I was given a book for my birthday this year, called ‘In Detail’, by a stylist called Hans Blomquist. It’s fair to say that this book has been a huge inspiration to me in the second part of 2018, and Collette also loves that industrial, rustic style that he brings to all of his work.
So it seemed only natural to pull together a Hans Blomquist inspired shoot for my latest blog post for Homestagers. The elements of this style are as follows – vintage, botanical, muted colours, and timeworn pieces with an industrial feel.
One of my favourite pieces that Colette pulled out from her warehouse, was the wonderful vintage factory trolley. I love that such a piece, once used for day to day tasks, can now have a new lease of life in a modern home. When it’s stacked with vintage linen, velvet cushions as I have done here, and other objets d’art, it makes for a beautiful yet practical storage piece.
All time favourites of both mine and Collette’s, are zinc tubs and containers. Although not cheap, they are still in plentiful supply, and can be used for so many different purposes. Storing logs, rolls of fabric botanical displays, their soft grey patina makes a beautiful addition to any room.
When introducing colour into this sort of industrial style, rich hues of forest green and teal look amazing, and really pop on a neutral background. Velvet looks opulent against great linens, so layer your seating area up with soft throws and cushions.
The main thing I love about this book, is that most things can be repurposed, and simple items can be made beautiful when displayed in a unique way. Whether it’s an old wire basket repurposed as somewhere to keep paperwork, or foraged seed heads splayed in old glass jars, it’s all about appreciating simplicity and bringing a little history to your home.