Northern Michigan Shopping: Betsie Bay Furniture's Timeless Look

T hese items, all found at Betsie Bay, are made from reclaimed materials, suggesting an industrial revival style. The materials range from antique reclaimed wood, metal, glass, and old factory parts. The aged patina of the reclaimed materials is rich in texture and color. This style is part of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle movement. Although we live in Northern Michigan we are attracted to this gritty, urban look. There is a visceral connection to the scratches, dings and dents of the Industrial style that softens the modern day, clean-line furnishings, adding a sense of history and character that every home needs to feel comfortable.

1. I love the square, contemporary lines of this sofa. The nubby oatmeal and cocoa striped linen sets a neutral tone for the accent pillow. The seat back and base is banded in a brown fabric and topped with large antique nailhead trim giving it the industrial appeal. $3,077. The cranberry accent pillow offers a pop of color next to the earth tones in the sofa. $200. Betsie Bay Furniture.

2. Heirloom Pendant Light Fixture, in an old bronze finish, evokes memories of early 20th century America. Use with a carbon filament Edison-style bulb for an ambient effect.  $549. Northern Lights and Lifestyles, Frankfort, 231.352.6443, northernlightsltd.com.

3. These original antique industrial cogs come in a range of sizes, shapes and colors. This is a great conversation piece that adds an element of history to a room. $150-$350. Betsie Bay Furniture.

4. The Industrial Floor Lamp is a handmade, one-of-a-kind lamp fixture created using antique iron fittings, knobs, vintage gauges and dials, and cloth cords. Use a carbon filament Edison-style bulb to complete the atmosphere. Floor lamp $1,552. Betsie Bay Furniture.

5. These recycled glass vases are handcrafted by artisans in Spain. They come in a range of colors. $32-$58, Green Island, Traverse City, 231.933.8465, gogreenisland.com.

6. Antique Industrial Cart Coffee Table made from carts used in domestic furniture factories during the 1930’s through the 50’s. The geometric lines suggest a contemporary feel. $863. Betsie Bay Furniture.

7. Old vintage rugs made into ottomans. In this case, a circa 1950 rug with rich red and brown squares. Another great feature of the ottoman is the traditional turned leg with antique brass caster. $1,725. Betsie Bay Furniture.

Find Jeff and his Northern style at Betsie Bay Furniture in Frankfort, 231.352.4202, betsiebayfurniture.com.

To see this feature in its original, get the Modern North issue of Northern Home & Cottage, included in the February 2012 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine.

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