Uncork It! Drink the Wine, Save the Cork…

With upcycling, recycling, DIY-ing, and a heightened green awareness, what do you do when it comes to cork? In recent years there has been a growing concern about the sustainability of cork. And if you are a wine drinker, you will have noticed a steady shift in the age old cork being replaced with screw tops, and synthetic ‘corks’. I won’t get into the sustainability pros and cons, but came across this article, ‘Cork – The Argument for Sustainability‘ that you might like to read. I was enlightened, and I must say, surprised…

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But I’m more intrigued by what we can do with used wine stoppers made of cork…  did you know they are recyclable?

Since we’re rapidly moving into the Season of Cheer, I thought a few repurposing ideas ahead of time would be helpful. You know, so you can start saving the corks now for that rainy day project later (like we all need to gather more ‘stuff, right?)!

Have you heard of Cork Journaling? It’s when you write on the cork the date and occasion that was paired with its wine that you enjoyed.

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I thought this idea was pretty cool. And you can have some fun displaying your collection as it begins to grow!

This is what I would do with my collection of journaled corks… if I had a collection!

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I think the candle light is so pretty shining between the corks, kind of like a glowing fire in a fireplace. And there’s even simple DIY instructions. How hard can it be?

If you want to go all out with a wine cork theme, and dress your table in style…

How about elegant name cards at each place setting?

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These are champagne corks, but they would be a better choice for place cards because of their size and shape.

Once the settings are established, it might be fun to add personalized wine glass charms to each spot…

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Just think how much fun you can have with these!

Do you like to give your guests a little token when they leave, you know kind of like a swag bag, but without the bag?

How about these coasters?

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Or maybe a potted herb instead.

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We always have a little pot of Basil in our kitchen window, so I kind of like this idea…

And I really like these customized monograms made from vintage wine corks.

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They’re available on Etsy… and ‘yes please’ comes to mind with this S 😉

But if you want to try a DIY version…

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Click here for the instructions to make your own.

There are just so many things you can do with used wine corks. So many things I’m sure you’ve already seen…

But I wonder, have you seen a portrait made of wine corks before?

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Isn’t this an incredible work of art?

I thought this chair was too…

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Who thinks of things like this? Isn’t this amazing?

And on the note of amazing, what do you think of this vase?

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It’s just one of many wine cork vessels made by artist Steven Leslie. If you go to OneofaCork.com you can see more…

So on that note… oh, and speaking of notes…

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You might want to make your own cork board to pin your notes to. Click here for the DIY steps.

And trust me, there are lots and lots of cork board ideas out there made from wine corks… this is just one of them.

But if you really want to make a splash… a back splash, that is…

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Oh, never mind. Let’s just uncork the wine! Can I pour you a glass?

So, what do you do with your used wine corks? I think I’m going to start saving mine!

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Wood, Wood… Everywhere!

This year’s IDSwest show featured lots and lots of wood… reclaimed, live edge, native inspired… and in a venue like the Vancouver Convention Centre, the aesthetic was set before you ever entered the show.

Lets’s take a look.

Here we are at the top of the escalators you ascend from the street level entries.

Did the ceiling capture your attention too?

Believe it or not, this area, though tremendously open and spacious, has a calm, peaceful feeling about it.

And that’s because of the walls, the most incredible walls I’ve ever seen, made with pieces of local BC Douglas Fir…

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Aren’t they amazing?

Quiet is how Tom Morin describes them. His company built the walls, all the feature panels like these that you see throughout the Convention Centre… if you would like to learn more about these spectacular architectural features, click here for a short video and hear from Tom himself.

And now turning around at the top of the escalators, this is what meets your eye on the other side…

The enormous globe is a reminder of all things planet Earth… a great segue into the featured wood designs of the show.

Are you ready?

Here at the foot of the escalators, en route to the IDSwest exhibits, you are given a sense of what you’re about to see.

A magnificent live edge table with the IDSwest show guides beautifully layed out.

When you step inside, the room is alive and sparkling with ambient light… but that’s another post!

Back to live edge…

This is the exhibit of Live Edge Design from Duncan, and I thought this was a great place to start since that’s where I live!

This table is incredible. Made from a reclaimed maple slab, the center boasts a glass inlay over river rock detail.

I LOVE these one-of-a-kind dining room tables!

Another variation on the use of live edge, was presented by Bowerman’s Handcrafted Furniture.

What do you think of this fusion of styles all in one piece? I’m loving the base underneath the live edge slab.

This next piece is their Black Tusk coffee table.

It’s also a blend of styles, a combination of contemporary and rustic, and was built with salvaged fir.

And then there’s AyA Kitchens & Baths. They’ve taken a live edge to a very modern edge.

If you saw this live edge breakfast bar…

Would you believe it was connected to a modern prep sink set in manufactured stone?

Scroll back up to be sure. You will see the kitchen window and nearby cutting board in the background of both these photos!

And here Maple Art Custom Furniture owner/artist Andres Schneiter’s pieces lean to a Mid-Century Modern flair.

Clean lines and style that never get tired. If you’re MCM at heart, you’ll love Andres’ custom creations.

Once A Tree Furniture, in business for over 30 years, has definitely mastered the craft of clean lines and style…

This is a table that would pair well with just about any chair and not look out of place.

I couldn’t resist taking this picture just because I like the name so much!

You can see they are still in the process of setting up, but I like it just the way it is… well maybe I would hide some of the cords, but I like the industrial look that’s unwittingly going on!

And to borrow the phrase, once a tree, it seems like a good fit for these native inspired pieces created by Sabina Hill.

As a West Coast girl, these stunning pieces caught my eye. The raised ovoid glass over the cut out designs adds depth, as if reflecting the soul of each piece. I wish I could’ve taken a photo looking at the tables from the other way around as the designs are showing up-side-down here, but there was a professional photo shoot taking place, so I had to be mindful not to get in the way!

This is a close-up of the Thunderbird armchair.

I love the mix of red and black leather, because these colours remind me of the traditional button blankets, a further connection to the culture behind the design.

Brent Comber. What can I say?

His sculpted objects are incredible. Here you see his solid sphere creations in the foreground, and if you look closely, under the right side of the table in the background you will see a solid sphere holding up that end!

This is a close-up of a solid sphere that looks similar to the one underneath the table.

Isn’t it amazing?

And here is a close-up of the table from another angle.

I LOVE this!

And I love that there is so much focus and commitment to create pieces from salvaged wood, reclaimed materials, and a continued effort for environmentally conscious choices.

What piece is your favorite… or can you pick one?

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