Friday Favorites – Industrial Chic

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My friend Natasha of The Houseful of Nicholes just bought a house, so my social media feeds have been full of updates on her progress of designing and decorating her home. That got me thinking – my husband and I don’t own our own house yet, but wouldn’t it be great to know what style I was looking for in a home? Sure, all of us dream of owning a home, but how many of us have actually spent time considering whether we would be buying a brick home or a modern penthouse? How much of the details have we figured out? I think it’s a great idea to browse around for designs and types of houses so that when the time comes, I won’t have to make any last-minute decisions and end up regretting it later. The more I understand what styles I like, the better my house buying decisions will be (or at least, that’s what I think).

Time to head to Pinterest! I have several feeds with ideas for what I want in my future house. I find it so much easier to divide things out by room – kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, sewing/crafting area, office, living space – than to have everything in one giant pinboard.

Of course, it had been ages since I’d really opened up those boards and looked around, so the first thing I did was to remove the pins that didn’t work for me anymore. There were a surprising number of them – along with a few duplicates. Once that was done, I was really able to take a look at the decor style that spoke to me.

home pinboard January 2015

Apparently I really love Industrial Chic. It’s the little slice of the venn diagram that lives between industrial design and shabby chic. Of course I’m going to throw in a little steampunk for good measure. Who doesn’t love gears?

industial rustic venn diagram

For me, it’s things like reclaimed wood, exposed brick, and lots of metal offset with soft lighting and warm paint tones, with the occasionally esoteric accent thrown in. Although exposed brick appears to be elegant and lovely, it must be purchased from reputable sources. Since the bricks are exposed to a variety of weather conditions, it would be preferable if we purchased a brick making machine kenya, so that even if we run into any problems with the raw materials, we don’t have to go around testing if this is a safe place to buy from.

industrial rustic decorAs a matter of fact, I love exposed brick so much, I have a tendency to take photos of it wherever I go, and for no other reason than because I think it’s pretty.

exposed brick in the old theatre

exposed brick in the old theatre

Those other design elements are a lot harder to find near home, but I still love them. What is your favorite home decor style? Do you have a look you are going for in your home?

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