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Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

Ready to see a lovely industrial chic loft in Buenos Aires, Argentina? Karina Manghi is a photographer (with an etsy shop) and blogger who authors site Le Blog Secret. Her loft has lots of bohemian elements to it as you will soon see. It’s a happy mix. It’s a home with a creative soul.

Karina and her husband decorated the house around the idea of being industrial with a touch of chic that would accommodate their family and not be too fussy since they have kids and entertain their friends and family often. She said the hardest part, because her taste runs the gamut, was to edit as she decorated. I think that this is a issue many face, especially when you are mixing and matching and have a more eclectic sensibility.

Some of her favorite prints look fresh and modern against that gorgeous vintage tile on the floor.

Her son’s bedroom – love the giant batman!

Her lovely daughter in their entryway, a festive welcoming with the fantastic assortment of colorful balloons! Nice idea for a party.

A quiet afternoon with mate tea…

Karina’s bedroom – lovely quilt…

A simple way to display photos on a wall – tape! No frills! Let the images speak.

Her daughter’s bedroom, complete with adorable dog and vintage bed found at a flea market!

A curious assortment of things.

Her amazing closet. Drool. I love the polished concrete floors, they reflect so much light and illuminate the space beautifully, naturally.

Don’t you love seeing her photographs taped onto that old green folding door? Pretty. And the lighting here is gorgeous. It reminds me of an old film…

Karina admits to not liking clutter but she does love to display illustrations from independent artist, beloved objects, her own photographs and those of others, her kids artwork, and travel souvenirs. Since she cannot fall back on a big box store like IKEA (there isn’t one there), she said she has had to find ways to be more creative and had built many affordable things by hiring a carpenter. She also hits flea markets for one of a kind vintage items.

Karina thank you so much for sharing your home with all of us today!

(images: karina manghi)

Posted by decor8 in Decorating Tips on March 25, 2011

Your comments...

  1. Laura commented
    March 25th, 2011 at 10:05pm

    Completely. Madly. In Love.

  2. jennifer ramos commented
    March 25th, 2011 at 10:07pm

    Her home is looking great..I love her pics! She sent me a couple pics of my prints in her home….I was so elated to see how cool she made them look :))))
    Her daughter is so cute too! :)))

    jennifer ramos´s last blog post ..10 Pieces of Gift JewelryVia Made By Girl

  3. Little Miss Wedding commented
    March 25th, 2011 at 10:08pm

    Very cool – love the party photo with the balloons… Buenos Aires is such a great (and stylish) place.
    Little Miss Wedding´s last blog post ..The Wedding Sanctuary- Somerset House- London

  4. Jo commented
    March 25th, 2011 at 10:14pm

    I love how she has photos taped to the green folding door! What a great idea! And…tape!! Who knew??
    Love it!!

  5. Laurie Cameron commented
    March 25th, 2011 at 10:38pm

    love the easy, non-chain, authentic style. beautiful use of color and texture – very inspiring. thanks for sharing!

  6. Janine commented
    March 25th, 2011 at 10:49pm

    oh I loved looking at Karina’s home. I heart her daughters bed, I want one like that….I loved the photos taped to the wall, fab idea. I also enjoyed the images taped to the green folding door. Overall I felt that this was a place I could feel at home in. Great Job Karina.
    Janine´s last blog post ..Five Things Friday

  7. Renee commented
    March 25th, 2011 at 11:04pm

    Such a wonderful space! I really love her unique way of styling and sense of color. Of course, the pink vintage bed is way to fab!!!
    Happy Friday Holly.
    Renee´s last blog post ..Vintage Fashion Friday – A Lady Isnt Dressed

  8. Ella commented
    March 25th, 2011 at 11:42pm

    I love it; she has amazing taste. It has such an airy feel to it but always with a hint of colour. Great find!

