Usually houses come with their architectural identity clearly established. Since ours didn't and we're now in the process of refining the drawings for the exterior and deciding on layout and materials for the kitchen, we need to come up with one. A very hot trend of the past few years that seems to be everywhere these days is the Industrial Look. I'm drawn to elements such as rough hewn beams, zinc topped tables or counter tops, antique factory finds, reclaimed wood furniture and nubby linen slipcovers. So, many of the images I've collected would fall into this category. The rooms that I find really work are the ones that balance a just a few of these pieces with others that are a bit softer. Big pillows and/or upholstered furniture, smaller scaled French or Swedish antiques, light neutral wall color and a glam light fixture here and there seem to create the right yin/yang, leather/lace or Industrial Chic look.
The gorgeous barn belonging to Ina Garten and inspired by Belgium antique dealer Axel Vervoodt was when I first remember falling in love with this decor style. The following four images are from House Beautiful and photographer Simon Upton.
Interesting how the sink is at the far end of the island. I like it, but wonder where the dishwasher is?
The two photos above are from House Beautiful. The designer/owner is Amy Neunsinger.
The above three images are from House Beautiful and designer Kay Douglass and photographer Simon Upton.