Living Large in an Airstream Trailer House Tour | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
This is a poster for both minimal living and storage as this Airsteam is not only a trailer but a home and home office to the architect who designed the beautiful retrofitting and redesign.

Living Large in an Airstream Trailer House Tour | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles

This is a poster for both minimal living and storage as this Airsteam is not only a trailer but a home and home office to the architect who designed the beautiful retrofitting and redesign.

monyssa said: I love your blog, you have a good eye and good judgement!

My questions is, where do you think the line should be crossed in reusing things for other purposes, especially storage? Are there any things that can't be cleaned for reuse or that can be toxic or dangerous?

Thank you, thank you and thank you!

That is a great question! I tried to google it for tips but ended just asking my carpenter partner (WHo lives to restore and renovate with found materials) and he had some great answers.

First, any lead painted wood. Lead paint is a neurotoxin and should never be sanded and released into the air. He says if you must re-use it just paint directly over the lead paint with a quality primer and paint sealing in the lead paint, but even that is temporary. Here is a link to a PDF from Alberta Health about different removal methods and levels of safety for each method.Really, you just take the affected wood to your local household hazardous waste depot.

The second is any wood that has come in contact with waste (Food, human or other). Wood is as porous a substance as you can get and even though it may look and smell clean when dry, when it comes in contact with moisture you could rehydrate any toxins that are dormant in the dry wood. This should just be disposed of properly at your local landfill where it can chipped and recycled.

Third, galvanized piping from inside your house. Galvanized metals are extremely porous and just collect waste matter the entire time they are in use until they cannot possible hold anymore and thereby clogging the pipes/drains. This is why it is not used anymore. Nasty stuff apparently. You can properly dispose of galvanized plumbing at your local metal recycling depot.

That is about it, according to the Hubster (Or Captain Awesome as he likes to be called) just about everything else has the ability to be sanitized. I would just like to add here that Captain Awesome has taken courses and done serious research into restoration, flood and bio waste damage.

The only thing I have to add to his list is plastics with Bisphenol A, or BPA in them (A Number seven on the bottom of the product generally denotes a product which has BPA in it.) are absolutely not recommended for any sort food storage. Wet or dry. Here in Canada BPA has been declared a toxic substance and I look forward to it’s disappearance from our store shelves, until such time I use only glass (much of which is recycled) in my pantry and refrigerator as both Tupperware and store bought food containers.

So go forth and reduce, reuse, remake, recycle, repurpose and re-love those cast off items and create beautiful storage! And thanks for a super fabulous question! Cheers,M.

DIY Play Tent As A Reading NookLawrence Girls | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh
I know there are a lot of little reading nooks that have been posted lately, maybe even this very one more than once. But, after having a good look at it and realizing it is but a few sticks of wood and some tab top curtains I was in love.

DIY Play Tent As A Reading NookLawrence Girls | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh

I know there are a lot of little reading nooks that have been posted lately, maybe even this very one more than once. But, after having a good look at it and realizing it is but a few sticks of wood and some tab top curtains I was in love.

goodkarmahandmade:

upcycled wine rack garden

For anything else I might be sad that this beautiful piece of storage had been decommissioned, but for this beautiful garden I’ll rejoice instead of mourn…Hey, they don’t call me obsessive a Storage Geek for nothing!

goodkarmahandmade:

upcycled wine rack garden

For anything else I might be sad that this beautiful piece of storage had been decommissioned, but for this beautiful garden I’ll rejoice instead of mourn…Hey, they don’t call me obsessive a Storage Geek for nothing!

homemadecrap:

DIY Handbag Organizer via Better Homes & Gardens
(Secret: use shower rings!)
Another “why didn’t I think of that” moment….

I truly wish I had thought of this.

homemadecrap:

DIY Handbag Organizer via Better Homes & Gardens

(Secret: use shower rings!)

Another “why didn’t I think of that” moment….

I truly wish I had thought of this.

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rainbootsy-deactivated20120521 said: wow a;sldkhfalkwuhfk your blog is so lovely! i've had such a messy room for so long that i felt there was no hope for getting organized. but with your storage ideas i feel like i can straighten up a little AND still be able to decorate a bit :3 thank you!

Gosh I couldn’t have paid you to write a better review! I am so glad I could help! Yay for storage love!Cheers, M.

Combatting Garden Foes: The Squash Vine Borer | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
The most useful part of this article was the last comment stating that radishes as companion plants keep the borers away. I’ll be trying that this year as my sugar pumpkins fell victim to the little pest last year!

Combatting Garden Foes: The Squash Vine Borer | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

The most useful part of this article was the last comment stating that radishes as companion plants keep the borers away. I’ll be trying that this year as my sugar pumpkins fell victim to the little pest last year!

DIY:Chic Cement Planters : Centsational Girl
I never would have thought to bring cement planters into the house but Centsational Girl makes a very pretty case for it.

DIY:Chic Cement Planters : Centsational Girl

I never would have thought to bring cement planters into the house but Centsational Girl makes a very pretty case for it.

You’ve Got to Hide Your Cord Away | Apartment Therapy Chicago
Hide exposed cords with a cord concealer painted to match the wall (shelving etc.). I like one of the comments though to “embrace it” replace the black cord with a contrasting hazard yellow or something similar. You have an industrial chic shelving unit, don’t “grandma” it up.
P.S. I showed my mom this shelving unit last week and she thinks it is perfect for their rental unit.

You’ve Got to Hide Your Cord Away | Apartment Therapy Chicago

Hide exposed cords with a cord concealer painted to match the wall (shelving etc.). I like one of the comments though to “embrace it” replace the black cord with a contrasting hazard yellow or something similar. You have an industrial chic shelving unit, don’t “grandma” it up.

P.S. I showed my mom this shelving unit last week and she thinks it is perfect for their rental unit.

Leather Drawer Pulls

Leather Drawer Pulls - Introduction - MarthaStewart.com

I’m on a big (recycled)leather kick right now so when I found this I think I might have actually “Squeed”. Cheaper than hardware and ultimately sexy I think this is just what a few of our dressers and cabinets need!