Love, Loss and What You Found

Re- Purpose- Love, loss and what you found

It may be our natural human acquiviness or simple pragmatism that compels us to always have on hand a bit more that we actually need – or have space for.  You simply cannot get enough of what you don’t really need.

When the same furniture has surrounded you for years, it is difficult to see them in a new light.  But there are often treasures among them – you just need to weed out what’s not working and reorganize what’s left, maximizing the potential to shine.

Don’t become fixated on the original purpose – use your imagination to use it for a different purpose than it was intended.

“One never knows with old friends. Sometimes reunions can be deep and joyful things.  Other times there is nothing but awkward silence with promises to call that are never kept.”  Stuart McLean 

Change around mirrors to reflect an area that you want to bring attention to, place an unassuming sculpture among large potted plants, prop a stained glass window within the frame of a double hung window.

In the Middle Ages, all-purpose chests held entire households on the move and then doubled as tables and beds on arrival.  Our own lives don’t seem to be as lightweight, yet we can certainly adapt the notion of movable storage.  Armoires, which traditionally were used for storing linens and clothes in closet-less rooms, might now be adapted to contain media equipment, a home office, storage for fabric or craft materials, or a games centre.

An exquisite antique secretary desk can be used to hold towels, books, wine, stacked quilts, bolts of fabric, wrapping supplies, as well as having a lamp and display areas on top.

As Western civilization slouched steadily toward Bethlehem, it produced thrones, benches, and huge La-Z-Boy recliners.  Thankfully they are getting smaller.  Treat a chair as sculpture and hang it on the wall.  You can also do this in your garden.  Hang a distressed, interesting old chair on your fence holding a plant with trailing tendrils.

And then theres your….Re – Purpose Your Closet

Many cities have opportunities to repurpose clothes such as Calgary’s “Walk-in Closet”.  Its mandate is to empower women by providing knowledge and a selection of work attire for their transition into the workplace.  There are donation opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and opportunities to clean out your closet.