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09.02 20130

Industrial Furniture

Last week, we talked about how a painted finish can change the look of your existing furniture and update your decor. Today I want to focus on another trend in interior design, the industrial furniture trend. Here's an example of a room that incorporates industrial elements into the design. Notice the shelving, in particular. Doesn't it create a unique look? It really adds an attractive element to the overall feel of the living space.

industrial furniture changes your interior's look

Industrial furniture is at a peak of popularity right now. When the economy is having a hard time, mass produced furniture is cost effective. There is a quick turnaround for these pieces. Another feature is their durability. The materials are often heavy wood and sturdy metals. These materials lend themselves well to a raw, unfinished look, that works well with natural finishes. Industrial furniture is also made to take more punishment than ordinary home furniture.

These pieces can be used in our homes combining practicality and usefulness in a way that can be very attractive, if it is done right. The simple, unadorned lines can be elegant and simple and coordinate well with other styles. It's becoming more common to see office chairs, stools, and industrial type shelving incorporated into interior design. Many existing manufacturers are capitalizing on the concept.  You see reproductions of industrial furniture that appears to be old and weathered all the time.

Here's another piece, on display in my showroom at Lilly Designs in Pell City, AL.

coffee table cart

That coffee table has lived another life as a cart in a warehouse. It's durable and practical piece of furniture that has already proven its worth. Instead of a sturdy and useful cart becoming just another piece of trash in the landfill, this cart continues to be useful as a unique and appealing focal point to this seating area.

Are you looking for something elegant and practical for your living space? Would you like ideas on upcycling existing furniture to work with your existing furnishings? I'd love to hear your thoughts about industrial furniture.

Reneesig

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01.02 20130

Painting Furniture Brings New Life

      Painted chest of drawers

Recently, I went to Atlanta on a buying trip. The wide variety of vendors at market means that I always come back with interesting new finds as well as interior design ideas. One of  the most exciting ideas I've been focusing on lately is taking old furniture and either refinishing or painting it to make something old new again.  

Painted Furniture detail

  I am always finding interesting old furniture at estate sales. Sometimes it just needs a little polish and cleaning, but other times the piece is outdated or in desperate need of a new finish. Sometimes, this means a chance at a fresh, vibrant new look. Other times, a weathered, antiqued look would fit in well with someone's existing decor and the style of the furniture. There are really so many possibilities.  

bathroom paint

Americans throw away around 10 million pieces of furniture a year! While some of that is truly ready for the trash bin, think of all the money and resources that are being wasted! Look at your old table and think how you could show your creativity and liven up your room with just a little imagination.

Paint contrast

  If you want to learn more about painted furniture, I would love to talk to you about my ideas for changing an old piece into something new. Martha Stewart has a great article for those with a Do-It-Yourself mentality, but most of us don't have the time or space to devote to the trial and error, though. That's where Lilly Designs: A Design Resource can help you. I can look at your existing interior design and give you ideas on how we can breathe new life into furniture that has become boring and familiar to you. Instead of throwing those pieces out, contact me and let's talk about the possibilities.   Before PaintingAfter painting               .

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22.01 20130

Upcoming Changes to A Design Resource

By: Renee Categories:Bee Inspired, Buzzworthy

It's a brand new year, and I'm excited about the possibilities. I have been to the January Market and am bristling with energy and creativity! My e-commerce website, A Design Resource, has some big changes coming up in development that should be rolled out shortly. There will be new product posted on the website, and it should be much easier to navigate and purchase.  

Rugs @ Lilly Designs, a Design Resource

  I'll be adding some new portfolio pieces in weeks to come, as well as adding to my pictures and updating my blog on a consistent basis. I'm working on adding a quarterly newsletter so you know all about interesting interior design ideas at Lilly Designs in Pell City.  There will be interesting happenings on Lilly Design's Facebook page and Twitter, and I plan on using Pinterest to generate some buzz about design ideas I think are worth checking out! I'd love to hear from you, as well! What kinds of interaction would you like to see from me?  2013 is a bright new start for Lilly Designs, and you are all a big part of that. Let me know in the comments or by contacting me personally.

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27.03 20120

Cahaba Heights Show House

Interior Design March 20th was the last day to visit the Show and Sell House in the Cahaba Heights area of Birmingham. Thankfully I got there in time to see it and sneak away with some great photos! The house was developed by Charles Kessler but all architecture and interior design was done by Christopher Architects. The house was recently built in a new neighborhood not far from the Summit called The Cove at Overton.  

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