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6 Easy Decor Projects to Beautify your Home for 2017

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To say 2016 was an eventful year might be an understatement, but it wasn’t just international news stories that were trending… Some of the most iconic trends of the year were home decor ideas and we’ve seen some amazingly cool things in some of the 1,000s of homes we’ve helped people move in and out of.

Rose Gold anyone?

Most of these 2016 trends will be slowly fading out in the coming months, which paves the way for some amazing, new, fresh home decor ideas in 2017. Want to know more? We’ve put together a list of our predictions, and what you should expect to be seeing much more of in this new year.

The best bit? These are all home decor projects you can take on yourself. You don’t necessarily need a big budget or loads of time – you can make these a weekly or monthly project, towards upgrading your home.

Smart-Home Features 📱

We know technology is advancing quicker than many of us can keep up with – and it’s likely to keep up at the same pace in 2017. Adding and incorporating new smart-home features into your home decor is a great way to not only update the way it looks, but upgrade the way you use things, and your efficiency too.

Try putting in USB charge points alongside traditional plugs, for a super simple starting point. Another great idea we’ve seen are tablets that can control every aspect of a house and the technology inside it.

However, if you want something simple that doesn’t require an electrician or re-wiring, then take a look at smart home appliances, such as this charging lamp from IKEA. It eliminates the needs for messy wires, and you can blend the charging spots throughout your home effortlessly.

Trending Home Decor Projects for 2017

Image credit: IKEA USA

Quirky Light Features 💡

This can be something you do yourself (DIY style), something you buy from stores like Etsy, or something you source from local artists or creatives. Whichever option you go for – creative lighting fixtures are definitely going to be on trend this coming year. Think recycled items such as bottles, or bright colourful shapes and designs.

The great thing about lighting? It blends so perfectly into any room – because every room needs to be lit. For larger rooms, go for a stand-out style that takes up space and demands to be seen – like the mix and match lamp shades in the photo below. For smaller rooms, you could opt for something small but original.

Trending Home Decor Projects for 2017

Image credit: Not On The High Street 

Natural Edges 🌱

Here we’re talking about beautiful, rough cut, natural surfaces that haven’t necessarily been built into their surroundings. For example – and this has to be our favourite idea – placing a rough-cut of marble on your kitchen surface. You don’t need to get it shaped, filed or fitted – the whole point of this trend is for it to look a little out of place.

The same works with wood, on a much cheaper price point. Instead of purchasing polished and primed wood, go for something a little more rustic and rugged. You don’t necessarily have to make the entire room rustic and rough-cut, but having a few details can really add character.

Trending Home Decor Projects for 2017

Image credit: DiMagio

Finger Tiles 🛁

The main tiling trend from the previous few years has been reused or imitation ‘subway tiles’. By that, we mean chunky art-deco tiles that were made to look like (or were genuinely reclaimed from) subway stations or tube stations. We still adore this trend, and we see it continuing in 2017 – but for those wanting to try their hand at something new, you have to take a look at Finger Tiles.

These are a little more modern and quirky, and you definitely be seeing much more of this style in the year to come. Finger tiles are slimmer than average, and can either be stacked in-line or scattered randomly. Both ways look great.

Trending Home Decor Projects for 2017

Image credit: MAD about the HOUSE

Add a Little Greenery 💚

If you hadn’t heard, Pantone announced that ‘Greenery’ was their shade of the year for 2017. It’s quite an unusual colour, a cross between forest green and pastel green, and it’s certainly going to make waves in the design world. Expect to see a lot of this shade in the coming months!

Why is this shade great? Well it’s flexible (great for all rooms of the house), it’s calming, and it’s not over-bearing. We have a feeling this colour will be well embraced by design folk and amateurs alike!

If you want to follow the trend and add a little bit of this new colour to your home decor, you can either dive right in (and paint an entire room!) or start small with little details. A new lamp, curtains or piece of furniture is a great place to begin.

Trending Home Decor Projects for 2017

Image credit: PANTONE

Cork 🍾

Finally, a new texture to become obsessed with in 2017! Cork is going to be taking over your Pinterest feeds in 2017, as the new texture you’ll want to incorporate into your home decor. You could embrace the new trend on a small scale (such as cork dining table settings) or go for something a bit bigger…

We’ve seen chalkboard walls, we’ve seen glass walls, we’ve seen plant walls. Now, maybe it’s time for the cork board wall! How incredible is this for a home / office project?

Trending Home Decor Projects for 2017

Image credit: That Gent Mark

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Trending Home Decor Projects for 2017

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Driverless Technology in the Transport Industry

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Over the past 5 years the transport industry has undergone many changes. For the most part these changes have been great for the industry; economical engines, a surge in online shopping and improved Sat-Navs. However, not all changes have been good. Driverless technology is already making waves. We have already seen a few of the largest car manufactures and ride sharing apps embrace the change and actively try and implement it.