  9. Tricia commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 12:00am

    Love everything here! Especially the hot pink tufted bed—oooh-la-la! And what a relief that I’m not the only person that tapes up her artwork–I don’t have time to get everything framed and sometimes you just gotta get it up there!
    Tricia´s last blog post ..Sweet little birdy dress

  10. Linnie Joy commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 1:02am

    ohhh love, especially the bright colors!!!
    Linnie Joy´s last blog post ..Grateful

  11. A Casa da Vá commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 1:43am

    I am in LOVE with many things of this loft, the tiles on the floor, the closet, the kitchen… and the pink vintage bed is any girls dream!
    A Casa da Vá´s last blog post ..Designing a baby nursery quite a task!

  12. clari commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 2:29am

    i love it i love it!!!!! i visit this blog diary and im from argentina!!!!! it was rally amaizing this postttt
    i love all thiingsss you postt
    thank you for beeing my inspiration
    clari from ARG

  13. meenal @ maison marigold commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 4:28am

    what a delicious home..such lovely touches that tiled floor…it adds so much character…the giant batman…the aqua wall behind the pink bed…ahh the closet and finally the mix of red and turquoise dining chairs…perfection!! thanks for sharing this extremely beautiful home, holly…have a lovely weekend..and do visit my blog when you have a moment! xx meenal
    meenal @ maison marigold´s last blog post ..You had me at hello

  14. ArticulateArt commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 4:42am

    Wow absolutely gorgeous! She definitely has good taste! The tiles are great and so is her daughter’s room! The pink bedframe and the huge teddy at the back are cute!
    ArticulateArt´s last blog post ..Photography- Alberto Seveso I

  15. alejandra commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 6:12am

    Each room is simple, bright and so fun. Muy linda la casa!

  16. Marcela commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 6:21am

    Very nice.
    And those alfajores de maicena, next to the mate…yummy! (I’m from Argentina but I live in Cyprus, and we don’t get mate nor alfajores here)

  17. On A Day In November commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 8:25am

    Fantastic pictures and interior! These concrete floors are great, smooth and light, but still manage to add warmth.
    The pictures and prints around the house add a nice personal touch.
    I love the warm and eclectic kitchen and the look of the son’s bedroom the most!
    Oh, and the walk-in closet of course! :D
    On A Day In November´s last blog post ..WISH LIST – CORAL AND GREEN

  18. Sanja commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 9:54am

    This is the place where I learn what the styles I love are called :) First it was vintage industrial, then mid-century modern and now industrial chic. Otherwise, I would only know what I’m attracted to, but never be able to categorize it. And I must say I love this international breath of fresh air.
    Sanja´s last blog post ..Kooky Thursday – Breakfast Bruschetta

  19. Sew&Laine commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 10:27am

    Thanks for this lovely pics!

  20. Hannah commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 11:22am

    the bed and closet are 2-die-4! and i really like the floors too.
    Hannah´s last blog post ..oh the possiblities!

  21. All things nice... commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 12:33pm

    Wow that bedroom is amazing and that vibrant pink bedboard :) What a lucky girl

    All things nice…
    All things nice…´s last blog post ..Music to my ears in style

  22. monono commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 2:40pm

    adorable! how nice to meet a post from someone in my country. beautifull photos and home. Congratulations from Argentina. Mari

  23. Mariela commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 3:08pm

    Lovely home, very creative and eclectic. Great entryway very festive and original.
    Mariela´s last blog post ..Buen fin de semana!

  24. jenny+gra commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 3:27pm

    This is so beautiful! I’m so glad I found your blog,
    I’m following you now!
    jenny+gra´s last blog post ..New illustrations

  25. I'm loca! commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 4:25pm


  26. Anna commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 5:17pm

    Wow…these are some seriously beautiful photographs…I have a case of closet envy for sure. Thanks for featuring this…will be heading over to check out her Etsy store now. XO

  27. Stacey commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 7:12pm

    Not only is that house gorgeous, but the pictures of it are beautifully done as well! I’m pretty sure that if I saw that pink vintage bed anywhere, I would immediately buy it, no matter the price!
    Stacey´s last blog post ..Fill in the Blank Friday!

