With spring cleaning said and done and the endless summer upon us, now's the time to refresh your newly cleaned space with a new look.
Like anything trendy -- food, fashion, phrases, and even pets -- home décor has its share of fad pads. Plowing its way into the design world a few years back and gaining steam throughout such adolescent landlocked states as Arizona, is the hottest trend we've seen yet: the industrial interior.
Put on your work boots and let's get going. If you use your summer days wisely, with our list of the best places in town to find industrial salvage, you might just have a space worth showing off by this fall.
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Modern on Melrose At first glance Modern on Melrose appears to be more of a haven for well-polished vintage home furnishings than eye-catching industrial. But work your way to the back of the shop and you'll find an outdoor graveyard of vintage sign letters, iron gates and tables, as well as a miscellaneous shed of salvaged goods including, desks, filing containers, and even medical equipment. Call 602- 264-4183.
Davis Salvage For the DIYers who don't mind getting their hands (and shoes) dirty, Davis Salvage is certainly a spot worth checking out. The metal salvage yard confusingly located on both sides of Washington and 33rd Street (you'll want the north side) carries both scrap and ornamental metals as well as a giant salvage yard that you can browse through at your own risk. Call 602-267-7208 or see www.davissalvage.co.
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Paris Envy Generally not the first place that comes to mind when you think industrial décor, Paris Envy carries a surprising amount of European industrial furnishings. While metal carts operating as credenzas and indus-trial knickknacks such as metal fleur-de-lis are scattered throughout the store, the real point of pride belongs to the lighting fixtures. Think Tho-mas Edison as an interior designer. Call 602-266-0966 or check out www.parisenvy.blogspot.com.
Sweet Salvage We don't know how those junk fiends do it, but every third Thursday through Sunday of the month, the good folks at Sweet Salvage deliver a warehouse full of discarded treasures and functional flotsam to make scrap-savvy shoppers swoon. Despite the eclectic collection of antique school desks, mattress springs, and baking racks, all the re-claimed retail is tied together with a monthly theme. And though sleeping on big purchases is usually a good a idea, at this popular pickers' spot, the early bird gets the worn out leather wingback. Call 602-279-2996 or visit www.sweetsalvage.net.
Vintage Industrial Operating out of a large warehouse in downtown Phoenix, Vintage Industrial produces brand new "vintage-inspired" furniture designed and built to order and boasts a list of high clients including the MGM Grand, Four Seasons, and Guy Fieri. Because everything at Vintage Industrial is custom, and the business itself is not zoned for a public showroom, visits to the warehouse are arranged by appointment only. Call 602-524-7411 or see www.retro.net.