In anticipation of the half-hour special, Colin & Justin’s Street Swap, on Sunday, July 14th at 10pm ET| 7pm PT, we sent over some questions to Colin and Justin to find out more about this special and their home makeover tips!
Read Part 1 of our Q&A below, and be sure to check back later this week for Part 2 where we reveal Colin and Justin’s top upcycling tips for a successful makeover:
Question: How did the idea for your special come about?
C&J: The idea for Colin and Justin’s Street Swap came firstly from the fact that we’re both very nosy and love the idea of having a good snoop around the neighbourhood – be honest, don’t we all want to see what our neighbours have done with their décor? And from the simple notion that good design is not always about spending money, it’s about spending time to get it right. We both love the idea of repurposing, reusing and re-loving items that have previously been discarded. It’s the simplest form of recycling and a great way to create a new look for less. It also challenges you to become your own designer as you change the colour, shape and – sometimes use of – various things. We love the challenge and love the satisfaction of seeing it all come together.
Q: What are some tips for sorting one’s things, deciding if it’s treasure or trash?
C&J: On Colin and Justin’s Street Swap, we sort out your life into three piles: Trash, Treasure or Trade. Trash is for all the stuff that should be heading out the door – things like broken stuff, junk and dated items that are past their best. Treasure is the category that includes all the things you care about, pieces that can be incorporated into your new look and things that are important to your family. Trade is all about the items you can live without but things that are just too good to throw away – you can swap these with friends and neighbours to bring in some new items for your fresh look. Be ruthless – if you still have kid’s bikes stacked up in the basement and your kids are now in their late 20s, chances are they’re not going to use them again!
Your home is worth more, so clear out the clutter and use the space to create rooms that enhance your home life.
Q: Have you ever swapped furniture with a friend or neighbour?
C&J: We managed to buy eight 1960s Arne Jacobsen chairs in a second hand store for next to nothing – they’d previously been used in a college cafeteria – and, as we only needed four, we swapped the remaining chairs with a neighbour for a small table to go with our lovely find! We had the chairs and table spray painted in candy shades and suddenly our white kitchen was bursting with colour, thanks to our bargain finds and our swaptastic trade!