My favorite spaces are those that combine elements from varying styles--a little bit farmhouse, a little bit Paris apartment and a dash of mid-century modern. But if someone forced me to choose only one style to live with, it would have to be industrial. There's nothing like an oversized steel workbench with a wood top that has been carved into so many times by daily use that it looks like a work of art. A giant store letter is all that I need to dress up my walls. A set of printers' drawers or a hardware cabinet with dozens of itemized slots would offer quirky storage. A few of my other industrial favorites: palette coffee tables, step ladders as side tables, hand trucks transformed into small bookshelves, and nautical spotlights. Maybe it's because I like a good mix of masculine and feminine in my decor (great linens and upholstery add the feminine touches) or perhaps it's the idea that these pieces were put through their paces before landing in my hands. No matter a piece's age, for me, industrial style never gets old.
Images: Living etc magazine, August 2010, April 2010, February 2010 issues. British Country Living, April 2010 issue. Simply Scandinavian by Sara Norrman, published by Ryland, Peters & Small, 2010. Country and Modern: Contemporary Interiors for Rural Settings by Dinah Hall, published by Soma Books, 1998.