Friday, October 28, 2011

School House Charm

Recently my mom and I saw a set of antique metal lockers used at a pool to store towels. I love the idea of re purposing school lockers in a kitchen to store napkins and utensils, in a pantry to store food or in a bathroom for toiletries, it is an industrial look with some great school house charm. I think they would look great painted a high gloss red or black! Here are a few examples of some inspiring re purposed industrial metal lockers...

 Lockers used for storage in the kitchen...

Lockers can also be used as a nightstand or dresser... 

Or in an entry as a coat closet...
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With a fresh coat of paint and some interior shelves these would be my dream lockers...
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If you have a piece of furniture that is made with high quality materials [solid metal or wood] by adding a fresh coat of paint you can end up with a brilliant re-purposed piece of furniture. One of the blogs I love to follow is Natty by Design, where Natalie posts daily about her furniture re-finishing business. It is inspiring to see the many ways in which she brings life to the antique pieces she finds, the outcome is always extremely beautiful!  She even sells some of her furniture on her online shop. Be sure to check it out!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Boston - Bringing Back The Classics

I just returned from a weekend in Boston and was in awe at the architecture of this beautiful city. I love that new buildings are being designed to blend in with the classical architecture that has existed here for so long. The Pavilion in the Park is a private residence in Boston designed by Ivan Bereznicki Associates and is the winner of the 2010 Bulfinch Awards in New Construction, Classical Design Under 5,000 SF. The ivory limestone and precisely symmetrical proportions makes this residence resemble a classical European estate. I love the Doric columns, porthole windows and fantastic lighting! I just wish I had photos of the interior design, I am sure it is beautiful.

The Bulfinch Awards recognize contemporary excellence in New England Classical and Traditional Design, named after Charles Bulfinch, the first American born architect responsible for introducing Neoclassicism to the United States in the late 18th Century.

You can find information on this residence at: Pavilion in the park,

Boston is also known for its Greek Revival Architecture...
Winner of the Bulfinch Awards in New Construction, Classical design over 5,000 SF is this Greek Revival Residence in Deadham, Mass. Designed by Dell Mitchell Architects.

These classical elements of design make for truly unforgettable architecture! I will be posting some of my own photos from Boston next week,