Wednesday, October 2, 2013

{Learning The Industrial Style} Part 2: Brooklyn Loft Home

Hello dear friends! Now this is one way overdue post, supposedly following closely behind {Learning The Industrial Style} Part 1. I was almost going to scrap it, but revisiting it again, I am picking up on so many elements which first inspired the urge to share, and decided, yup! better late than not!

In part 1, I wrote about the industrial style being a celebration of form, function, the essentials and being comfortable in one's own skin. Today, I share with you an industrial style Brooklyn loft which has incorporated these principles, and then some, into its spaces.

Just in the living room alone, I'm spotting so many exciting elements, from walls of windows, to the open bookcase, the pendant lamps, the work bench turned desk, the vintage bicycle at the far end... If you look at the plain, straight line leather sofa with its chrome legs, you would never quite imagine it sitting in the middle of a rustic loft, yet it looks perfectly fine where it is. The idea of mix and match, incorporating current pieces with industrial ones, working with what you have and what suits your comfort with a few creative spins - this style is becoming more flexible and versatile as we speak!

It definitely takes heart, planning and time to put together a home like this. It's about understanding your space and how you intend to use it, and discovering pieces of furniture that will work within the walls. 

{All images via Trendland}

Another element I really enjoy seeing in this home are the refreshing pots of greens visible in almost every space. It's such a simple detail, yet makes a huge difference in adding that extra touch of nature to the rooms.

I hope you enjoy the update! Have a beautiful day! x. Shu

Thursday, September 19, 2013

+ guest post: Loving White On White Interiors

Hello dear friends! While I'm getting things reorganize and my act together, I want to share with you a special guest post by Arcadian Home. Special thanks to Anna Thompson who got in touch about the opportunity and her efforts in getting the post organized. I found the post really refreshing (maybe because I didn't write it?), and am really excited to share it with you. Let me know what you think!

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Hi, everyone! It’s Mari here with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog, a fabulous place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from contemporary floor lamps to soft rugs for comfort underfoot. 

Do you love wonderful white on white interiors as much as I do? Depending upon your style, all white rooms can feel cozy and comfortable or sleek and chic. Today, we’re going to take a tour of stylish white rooms with an appealing Scandinavian look. Please enjoy! Thanks to Shu for letting me stop by and visit with you here at the lovely Page Thirteen blog. ~ Mari
First up is a stylish white living space with high, sloped ceiling and a few sleek black pieces. A caged modern pendant light is suspended over the coffee table.

With a gorgeous Swedish fireplace in the corner, this long wall in a white living room is all straight lines and favored found objects and personal treasures. A quirky gallery wall adds visual interest above the shelf.

This white living space is all about casual comfortable style, white slipcovers and pale wood tones on floor, furniture and wall art.

An open dining space and kitchen is all decked out in white on white on white. Pale wood flooring and white painted walls provide the backdrop for even more white furnishings like the table and molded plastic Eames chairs. White cabinets and subway tile are seen from top to bottom in the kitchen. Large swing arm wall lamps like this one between the kitchen and dining area are both beautiful and functional.

This minimalist bedroom with white bedding is stunningly simple in its pale wood cocoon. Warm and cozy with heat from the sleek wood stove, it’s a dreamy retreat.

With soaring ceiling anchored by rustic wood beam and steel fittings, this space is at once sleek contemporary and rustic industrial. It’s a wonderful merging of two worlds.

This small white space with comfortable reading spot is reminiscent of carefree summer days and time spent in the countryside.

Could one live happily in an irresistibly amazing bathroom? Perhaps this one could be converted into a cottage. I have been smitten. What do you think of this spacious white bath with its tall trees? 

{Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 }

What do you think of these white spaces? Leave us your comments and discover more gorgeous home decor, mini pendant lights, and interior inspirations at our blog!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


After enduring through the chill of winter, especially on days where we had extra early starts, we have transited into spring, and it couldn't have been made any more obvious than by the hay fever allergies which hit right on the very first week of September. That explained my sudden absence. Who knew sneezing could take the life right out of you?