  28. Heidi commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 8:06pm

    Wow, I’m drooling! I love her closet, and her kitchen table and chairs, and…what a beautiful house!
    Heidi´s last blog post ..Just Something I Made

  29. angel commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 8:23pm

    ohhh the colors :) so bright and fun. i want the pink bed.

    angel´s last blog post ..When fashion meets illustration

  30. linden commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 8:46pm

    I admire the crocheted bed coverings in both the master bedroom and the daughters bedroom….gorgeous work. I am a knitter but, crochet very rudimentarily. I think displaying beautiful handwork that mostly women have done through history is such an important nod to this handwork that was just a matter of course in domestic life. I also really like the taped photos…simple!
    linden´s last blog post ..Carpenter Improv

  31. JWKstyle commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 9:15pm

    Such an inspiring space!!
    JWKstyle´s last blog post ..Chan Chan

  32. Angela commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 10:08pm

    How great to see a home here in Buenos Aires featured Decor8. And what an inspirational home it is. I love the light and all the well chosen dashes of color. Those tile floors are also fantastic. And yes, that closet is making me drool. Off to spend the rest of the afternoon paging through Le Super Blog Secret!
    Angela´s last blog post ..A Trip to Salta

  33. Katie Truelove commented
    March 26th, 2011 at 10:42pm

    Beautiful! I’m so jealous of anyone who gets to peruse the antique markets of BA and actually take some pieces home!:);)
    Katie Truelove´s last blog post ..Travel Photo Friday- Cordoba Spain

  34. karina commented
    March 27th, 2011 at 12:44am

    Holly, thanks so much for posting my home and your kind and nice words.

    Ladies, your lovely comments make very happy today!!!!

  35. Esti commented
    March 27th, 2011 at 1:14pm

    I’m a big fan of karina’s blog. She has an amazing eye!
    Esti´s last blog post ..The countless birthdays in March

  36. casapinka commented
    March 27th, 2011 at 3:12pm

    Nothing industrial about that bed. That’s the greatest kids bed I’ve seen in my life! Gorgeous.
    casapinka´s last blog post ..Pink Cojones

  37. Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking commented
    March 27th, 2011 at 5:45pm

    Where do I begin?? I love everything about this space – it manages to look relaxed but chic at the same time! Completely in love with all of the chairs too!
    Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking´s last blog post ..My Fair London – Architecture

  38. kerington commented
    March 27th, 2011 at 8:51pm

    very sweeet blog :)

  39. dekorat commented
    March 27th, 2011 at 9:37pm

    Amazing ; i like bed so much , in fact i like decorative paints more than old paints

  40. Isabel commented
    March 27th, 2011 at 10:46pm

    Love seeing Karina´s house in your blog !!!
    She used to have a beautiful blog, el beso, but this year
    she had decided to stop posting…and it has been a big lost !!!

    I can see what she had been doing…decorating her amazing house !!!

    I am also from Buenos Aires !!!


  41. Elli Davis commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 3:02am

    Amazing, seriously. I cannot even choose which room is my favorite, I honestly am amazed by all of them. Unbelievable that there actually are people living in this house, I would have thought it’s from a magazine or something. Love it!
    Elli Davis´s last blog post ..Federico Fellini Exhibition

  42. Marianne commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 3:10am

    Wow! Love these images! The house is so colourful and welcoming! Love it!!

    Marianne´s last blog post ..Expondo coleções

  43. christelle is flabbergasting commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 4:49am

    What a lovely space! I particulary like the first picture and the bright yet delicate lighting in all the serie!
    christelle is flabbergasting´s last blog post ..Gâteaux à motifs

  44. Angela Steyn commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 7:35am

    Wow, I’m still recovering from the pink bedhead… its so totally gorgeous and very, very Barbie’s Palace! Stunning photography.

