the ReFab Diaries

When you’re investing in a new, possibly custom-made cottage-style home, there's a ton of potential for decorating with upcycled, vintage, salvaged, and thrifted items. There are so many possibilities to consider, given the more laid-back, elegant nature of the cottage lifestyle, and the interior design aesthetic that it inspires. To get your mind buzzing, here are six must-have items for any cottage-style home.

Photo by Annie Spratt

Perhaps it's the fresh air, the warmth of the sun, or the sound of the wind rustling the leaves. Whatever it is, there's no doubt that spending time in nature can improve our moods and our health. So why not bring some of that natural goodness into your home? In this blog post, we will explore 8 ways to make your home is one with nature!


Sometimes all we want to do is throw all of our unwanted stuff in the trash. Not a great decision though - it contributes to tons of unnecessary waste in our environment and in landfills. The truth is, there are easy ways you can declutter your home without hurting the environment. Here are 6 easy ways to declutter your home while staying eco friendly.

Photo by Chris Lawton 

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to move. You have to take inventory of everything you own, try to figure out how you can get everything together, and do it as cheaply and sustainably as possible. It’s a complicated process, but thankfully, there are ways to stay environmentally conscious during your move.

How To Stay Environmentally Conscious When Moving

If you want to live more sustainably, I recommend creating a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items or accessories that never go out of fashion and play a part in multiple outfits and social situations. When discovering what you need to know to create your own capsule wardrobe, it’s important to remember that the name of the game is quality, not quantity. Here are some of my favorite tips to help you get started.

What You Need To Know To Create Your Own Capsule Wardrobe

Baby clothing is charming. The problem is that most newborns only wear cute outfits for a brief period. Babies grow so fast that they may only wear an outfit once, or sometimes, not at all. Upcycling your baby’s (and kid's) clothes is one of the best ways to get the most out of them.
Best Ways To Upcycle Your Child’s Baby Clothes 

If you’re anything like me, you hate tripping over your own mess and having to look at all the things you’ve yet to put away. Sometimes, you can’t dedicate an entire day to cleaning and organizing (especially in the summer!). That’s why I’ve come up with four ways to declutter and organize your home, so you can clean without sacrificing all your free time.

4 Ways To Declutter and Organize Your Home

Whether your wool rug was sustainably handmade by artisans or thrifted from secondhand stores, time can make the vibrant patterns fade. Their beauty is what makes wool rugs so desirable, so keeping them looking brand new is worth the effort! If you’re caring for a family heirloom or trying to restore a vintage purchase, you can use these top tips on how to care for and clean your wool rugs.

Top Tips on How To Care for and Clean Your Wool Rugs