It's worse than I've anticipated; you would think I had it all figured out since it's an annual thing! I've got the works, blocked/runny nose, watery eyes, rash, sleepless nights - you get the idea without me going into too much messy details. I've used up at least a box of tissue a week, or more, I've lost count. One weekend found me in tears on the floor because it got too painful sneezing and I've had enough! 

It's not over yet, but I really feel the need to get back into the rhythm of things, and hopefully, if I show the universe that I'm determined enough, everything else will fall back into place without too much effort!

I'll be back soon, I promise! Missing you all terribly... x. Shu

ps. I'm only allergic to grass pollen which are all over the air at the moment, but flowers, I'm ok! Should go buy some fresh cuts to brighten up the place and make myself feel better too!

{Image source: Spring... by Belkat // Spring by Lynette Sherrad // Daybreak in the Meadow by Olivia Joy St Claire}

Thursday, August 22, 2013

{Learning The Industrial Style} Part 1: Workstead, Brooklyn

I am currently working on an exciting private residential project for a newly wed couple, and their concept is based around modern-industrial style. The industrial style has been pretty popular this past couple of years, easily spotted particularly in shops, cafes, bars and even hotels. 

It is a style which makes me think words such as of pop-ups, raw, simplicity, rustic, vintage, re-purposed, natural... just to rattle off a few. But before it became a trend, industrial was more of a life style, a conscious choice of living, and the more I learn about it, the more fascinated I became. 

It is definitely more than just bare concrete walls, exposed bricks and old-door-turned-coffee-table. It is a celebration of form, function, the essentials and being comfortable in one's own skin, and for that I think it is beautiful and respectable.

Through research, I came across a Brooklyn based design company - Workstead. I've never been to Brooklyn, but the place and its culture always give me the impression that it IS the industrial style. 

Workstead's design and concept thoroughly communicates the essence of industrialism through clever use of materials, perfect craftsmanship and simply beautiful details. Each piece of furniture, object, door handle, the brick on the wall - the speak for themselves, the are beautiful on their own, yet fits perfectly into place beside one another. 

To live with industrial style, I guess first and foremost it is important not to think of it as a trend, but to adopt it as a way of life. It is a very free and personal style, with no particular right or wrong. It is about showcasing collections, celebrating individualism, and choosing what is comfortable, what suits your home, your space and your way of living. 

Of course there are some key elements, such as metal, wood, bricks, shades of greys, etc. but they are easily adaptable and not hard to get right. When in doubt, keep to the basics, and slowly add on, starting maybe with some decorations and accessories, things which are easily removed or replaced if the style gets a little too heavy for your liking. When you are confident, then you can start thinking about brick walls and bare windows.

{All images via Workstead}

Not only does Workstead design and build beautiful interiors, they also sell gorgeously crafted industrial style lightings. You can spot some of them in the images above, and they are also available for purchase here. The wall lamps and chandeliers are my favorite!

Part 2 of my mini industrial style study coming up soon. Thank you for dropping by today! x. Shu

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

+ inspired by: Jeroen van der Spek Photography {Interiors}

I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted; the speed time is flying pass is simply astounding! And I just realized I've missed sharing part 2 of Jeroen van der Spek's photography! So as promised, here they are!

Moody shades of blues has been spotted everywhere this past few months, and they are growing on me too! Love just about everything in the image above, especially that vintage filing drawer unit at the back of the room! The relaxed seating layout, with flexible side tables and multi function pouffe-stool is also a great arrangement.

More dark rooms, contrasted with bright textiles, flowers and birds - the play of fuchsias and greens are fresh and gorgeous, especially against the grey backdrop. 

These three images are quite different in terms of mood and styling - light and bright with strong modern Scandinavian touches. Light grey, blond wood, concrete and a touch of black seems like one of those fail-proof formula!

Hope your week is turning out great! x. Shu

{All images by Jeroen van der Spek}

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