Well, this is somewhat obvious, right? It is one of the natural wonders of the world, and everyone knows about it.
But, if you’re new to Western New York and you live in one of our downtown Buffalo apartments, you might not realize how close the Falls are. Even if you live in our lofts that are a bit more to the north, maybe you haven’t made it over to the wonder as of yet.
Even if you have been, maybe you didn’t know of a few things that the Falls offers:
Goat island offers a few great views of the falls, several smaller islands (Three Sisters) that are fun to look around, as well as some great spots for picnics. Go exploring and, even if you’ve been there before, you’ll be sure to see a side of Niagara Falls that you haven’t seen before.
Devil’s Hole State Park is just a bit north of the Falls, and it makes for great hiking if you are so inclined. A fantastic way to escape the city, you’ll be sure to get a workout and see some beautiful nature – just be sure to bring a hiking buddy, since the trails can be a bit dangerous.
Bridge to Canada
If you didn’t know, you can walk over Rainbow Bridge and check out the Canadian side. Along the way over, you can see a great view of the Falls, and Canada has beautiful gardens, fun night life and even a Duty Free. Keep in mind that you will need a passport or enhanced license to get through the border, and it’s a good idea to have some cash handy in addition to any cards that you might have.
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).
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Downtown Buffalo Lofts | West Huron Lofts
The West Huron Buffalo Lofts feature loft style apartments in the refreshing setting of the city’s downtown. Downtown Buffalo offers convenience, luxury, and exciting nightlife. Character and charm in a restored historic building with 8 apartments with 2 bed/2.5 bath and 1 bed/1 bath configurations. For a deeper dive into life at 201 West Huron, check out our apartment spotlight blog post.
Downtown Buffalo is booming, with new restaurants and architecture popping up left and right. The Theater district on Main St. has been refaced and jazzed up. These Lofts are only minutes away from Canalside, and feature quick access onto the 33 and 190. If you are looking for a swank new industrial loft in Buffalo NY, you’ve got to check out the W. Huron Lofts.
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- City Hall
- Valero Gas Station
- Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant
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
Price Rite – Food Store
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
Near Bus Route
The Womens and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo