Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

March 25, 2011

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.

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

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.

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

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

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

Her son’s bedroom – love the giant batman!

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

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

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

A quiet afternoon with mate tea…

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

Karina’s bedroom – lovely quilt…

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

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

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

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

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

A curious assortment of things.

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

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires
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…

Industrial Chic In Buenos Aires

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)


  • Reply Laura March 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Completely. Madly. In Love.

  • Reply jennifer ramos March 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    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! :)))

  • Reply Little Miss Wedding March 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Very cool – love the party photo with the balloons… Buenos Aires is such a great (and stylish) place.

  • Reply Jo March 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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

  • Reply Laurie Cameron March 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm

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

  • Reply Janine March 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    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.

  • Reply Renee March 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    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.

  • Reply Ella March 25, 2011 at 11:42 pm

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

  • Reply Tricia March 26, 2011 at 12:00 am

    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!

  • Reply Linnie Joy March 26, 2011 at 1:02 am

    ohhh love, especially the bright colors!!!

  • Reply A Casa da Vá March 26, 2011 at 1:43 am

    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!

  • Reply clari March 26, 2011 at 2:29 am

    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

  • Reply meenal @ maison marigold March 26, 2011 at 4:28 am

    what a delicious home..such lovely touches everywhere..love 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

  • Reply ArticulateArt March 26, 2011 at 4:42 am

    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!

  • Reply alejandra March 26, 2011 at 6:12 am

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

  • Reply Marcela March 26, 2011 at 6:21 am

    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)

  • Reply On A Day In November March 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

    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

  • Reply Sanja March 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

    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.

  • Reply Sew&Laine March 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for this lovely pics!

  • Reply Hannah March 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

    the bed and closet are 2-die-4! and i really like the floors too.

  • Reply All things nice... March 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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

    All things nice…

  • Reply monono March 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm

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

  • Reply Mariela March 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Lovely home, very creative and eclectic. Great entryway very festive and original.

  • Reply jenny+gra March 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This is so beautiful! I’m so glad I found your blog,
    I’m following you now!

  • Reply I'm loca! March 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm


  • Reply Anna March 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    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

  • Reply Stacey March 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    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!

  • Reply Heidi March 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, I’m drooling! I love her closet, and her kitchen table and chairs, and…what a beautiful house!

  • Reply angel March 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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

  • Reply linden March 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    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!

  • Reply JWKstyle March 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Such an inspiring space!!

  • Reply Angela March 26, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    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!

  • Reply Katie Truelove March 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Beautiful! I’m so jealous of anyone who gets to peruse the antique markets of BA and actually take some pieces home!:);)

  • Reply karina March 27, 2011 at 12:44 am

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

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

  • Reply Esti March 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I’m a big fan of karina’s blog. She has an amazing eye!

  • Reply casapinka March 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Nothing industrial about that bed. That’s the greatest kids bed I’ve seen in my life! Gorgeous.

  • Reply Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking March 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    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!

  • Reply kerington March 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    very sweeet blog :)

  • Reply dekorat March 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

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

  • Reply Isabel March 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    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 !!!


  • Reply Elli Davis March 28, 2011 at 3:02 am

    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!

  • Reply Marianne March 28, 2011 at 3:10 am

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


  • Reply christelle is flabbergasting March 28, 2011 at 4:49 am

    What a lovely space! I particulary like the first picture and the bright yet delicate lighting in all the serie!

  • Reply Angela Steyn March 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

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


  • Reply Nat March 28, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Stunning, I love the polished concrete floors! And who could go past that fantastic bed? Gorgeous.

  • Reply Mrs Bok March 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I love Karinas home! Thanks so much for sharing it !

  • Reply kate March 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    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…

  • Reply Tatiane March 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    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

  • Reply Blogg by Maliin Stoor March 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm


    I Like!!!!


  • Reply Danielle of Pretty Ingrid March 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    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.

  • Reply Arq. Cris Araujo March 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

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


  • Reply Sherri March 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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

  • Reply Hazel March 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    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!


    • Reply decor8 March 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      @Hazel – I’m sorry, I don’t know.

  • Reply karina March 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm

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

  • Reply Lisa Maria March 29, 2011 at 2:01 am

    That tile is so beautiful!

  • Reply Libby B. March 29, 2011 at 5:45 am

    that closet is completely swoon-worthy. The island–brilliant!!

  • Reply Françoise March 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    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!!

  • Reply Agustina March 31, 2011 at 2:08 am

    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! :)


  • Reply Lisa April 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

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

  • Reply Verónica April 12, 2011 at 3:44 am

    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.

  • Reply massiel April 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm

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

  • Reply cecilia April 24, 2011 at 3:10 am

    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

  • Reply Randy Sloan August 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    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!

  • Leave a Reply

    Scroll Up