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Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

January 28, 2015

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.

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

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.

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

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

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

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

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

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

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

Heidi Lerkenfeldt for Still Stars, Munich, Germany

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

©Renee Arns styling & photography

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

©Renee Arns styling & photography

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

Fab Showroom Amsterdam by Bricks

Micro Design Trend: Factory Windows

Photography: Armelle Habib

 

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)

 






Trends

Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings

December 17, 2014

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.
Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings

Oliver Jeffers dipped paintings and details about his gorgeous work and process here. Breathtaking.

Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings My Dear art shop, “Dipped Girl“. Also stunning.

Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings
Inside Closet – Fun and creative.

Micro Trend: Dipped Paintings

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)






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Spring European Interior Trends 2015

December 1, 2014

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!

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015
Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

Spring European Interior Trends 2015

See more here at Bloomingville.

Gorgeous!

(images: bloomingville)






Trends

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

November 2, 2014

Okay so maybe since it’s nearly November I shouldn’t be thinking about beaded and/or shell anything because that sounds very boho summer on the beach, doesn’t it? But truthfully I’m imagining them as being just as relevant and gorgeous in the colder months too – like now. I don’t know, I just see them as being so cozy in rooms with lots of candles and smooschy pillows with a chunky cableknit throw. And I suddenly want one, again! Again, you say? Well I wanted this one back in 2012. This actually happens to me a lot. I fall in and out of love with stuff. So here is an example of a beaded light that I love…

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

This is from a shop that I always visit whenever I’m in Amsterdam called Suhka.

And now that you see a great bead version, let’s talk about shells. I found a shell chandy near my house recently at a store called Looms and it would really work in my living room and introduce a little boho factor. Maybe you can only imagine capiz shell lights as I type this, but let me reassure you that while yes, I love those too, I’m including the mini shells and wooden beaded ones too. So below I’m mixing them all up in some pretty fantastic interiors. And I’d seriously love your opinion –hot or not?

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers The  is a shell light that I saw in a local shop window. Swoon.

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

This is a super mega capiz shell light from Angelika Taschen’s Berlin home from The Selby. Gorgeous but a bit OTT for my humble home. I think it’s as big as my living room.

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

These are all cute – not really “me” but cute. Top left: She Made Me // Top right: Wild Poppy Goods // Bottom left: Beach House Lifestyle // Bottom right: Peony Swimwear

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

I love seeing one set against a natural background of green, this is in Australia found on The Design Files.

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

Out of all of these, I really can see the one shown top left in my home. Or, the bottom right “baby” version – it would be darling in a beach cottage bathroom! Top left: The Decorista // Top right: Wild Poppy Goods // Bottom left: Euro Style Lighting // Bottom right: Pottery Barn Kids

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

From the Biskopsgarten shop – swoon! Yes, this is a good one too.

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

From Barefoot Styling and holy &$% that thing is massive. It’s a real focal point.

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

From MilK Decoration – petite and understated but classy as all hell. That’s Belgium homes for ya. Always interesting and classy.

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

From Adore Home magazine – great and very relaxed but not exactly what I’m seeing in my living room. Yet, well… They are nice.

Beaded + Shell Chandeliers

From MilK Decoration – again in a home in Belgium. Love seeing it mixed with that shelving system. This actually looks really Parisian to me.

Beaded and shell lighting – So HOT or so NOT? Do you like BEADS or SHELLS?

(images linked to their sources above)






Trends

Marble, Snakeskin + Mini Trees

October 7, 2014

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?

Marble, Snakeskin + Mini Trees

Marble, Snakeskin + Mini Trees

Marble, Snakeskin + Mini Trees

Marble, Snakeskin + Mini Trees

For marble inspiration, visit my pinboard here.

(images: by nord)






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Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

September 30, 2014

I’m really feeling green lately you guys! I thought I would share some beautiful finds from Instagram that inspired me this past weekend. Things that really made my heart feel full of joy and loaded with interior inspiration. And perhaps it’s the coming of the holiday season with its evergreen overload, but I adore everything in many shades of green at the moment from pale mint to the deepest emerald. Here are some gorgeous and happy inspirations to encourage you along in the same green direction with a shot of coral, pink and black, and of course, loads of bright clear white. This embodies the perfect interior palette at the moment in my opinion.

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014
Leslie Shewring

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

BonjourBlissBlog

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

Architrend from &Tradition

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

Leslie Shewring

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

Design Love Fest

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014
fleursdamelie

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014
Illustrator Daniela Dahf Henríquez via Little Gatherer

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014
Garance Dore for Zara Worldwide

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014
Leslie Shewring

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014
fleursdamelie

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014
Leslie Shewring

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

fleursdamelie

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

InsideOut mag

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

Pickled Thoughts

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014
fleursdamelie

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

Concrete Geometric

Gorgeous Interior Palette For Fall 2014

InsideOut mag

This is all so crazy pretty right? And be sure to click on all of the links above to discover a ton of great Instagrammers that I follow. And now that I have a new iPhone 6 Plus, I can actually SEE the stuff people post a lot better – so if you’re on the fence about the new 6 Plus then yeah, I can say it’s a big phone BUT if you’re a blogger using it for Pinterest, Instagram and Skype like I do, it’s the bomb diggity!

Hope you are all doing well. xo Holly






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