House Tour – Converted Factory……….

Another little gem from 1st Option.

Now this apartment is a very good lesson in how to turn an old, industrial building, with all of it’s hard edges and vast spaces into a stunning and frankly glamorous home.

Lesson 1. Import even more over-sized architectural elements.  I’m assuming these iron gates are not an original feature.  It’s a very good way to divide the space into rooms but without losing the sense of openness which is the main attraction in the first place.

Lesson 2.  Go large.  Small items of furniture and accessories will get lost and look insignificant.  Look at the size of that radiator – it’s in perfect proportion to the adjacent door.

Lesson 3.  Mix it all up.  This is not a conventional home and neither should it’s contents be.  Mix up periods and looks for an eclectic feel and add touches of humour and yes, even the occasional piece of questionable taste.

Lesson 4.  Use bold colours.  How gorgeous is this blue?

Lesson 5.  Use luxurious fabrics.  To soften and add much needed comfort.

Lesson 6.  Use mirrors and glass to bring light into those corners furthest from the windows.  The prettiness of that etched glass doesn’t hurt either.

Lesson 7.  Introduce even more drama with accessories.  Lamps, flowers, fruit, and candles all make a house a home but in this case they are all antiques or junk shop finds and add to the atmosphere of faded grandeur.

Could you live here?



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    March 23, 2011

    How beautiful! I must have a bedroom like that, especially with the iron gates! <3

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    March 23, 2011

    Lovely post Carole, love that bedroom 🙂

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    Heather Jenkinson

    March 23, 2011

    Carole, you are a Romantic at heart… I like your 7 lessons – I agree with them all!


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