industrial chic

When I'm trying to explain craft/design related ideas to Q (topics he has little interest in), it helps to make analogies. Here's an example of how I'd discuss "industrial chic" with my husband:
me: industrial and feminine make such a beautiful design combination.
Q: industrial and feminine what?
me: just, industrial things paired with feminine things.
Q: ok.
me: they balance and complement one another.
Q: mhm.
me: like salty paired with sweet.
Q: ah.
me: like... candied bacon?
Q: ohh! Amazing, then.
(Perfect example of how it works :-)
Aside from analogies, I really am enamored with this combination. Utilitarian, rustic, industrial elements complimented by soft, feminine, whimsy details...

sweets + pink paired w/vintage storage (via style me pretty)

yellow & butterflies paired w/utilitarian bike & books (via pink wallpaper)

pink stripes & gold cord, on restaurant tea towels (via 100 layer cake)

pink & white paired w/kraft paper (via simplesong)

A few favorite spots for an industrial, feminine (or both) fix: 100 Layer Cake, {this is glamorous}, simplesong, the haystack needle, Sunday Suppers.

(top photo: purl soho via martha stewart)


Anonymous said...

just tell him they go together like "lamb and tuna fish"... he'll get it.


Lavender and Lilies said...

beautiful images!

urban flea said...

great post as always! just so you know, i recently added you as a banner link over at urban flea, i'd love for you to swing by sometime and check it out. hope you're having a wonderful week my dear!

xo urban flea :)

Heather said...

i giggled at your conversation! :) I love feminine paired with masculine pieces-whether in fashion, crafts or design. It is such a lovely mix. Have a great weekend dear friend!

Engracia said...

This is me, down to a T. I've been trying to work out my design style after reading Lona de Anna blog post recently and you have nailed it for me Alli. Thanks.
I just love all these images and I adore all those blogs as well. I have had similar conversations with my hubby. It really is funny how the sexes think isn't it?
Have a great weekend.

OneCraftyFox said...

There are so many chic boutiques like this where I live, I love strolling into these places.

jen jafarzadeh said...

Alli, I somehow missed this post and laughed out loud when I just read it. My husband and I have had a similar kind of conversation about industrial feminine/industrial chic style. He's such a sport to let me ramble on about industrial finds I love. and thanks for including me in this great list!

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