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Wednesday Boardom – “Apartment Design” by Mary Fierro

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Wednesday Boardom – “Apartment Design” by Mary Fierro

We are here again with another Pinterest Board to follow: “Apartment Design” by Mary Fierro. It’s a fairly eclectic board, but I saw a lot of arrangements that would work for our Buffalo apartments:

Reclaimed Platform Bed

 

I can’t really be sure, but I’m pretty positive that this bed frame is made from “upcycled” shipping pallets. Besides that inventive use of reclaimed material, I also dig the colors, fur comforter and printed area rug.

Antique Dresser

 

Restored antique pieces like this dresser can really compliment a modern look for an apartment. Of course, they also work great as additions to a Victorian look.

Wood Table

This is a very good example of color coordination in a room. Notice how the red tones show up in the shades, area rug and accent pieces on the bookshelf. Plus, the rustic wood desk is just cool – simple, functional and beautiful.

frIDay Interior Design: What’s What?

To some extent, it doesn’t matter what the difference is between vintage and retro interior design. So long as you know what you like, who cares what it’s called, right?

I can think of one way that you might run into some issues, though. You’re in a furniture/home store and the associate asks what kind of style you prefer. You respond, “We’re going for a retro look.” The associate proceeds to show you a 1960’s radio center that looks like a piece from the Jetsons and a bunch of other Jetsons-ish furniture. You don’t want your place to look like what people in the 60’s thought 2015 would look like. You want something like the couch in Anthropologie, or the chair in Free People. In other words, the word you were looking for was “vintage” not “retro.”

That could also be an issue in Google searches for furniture or when people ask what you want for Christmas.

So, here are some common mix-ups to help you fill your Buffalo apartment with pieces you actually like.

 

Vintage vs. Retro

Vintage can mean anything from the 20th century, though it tends to zero in on the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Retro tends to refer to older technological pieces or furniture from the following few decades (’60s to the early ’80s). While the distinctions for each are subtle, a simply Google search for “retro couch” and then “vintage couch” will help you to figure out what style you prefer.

Vintage

“Vintage Couch”

Retro

“Retro Couch”

 

Vintage vs. Antique

As we just covered, vintage refers to a specific period (for the most part). Antiques, on the other hand, are pieces at least 100 years old, especially pre-Industrial Revolution pieces.

 

Modern vs. Contemporary

Modern pieces are those which reflect the values of modernism (streamlined, functional, etc.). Contemporary pieces highlight all that is current and new.

 

Antique vs. Victorian

Though many antiques come from the Victorian Era, the two things are not the same, since many antiques comes from both before and after this time period.

 

Southwestern vs. Native American

Though the Southwestern look can draw inspiration from Native American motifs, it also relies heavily on influence from south of the border. Furthermore, you will see more diverse natural materials, such as stone, stucco and wood, featured heavily in the Southwestern style than you will in the Navajo print and animal-heavy Native American interiors.

 

Gothic vs. Medieval

The Medieval looks tends to rely on the old, run-down castle aesthetic, where the Gothic look leans toward the dark German church aesthetic. If you’ve ever seen Lord of the Rings, you could liken Medieval to the Rohan look and Gothic to Isengard.

frIDay Interior Design: Industrial

The industrial interior design style stresses functionality – to some extent. That doesn’t mean that this particular style doesn’t look cool, though. In fact, the rustic and stripped down nature of the industrial aesthetic looks very cool, modern and comfortable, especially in spaces that already feature a bare-bones appeal (such as loft style apartments).

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Practically then, how can you pull off an industrial look in your Buffalo apartment?

 

1 – Expose the Innards

Okay, that could sound a bit weird out of context. But, you’ll remember it, right?

With an industrial look, don’t be afraid to show of the framework of a couch or the underlying brick/wood structures of your walls. Industrialism stresses the beauty of how things work. So, if you buy an antique chair that needs new upholstery: apply new fabric to the cushion and seat back, but feel free to leave the side of the chair open – like this piece from Restoration Hardware:

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You can apply the same concepts to flooring as well – exposing concrete with scattered area rugs really helps the look.

 

2 – Stick to Neutral Colors

As you might have gathered from the previous photos, neutral colors tend to work best in an industrial interior:

Contemporary-Library-Industrial-Interior-Design

 

Brown, tan, gray, beige, white, black. These colors provide the majority of color in an industrial space because raw materials (wood, concrete, leather) tend to feature them pretty heavily.

Other colors come in by way of accents. Keep furniture, walls and shelving neutral, then you have a lot of room to work with in your accent colors.

 

3 – Lots of Metal & Wooden Pieces

You’ll notice a lot of lighting fixtures that rely on heavy metal elements in their structure:

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You will also notice pieces that utilize both cast iron and wood (like the table above).

Keep in mind that a lot more goes into industrialism than we’ve covered here. But, if you keep to these basics, you’ll probably be off to a good start.

