I recently spent the weekend in an 1882 cotton mill building in New Orleans, which was converted into upscale condos about 10 years ago. The two-bedroom loft apartment was modernized with all the must-have amenities, but the renovation preserved the original architecture and historic elements including exposed brick walls, five-by-12-foot windows, worn wood floor planks, and 12- to 17-foot ceilings.
Staying there, I had a serious case of design envy. I imagined how I would decorate it if it were mine, and kept coming back to the style of industrial design. I'd love to use a peg leg cart in the living room and raw steel stools at the kitchen counter, and maybe paint the walls a pewter gray with pops of orange in the accessories. I guess I've never lived in a place with so much history, but the chance to design a home inspired by its own architecture seems really exciting to me. My own décor is basically just chosen more by what styles appeal to me lately.
How about you? Is your own interior design inspired by your home's architecture and history? Or is it defined by your own style?