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Design Dilemma: An Auto Repair Shop as Home

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Industrial spaces have become fashionable places to call home. Just check out this old Amsterdam auto repair shop, converted into a living space by James van der Velden, a Dutch designer who bought an old auto repair shop in 2012. The space was being used as a storeroom but van der Velden transformed it into a striking residential space. Van der Velden’s vision was a masculine, easy-going style utilizing plenty of texture and contrast. He wanted his space to have a “collected,” casual feel and it looks like to us, he’s succeeded.

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His living room showcases this philosophy. Nearly everything in it was bought second-hand. He is especially proud of a couch bought online which had just the “worn-out” look he was looking for.

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One of the best parts of his space is a 75 square foot interior atrium which connects all the spaces in the former garage. The gridded-glass construction is graphic and bold. While the atrium is not large, it floods the garage with light and allows van der Velden to grow a small garden.

Here’s another view:

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In the kitchen, industrial lighting, white subway tile,  black track lighting and open shelving continue that workshop feel.

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Here’s another view:

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And this:

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You enter the home through the garage.

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The vintage vibe continues in the guest bedroom where the bed platform was made out of wooden pallets, and the headboard is a vintage map:

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In van der Velden’s bedroom, a large piece of leather hanging from a steel rod serves as a headboard. Vintage movie theater seats line the wall.

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eclectic living room interiors

We love this space for walking a line that is not an easy one. It’s industrial and masculine but warm and cozy. It’s vintage and eclectic, but bold and modern. It’s personal, and in our opinion, utterly beautiful. Congrats to van der Velden on a project well done!

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