Home is very important to us. Where we live has been in Dave’s family since 1979 and we are now fortunate enough to create it as our home together. We came together in later life both with children of our own. When we made the decision to share a home it gave us the opportunity to decide only to surround ourselves with things that pleased us. As William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
A vintage stool that’s been in the family for decades. The lamp we bought via eBay.
At the time and with limited disposable income we were increasingly looking to charity shops and eBay to furnish our home and clothe ourselves. What started out of necessity has now become a way of life for us. We have an overriding need and desire to nurture, care for and provide for our families. We live frugally yet are surrounded by abundance.
Rebecca reupholstered the Bergère chairs which belonged to her great grandmother. The quilt and tweed cushions were made by Rebecca.
We’re both creative and resourceful people who are also passionate about using quality materials and ingredients. We have taught ourselves the skills we needed to learn in order to restore or create something new. We are inspired by the challenge of learning.
This is the trunk that came with Dave’s father from Trinidad to London. The typewriter was a gift from Dave to Rebecca on publication of her first book.
We’re story lovers. Many of the pieces of furniture or items at home have come down through our families – a Bergere settee and chairs were my (Rebecca’s) great grandmother’s and on which I learned my upholstery skills. A substantial mid 19th century Welsh oak pew came from the church I attended as a child. A trunk that came with Dave’s father from Trinidad to London acts as a storage unit and stand for a vintage typewriter. A church candle box belonged to my grandfather. The kitchen cupboards are the original ones put in by Dave’s parents that instead of replacing we’ve repainted.
We love the warmth in the colour of brickwork. The trunk is a great storage unit and coffee table.
We’ve collected silver cutlery, cast iron saucepans, terracotta pots, oil lamps, Victorian chimney pots and a variety of vintage ephemera that have either been given away or picked up in charity shops and on eBay. We take inspiration from what’s around us and see beauty is aged and neglected things.
One of a pair of sideboards we won at auction which will eventually become a floor to ceiling dresser in the kitchen. The canvas was a gift from a friend.
We have a shared vision for our home. It’s vintage and scuffed around the edges, it’s loved and lived in, it’s warm and welcoming.
The original cast iron Victorian fireplace with tiled hearth. The quilt was handmade by Rebecca’s mother.
Our garden is as important as our home. We grow our vegetables, salad, herbs and fruit. We aim to be as self sufficient as we can. We have a dislike for waste and we recycle as much as we are able. We take cuttings from all we can and family and friends benefit whether that’s a fig tree sapling or tiny box plants, rosemary or lavender bushes.
Our Victorian Cottage garden filled with Terracotta pots is verdant at this time of year.
Whilst repainting the kitchen units last summer Dave decided to give a couple of old stools a coat of paint too give them a new lease of life. He discovered a new passion for painting and upcycling furniture. More of his creations can be found on our Instagram feed.
We love what we’re doing. I have fun creating products for our Urban Upcycle website from cushions to purses and phone covers to bags. Dave loves finding tired old furniture ripe for a new life.
Each of our products is entirely unique and carefully curated – we spend time choosing and matching fabrics to create something that is bespoke, limited edition and highly visually appealing. Our design philosophy is based on function, form, simplicity and playfulness.
A chest of drawers upcycled with a few coats of paint changes its look entirely.
What is Urban Upcycle? We believe in giving a second life to fabrics, furniture and homewares, using our imagination to create something that is original, tactile, beautiful, and functional.
Rebecca and Dave also knows as WelshTrini
Who are WelshTrini? A girl from Wales with a passion for fabrics and stitching. A guy from Trinidad with a love for old things. We share a love for restoring, recycling, reusing and repurposing. We can be found most weekends rummaging in charity shops and London’s street markets or at home stitching, repairing, gardening and painting.
You can find us being social on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
You can find our products on our website and featured on Remade in Britain.