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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

decor8 Collaboration with Pinterest

Hello everyone! I have to mention this fun collaboration currently going on between Pinterest and decor8. But first, are you following my boards? And are you on Pinterest too? Because if so, leave your @ name in the comments below so I can check out your pins. Ok, so anyway, they approached me to represent them as their Pinterest expert and of course, I said heck yes because I’m such a fan and use their site daily to share my own work and the many inspirational lifestyle-related things that I find online plus I create tons of private boards to plan the various projects I’m working on at the moment.

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Pinterest is a terrific resource for a small business owner like me. It’s always there too – your very own giant virtual mood board that you can access from nearly any device no matter where you are. I pin from my iPad, iPhone, desktop and laptop. During my bedtime ritual after my little one has fallen asleep, I love to put on my cozy pajamas, enjoy some tea (Winter in Lov is my current favorite), read a chapter or two of a good book and when I’m tired of concentrating, zone out and enjoy Pinterest on my iPad. My guilty pleasure for sure.

As their expert, I pulled together three boards around New Year’s themes that I thought were important TO ME for 2015 – I was hoping to gain some inspiration through the repetition of pinning mostly to three main themes for several weeks. Here they are:

 

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1. Living with plants and decorating with flowers (Go green).

 

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2.Tapping into our creative side as much as possible to challenge us (Sei kreativ).

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3. Healthy, mindful living (Gesund leben).

A funny thing happened as I was creating and pinning to these boards, which I’ve been working on since the beginning of December until now. They really inspired me to take action on a few big goals in my life! I think it was because I’ve been pinning to mostly these three boards so my focus has narrowed which gave my brain more space and enabled me to feel less overwhelmed. I’m usually pinning to 100 boards all at once, and I think this hurts me personally on a creative and emotional level – I don’t get anything done! So I’ve learned through this exercise that if I focus my pins and work on only certain boards during a specific period, I accomplish so much more than just mindless pins. I discovered the art of mindful pinning!

For instance, next week begins my first of several private yoga and mindfulness lessons for 90 minutes in a local studio –all thanks to the Gesund leben board. The next inspiration which has resulted in action is the Sei kreativ board because now I’m in the beginnings of my 4th book which will be published in Spring 2016 and I’m more excited to finish decorating my studio and move onto the bedroom and living room now. And finally, the Go green board has encouraged me to add plants to my home in small, manageable doses and to care better for those I already have which has resulted in them flourishing – becoming greener and fuller – and my home feels more energy as a result.

Here is the splash page they’ve created for our partnership. Other pinners we’ve included in this campaign include Lu loves handmade, 23qm Stil, Titatoni and Sodapop to name a few. This partnering has already resulted in press mentions for me too on Wunderweib, Wohn Idee and Lecker, which was an unexpected and nice surprise, so thanks to Pinterest for that.

How are you using Pinterest differently for 2015? Will you use it to encourage action in your life as I have done? What are some of the goals you’ve set for yourself this year?

(Top photo: holly becker for decor8. All others: screenshots from Pinterest)

 

Posted in inspiration on January 23, 2015

Happy Weekend!

I’d like to wish all of you a wonderful weekend! I’m taking Monday off but I’ll be back on Tuesday with another Blog Trends column and some more goodies throughout the week. Do you have any nice plans this weekend? Whatever you do, I hope you have a good time and enjoy yourself. Here are some links below that I’ll leave you with to enjoy and as always, thank you for sharing a little bit of your time to read decor8 this week, I always appreciate it so much.

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(Photography: Holly Becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on January 17, 2015

Home with Heart: A Classical Modern Belgian Family Home

Hey guys! It’s Holly Marder and I’m back again this month to take you through another inspiring interior for my Homes with Heart column. This month, I’m excited to introduce you to Dutch designer Christian Kocx, whose beautiful home in Belgium was the subject behind my lens in late October. Blending the home’s original, classical features with his minimalist sense of style, this home intrigued me from the moment I stepped inside. Let’s take a look around, shall we?

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Christian and his partner Isabel Dooms have called this 1925 historic Turnhout, Belgium, property home since they purchased it back in 2007, sharing it with their three children Mathias, Charlotte and Floris. “When we saw the house for the first time we fell in love with the façade, and when we entered the hallway we where blown away by all the details and the character of it all.” The property’s opulent Jugendstill details, are offset by contemporary elements which the couple brought in “to balance the palette”.

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“My style is a mix of classical and contemporary details,” explains Christian. “This creates an interesting dialogue in which both get to have an equal say. They strengthen each other and create a balance. Like ying and yang or black and white. By keeping the colour scheme simple, all the attention goes to the architectural details.” The home’s interior employs a minimal colour palette of black, white, grey and touches of brass throughout, with the entryway tiling and accessories in their contemporary loft living room the only hints of colour used. “I like to use colour to the accentuate the detail in my home, and it’s also the element that connects both of the styles,” Christian says. 

The house offered several attractive qualities already, which, though work needed to be done to the property, were a huge selling point. “Thankfully, all the original details were preserved,” Christian says. “We loved the history of it. We added our own contemporary touch with respect for the building.” 

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The couple had to replace the roof and at the same time, created a contemporary family loft filled with natural light. “It’s a nice contrast to the dark, historic part of the 1925 home.” In this large and light space featuring exposed wooden beams, a floor to ceiling bookcase fills one side of the room, concealing the television. Not to detract from the architectural details, a contemporary grey sofa and simplistic white sideboard are practical options for this family space. The brass side table by Rijuch and marble topped side table by Zuiver echo the opulence seen throughout the rest of the house. Cushions by Hay and Ferm Living add a dash of colour. The side chair is by Peli Design, with a home made cushion from Ikea fabric

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The entrance of the four-story house features original Jugendstill tiling in a muted colour palette, offering the only spattering of colour seen in the lower part of the house. The hallway is in fact one of the couple’s favourite parts of their home, alongside the lofty attic upstairs. They have offset the home’s classical features with a contemporary white console and a large antique chandelier which once belonged to Isabel’s parents. He rescued it from the attic and it now serves as an eye-catching object in their home’s entryway.

Furnishing their home has been an organic process that both Isabel and Christian have enjoyed. “By taking time to find just the right pieces of furniture and accessories, one item is added now and again creating a ‘new’ interior every time,” Christian says. “I can find so much joy in finding just that right piece to complete our interior. The most important is creating a home filled with objects the whole family can enjoy!” 

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For his period home, Christian has also created several items of furniture himself that form the basis of their contemporary classic aesthetic. The dining table was his own creation, a clean lined modern piece flanking a classical marble fireplace and antique writing desk. His highly modern table and chair set allows the centuries-old antiques to take centre stage, whilst offering the larger space striking contrast.

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Christian, a graduate from The Design Academy Eindhoven also designs a range of interior accessories with his label Mooi Goed. “I designed the Mooi Goed collection with the thought that I would like to have it in my own interior. The collection is, just like my interior, a mix of contemporary and classical details.” His minimalistic candle holders adorn the classical fireplace, amid ornate antique brass mirrors and marble, creating the contrast that Christian loves.

With a keen eye for design and a penchant for historical styles, a family friendly abode however is at the top of his agenda. “The most important is creating something the whole family loves living in. Practical and pretty. I can say that’s not always simple, but when I get it right I can enjoy it twice as much!”

I hope you guys enjoyed this peek inside this truly beautiful home. I wish you all a prosperous 2015! Looking forward to taking you through more lovely interiors this year here on decor8! – Holly

(Photography and Text by Holly Marder / Food styling: Ajda Mehmet)

Posted in Homes With Heart on January 15, 2015

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