Will this mean we will be seeing driverless vans and lorries soon? In my humble opinion, whilst it will happen, we are a good while off yet – and even longer for removal companies. There are many factors that will delay the need for fully autonomist delivery vehicles, both practical and emotional.

There are many arguments around who would be legally responsible should the ‘driverless’ vehicle was to be involved in an accident. Is it the driver? The company? The manufacturer?  Basically, it is a messy situation. People’s scepticism around the safety of driverless vehicles will provide a further stumbling blocks towards driverless technology becoming reality. Haulage companies and customers would not be 100% confident handing a valuable vehicle with a heavy load over to a robot.

Removals will still require a human element to remove the packages, unlike the process of a driverless taxi. There will also always be problems when it comes to access and exit from local roads, which will include arrival and departure as well as congested spaces where a driver would be needed. There is also not a big interest from big haulage companies or lorry/van manufactures to invest in the technology just yet owing to these challenges. A planned test this year has been canned as there was not a manufacturer to take part in the trials. Without the investment, drive and more importantly pressure from big companies it will be a far slower process of moving toward a driverless model.

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For these reasons and more we are still a long way from fully autonomous vehicles. What we can expect is a more and more autonomist driving experience with more of the actual driving done automatically. My belief is that this is not something we should fear and something that might replace drivers, instead like all the other tech that has made aspects of the job easier we should embrace it. Can you imagine a future eating your lunch on the motorway watching your favourite series whilst the lorry does the boring part of the job? Heaven, right? I say bring it on!

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Meet The Team – Michael

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Welcome to the first monthly profile of one of our team members. We hope this will give you a little bit more of an insight into what we do and you can decide whether we deserve our money! This month we have chosen the newest member of the Transport Team – Michael ‘Magic’ Smith.

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Can You Tell Us What you do?

  • Community Transport Manger

Sounds fancy! But what does this mean?

  • I am going to bring in a range of ideas to make our trade partners feel much more part of what we are doing and happier to be a part of it

Ok that clears that up. What kind of ideas can we expect?

  • General news and updates
  • Deals on maintenance costs for your vehicle
  • Improving TP user experience
  • Rewards schemes
  • Training programmes
  • And much more!

Everything sounds exciting will certainly keep an eye out for some of these changes. What lead you to AnyVan?

  • I have been in the transport industry for around 7 years now working my way up from a booking/telephone agent to a transport manager, so hopefully I am adequately qualified
  • I was impressed with the young, hungry and driven team and more importantly the ideas and plans for growths it is an immensely exciting company to be a part of

Great. So you’re confident in moving things forward, where do you see it in six months?

  • From a personal level I would love to think that in six months I would have built much more of a community around our TP’s
  • There will be work along the way but I firmly believe that if we can get our TP’s on our side then we will be the biggest removals company in the country

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Inspiring stuff, but let’s get personal. What is your favourite movie?

I would have to go with RocknRoller, the soundtrack alone makes this an immense film. Archie, one of the main characters, has a signature back handed slap he explains its effectiveness here “No need for strong violence, no no. They’re transported back to their childhoods. Putty in your hands”. Genuinely one of the coolest characters in film ever and if I could master that back handed slap it might help me with some awkward people!

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Ultimate Upcycling Guide

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If you’re not familiar with concept of upcycling, it’s a fun way to refresh and reuse old furniture (or any old items) to create something new, something unique and something you’re actually going to use and cherish! It’s a fantastic way to put your stamp on something, for a relatively low cost. Here we’ve put together the ultimate guide to upcycling, to help you get all the inspiration and information you need.

Upcycling is a great way to relax, and it’s a fantastic thing to invest your time into – especially if you already love getting creative and crafts, etc. You can turn something you might have otherwise thrown away (like an old wardrobe door, or an old window frame) into something brilliantly attractive – that becomes the talking point of a room.

What are the benefits of upcycling?

–       Eco-friendly (using old products, instead of buying new ones)

–       Cost-friendly (it can save you money)

–       It lets you be creative and have fun

–       It’s a fun activity for adults and children alike (depending on skill level)

What is the difference between upcycling and recycling?

You may be wondering this, so we’ve included a helpful diagram below. If you want to read more on the different, this conversation thread is very informative.

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling












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How do I start?

There are many ways to start upcycling, but the first step in the journey is research! You may have your own ideas – but we’ve always found that doing a little bit of research is a great place to start. Finding out what has worked for other people (and what hasn’t!) will help you choose the right projects to embark on.

This article will give you all the ideas you need, tips and tricks, plus loads of inspiration for getting started. Or, if you’ve already started your upcycling journey – it’ll give you loads of inspiration for new projects.

Finding Furniture and Materials
As we mentioned above, most upcycling projects centre around transforming something old, into something new. Giving something a new purpose and a new look.

The first, and most obvious place to look for furniture and materials, would be your own home. Look around for any furniture you’re bored with, or that is broken or unused. Sometimes looking in the attic or garage is a great place to start. These types of furniture make the best projects – as you can give them a new lease of life and bring them back into your home to be loved once more.

