Industrial Revolution

Warehouse renovation and the reinvention of industrial space for residential use has redefined décor. Here, sophistication is raw, elements unfinished and concepts of repurposing and redefining reign. If you’re as inspired by the industrial trend as we are, here’s a short list of basics to help achieve the look that has taken interiors by storm.

Repurpose common and utilitarian items into decorative pieces with an emphasis on vintage finds. Architectural objects (like stained glass doors) and everyday items (such as scissors, rusty barn hooks, tractor seats and old books) become new and intriguing when used in decorative ways.

Patterns: “Pablo” from the Urban Chic collection; “Library” and “Conveyor” from the Industrial Interiors collection. All other images found on Pinterest.

Mix fixtures and materials in a balance of “modern meets natural” and look to the unconventional for a new twist on oversized art. Here, more IS more, so layer it on in an eclectic mix to warm up the cool sophistication of functional design.

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Patterns: “Brick”, “Pound the Pavement” and “Street Art” from the Urban Chic collection from York. All other images found on Pinterest.


Knowing your manufacturing metals such as brass, steel, iron and copper is a must. Choose furnishings with their origins in industrial applications such as retro office furniture or fixtures with exposed mechanical detailing. Plumbing pipe has practical application from handrails to hardware, and subway tiles are finally getting out of the train station!

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Patterns: “Vintage Tin” and “Grand Central” from Urban Chic; Pattern “Street Light” (center image) from the Restoration Elements commercial collection for MDC. All other images from Pinterest.

This is the perfect environment for play, experimentation, adaptation and invention, so most importantly, enjoy your space and be comfortable in it. Welcome to the new Industrial Revolution!

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A Lasting Bouquet for Mom

More beautiful than a bouquet of flowers, your Mom’s warmth, wisdom, wit, and wonderful commitment to you, blooms in your heart and helps you to blossom into the beautiful person she believed you could be.  Mother’s Day is the perfect time to give back to Mom; give her a lasting bouquet.

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Flower Power wallpaper (RB4207) from York’s Risky Business II collection.

Purity and cheerfulness all wrapped up in a pretty multi petaled flower.  Daisies are the fifth most popular flower in the world.  Sending them is the perfect way to brighten your Mom’s day.  Even better, give her a daisy bouquet that wraps her walls in bright, fresh color in a slightly retro style that says she respects the past but is fully positioned for the future.  Petal Pusher wallpaper is simply the perfect motif for the Mom who likes her home clean, fresh, and inviting.

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Watercolor Poppies (WT4504) from Carey Lind Designs Watercolors collection by York.           (Sure Strip)

Peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor.  With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune.  The unconditional love from your Mother is a fortunate blessing, and honoring your Mother with a rich bouquet of peonies, the perfect reciprocation of that love.  Capture the warmth of family in your home with resplendent peonies for beauty around you all year long.

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Damask wallpaper (AP7499) from Ashford Silhouettes collection by York.

Calla Lilies: clean, beautiful lines with elegant grace; its no wonder their name comes from a Greek word for beauty!  Traditionally, along with divinity, this gorgeous flower symbolizes devotion.  Pick a bouquet of these elegant lilies for the Mom who is classically graceful, and moves through life with poise and dignity.  Her home too, should represent gracious living and devotion to both family and good taste.  Pick a stylized lily motif for the wallpaper; a wonderful design to compliment the clean sophistication of white.


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Lavish Rose wallpaper (660801) from the Bling collection by York.

Red Rose:  True Love.  Who is your sweetheart?  For Mom’s its often the young son who really captures her heart, and he reciprocates the emotion completely!  Deep crimson roses are the gift of choice to give to the people we have great respect for, and those who have shown great courage; synonymous with Mom.  Rich red is a color that never really goes out of style for the home.  Use it with glints of gold for a renewed classic look, or tuxedo the room with classic black and white with touches or feature walls of red.  Either way, you will fall in love with your room.

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Large Rose Vine wallpaper (EL3980) from Arlington collection by York.

Rose gardens, soft with whimsy and tenderly beautiful.  Light pink roses are associated with gentleness and admiration, just like your Mom.  A bouquet of blushing tea roses warms the heart, and adds a quiet prettiness to any room.  Even more beautiful when it surrounds your walls with gentle splendor like a rose trail wallpaper.

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Hydrangea wallpaper (JT7656) from Ashford House Blooms collection by York.

Hydrangeas symbolize heartfelt emotions.  An obvious choice for Mom!  The flowers can be used to express gratitude for being understood – another good reason to select them for your Mom as part of her bouquet!  Fresh and clean, while still firmly resting in the classics for design style, these abundant blooms soften the décor in any room with their relaxed and graceful lines.  The perfect accent for the perfect Mom!

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Sweet Violets wallpaper (ER8102) from Waverly Cottage by York.  (Sure Strip)

Violets:  delicate in petal, yet deep in color.  Called the “Flower of Modesty” because it hides its flowers in the heart-shaped leaves.  Persians and Greeks used the plants to help induce sleep, to calm anger, and to heal the heart and the head.  An equally apt description for the virtues of a mother.  While far from modest in its intricate design, violet wallpaper motifs in the home add graceful beauty and dainty detail to the coziest of spaces for Mom to take a well deserved rest and relax with a cup of tea.

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Tulips wallpaper (AK7541) from Ashford House Blooms collection by York.

Making it through the long cold winter deserves a happy ending and spring flowers, especially tulips, just seem to renew us and prepare us for delightful times in the sunshine.  Tulips seem synonymous with cheerful thoughts and sweet charm, just as Mom is always ready with a cheerful smile and kind word.  How better to express simple joy than to incorporate pretty tulips into your home décor with a lovely wallpaper.

Whether your Mom is a daisy, rose, or tulip personality, there is a wallpaper that defines her home accordingly, so when you think about a bouquet for Mom, give her a lasting one with a floral design from York Wallcoverings.

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