Vintage industrial finds

Huge bulb, one of the vintage industrial finds bought recently | H is for Home

Justin has brought home some lovely vintage industrial finds recently. Yesterday it was the turn of this amazing giant light bulb with white ceramic fitting.

Huge vintage industrial bulb with normal-sized one to show scale | H is for Home

The bulb that it’s photographed next to is quite large in itself, so you can see how huge it is. The filament inside looks undamaged, so we think it might actually work if we get the electricity back flowing to it. It’s probably worth going to the effort of re-wiring. The fitting has the original hook too – it would look really striking hanging down from a high ceiling on a long length of chain or vintage-style cord flex.

Vintage blue & orange ICI storage tin with large orange desk lamp | H is for Home

The day before, it was this vintage ICI tin. The orange logo against the blue background is very striking. And there’s no end of uses for a large tin!

Two vintage industrial letter 'A's with apples to show scale | H is for Home

Justin brought me home a present too – a big, blue metal letter A to add to my collection. ‘A’ might be for apple in most children’s books, but A is for Adelle too!!

Blue-painted vintage industrial stepladder | H is for Home

Blue again! This time some old step ladders with original layers of paint – most recently a lovely duck egg blue. Not only are step ladders useful for doing chores, they also make for wonderful display or storage pieces – plants, bottles, towels (to name but three for which we’ve used them).

Vintage industrial step ladder with spider plant | H is for Home

And last but not least, this gorgeous little metal carry box with really fabulous patina. Probably originally used for tools in a factory or workshop, there was little chance of this ever being sold – it was immediately re-purposed into our packaging box – holding tape, pens & pencils etc. It’s now an indispensable part of the H is for Home team!

Green-painted vintage industrial carry box with packaging tape, measuring tape and pencils | H is for Home

These pieces display the simple, functional design associated with vintage industrial – and the wonderful patina often developed over time. And there’s another reason that we like them. We love the rather varied styles of country antiques and mid century modern. We find that a bit of vintage industrial really helps unite these different looks and eras.

How to achieve an industrial style in your home

Tripod search light beside a cast iron spiral staircaseAvailable at

Industrial style is a genre that we love! It draws its inspiration from factory and work spaces. It’s is a look with striking accents without the fuss. Features to be found in this type of interior include factory furniture, large lamps, enamel light shades, sturdy iron staircases, practical metal cabinets and bare brick walls.

The basis for any industrial style starts with simplicity; think cool, natural colours such as black, white, grey, army green and brown. Materials such as concrete and stone fit perfectly in an industrial-styled interior and create a more functional, utilitarian space.

Collection of industrial style hexagonal table lampsAvailable at

Anything considered natural or rustic  can complement an industrial-style space. Cast iron, leather, brick and wood would all be suitable. Juxtapose the different elements – a stainless steel dining table against a rough brick wall, a reclaimed wooden kitchen worktop with a concrete splash back or stone flooring with a large, worn leather armchair. Bringing these colours and materials together delivers an exciting and stylish place.

When it comes to pulling this style together, aim for a more Spartan  look. You really can’t go wrong with this, it’s simple and minimal.

Bare brick walls, exposed pipes or wooden beams are the starting point of an industrial space. Not every house can boast rough-hewn brick walls; fake it with textured wallpapers that can imitate the appearance you desire.

Eye-catching, statement pieces of furniture bring together the overall effect. Perhaps a large well-worn Chesterfield leather sofa or a dining table constructed from used scaffolding boards. Remember, the furniture shouldn’t look pristine; the more weathered, battered and patinated the better!

Industrial style copper cage pendant light fittingAvailable at

Complete the transformation with industrial lighting. Picture large, robust lights such as factory lamps hanging from the ceiling – these are instant statement makers. Enamel or brushed metal lamps suspended with chain or thick rope cables are perfect within an industrial-styled interior.

Complement and contrast with the lamps using beautiful and decorative LED filament bulbs, these bulbs are not only energy efficient but they also have a longer life span… and are really on trend at the moment.

Hard surfaces and clean lines will dominate, so perhaps soften spaces with rugs and textiles – or introduce a bit of natural life with indoor plants or fresh flowers.

With all of these tips you can’t go wrong when it comes to creating an industrial style and décor! Once again remember, less is more – and be daring and bold.

Bookmarks: Warehouse Home

Warehouse Home newspaper vignette | H is for Home

A couple of weeks ago, we received a copy of issue #4 of Warehouse Home newspaper through the post. It was such a good read that we thought we’d give it a plug for any of you out there unfamiliar with the publication.

