Tips to create an industrial style at home

The industrial style, inspired by american lofts, is one of the often seen style in decoration.

What I like in this style :

  • the authentic materials : metal, wood, brick…
  • the uncluttered ligns
  • the modern side
What I don’t like :
  • the cold atmosphere of some interiors
  • the lack of personal/human touch

To get the industrial look, it is all about balancing between the positive and the negative aspects.

Tips to create this style at your place :
  1. An orange brick wall (no painting, no fake look ! the orange color will warm up your atmosphere!)
  2. Some raw wook : without varnish or sanding is the cheapest in home improvement stores!
  3. Metal also at the crudest state possible,
  4. Some corrugated iron: inexpensive and guaranteed effect!
  5. Some “vintage” pieces you can find on this site that I love:

Here are some inspirational pictures ( : Enjoy !

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Inspiration : natural interior

Today, I introduce you with Marie-Laure Helmkampf, interior designer living currently in the south of France.

As she says, her goal is to create harmony between spaces with timeless style. For that, she uses a balance between lights and proportions through the volume.

I let you have a look at one of her realization for her house in the South of France.

The kitchen

Interior design kitchen

cuisine bois pierre naturelle industrielle

Marbre blanc evier

The Living area

Salon style nature

The entry room



Salon nature blanc

The bedrooms

bedroom wood

chambre lampe vintage jaune

The bathroom

Salle de bain nature

 I hope you enjoyed this visit. The next article will be about “why do we like this natural style” ?

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I encourage you to visite Marie-Laure Helmkampf ‘s website !

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3D images in 2013 IKEA catalogue

I recently read an interesting article about IKEA generating 3D images for the new catalogue 2013 in order to be more cost effective: a wise idea !

Here are some extracts of The Wall Street Journal, by JENS HANSEGARD.
You can read the full article by clicking here.

Much of the furniture and settings in the 324-page catalog are simply a collection of pixels and polygons arranged on a computer.
This year 12% of IKEA’s content for the Web, catalog and brochures were rendered virtually; that number will increase to 25% next year.
In all, IKEA plans to publish 208 million catalogs this year, more than double the amount of Bibles expected to be produced. And it will create 62 different versions in 43 countries.

Can you find which image is 3D and which one is real ?


This is a real photo.


This is a 3-D model.


This is a 3-D model.


This is a real photo

“It’s a clever way to save money,” Anneli Sjogren, head of photography at IKEA, said during a recent interview at the company’s sprawling photo studio in this sleepy southern town. “We don’t have to throw away kitchens in the Dumpster after the photo shoot.”

Instead, sets for entire rooms—spanning kitchens to bathrooms to porches—can be mocked up and created on a computer screen without the help of a single camera.
The practice is allowing IKEA to easily manipulate imagery to use a set created for one country—where dark wood might be popular—to another where lighter hues are all the rage.

IKEA doesn’t break out just how much money this will save, but the company has an aggressive strategy to keep its prices down. The company cut prices an average of 2% to 3% every year during the last decade while expanding aggressively, and still manages to squeeze more profits from the operation on a yearly basis.

Putting together a catalog is a massive task, taking about 10 months from concept to finished product. Until late in the last decade IKEA relied entirely on its sprawling photo studio here. The studio is one of the largest in Europe, covering 94,000 square feet—about a third the size of an IKEA store—and employs 285 photographers, carpenters, interior designers and other people working full time on photo shoots.

IKEA’s 3-D team is housed in the same building. Faced with a shortage of people capable of doing this work, the company is collaborating with photo schools to teach computer design skills. “With real photography you’re constrained by the four walls,” Ms. Sjogren said, noting the company is running out of room in its studio.

“A kitchen has to be built in a week or two and then torn down the following week to make room for a bedroom shoot…everything has to run like clockwork.”

A kitchen shot for potential U.S. buyers might have darker colors. “Now let’s say we want to sell that kitchen in Japan,” she added. “Japanese people, like Scandinavians, like lighter hues of wood than Americans.”

