I hate throwing stuff out; I love finding new uses for it. This week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section has a soft spot for people like me. There's a wreath, inspired by one at Barney's New York, that's decorated with bits and pieces that might otherwise make their way into the garbage; paper furniture that can be recycled, and paper houses designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (we found inspiration in his work for creating a temporary divider, something that might come in very handy over the holidays when you combine too many guests with not enough privacy). Links to these and more stories, after the jump.
Get a glue gun and steal this holiday look: Barneys New York's recycled wreath: Broken ornaments, odd teacups, hair clips that you no longer wear, single cufflinks -- round 'em up, get a wreath and have at it with a glue gun. Do it yourself or round up your kids or those of a friend. In that case, swap out the glue gun for Elmer's.
Way Basics recycled -- and recyclable -- paper furniture: This time of year there's never enough tables. It would be nice to have one to set up a dessert or drinks station, to roll out cookies on, put out one of those really complicated jigsaw puzzles (you know, the white ones that take forever), or have a space for wrapping packages or finishing up crafts (like that wreath, above). Set up one of these inexpensive, light and colourful tables; when the holiday's over, stick it in the recycling bin.
People in paper houses should not strike matches: Japanese architect Shigeru Ban uses paper in his work not just as a decorative element but as a structural element as well. One idea we'll steal for use in our own home: cardboard mailing tubes create an attractive undulating wall. Put one together for your own home if you need to create temporary "rooms" to give your too many overnight guests some privacy.
Keeyla Meadows' botanical paint box: Whether you're a gardener stuck inside dreaming about what you're going to do in your garden come spring or an apartment dweller confined within four white walls, thinking that this coming year is the year you do something different and enter Apartment Therapy's Fall Colors Contest, you might want to check out Keeyla Meadow's new take on the colour wheel, the colour triangle, and her suggestions on how to use it, as well as her new book, Fearless Color Gardens
[images: Barney's New York, Way Basics, from Shigeru Ban: Paper in Architecture, from Fearless Color Gardens]