Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Industrial French Country

For several years now I've spent my time drooling over magazines and blogs featuring the French Country Industrial Look. It's a look that I adore, and I have been adding bits and pieces of rusty industrial items to our home when I can.

The clock on the entryway wall in the picture above is the biggest piece of the industrial look I had until recently.

Here's a kitchen from the blog Greige Design, which shows a nod towards Industrial Country.

Since January when I made my pledge, I've been trying to "use it up" for the new year. So, although Restoration Hardware has some vintage industrial stools I've been dying for, I won't be getting them until we sell the bar stools we already have.

But, recently on a trip to Eureka Springs Arkansas, we happened upon an industrial style moving kitchen island I couldn't resist. Since we've been looking for a movable island, we bought it on the spot. One of us was happy about it, the other was just happy he wouldn't have to shop for a center island any more.

To get it in the truck, we had to take it apart and cut our trip short to get it back home to Texas that night. Rain was in the forecast and I didn't want to let the island get wet.

Here's a peek at the island once we got it put back together and rolled it into the kitchen the next day. I haven't gotten it "styled" yet, so disregard the clutter.

I started putting the stuff from the counters on the island so I could get the counters cleaned off. I plan to have less clutter on the kitchen counters and use the bottom shelf of the island for storage.

Of course, now I'm shopping for some large baskets for the island's bottom shelf to hold lids and pots and the like. Let me know by leaving a comment if you've seen some baskets you think might work.

This island is a mess with things piled on it now, but I hope to post another picture soon when I get it all set up with baskets on the bottom and some organization on the top! Please come back and see it when it's done.

Yes, that IS a Santa Clause sign hanging on the side of the wall in the picture above. I'm planning on making a set of signs showing other seasonal themes that I can change out as the seasons and holidays change. I thought if I left the sign up there it would remind me to get busy making those replacements. Hasn't worked yet, but how many people can say Santa Clause is helping them celebrate St Patrick's Day?

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  1. When I was scrolling I expected to see something ordinary. Wow, now that's an industrial style island! Love it. ~ Maureen

  2. "SWEET" What a score you got with that island!
    I can't wait to see what you all do with it.

  3. Nancy, I thought you would like it as you've featured your love of "Steam Punk" a few times on your blog and it reminds me of Steam Punk so much. Thanks for your comments.

  4. WOWZA! That is an amazing island! And you're a TEXAS GIRL! Me, too! I'm following you back, since I don't have a single industrial element as cool as that island! It looks great with your distressed cabinetry.

  5. Wonderful kitchen island. I, too. love the industrial look. We hope to make a stop in Eureka Springs when we visit our son in Fayetteville in a few weeks. We love visiting Arkansas.

  6. Your island is amazing! Great find! I'm also becoming very fond of the industrial french style and would love to be able to incorporate some of it into my home. I love your wall clock!


  7. Terrific piece! No wonder you cut your vacation short to get it home. I would have been eager, as well - rain or no rain. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week. Be sure to stop in tonight, and see yourself featured.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  8. Beautiful! Lovely blog, I'm a new follower!
    Anne ♥♥

  9. Love your new island and what it adds to your space! Great find! ~Kristie