Keith Wardlaw sees beauty in the most basic objects.
The 25-year-old design specialist decorates his downtown studio apartment with clocks, lightbulbs, paintbrushes, blueprints, gym lockers and galvanized buckets filled with coils of thick rope.
“For some reason, I love rope,” Wardlaw says. “It has great texture.”
You’d expect Wardlaw’s studio, with its concrete floors and exposed metal pipes, to be a cold, barren space. But it’s supremely comfortable thanks to pops of warm color and tons of cozy texture in the form of plush rugs, felt pillows and piles of blankets.
“You can never have too many blankets,” Wardlaw says.
Wardlaw’s improbable industrial-meets-cozy style is exemplified on his website, plusmoderndesign.com, where you can buy furniture and home accessories that unfortunately do not include rope or galvanized buckets. But hey, that’s what Home Depot’s for.