Wednesday Boardom – “Interior Design” by Design Collector

Continuing with our Wednesday Pinterest Board feature, we will take a look at “Interior Design” by Design Collector. This board features a lot of modern design, some of which resembling Kissling’s Buffalo loft interiors. Many of these concepts can be applied to our Buffalo apartments as well…

 

 

Notice how cool the above space looks, yet there’s not much to it. Everything looks as if it belongs there, and it feels very comfortable, even as a photograph.

 

Modern + Vintage

 

Notice the juxtaposition of the classic looking sofa with mostly “modern” pieces surrounding it. Sometimes this can be difficult to pull off, but it’s definitely doable with the right ratio or classic to modern.

 

Nook

 

A lot of apartments and lofts have random nooks, and it can be difficult to figure out how to utilize the space. This is a great example: a small table, a few accents and a bit of art. You can throw your keys, bag or whatever on the table, and it makes for a subtle bit of charm in what could be an otherwise charmless part of a room.

2096 Delaware – 2108 Delaware Apartments | Delaware Ave.

North Buffalo Apartments | 2BR

These two bedroom North Buffalo apartments were completely renovated in 1999 with new kitchens, updated bathrooms, refinished hardwood floors, ceiling fans in every room, thermo pane windows, and intercom systems. These Buffalo apartments are within walking distance to Delaware Park, Forest Lawn Cemetery and numerous shopping Plazas.

  • Utilities Included
  • $35 parking space

Food / Convenience Stores

  • Wegmans Food Store
  • Feel Rite Fresh Market
  • Tops Markets Plaza
  • Target Plaza

Nightlife / Entertainment

  • Delaware Avenue bars and restaurants
  • Delaware Park
  • Regal Cinemas – Movie Theater
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Applebees

Other Places of Interest

  • Historic Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • On the Run gas station
  • Lincoln Parkway
  • Kohls
  • Radio Shack
  • Marshalls – Clothing store
  • Office Max
  • Total Tan – Tanning Salon

Elmwood Village Apartments | Ashland Ave

Elmwood Village Buffalo Apartments

712 & 718 Ashland Avenue | Apartments In Buffalo

Adjacently located, 712 & 718 Ashland Avenue feature 12 two bedroom apartments for rent in Buffalo NY, conveniently located in the heart of the Elmwood Village and within walking distance to Buffalo State College. If you’re looking for apartments in Buffalo, check out Ashland Ave. The building was completely renovated in 2004 exposing its original charm with refinished hardwood floors throughout, ceramic tiled bathrooms, and central air. Ashland Avenue is a wonderful place to find apartments in Buffalo NY.

  • $25 storage
  • No utilities included

Nightlife / Entertainment

  • Elmwood Village & Elmwood Avenue bars and restaurants
  • The Albright Knox Art Gallery
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center

Other Places of Interest

  • Key Bank
  • Lincoln Parkway
  • Bidwell Parkway
  • Historic Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Buffalo State College

Elmwood Village Apartments | 213 Summer St.

Buffalo Apartments for Rent | Elmwood Village

These Summer St. apartments are located within walking distance from the vibrant Elmwood Village.

This property has 4 apartments which have updated kitchens and bathrooms along with new windows and recent exterior renovations. The finest in Elmwood Village apartments.

Food / Convenience Stores

Elmwood Market
Price Rite – Food Store
Wilson Farms
Walgreen’s Pharmacy

Nightlife / Entertainment

Elmwood Avenue strip of bars and restaurants. Including; Cozumel Grill.
Delaware Avenue bars and restaurants
Kleinhans Music Hall
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Other Places of Interest

Elmwood Auto Care
The UPS Store
Key Bank
Near Bus Route
The Womens and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo

Elmwood Village Apartments | 209 Summer

Elmwood Village Apartments | 209 Summer

This building features beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom Buffalo apartments located within walking distance from the vibrant Elmwood Village.

These unique loft-style apartments in Buffalo feature functioning fireplaces and bedrooms that are on the second floor with the living space on the ground floor. This property also offers two bedroom apartments. The Elmwood Village is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Buffalo NY. There is always something to do, someone to meet, or something new to do. For a great new home, check out these Buffalo Loft apartments!

Food / Convenience Stores

Elmwood Market
Price Rite – Food Store
Walgreen’s Pharmacy

Nightlife / Entertainment

Elmwood Village & Elmwood Avenue strip of bars and restaurants.
Delaware Avenue bars and restaurants
Kleinhans Music Hall
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

Other Places of Interest

Elmwood Auto Care
The UPS Store
Key Bank
Near Bus Route
The Womens and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo

Allentown Apartments | 131 Allen St.

Allentown Buffalo Apartments

This building consists of 17 unique Allentown apartments, featuring thermo pane windows, completely remodeled bathrooms and kitchens. Among the premier apartments in Allentown, 131 Allen Street is within walking distance to Buffalo’s historic Allentown’s restaurants and bars.

Contact Kissing for more information on finding your new home on Allen.