    Angela Steyn´s last blog post ..Thieving Missy

  45. Nat commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 9:40am

    Stunning, I love the polished concrete floors! And who could go past that fantastic bed? Gorgeous.
    Nat´s last blog post ..Still existing by the list

  46. Mrs Bok commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 12:11pm

    I love Karinas home! Thanks so much for sharing it !
    Mrs Bok´s last blog post ..The Finders Keepers

  47. kate commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 1:45pm

    This is so inspiring. Very do-able on a budget. Love the door against the wall with photos displayed, the tiles, the colourful cushions on her son’s bed – and that polished concrete floor… yes, wow…
    kate´s last blog post ..Five favourite cushions

  48. Tatiane commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 2:20pm

    Hello! I’m from Brazil and I read your blog every day… I pass a lot of hours of my days reading here, because I love decoration and your blog inspire me so much! so thank you and keep doing these beautiful work that you do here!
    And, omg, I LOVE the balloons! xx

  49. Blogg by Maliin Stoor commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 2:36pm


    I Like!!!!

    Blogg by Maliin Stoor´s last blog post ..ljust och frächt

  50. Danielle of Pretty Ingrid commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 3:40pm

    This is a truly lovely and eclectic space. I cannot get over her daughter’s bed – so bright and beautiful! I really like the interesting mix of artwork in the space, as well. There is a lot of visual interest in the mix of artistic styles.

  51. Arq. Cris Araujo commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 4:30pm

    I love buenos aires. And Karina’s house is amazing! It has everything to do with the atmosphere of Buenos Aires!


  52. Sherri commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 7:12pm

    Love the bursts of colour! I think one of these would be fantastic on a little white shelf:

  53. Hazel commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 7:43pm

    That pink flea-market find bed is absolutely stunning. Do you know if she re-upholstered it or did any other work on it? I just love the color and shape!

    Hazel´s last blog post ..Great Color Combos in the Garden

  54. decor8 commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 7:49pm

    @Hazel – I’m sorry, I don’t know.

  55. karina commented
    March 28th, 2011 at 9:25pm

    Hazel, hi, I just re-upholstered it.
    Take a look here,there is a pic of the bed before.

  56. Lisa Maria commented
    March 29th, 2011 at 2:01am

    That tile is so beautiful!

  57. Libby B. commented
    March 29th, 2011 at 5:45am

    that closet is completely swoon-worthy. The island–brilliant!!
    Libby B.´s last blog post ..dream job

  58. Françoise commented
    March 29th, 2011 at 12:33pm

    Karina is just amazing, great photographe, amazing decorater, she is so chic, so femenine! So happy to see her home and photos on your blog!!
    Françoise´s last blog post ..Vintage Confiture 8 x 8 Fine Art Photograph

  59. Agustina commented
    March 31st, 2011 at 2:08am

    Hi Holly! I love your blog!
    I´m really amazed you publish an Argentinian Home!!! I check your blog almost daily and I was hapily suprised, `cause I`m also from Argentina! :)


  60. Lisa commented
    April 4th, 2011 at 1:39pm

    That pink bed is amazing and looks great against the coloured walls! Love seeing how people incorporate bright colours into rooms.

  61. Verónica commented
    April 12th, 2011 at 3:44am

    Very nice to see a mate in this post! lovely place! and very happy to find argentina in decor8!
    I`m from Argentina!!
    xxx Vero.

  62. massiel commented
    April 13th, 2011 at 7:03pm

    omg where can i find a bed like the pink one?!!!

  63. cecilia commented
    April 24th, 2011 at 3:10am

    im very excited to see karina’s house in decor 8!!!! im from argentina too, and your blog is my diary bilble. Karina’s house is really beatiful, creative, glam, chic and inspired. loved the chairs in red and turquoise, that pink bed, amazing!!!! and the crocheted quilts… just lovely, congrats karina, you’ve a very good taste!!!
    Cecilia- Córdoba- Argentina

  64. Randy Sloan commented
    August 15th, 2011 at 2:42pm

    What a beautifully decorated living space! I am a huge fan of the industrial chic look. I especially love all the personalized touches throughout that really make this a “home” rather than just a showpiece. Thanks for sharing!

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