Upcycling Inspiration

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luxury accommodation warrnambool

Stunning upcycled gallery converted to luxury accommodation, Warrnambool

Saltmarsh Accommodation, Warrnambool, Victoria I visited Saltmarsh several years ago and thought it was one of the most beautiful galleries I’d seen. A few weeks ago I recognised the building and location in a new guise and was just as impressed. Saltmarsh is now luxury holiday accommodation and, with the inventive Hancocks still at the helm, […]
Sustainable gift ideas

Sustainable Gift Ideas: 40 Alternatives to ‘New Stuff’ at Christmas

Sustainability & Reducing Waste at Christmas Time Christmas can be a lovely time for friends and family to get together but the push to buy more and more ‘stuff’ is getting crazy. Bulging stores fill with extra stuff for Christmas. Advertising increases so people see new toys or gizmos they were perfectly happy without. Huge […]
upcycled crate

Vintage industrial styling in a florist shop fitout with upcycled crates

Albert Park, Melbourne Don’t you think flowers look fresh and lovely against a rustic background? I tripped over this little jewel of a shop on a Junk Map excursion and had to go back and take some pics for you. Upcycled crates to wall paneling The first thing I noticed about The Green Room was […]
Build with recycled materials

30 years later this recycled Eltham home is right on trend

Building with recycled materials  Eltham, Victoria Collecting and tinkering never stops at this wonderful home in the Eltham hills. The property embraces the bowerbird tendencies of its owners, and evolves with the creative freedom of permanence and time. Living in one place for a lifetime has gone out of fashion but the personality all over […]
cafe shopfitters melbourne

Cafe Shopfitters Melbourne: 3 contemporary cafe designs starring recycled timber

Cafe design by Sasufi, Melbourne See if you recognise the Melbourne cafe fit outs below. You may have seen pics in design magazines or social media, but I wanted to revisit them here because they align so well with the spirit of The Junk Map. Each fit out combines recycled materials, thoughtful design, and a […]
sustainable home renovation

Old, new and smart ingredients: A sustainable home renovation

Argyle, St Kilda How this sustainable home renovation deviates from conventional, white space, high-energy living. Australians love renovating. A traditional facade and extension out the back has become the norm in many city suburbs. Argyle is the family home of architect David Saunders, from s2 design sustainable architects Melbourne. This home brings together all the […]
Interior by Fox and Dinky

Foxing up a rental or bland interior with funky junk

Fox & Dinky house, Bendigo Bland is a dull word. Boring, colourless and lacking in character. And it’s a word that probably fits the majority of rental properties with their safe colour palettes and don’t-rock-the-boat fixtures. But, with some clever styling your rental pad doesn’t have to stay that way. Ash and Rustin, from art-furniture […]
antique safe to diy outdoor fireplace

Antique safe to diy outdoor fireplace

We have an inefficient fireplace in our living room (which is also my home office) so I’ve been dreaming about good heating and warm toes. When Jo posted this rustic DIY outdoor fireplace in the Junk Map Facebook Group it caught my eye immediately. Could we do something like this at our place? Unfortunately not easily. […]
Emu Bottom Homestead

My Wedding at Emu Bottom Homestead; A rustic wedding venue

Emu Bottom Homestead; A rustic wedding venue I never craved a fancy wedding. A couple of witnesses in an attractive setting sounded perfect. Mike wanted to share the day with a larger group of family and friends so we raised the question of a wedding many times over the last 5 years, and always veered […]
Eclectic interiors

Eclectic interiors: A salvaged and vintage furnished bar and restaurant

Did you have a treehouse growing up? If you didn’t, I bet you wanted one. Built from scraps of timber (with varying levels of expertise), these ramshackle structures were forts, fairytale castles, pirate ships and playgrounds for lucky kids with a suitable climbing tree and tolerant parents. The owners of Treehouse wanted to bring that imagination and […]
cottage renovation

New buyers loved this salvaged cottage renovation at first sight

Photographer Mandy Lamont fell for the serenity and beauty of this cottage renovation on a brief drop-in. She was so impressed she tracked down the former owner to hear his story, and traveled all the way back to the Blue Mountains to photograph it for us! Blackheath home, Blue Mountains, NSW Photography and text by […]
sustainable kitchen renovation

Upcycled industrial fittings in a sustainable kitchen renovation

Northcote residence, Melbourne Kitchens are often the most expensive renovation in a home. Taking a more sustainable approach can cut costs, conserve resources and still deliver an attractive, functional space. With no budget for a kitchen in my first house I cleaned up an old, grease-covered workbench from Lost Ark that became an all-in-one work space, […]
S2 design: Sustainable architects Melbourne

S2 design: Sustainable Architects Melbourne

Incorporating recycled elements in sustainable architecture and interior design. David Saunders at S2 design is a Melbourne architect who is happily embracing sustainable design practices by including recycled or recyclable materials; focusing on energy saving; and working around existing features wherever possible. Upcycled sustainable materials With an artist’s eye for detail, Saunders mixes slick modern […]
castlemaine art gallery

Vacant industrial lot upcycled to a busy art gallery and music venue

Castlemaine Art Gallery; Lot 19, Victoria What I like about this project is the capable, can-do approach to building whatever you need, with what you have at hand. Mark Anstey’s low-waste philosophy; keen eye for recycled materials; and love of art and music has shaken up the industrial end of Castlemaine for more than 10 […]
outdoor metal art

Amazing outdoor metal art fashioned from discarded junk

Antares Iron Art Garden, Newstead, Victoria Roger McKindley’s sculpture garden of outdoor metal art is one of the most unusual, uniquely beautiful spaces I have ever seen. Several years ago we visited the strange and wonderful Watts Towers in Los Angeles. Italian immigrant, Simon Rodia, began building in the 1920s and spent 30 years quietly […]
Garden and studio of sculptor Theo Koning, Fremantle, Western Australia

Creative spaces: Sculptor Theo Koning’s Fremantle studio

A recycled studio and art practice Sculptor Theo Koning sees treasure everywhere. His garden studio is bursting with boxes and containers of useful junk which he collates into simple stories and found-object artworks. The day I visited every surface held a collection of thoughts; neat arrangements of works in progress; or fabulous shapes, textures and […]

Derelict shearing shed converted to farm-stay accommodation

Beermullah Farm, Gingin, Western Australia I just love this project. The farm belongs to friends of ours and we stayed in the new building for the first time over the Christmas break. I woke up with the birds and, trust me, watching dawn slide over the paddocks from a warm bed in a tin shed […]

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