Memphis–based designer Amy Howard worked as a decorative artist and mural painter before pursuing her lifelong dream: to design and make furniture. Launched in 1991, the Amy Howard Collection includes an impressive range of one-of-a-kind, antique-inspired furniture pieces and home accessories — from English Country mirrors and Venetian beds to gold-accented armoires, zinc trestle tables, and Asian-inspired consoles. Made by highly trained artisans, many of Howard’s wooden items feature her unique, hand-painted “Toscana” finish, which produces an elegantly weathered and timeless look.
To create a rustic, industrial look that doesn't leave your home feeling like a factory (or a farm), you'll need to deploy a combination of materials. For example, hang a metal pendant light over a table set with wood-handled knives and a milk jug filled with flowers. Or, in a seating area, accent a walnut bookcase with zinc-framed mirrors, glass canisters, and a mercury glass vase. The magic is in the mix.
Add touches of shimmer and light to your home with this collection of metallic furnishings and accessories. Silver is soothing: The silver-painted nightstands add a note of calm to bedrooms, and mirrored lamps provide glimmer to an otherwise dark corner. Gold, on the other hand, is regal and bold: Shake up a space with shimmering leather pillows, ornately framed mirrors, and — for your holiday table — china trimmed in gold and black.
The combination of wood and metal, steely and earthy hues, and clean, uncluttered design: those are elements to look for in building an industrial-rustic look. From kitchenware and serving pieces, to tabletop accessories and even rugs, we’ve put together a selection of pieces that effortlessly blend warmth and functionalism. The result will be a space that’s as livable as it is stylish.
Each of these furnishings is enough to single-handedly define a room, from Arteriors Home’s coffee table (its glass top is perched on a sculptural wooden base) to Phillips Collection’s one-of-a-kind, painted-finish console tables (our favorite is “Summer Dream” — it’s not to be missed). We’re confident that a gander through this selection will leave you inspired to redecorate.