When Michelle found these old tool chests at a fairground in Norman, Oklahoma, she immediately envisioned a way to restore them to their former glory and put them to good use. With a great deal of work and some serious elbow grease, they became what she calls her "keeper of treasures."
We're fans of a good before-and-after, but sometimes it's nice to see a new-build with all the charms and comforts of an older home. This new kitchen, with the skillful addition of vintage and reclaimed elements, precisely fits that bill.
For years IKEA's EXPEDIT has been a ubiquitous storage solution for homes everywhere. But recently the Swedish furnishing giant's VITTSJÖ has been showing up more and more on my design radar. It doesn't scream IKEA, and you'd never guess the system starts as low as $40. The black metal and glass shelving system has a nice industrial quality on its own, but it seems to really shine when it's given a bright coat of paint. Here are five really great examples of VITTSJÖ's potential.
I've never wanted to be a cheesehead as much as when I stumbled upon Unearthed's corner of the Apartment Therapy Classifieds. In fact, Unearthed's collection of vintage industrial wares may very well be worth a road tip to Wisconsin! Who's with me?
These Lyon steel drafting stools are straight from the architecture school where I was an undergrad over a decade ago. Rusted and layered with spray paint, they were pretty well-worn even when I was in school. Recently, when the department underwent renovations, a friend picked these up for free when they were discarded during construction. We paid him $5 each for the trouble of scavenging them and then started looking into refinishing.
When I first laid eyes upon this cake stand table lamp, I thought it was gorgeous. So warm and playful! Then I learned that to change the light bulb, all you had to do was to remove the dome. So logical, so easy!
When stationery designer Fiona Richards needed to expand her studio to include a dedicated shipping space, she had a simple, stylish, custom table made using an ever-versatile system of plumbing pipes.
Ever like a certain look, but can't quite put your finger on what the style is? This past year we started a catalog of eight distinct decor styles and highlighted everything from kids rooms, to furniture and even light fixtures that fit within these categories. Here we have them all in one place for your browsing pleasure (even more links after the jump!):
The unpredictable weather here in Texas has finally morphed into something resembling winter, so I'm dreaming of a white Christmas… and of taking a soak, hot tea in hand, in one of these beautiful, rustic bathrooms.
It's hard to say why the warm industrial style has hit the zeitgeist the past few years. Perhaps it's because we've become so far removed from day-to-day industry. Or maybe it's because it's a natural extension of the green/upcycling movement. Whatever the cause, this decor style is sure to remain popular. To get in on the look, check out the furniture and accessories from these ten retailers.