Design and Architecture vs. Climate Change: What Does the Future Bring

Numerous detrimental influences on nature and human health have been linked to conventional construction methods. With growing concerns about climate change, an increasing number of people are taking steps in order to minimize their carbon footprint, as well as to invest in homes and structures that will be able to last and perform their function well into the future. From creating floating houses to homes that adapt to the weather, environmentally conscious architects are changing the way we build.

But green living doesn’t have to look (or cost) like something out of a sci-fi movie. Today, there is a vast availability of ecological materials that can keep inhabitants safe while contributing to minimized pollution. Combined with modern design solutions, they’re helping create aesthetically pleasing homes in which families can live comfortably and sustainably.

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DIY Eco-Friendly Backyard

Every day we try to make our world a little bit greener. On a smaller personal level, it is all about shaping our habits and making our surrounding more eco-friendly. Of course, this also includes designs of our gardens and best materials to use. Planting local plants influences local flora and fauna and by designing a deck from upcycled timber we prolong its use and lower pollution. One garden may not save the world but it can set an example, so why not start from your own?

Here are some pointers on how to make your garden greener and more enjoyable for your family.

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Upcycling your Rug [Infographic]

Upcycling, or Creative reuse, is the process of taking materials or products that are no longer wanted or needed and through creativity, transforming them into works of art, items of home decoration, or something else useful. It’s seen a resurgence in recent years, with repurposing becoming more popular as we become more aware of the limit of our resources and the impact we have on the earth as a species.

With sites like Pinterest, you can now get plenty of ideas for upcycling your unwanted items. The Rug Seller decided to take a look into what old rugs could be creatively turned into. It was quite surprising how many options there were, but in this infographic we dig into just a few. We’ll show you how to turn your rug in an accessory for your favourite outfit, how to make it into something to keep your cat occupied and how to revamp it for more use as a rug.

If you’re looking to repurpose one of your old rugs, or even something else in your home, we hope this will give you some inspiration to get creative and try something new. What have you got to lose?

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DIY: Upcycled Pot holder from old Jeans [Infographic]

Jeans are so durable and wear-resistant that they are a perfect fit for repurposing. Creating potholders are a great way to put them to work in the kitchen.

Follow this easy step-by-step guide to make your own:

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Unusual ways to display Indoor Plants [Infographic]

Whether you’re looking for a cute little flourish or a grand display, there’s no shortage of amazing ways to display your indoor plants. Of course, plants need love and care to thrive – so once you’ve got them looking pretty, make sure to keep them that way.

From a wine cork to a garden table or bust, here are some unusual display methods to get your creative juices flowing.

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