However, not all of us have lots of furniture going spare. If you’re struggling to find any existing pieces in your own home that needs some love and attention – here are some other places you can look:

Parents or Grandparents houses
Our older relatives have had a lifetime to collect and accumulate old furniture, and you’d be surprised what they’re hanging onto. Obviously, make sure you ask their permission before driving off with an old book case!

Charity shops
Lots of charity shops get furniture donations, so it’s always worth visiting them and asking what they’ve got. Charity shops are also a great place to look for smaller projects and smaller materials – for example teacups can be transformed into beautiful candles!

Local dump
Your local dump or recycling area will no doubt be packed full of great furniture. If you hang around during a busy day (Saturday for example) you’ll no doubt see lots of people coming in with usable furniture they want to get rid of. If you’re brave enough to ask, most people will be happy to let you take it off their hands, instead of dumping it.

The internet! Never underestimate the power of online communities. Websites such as Preloved let you search for second hand furniture people are looking to get rid of. You can find some incredible gems on there.

The basics / tools
No ‘ultimate guide to upcycling’ would be complete without telling you what you need to get involved!

However, the project you decide to take on will alter what tools you need. Some will require no more than super glue and paint, others might need a more advanced tool kit!

As a starting point, it’s a good idea to look into having access to the following items:
–       Brushes
–       Old cloth (rags)
–       Protective work service (you don’t want stains on furniture!)
–       Paint or Wood Stains
–       Varnish
–       Paint Stripper
–       Power Sander
–       Sand Paper
–       Strong glue or a glue gun
–       A drill

Of course, you don’t need to purchase all these items – but as many of the tutorials below will feature one or more of these tools, it’s a good idea to ask around and see if friends or family can lend you them for a weekend.

You can also find clubs and community classes online – who do tool share. This may be a fantastic option for you if you live in a catchment zone, and it’ll also help you meet fellow upcyclers!

Now, without further ado – here’s our goldmine of ideas!

Large Furniture Projects
Large furniture projects are probably the ones you’ve most likely seen on Pinterest! The very idea of transforming a useless or unloved item of furniture into something glamorous, kitsch or beautiful is so appealing, and the reason so many people love upcycling.

With large projects like this, remember, you might not get it finished in a day. Some of the projects in this list may take a week (or even two) depending on the time you have available. It’s also a great idea to get a friend or relative involved, as some times you may require an extra pair of hands!

Don’t rush it though – as with all furniture – you want quality to be the key. Take your time and make sure you’re building something that’ll stand the test of time.

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image credit: jillsabode.com

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image credit: sawdust2stitches.com

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image credit: rogueengineer.com

More blog posts to check out for big projects:

Offbeat + Inspired



Quirky Furniture Projects
With upcycling, the quirkier the better. Whilst a lot of the ideas in our last section are relatively well known in the world of upcycling – the ideas below are a little more unique. The materials in these tutorials may be a little more difficult to get your hands on but the finished look is totally worth it!

Remember to always keep your eyes open for possibilities – the joy of upcycling is being creative… so let your creative mind run free! The possibilities are endless.

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image credit: funkyjunkinteriors.net

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image Credit: makelyhome.com

Small Decor Projects
Not all of us live in a big house with space for big upcycling projects. So for those of us with less floor space, who still want to get crafty and still want to try their hand at upcycling, these small decor projects are ideal. In most houses, it’s the little details that makes it feel like home – so these projects are perfect for giving your house a personal, homely feel.

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image credit: upcyclethat.com

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image credit: abeautifulmess.com

Some more fantastic profiles to check out:

Garden Projects
Upcycling doesn’t need to be restricted to inside your house! There are loads of amazing tutorials for garden projects too! If you enjoy getting out during the summer-time, taking on an upcycling project would be a great way to get creative, and get some fresh air too.

These garden projects will make your outdoor space feel fresh and trendy, and you can guarantee none of your neighbours will have a garden looking as good as yours…!

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image credit: funkyjunkinteriors.net

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image Credit: craftsalamode.com

The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling
Image credit: empressofdirt.net

YouTube Tutorials
Of course, upcycling isn’t just restricted to blog posts. Many creatives have uploaded video tutorials too! If you’re the kind of person who likes to work along with someone, and who likes to see the process, as well as read about it – then these tutorials may be the perfect guide for you.

You can stop and start the video at leisure, and go along at just the right speed.
We’ve put together some of our favourite YouTube tutorials here:

Need more inspiration on a daily basis? Check out UpcycleThat on Instagram:

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So now that you’ve read through all this incredible inspiration and finished our ultimate guide to upcycling – where do you begin? Choosing your first (or next) project is a tricky one, as there are so many incredible tutorials and ideas out there!

Whichever you choose, make sure to tweet us @anyvan and share the photos of your latest creation!

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