Instead of rebuilding the kitchen, IKEA can easily change the color and the background. “And we can still use the same basil plant on the counter. In 3-D, the basil plant never wilts,” she said.
Iems tend to look too perfect when done on computers, so the traditional studio’s crew, such as carpenters, sit with the artist to add wear to a piece of furniture or fingerprints to a surface.

“Let’s say we have a door that is supposed to look like an old door that has been repainted, Ms. Sjogren said. Carpenters “know where surfaces fade and wear and have a fine eye for detail and they can help the 3-D artist get the right look.”

IKEA started dabbling in 3-D design in 2005, when three interns specializing in computer graphics spent a year working on a graduate-school thesis. Before their arrival, IKEA had used computers only to retouch photographs. These interns were charged with creating an image of an IKEA product without using a camera. They went to work on a small wooden chair and, after a year, solved it.
“There was a lot of excitement here at IKEA about that little chair,” Ms. Sjogren said. The company placed the image in the 2006 to see if any customers noticed a difference between real and fake.
Nobody did, she said.


Source : The Wall Street Journal


Vintage cosy cushions

I recently created new cushions for our little flat with the aim of being vintage and cosy. For that, I combined New Zealand wool and different cotton patterns.

What do you think about those cushions? Let me know your thoughts, I’d be happy to hear about it !

I’m on my way to create more cushions for sale, so you can place your order now !

Life on Lakeshore Drive

Get inspired and create the new Light trend

The last few months, I noticed more and more simple light bulbs flooring around. It’s time now to get some inspiration and create the same look : I’ll tell you how, follow me !

At the first glance, I found that hanging bulb very simple, industrial, and not specially decorative. But the more I see it, the more I appreciate it. In fact, the long vertical lines create more height volume in a room, it gives an impression of floating element in the void.

I’ll show you here :

  1. How I got inspired by this new lighting trend
  2. Some more inspiration pictures
  3. Get the look: how to create your own new light
  1. How I got inspired by this new lighting trend ?

Here is where I first saw it, in a new café in Wanaka: URBAN GRING

This new café has been designed by the talented architecture agency Sorted, based in Wanaka. Have a look here to see more pictures of it.


2. Some more inspiration pictures

A huge light bulb 

A wooden room with 2 hanging light bulb


Red cords for an industrial vintage style


White adult bedroom authentic style with building wooden material, animal skin.

3. Get the look: how to create your own new light

To get the same look, you can either buy a simple bulb light or create it yourself.

Here is a list of shops where you can buy the lamp:

lamp simple bulb
FLY 69€ 28.5×47.46 cm
Leroy merlin lamp simple bulb
Leroy Merlin, 37,90€, Suspension Vizby INSPIRE, diam. 14 cm
Leroy merlin lamp simple bulb
Leroy Merlin, 39,90€, Suspension Bulb, diam. 9 cm
Leroy merlin lamp simple bulb
Leroy Merlin, 51,90€, Suspension Ampoule, blanc, 100 watts, diam. 30 cm
This is a BIG light bulb !
Conforama lamp simple bulb
Conforama, 99€, Lustre 5 lamps, vintage
La maison de Valérie bulb lamp
La Maison de Valérie, 39,99€ 29,99€
Tove Adman concrete lamp
Tove Adman concrete lamp, 59€

Mistales to avoid when you hang your light bulb

  1. Make sure the light is placed in a room with enough height. You want the light cord to be quite long in order to enhance the volume of your room. Too short, the light will look like a cheap temporary building light, and you don’t want that.
  2. Make sure the cord is flexible enough to be hanging well vertically. The light bulb is usually not heavy enough to guarantee the cord to be hanging vertically. A too stiff cord will create a non vertical line which will look wobbly, and cheap.
  3. The tip is to place several lights in a row to enhance the industrial repetitive style !

Wanna create it yourself ?

Follow this link to learn how to create this original hanging light with a personalized cord.


Click here to read the DIY to create those beautiful Mason Jar light


I hope this article has been full of inspiration for you and I look forward to hear about your creations !

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