'A la modular' article in Warehouse Home magazine

'Hides to Seek' article in Warehouse Home magazine

'Into the Fold' article in Warehouse Home magazine

As the name suggests, the magazine is primarily aimed at those home owners residing in converted industrial buildings – old mills, factories, warehouses and the like. Although we live in an old stone cottage we found loads to interest us too.

makers featured in Warehouse Home magazine

'Poplar Culture' article in Warehouse Home magazine

'Science Studies' article in Warehouse Home magazine

Launched in October 2014, Warehouse Home is printed twice per year in June and November – and distributed to high-end homes in converted industrial buildings in many of the major cities in England & Scotland. Copies are also available at select hotels and interiors trade shows.

'World of Materials' article in Warehouse Home

'With the Grain' article in Warehouse Home magazine

'Rattan Pack' article in Warehouse Home magazine

However, the online digital version is free to view/download from their website where ever in the world you are, so go take a browse if it looks like your kind of thing. We’ve embeded the current issue at the end of this post.

'Righteous Indigo' article in Warehouse Home magazine

'Recycled Reams' article in Warehouse Home magazine

'Stone Roses' article in Warehouse Home magazine

We were really impressed by the content – the variety and interesting subject matter in the articles, room staging, quality of photography, products featured and so on. It’s full of inspirational design ideas and spaces.

'Runs of the Mill' article in Warehouse Home

Page of ads in Warehouse Home magazine

Directory in Warehouse Home magazine

Also dotted through the magazine are advertisements for a range of companies specialising in what we’ll collectively call ‘vintage industrial style’ and an extensive directory of suppliers. Thanks to reading the magazine, we spent ages browsing the websites of the various shops and craftspeople too. Highly recommended!


Vital signs

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collection of industrial vintage signs

We bought a box of dusty old vintage factory signs at auction recently. They look great now we’ve hung them in our antiques centre space – and have subsequently been promoted to favourite buy of the week!

We love the mix of colours, the various fonts, shapes, sizes, materials, wear & patina… the social history too. They make an eye-catching display. They’re the  sort of thing that you can have fun hunting for at markets, picking up one by one… or in bulk maybe – we think H is for Home have a few! 🙂

Locker clean up

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Renovated vintage industrial locker now storing cleaning items in the kitchen


Justin picked up an old metal storage locker last week. Initially, it was going to be a case of a quick wash then off to the antiques centre. We then decided it would make a great home for all our cleaning stuff which is scattered around the house in various corners & cupboards. So it became an up-cycling project instead.

partly undercoated green locker

The weather was still gorgeous then – the perfect job for a sunny afternoon in the garden.

detail of partly undercoated green locker

The metal was primed, then painted a warm buttermilk cream colour to match other pieces in the kitchen.

top of repainted locker

We bought some clear, sticky-backed vinyl which can be printed on using a ordinary ink-jet printer. Then designed a little word cloud with appropriate housekeeping terms and ran a couple off (more of that later).

2 cleaning word clouds printed on to clear vinly labels

This was then attached to the door.

detail of word cloud on refurbished locker

The locker is tall enough for mops & brushes which is ideal. There’s space for buckets and also a shelf on which sit polishes & sprays. We have a small section of wall between the window and door to the garden. It’s exactly the width of the locker so it’s found a perfect home.

Completed refurbished cleaning storage locker

We’re very pleased with the results. If you fancy doing something similar, we printed off two copies of the word cloud. We can post the other one off. You could use it on a similar locker, a wooden box – or perhaps an existing cupboard that you have in the house. Anyone interested? Just leave a comment on the post and we’ll pick someone at random in a week or so!

Wooden work box

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vintage wooden work box being used to store the H is for Home packaging materials & tools

Justin is very organised with his packaging these days. In addition to the large bank of metal drawers that contain all possible requirements – pens, labels, business cards, stamps, sticky tape, scissors, rulers, paper clips, glue, brown paper, string etc …

vintage wooden work box being used to store the H is for Home packaging materials & tools

… he also has an old wooden work box into which he’s decanted the packaging essentials. Not only is it very useful, it’s appearance is just perfect for his industrial vintage leanings! It looked lovely the other day, so I got him to take a couple of photos. It can be carried around the house and used in whatever room takes his fancy – usually the kitchen where we have a large baker’s table to spread things out on. The kettle & biscuits are in there too of course!