Sustainable interior design with a twist - how to refurbish your home for less than''1,700'(Image: British Heart Foundation )
Property'can often be improved by renovations and updated furnishings and a South London house has benefited from a major sustainable interior refurbishment. Six young professionals have given their house share an entirely sustainable makeover,'purely with items donated to'a'British Heart Foundation'(BHF)'shop. The four-bedroom Camberwell home, shared by a group of friends in their mid-twenties, has been given a stylish makeover with a twist. Every item purchased was second hand from British Home Foundation home stores - from wardrobes to beds and sets of drawers to artwork.
Items include a bed and mattress for '150, four chairs for '40, bedside tables for '15 each, sets of draws for '20 and wooden wardrobes from '120.'Smaller'accessories such as lights and pictures came in at '5 to '10 an item.
Helping with the makeover was sustainable interior designer Lynne Lambourne, who also up-cycled some existing furniture with a simple lick of chalk paint, giving them a brand new look.
'Warrior on Waste' Lambourne'said:''Giving this home an entire charity shop makeover was a fantastic challenge.
'The shops are like treasure troves where you can find really individual pieces that will give a home its own personal style. Plus adding a lick of paint will instantly makes them unique!
Picture of bedroom before transformation'(Image: British Heart Foundation)
Photograph of bedroom after transformation'(Image: British Heart Foundation)
Pictures of Bedroom 2 before sustainable transformation'(Image: British Heart Foundation)
Pictures of bedroom 2 after sustainable transformation'(Image: British Heart Foundation)
'Giving furniture a new lease of life is so important - not only in saving good quality items from landfill but also helping fund much needed research.'
The transformation was undertaken by the'Warrior on Waste charity - which has partnered up with BHF -'as part of its'Reuse Revolution'campaign. Launching this October, the British Home Foundation is hoping the campaign will raise awareness of the possibilities of shopping second hand - not just when it comes to fashion but for the home too.
Last year, the British Home Foundation home stores helped reuse and recycle over 42,000 tonnes of furniture and electrical products and rescued 180,000 sofas from landfill. This helped prevent 53,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions being released into the atmosphere.
Homeowner and housemate Alex Short said:''We're thrilled with the results of the makeover - which surpassed all expectations! We were also really surprised by how cheap and easy it was.
'As a big house share, a lot of our furniture were hand me downs from family so it's fab to have an update and put our stamp on it.Co-owner'and housemate Anna Watts added:''We hadn't realised that with a lick of paint, you can transform items into stylish pieces and were really impressed with the quality of items that get donated.'
Picture of Kitchen before transformation'(Image: British Heart Foundation)
Picture of Kitchen after transformation'(Image: British Heart Foundation)
Picture of Living Room before transformation'(Image: British Heart Foundation)
Picture of Living room after transformation'(Image: British Heart Foundation)
Homeowners are often searching for ways to create more space in a small'home without having to consider moving to a larger property.'According'to'property website'Residential'People,'there are five things you can do to improve the space efficiency inside your property.
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