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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

soft industrial style = comfort and function

If there is a trend that’s not going anywhere too soon, it’s industrial chic...the look that evolved from industrial era factories. It’s all about worn metals and exposed brick and concrete and weathered wood. It’s exposed infrastructure that is modern and aged at the same time….even if you are not a loft dweller.

A few years ago, I got my first Restoration Hardware “magalog” in the mail and I was hooked. I totally love the gritty, rough, non-pretentious guts of the industrial style. I knew that we needed some of that action in our own home.Gears and metal and parts moved up on my picking radar.

 So, you wonder, how did we add vintage industrial elements to a 1920 craftsman bungalow? It's easy, if you are willing to play with style mixing and layers of functional industrial fun.  Industrial lives comfortably  injected into a traditional or cottage home and creates a stunning contrast, a soft industrial style that works for many of us that are not loft-dwellers. And the fact that we want our homes to be comfortable AND functional seems like a win/win for adding some of that stripped back style. Salvaged elements and old factory/warehouse flotsam look great when they are mixed with other design styles.

One of the easiest ways to add the look is with lighting. Porcelain enamel light fixtures. We collect and restyle these to create a current look for the home. A little pendant over a table, in a corner or above the sink. In a hallway, on the porch.

Exposed wire is such a  fun of industrial style. You can get it with a bare lampshade or wire baskets.

We have added some metal touches to our home…without overdoing it, or screaming “INDUSTRIAL,” these accents give our home an edge that suggests industrial.

                                     (the shower curtain is actually an exposed conduit)

In the way of fabrics, think utilitarian…drop cloth slipcovers, raw, slubby linen pillows or upholstery.

Raw wood and groupings of like elements also speak to the functional and orderly manner of industrial style.

ellen j goods is a great source for industrial accessories. We always have a variety of very cool pieces…raw wood, metal and wire. Just a sampling of some things we added to our inventory in these past few weeks?

A set of black metal chairs

A very cool factory work cart

Several porcelain enameled lamp fixtures

Vintage office metal pieces, including old style file storage and vintage typewriter tables

A couple of sturdy office chairs

And an amazing drafting table top that is dying to become a dining room table.

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