Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Industrial Chic...

I recently spent some time in Milwaukee's Third Ward District and have been inspired by all things "industrial" ever since!   Like many large cities, the marina and old factories have been re-vamped into cool, boxy lofts along the river. 

Trendy eateries and home & fashion boutiques have also sprung up along these well-worn streets forming a fun, vibrant neighborhood just South of downtown Milwaukee.  

One of my favorite shops is The Home Market on East Erie Street. 
(see shop link on side bar) 

I love the interesting metal and glass objects and furniture, rugs and pillows.  

Such a warm and welcoming shop!

I also checked out the lofts at the Pointe, which had gorgeous river and lake views; sweeping city panoramas.  The walkways along the river were full of people enjoying a sunny day.

After a visit to the Third Ward I can definitely see why Industrial Chic style is gaining in popularity. 

This design inspiration comes from old factories, naval yards, farm sheds...very utilitarian in nature.  

Real Industrial Edge (

Industrial Elements:
Metal, re-purposed wood, flour sacks, burlap, feed sacks, galvanized steel, enameled locker numbers, old typewriter keys and fonts, metal industrial signs and large metal caster wheels.

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