Repurposing with Hilton Carter

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You may have heard of interior stylist Hilton Carter…

I first came across him while searching for answers within plant-focused books in Botanical Atelier. My harbour-view home in Falmouth is one of my prides, and slowly turning it into a jungle paradise is a secret obsession. With less and less room to spare I find I’m discovering more reason to fill any remaining space with new plants. To me, their presence is essential and healing. They add colour, texture, life and vibrancy to my space and help me express my personality and love for the aesthetic. 

Although it’s clear I have no trouble buying new plants, I find ongoing difficulty in sourcing pots that will home them safely and stylishly. It’s important for me to live sustainably, and while purchasing new planters is a quick fix, I was sure there must be simple answers that will enable my plant obsession while allowing me to continue live consciously.

It was with great gratitude that, through Sarah, I was introduced to ‘Wild Creatons’ by Hilton Carter. With said book from Botanical Atelier underarm and the chapter ‘Repurposed’ helpfully tabbed, I skipped back home to dive into the world of wild interiors, plant care and inspiring botanical projects. Here’s what I learned..  

‘Whether you call it upcycling, reusing or repurposing, having the awareness to find treasure in another person’s “trash” is important for the health of our planet. Don’t get me wrong, I like the look and feel of something shiny and new just as much as the next person but having the ability to look at a used item and find a cool and creative way to give it a second life is everything.’

Wise words from Hilton Carter, an author, interior stylist, house plant expert and Instagram star from Baltimore, Maryland. His wonderful belief, that repurposing items not only helps items stay out of landfills but helps make your home unique and stand out, is made even more inspiring through his creative suggestions for ways to do so while potting plants. 

Here are the four top ruporposing ideas from the gardening guru, using old home items and antique shop treasures, that will help turn your home into a sustainable and stylish jungle. 

Nursery Pots

Almost all of the plants people purchase will come ina smallplastic nursery pit. The majority of people will repot their new green friend straight away and discard the original pot in the bin. These can be saved however, as they’re perfect for propagated cuttings while they develop roots. Once you stop finding use for your nursery pots, why not return them to your plant shop or nursery so they can find use in repurposing them?

Vintage Glassware 

What’s so great about glassware is that they come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and opacities. Not only do they each have a beauty and uniqueness of their own but they also sometimes have the original label moulded onto the glass. This gives them an extra touch of nostalgia. With such an abundance of glass options out there, you can really make a magically unique and light-refracting propagation station.

Ceramic Vessels or Mugs

From anything such as mugs and bowls, to ceramic vases and cups, just like glass, there’s a plethora of ceramic items that can be used to pot plants. While this look is more clean and classy, the material could make drainage difficult and a small hole might need to be added at the pot’s base to let water escape. 

Tin Cans

In today’s paper and cardboard packaging world, it is rare to see cans used to transport or contain goods. Yet, as this used to be the chosen and most popular way to package items, you’ll find plenty of vintage tins complete with old, and beautifully designed labels, filling up the shelves of antique shops. Through your own subjective selection of decorated cans, you can show off your style and add even more coloir and vibrancy to you wild indoor space.

These repurposing tips from Hilton Carter have inspired me hugely and I’m now aching to go mosey through Falmouth’s antique shops in search of vessels that speak to me, and bring them back home to my evergrowing jungle.

Written by Claire Corbett

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