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Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows aka Black Metal-Framed Doors + Windows

I’m forever spotting things that I think could be the next trend, like decorating with plants, taking a slower approach to living, brick walls painted white, adopting a more laid-back approach to flower arranging, and of course, Nordic design taking over Europe (and it truly has). All of these trends not only arrived but have stuck around, almost becoming a part of the bigger picture, of a more established design. But every now and then, I spot micro trends, and that is how I see factory windows, also referred to simply as black metal-framed doors and windows, — a micro trend yet a trend indeed. They are making a real comeback in both commercial design but also residential spaces – not just vintage ones but faux versions, too. And I think they’re all quite fabulous.

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Home of fashion fashion designer Naja Munthe via Mad & Bolig

If you follow industrial design, you’ll note that concrete floors, soaring ceilings, brick or stone exposure, metal with raw wood furnishings and large bell-shaped pendant lights, also in metal, are hallmarks of industrial style. And of course, black-framed metal windows and doors with their grid-like patterning and squares, or rectangles, of glass. They are a great solution for when a homeowner or office places priority on creating a space with multiple functions without losing natural light.

I like them, not just because they bring a hint of nostalgia, even a bit of “edge”, to a space but also because they are practical. How so? First, they act as terrific space definers if you’re using them to divide a space. Next, they really let the light in. They’re also great for allowing privacy without sacrificing a sense of space – a room divided by glass still feels spacious – a wall wouldn’t accomplish that. Finally, paned windows and doors are quite practical because if you break one, you only need to replace a small panel of glass e vs. an entire sheet as in windows without panes. Maybe that’s why they were popular in factories years ago? If a metal part flew through the window off of a machine, only a panel needed to be replaced.

Whenever I see factory doors and windows, I think of the homes I’ve worked in while in Paris for my books. I think of old factories. I think of some of the restaurants I’ve been to in New York, London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. I think of vintage schoolhouses. I remember some of the restored lofts in Lowell, MA that we toured back in 2006 (and almost purchased but, being in Lowell, we politely passed). I also think of creative spaces because I imagine lofts in cities that were only used in the flower power era to house artists. I remember seeing them in Sonoma at some of the wineries we toured or in LA at the stunning home of Amy Neunsinger when I worked on my first book.

I’ve also spotted more modern versions in Denmark when decor8 was invited to visit the home offices of Muuto so I sent my roving reporter, Emilie Gupta, to attend and photograph it for me.

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The Copenhagen home of music producer Jon Oron as photographed by Pernille Vest for Elle Decoration UK

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The Copenhagen home of music producer Jon Oron as photographed by Pernille Vest for Elle Decoration UK

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The Copenhagen home of music producer Jon Oron as photographed by Pernille Vest for Elle Decoration UK

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Heidi Lerkenfeldt for Still Stars, Munich, Germany

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©Renee Arns styling & photography

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©Renee Arns styling & photography

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Fab Showroom Amsterdam by Bricks

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Photography: Armelle Habib

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My (un)Finished Home.

I’ve created a Pinterest board to share examples of rooms globally with black-metal framed doors and windows if you’d like to see it – click here.

What do you think? Do you like this look? Would you like them in your own home or office?

(images: source linked below photos)

 

Posted in trends on January 28, 2015

Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings

Dip, baby dip! Dipping anything from forks to baskets, glassware to plates, is most definitely a trend when it comes to decorating. I’m not sure if you noticed it yet in your part of the world, but to add to the dip trend I’ve been seeing more and more dipped paintings – where paintings (usually thrift shop finds) are literally dipped into enamel paint revealing only a small part of the original work. Some handpaint, but the results aren’t the same. And while it’s a micro trend now, this definitely has legs to become more common in certain parts of the world. Have you noticed this? What do you think about it? And I wonder where it originates (Oliver Jeffers maybe?) because it’s quite clever and it must have gotten it’s start from one brilliant mind out there. Do you know? Here are some that I’ve seen and liked. Please click on their links below to view more.
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Oliver Jeffers dipped paintings and details about his gorgeous work and process here. Breathtaking.

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Inside Closet – Fun and creative.

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Around the web from bloggers…. 1. Brit & Co DIY dipped frames – not the same but sort of an inspired by idea. 2. This one was made by Something Savage. 3. Another DIY for dipped artwork, this time from DIY Candy — and look! There’s my book Decorate! 4. More dipped art DIY’s on Homeedit by Francesca Stone from Fall For DIY.

What do you think? Do you like dipped art? Would you try this at home?

I’d like to try this with old photographs that I find at the flea markets here in Germany. I know, I know… Lots of vintage fans would HATE that thought but in my opinion, some photos are just not that pretty for display and are being stored in bins and drawers anyway so why not give them a new spin so you CAN display them again… Hmmmm. Makes me think about a little craft project I could try now. :)

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in trends on December 17, 2014

Spring Interior Trends 2015 From Bloomingville

It’s December 1st and I’m here with my nearly 10-month-old baby thinking about how at this time last year, he was still growing inside of me and we were renovating a new apartment, I was planning his nursery design while packing boxes, seeing friends, planning a house sale and waddling through Christmas markets like a little penguin. And here we are now, a year later, with so much behind us and so much ahead – it’s quite amazing what can happen in a year isn’t it? And I know many of you, like me, are so busy thinking of winter or the holidays, etc. that spring feels very far but it’s not – in fact, some companies have already begun to unveil their 2015 collections. Would you like to take a peek out of sheer curiosity of course to see what some of the trends will be? Here are a few glimpses from Bloomingville in Denmark – pastels, wire, simple forms, ceramics, rattan, botanicals, birds, shiny globe pendants, geometrics, marble, gold, plants, cork… All of my favorite things!

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See more here at Bloomingville.

Gorgeous!

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Posted in trends on December 01, 2014

Trending: Marble, Snakeskin + Mini Trees

Marble is already trending and only growing in strength, at least in my part of the world, but have you seen snakeskin making an appearance? I just noticed it being used as a pattern on pillows and tea cosies over at by nord copenhagen and was impressed. I REALLY like it which surprised me because snake isn’t usually on my radar. I also like the appearance of mini trees again or at least, smallish ones vs. the massive standard American version I grew up around. Seems a smaller tree just may be a big holiday decoration trend again for 2014 as it was last year (remember this post?). What do you think, does marble, snakeskin and mini trees do it for ya? How about pine branches in vases? Thoughts?

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For marble inspiration, visit my pinboard here.

(images: by nord)

Posted in trends on October 07, 2014

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