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Making the Most of Every Scrap: Art & Pillows by Deana Bracken Design

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When I do small craft and design projects for my own home, I often wind up with small scraps of fabric, paper and other materials that I wind up throwing away or recycling despite my best intentions to find a use for them. Can you imagine how huge that pile of stuff would be if I were a practicing interior designer doing projects regularly?

Deana Bracken of Green With Glamour knows, and she did something about it. She began creating these cute framed silhouettes featuring a variety of salvaged, upcycled and/or non-toxic materials — mostly remnants from her interior design projects and samples and swatches that would otherwise be discarded. She also creates throw pillows from these materials — each with two fronts — so you can change your style just by flipping the pillow over.

As you can imagine, this means each piece Deana creates is one of a kind, so you can be as unique as you want to be. On the art, I love how the boldly patterned background papers and fabrics are paired with solid, striking silhouettes and painted frames. These are just my style — a little modern, a little glam, and a lot of green.

Why It’s Green:

  • Handmade in Los Angeles from salvaged and upcycled materials, including fabric and wallpaper castoffs
  • Frames painted with no-VOC paints
  • Pillow covers made with upcycled cotton fabrics and
  • Pilows filled with 100% recycled plastic fiber

Price: $45-175
BONUS! Get 20% off at Green with Glamour with coupon code “POPUP20” through mid-November.

About Author

I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.

2 Comments

  • Lori Z.
    November 5, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I love the idea of using everything you can. I am incorporating my kids’ old, worn out but sentimental, clothes into a crazy quilt that I’m going to hang on our wall. I want it to be huge like this super cool old one, but we’ll see. http://tinyurl.com/hugequilt

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  • Carla
    November 10, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Great idea! I usually end up giving all of my scrap fabric away. I need to be more creative. 😛

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