For The Steampunk Lovers

Brand new obsession.

INDUSTRIAL.

Industrial style has been inspiring artists, home decor and fashion designers for ages. Much like Rococo (the soft, pastel Marie Antoinette inspired fashion from 18th century France) Industrial seems to make a come back every couple of years from the runway to interior design. And for good reason! Industrial is a unique, complex genre that anyone would look twice at. In fact, a subculture sprouted from the popular look called Steampunk. And if you’ve never heard of it, you’ve definitely seen it. Steampunk for many can be a lifestyle, composed of industrial, Victorian fashion and gears, gears, gears!

One of my favorite things about Industrial style is it’s fairly “genderless” in it’s entirety! Surely no styles have a gender, but some men may not be too fond of a pastel pink bedroom and I know a few ladies who may not appreciate a superhero themed living quarter (although I’d LOVE a Captain American themed kitchen) but everyone can find beauty in the neutral colors and rustic quality of Industrial.

And best of all, though some industrial furniture and artwork can be pricey, there’s a great amount of DIY possibilities for you to make all on your own! Plywood and some rusty pipes can make an incredible steampunk inspired shelf. Clocks, gears, and old timey maps can give your home a seasoned traveler feel.

When I say Steampunk is a lifestyle, I mean it! From clothing to decor, your entire life could revolve around industrial if you wanted! Some of my favorite designers have had entire runway shows completely based on Steampunk-victorian style.

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Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2006

 

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Such interesting and unique designs and creations have come from Steampunk influence. Movies, Entertainment and even music can sometimes take an industrial twist. Movies like the Wild Wild West and bands like Steam Powered Giraffe use cool industrial inspired looked to add to their appeal. Here’s an awesome music video from one of the first Steampunk inspired bands I ever heard of! Watch how they move and talk like robots. Everything about Industrial is rustic, dark colored and old fashioned while still being captivating and new. Organic but inanimate! I was hooked on Steam Powered Giraffe after I first saw this video.

Clothes, movies, music. And of course home decor! Whether you’re a die hard Steampunk fan or just slightly intrigued by industrial style, taking your home to the next level could definitely mean taking a little Steampunk influence. Take some of these fun appliances for example! (I’ll post any sites I find that sell industrial decor under the photos, in case you’d rather not get your hands dirty)

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You can buy this great shelf/toilet paper holder here.

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Though the idea of a fully realized conceptional room completely based on steampunk decor is extravagant to me. Maybe an entire industrial home is a bit much for some, but even just one room out of your house will turn major heads. Take these for example.

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That bathroom is godly! I am obsessed with decorative pipes and gears. So you’ve just went all out on your new industrial style bathroom and that old shower drain is bringing down your Steampunk vibes. Well I’ve got just the decorative drain cover for you! Sprockets is a cool, rustic, gear designed drain that’s the perfect touch to your industrial bathroom or kitchen! And it comes in oil rubbed bronze~

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B.Drake~

Designerdrains.com

Making Waves

If you’ve been keeping up with our blogs, and I know you have because you’re awesome, you know that our Oceanus Series is one of our most popular collections! Everyone loves the beach, and anything beach related. The seaside is one of the most relaxing places one can imagine. The smell of salt, the warm breeze, and my favorite, the waves crashing lightly against the coast. You can hear it right? I know i can!

Waves are beautiful, terrifying and majestic. They can bring a sense of serenity or utter chaos. Sometimes my goal is to become a human embodiment of a wave….but that’s just me. While I spend my time figuring out how to be the wave I deserve to be, let’s talk about you and your future wave themed home. All waves are beautiful, but I am absolutely obsessed with traditional Japanese nami wave art. We all know the ones.

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A lot of interior designers, fashion designers and artists are inspired by the beautiful works of traditional Japanese artists and for good reason! The serene-ness of the soft color palettes in contrast of harsh lines are one thing that makes these paintings so memorable. I’m seeing a lot of fashion inspired by Nami waves. Whether abstract or literal.

Alena Akhmadullina Russia Spring 2016 takes a literal adaptation of Nami waves, transforming models into walking tsunami paintings. So beautifully done.

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Or this great Japanese bomber jacket! Nami waves, cherry blossoms and a beautiful mix of hard and soft.

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While these are gorgeous, fashion isn’t the only avenue that implements waves. Home decor can easily take a seaside twist. Maybe you aren’t ambitious enough to go all out like some of these creative sea lovers.

 

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As gorgeous and extragagent as these designs are, some like go on the subtle side of things. Here’s a couple wave themed decorative pieces for any sized home.

 

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Whether you’re more on the subtle side of things, or go big or go home like I am, a beautiful “Oceanus Waves” wave inspired decorative drain will be the perfect touch for any bathroom, kitchen, boat or pool area. Our stainless steel drain covers come in all shapes, sizes and colors and will add the perfect touch to your home. Also, don’t forget to check out our Designer Drains Pinterest! Packed with home decor ideas for every room of the house. Our Ocean Getaway board will be just the thing you need to keep inspired for your waved themed bathroom~!

B. Drake

Designerdrains.com

 

Out of This World! Atomic Rings and Outer Space

Were you one of those kids who laid awake at night imagining becoming an astronaut? Exploring the galaxy in your head as you stared out of your bedroom window? ……….Maybe not, but I have always loved a starry sky and a big full moon on a warm summer’s night.

My dream has always been a galaxy themed bathroom. With stars and dark blues and purples. Something about the nebula is just so edgy yet relaxing! Especially in a bedroom or even better a lavatory! Don’t believe me? Check out our Designer Drains Pinterest! Here are a couple of our favorites.

Stellar, right? Futuristic, cyber home decor can be simplistic or intense! Dark or light. Minimal or Busy. It all depends on your aesthetic.

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If I haven’t sold you yet, remember galaxy theme is all the rage right now. Even in fashion! Having a futuristic themed home will put you ahead of the times and also hip to a new trend that’s catching on fast!

Runway fashion (Here are some of my absolute FAVES from Valentino Pre-fall 2015

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And this stunning gown from Zuhair Murad Fall 2015

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Ok, you’re sold right? So let’s get back to interior design. Let’s say you’ve found the perfect galaxy print shower curtain, a dark nebula wallpaper or even a spaced theme bath set! Maybe even a starry sky ceiling projector like this cool gadget from The Lightbox.

Now what else could take your bathroom to the ultimate level? Our Atomic Rings shower drain! One of my favorites! I’m probably bias though, I always see it on the shelf and automatically imagine it in the future shower of my beautifully remodeled outer space themed bathroom. But even if you don’t want to go as bold as a nebula inspired interior, Atomic Rings is a beautiful, fun and unique decorative drain cover that can spruce up any bathroom or kitchen. Whether stainless steel, a golden bronze or our dark and elegant oil rubbed bronze, Atomic Rings will make any shower unique and fashionable. Then again, paired with spacey theme decor it can’t be beat!

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~B.Drake

Designerdrains.com