Get their look: Shipping container home conversion

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If this shipping container home conversion looks familiar, you may have seen it before on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces programme on Channel 4. It’s the Bedford Marina-based home of Max McMurdo – designer, upcycler and entrepreneur.

It may measure a mere 40ft wide, but by using the limited space in a hugely imaginative way, he manages to fit everything you could need into this floating house. There’s a double bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. It’s completely functional, with more living and storage space than you’d imagine. Go check out the other photos to get a better picture of this amazing space he created!

  1. Rayburn 355SFW solid fuel & wood fired cooker & central heating boiler
  2. SMEG FAB10HLP mini fridge – cream
  3. Vintage Herbert Terry Anglepoise desk lamp
  4. Vintage 1950s footstool
  5. Bob scaffold tube coffee table
  6. Vintage Ercol Jubilee 2-seater sofa

Get their look: Shipping container home conversion | H is for Home

Vintage hospital trolley

Vintage stainless steel hospital trolley | H is for Home

We bought this vintage hospital trolley at auction last week.

Vintage hospital trolley | H is for Home

We thought it had great re-purpose potential. In particular, its suitability to make a fabulous kitchen work station. For starters, it’s made from stainless steel which is hygienic and easy to keep clean. There’s an ideal height work surface for chopping, peeling etc; an under-shelf for storage where you could keep boards, baskets, boxes or jars – and the drawers are perfect for knives or other utensils.

Open drawer showing chef's knives on a vintage hospital trolley | H is for Home

Also, the trolley is on wheels – so easy to move around the kitchen for cleaning behind or positioning in the best light for working.

Wheel on a vintage hospital trolley | H is for Home

It’s manufactured by Reynolds & Branson of Leeds and is very robust. We’d say it dates from the 1950s/60s era. The overall condition is very good with clean, undamaged stainless steel. There’s age-related wear to the wheel area, but we actually like a bit of this type of aged patina in places… and we love the flash of yellow too. If you like it and are able to collect, it’s heading to our antiques centre space this week with a price tag of £135.

Etsy List: On the map

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'On the map' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

Maps have been around for millennia and will continue to be so – sat-navs will never wipe them out!

Antique and vintage maps are so interesting; the way borders flux & change and entire countries come & go. History and geography were two of my favourite subjects at school and that’s just what maps are all about.

We’ve curated this list to share some beautiful old maps and to show some great ways they’ve been upcycled; origami fairy lights to decoupaged picnic sets. We’ve included some brand new maps as well; laser-cut table lamps, educational wall murals for children and even a door mat!

On the map
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Redecorate without redecorating: 5 Quick tips

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Bedroom of Marc and Edwina Boase in Brighton taken from their feature on Design*SpongeImage credit: Daniela Exley via Design*Sponge

So, this is the holy grail of all interior design; how to redecorate without actually redecorating. But just in the same way that a new pair of shoes makes Carrie Bradshaw feel like she has a whole new outfit, and the same way that a new supercharger makes Lewis Hamilton feel like he has a brand new car, there are some quick and cost effective ways to help you spruce up your home.

Our sitting room

Cushions and Throws

It’s truly amazing what a few cushions and throws can do for your home. If you want to build up depth and textures in your interior design, make sure you layer, layer… and layer some more. Not enough pennies in the piggy bank for some new fabric? Not to worry. Old curtains, bed sheets and upholstery offcuts can all be recycled to create your new cushion covers. For sewing newbies, here are 3 ways to make a cushion cover.

Orange feature wall in our kitchen

Paint a Feature Wall

An easy way of refreshing the look and feel of a room is to create a new focal point. A feature wall is quick and simple to do: a new lick of paint and you’ll have a whole new space. If you want to save money or you want to be more eco-friendly, you can even make your own home-made paint. Vintage industrial storage drawers in our sitting room

De-Clutter Your Home

Sometimes the quickest way of improving your home décor is to de-clutter and keep it looking clear & tidy. Throw away anything you don’t need, use old materials for recycling / up-cycling projects, and make sure you have ample storage around the house. For a range of storage units, chest of drawers, blanket boxes or display cabinets, visit the Fortune Woods website.

branch being used as a curtain poleImage credit: The Burlap Bag

Update Your Window Furnishings

Windows are key features in every room. You’d be surprised at how a new curtain fabric, a fresh tieback or an imaginative curtain pole makes a world of difference. Visit UKTV to find out how you can make your own curtain tiebacks to save money.

Before & after painted chest of drawersImage credit: I create… with love

Paint Inexpensive Furniture

French colonial, English country cottage, shabby chic, mid century modern; there are so many different interior design looks you can create simply by painting an old piece of furniture. Buy second-hand furniture from a flea market or car boot sale and give it a new lease of life by painting it your desired colour. You can refresh the furniture regularly with a new coat of paint and edit your accessories / cushions to match.

If you do decide to go all out and redecorate, there are a few things you have to take into account. Planning is key and there is likely to be a lot of mess. Organising some skip hire may be beneficial.


Charity Vintage: Vintage suitcases

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collection of vintage suitcases being sold on eBay for Charity by Isabel Hospice

In yesterday’s Gimme Five! post, we featured a few things you can do with vintage suitcases. A quick browse on eBay for Charity came up with ten of them currently being sold by Isabel Hospice* alone!

We’ve done a little mosaic of just four of them to give you a taste. The lot are available at individual ‘buy it now’ prices of between £12.50 & £30 and all have 20-odd days left to the end of the auction.

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.

Gimme Five! Upcycled suitcases

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selection of vintage, upcycled suitcases

We came across vintage trunks, vanity cases and travel bags all the time at auctions and flea markets. They’re often no longer practical for their original use. People now-a-days use lightweight rucksacks or those flight cases on wheels that, once upon a time, used to be the sole preserve of airline pilots & flight attendants.

Upcycled suitcases have found all manner of new uses – coffee tables, desks, shelving and even luxe pet beds. They can be picked up cheaply and, if you’re of a crafty bent, transformed into beautiful bits of furniture. Here are some we found online.

  1. Vintage repurposed red suitcase dog bed with hairpin legs: £34.22, Etsy
  2. Heisenberg retro suitcase speaker by Bass Trunkies: £390, Notonthehighstreet
  3. Occasional table suitcase leather hide low table: £60, eBay
  4. Wooden vintage trunk repurposed as a coffee table: £493.92, Etsy
  5. Pair of wall shelves made from a vintage metal tweed stripe upcycled suitcase: £91.66, Etsy