood was once a prime export for dye from the Cayman Islands.  Today, Cayman Logwood has evolved into a source for  producing exquisite art pieces.  The beautiful logwood is crafted by local artists into exclusive pieces of art, which are symbolic of the roots of Caymanian Heritage.  Owning a  Cayman Logwood art piece allows you to hold onto a piece of Cayman’s History which  transcends into the modern art world.  It will make an exceptional conversational piece in your home decor. Cayman Logwood products are not only aesthetically captivating, they are also eco friendly.  Only fallen Logwood trees are harvested, and repurposed into the handcrafted artwork.  Thus, there is a renewable local wood supply available for the manufacturing of Cayman Logwood products. If you love art and the environment then please support Cayman Logwood Products. Each piece is as collectible …

Repurpose Glass Jars & Wine Bottles the Eco Chic Way

  This week I wrote about recycling glass in Cayman, today I would like to share ways to repurpose glass. Glass Jars Instead of tossing out a glass jar that use to store spaghetti sauce or peanut butter, think of creative ways that you can repurpose those jars so that they have a functional value.   Here are some ideas… 5 Repurposed Glass Jars Ideas 1. Use them to store baking goods like flour, sugar and pancake mix. 2. Use them as candle holders. 3. Store fashion accessories and materials like needles & thread, buttons, pins etc 4. Store pennies for a rainy day. 5. Use them to store small office supplies, like pins, paperclips, staples etc.    Repurposed Wine Bottles: Eco Chic Shabby Wine bottles can be quite versatile.  A previous article I wrote, Eco Chic Water Bottles was about repurposing wine bottles as water bottles.  Wine bottles can also serve for decorative purposes. A Wine Bottle Repurposed as a Vase                                …

Eco Chic Shabby: Home Decor and Gardening

Here are a few ideas to get an eco chic shabby look for your home decor and gardening.  Being eco chic is all about thinking up creative ways to recycle, repurpose and reuse. 1. Glass Jar Repurposed Vase  You can repurpose glass jars as a vase for your flowers for that eco chic shabby look.  Repurpose a wooden crate to add some flare to the flower arrangement.  This look is great for outdoor patios and backyard dining. Tip: Repurpose glass jars with candles.  It looks fabulous as outdoor lighting for a dinner party on the patio. 2. Flower Ladder Repurpose an old or out of use ladder as an art piece in your garden.  Place different flower arrangements on each level of the ladder.  You can do this with herbs as well. 3. Crate of Flowers Finally, you can repurpose old crates to plant flowers in or herbs.

Eco Chic Flowers

Eco Friendly Bouquet Options 1. Fresh Flowers in general comes to mind at the top of the eco-friendly flower list, but remember fresh flowers rack up a high carbon footprint because of deliveries, and even packaging materials and waste.  Imported flowers have a high carbon footprint as well. Supporting locally grown flowers, is a great choice as it promotes sustainability.  Personally, the greenest option is stopping and smelling the roses in your garden.  Flowers look most beautiful flourishing in a garden.  If you do buy fresh flowers limit how often you buy them.  When their moment has faded and it’s time to empty out the vase, repurpose the flowers as compost. 2. Potted Plants/Flowers Decorate your home with an arrangement of flowers that grow in your backyard.  Instead of a vase full of gorgeous flowers bought from a shop that will only last about a week, choose a trendy or funky plant pot -maybe one you have painted and designed as a summer project- with natural flowers blooming.  Plant some seeds and grow your own flowers. …