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In this guest post we talk with Debra Olson – an interior designer with an environmentally friendly twist. Debra’s interior design focuses on re-purposing items you already have. We are all guilty of wasting and not utilizing what we have. Debra’s goal is to help people see this and re-purpose what they have to create amazing interior spaces. Here is what we got talking to Debra about:
What is your mission?
Why is this important?
Why did you start doing this?
I started this creative journey when I was at a friends house many years ago, she had no money to spend and a lot of STUFF!!! Curtains was something she needed. I went outside and found sticks, she had lots of beautiful fabrics, voila, beautiful window treatment! Cost her nothing!! Storage solutions are all over your house, no need for expensive plastic containers. I just look at all items in a creative useful way, so of course YOU are saving money!
What is re-purposing?
Re-purposing is a way to re-use something in a new way and in such a way that you are not creating more waste. It’s a chance to save money and get creative with what you have.
It is just about using items you already have, but in a different way. Anything from fabrics to furniture.
What are your top three re-purposing tips?
Tip #1 if you have a dresser you love and no room in the bedroom, maybe it works as a dining room side board for storage.
Tip #2 if you have some clothes, you love the fabric and not the dress, maybe it’s a pillow now
Tip #3 maybe an antique table cloth is a bed cove or curtain now. It’s about thinking out of the box (literally…turn that box into something else).
Ready to Re-Purpose? Want to learn more? Then check out and visit Debra’s website.
Debra was one of our first supporters and customers at the store. Her favorite flavor is Raspberry & Orange – she loves the sweet/sour refreshing tartness of it – now that is our kind of person.