An Industrial Chic Lament

I know, I know...everybody and their pooch has blogged about the "it" style of Industrial Chic. I hate to beat a dead design horse, but all the cool images of rustic, metal and a bit rough-around-the-edges furniture has put me in a wistful mood...

A few months back, Ben's family was sorting through the estate of his recently-deceased grandparents. Besides the obvious sadness that comes along with such a task, there's also a lot of sentimental AND logistical debate - Should we keep this? Does anyone have a particular fondness for this? Do we have room for this? Are we being cruel to the memory of our loved ones if we part with this? It was grueling work - physically and mentally - to sort through a lifetime.
One of the things Ben really hoped to keep was a pair of his Grandfather's work stools. They were worn, and dusty, and had been a part of his Grandfather's tool, tinkering, and repair area. They were fantastic. Alas, Ben's uncle also desired the stools - and rather than split them up, Ben relinquished his bid on them. So long awesome stools. At least they remained in the family...
Needless to say, whenever I show Ben pics of killer "industrial chic" stools, he laments his decision...but that's him - selfless - just like his Grandfather.... As for me, I can do without amazing old stools so long as I get to keep my great guy (but that won't keep me from oohing and aahing whenever I see them!) Here's some cool IC looks for ya!

My fave is the rustic+glam combo


Whenever there's vintage, french cafe chairs in play, I sit up and take notice!PB has bought the license for the original, Trolix design ... at $225 a pop, I think I'll stick to vintage originals...

This guy's the Real Deal, from Marsh Garden Decor
Also, if you're in the market for some SERIOUSLY authentic Industrial goodies, be sure to check out Get Back Inc.

I think I could work here...
via apartment therapy
You don't have to forgo casual-beachy for this look...
via Country Living
RH goes industrial chic: The Refined Version
I'm eyeballin' this bookshelf big time - really wanting something for our book storage that doesn't feel hulking, but also isn't too dainty - THIS would work in a heartbeat!
via latrunkshow