Upcycling is awesome

A 50’s wardrobe, with an attached chest of drawers, is vintage gem –practical, spacious but a little dull for a kids room. Before rushing off to Ikea and getting brain-fried with their instructions, consider upcycling this old faithful friend. Upcycling is the magic way of changing old or discarded materials into a stunningly beautiful work of art.

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Going vertical

Verticalizing plantations is a totally brilliant way to maximize a mini space – balcony, terrace, garden, backyard – though this was of no concern to the king’s architect.To give a unique look to your multi-story garden, let your imagination run wild and recycle whatever you want. By recycling all articles and giving them a second life, you have an awesome miniature garden, hyper trendy, totally organic and carbon neutral.

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Green cleaning your wheels

Recent studies have raised concerns about cleaning product chemicals, calling some of them “Serial killers”. The good news is that they can happily be replaced by natural and safer super dirt and grime busters. So rejoice, proud motorcycle owners: removing the most stubborn spoke stains without using harsh chemicals is possible and painless.

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On the brutal transience of tights

Hardly surprising when you see what Lycra and other clever fibres can do for your legs. But your supermodel killer pins come at a price. One third of the lucky ones not laddering on first wear, don’t survive more than 6 wears. And only 1 measly miserable percent live long enough to be worn out. Before this sad ending and while waiting for the arrival of the indestructible tights, you can extend their short life and reduce your stocking and tights budget with these few hacks:

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The manly art of BBQ cleaning

According to magazines, barbecuing is man’s work. As soon as the grilling season starts, they tell you that outdoor cooking is a testosterone laden enterprise. Raymond, being no exception, fancies himself the god of fire, expert on all things grilling. We gracefully bow to this virile know-how, but we point out the he who masters the flames is also the one who cleans his equipment. Unfortunately for him, the sign of a good barbecue is often the sorry black sticky mess clinging onto the hotplate and racks. To help your dear beloved cope and clean like a king, quickly brief him on health and environmental dangers of toxic cleaning products, totally incompatible with his ancestral cooking methods.

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Freshen a stinky helmet and gloves

On this beautiful World Motorcycle Cleaning Day, you washed yours. All bikers know how important it is to keep their machine clean, but they often forget to maintain their helmets, especially the inside, which turns into a terrible foul-smelling den of bacteria. If you put away a damp helmet just after a ride, you’ll probably be confronted with a terrible olfactive challenge next time you use it.

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Wardrobe rehab

Every year, at the beginning of winter, I have an overwhelming need to hygge up my home – i.e. the Danish obsession with getting cozy and content. Since shabby-chic is in, I won’t resist the urge to cozify auntie Hortense’s vintage wardrobe. Lined walls and shelves are an unexpected touch that can really liven up an entire piece from the inside out – and who doesn’t love a good surprise?

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A gleaming motorcycle

The Harley Davidson Owner’s manual, the bikers’ bible, recommends keeping sodium bicarbonate – aka baking soda – and water close at hand when working on your bike. So, if baking soda is good enough for Harley-Davidson, it’s good enough for Raymond. The dear boy was overwhelmed when he found out that he could prepare his own car/motorbike/boat/bicycle cleaner.

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