Atten-TION! Win Design Battles With Military Decor
Rally the troops at your home base with World War II–inspired furniture and accessories
There's something poetic about vintage World War II–recalling military decor. Simple, weathered, durable and industrial, it exudes a calculated boldness besieged by nostalgia. Perhaps it's the fact that anything designed for an army is always thought of in terms of practicality first — function before form, in other words. The dirty little secret is that this method often produces the best-looking design. Your marching orders? Couple these pieces with a smart interior design for a home that falls in line with high style.
These sandbag pillows were actually used to prevent flooding, so they bear slight stains and watermarks.
A stunning heirloom military trunk punctuates this elegant room — and provides handy storage for bulky items, too.
An industrial military light with a porcelain reflector shade is perfect for poring over those World War II history books.
This modern desk conjures a contemporary take on a military surplus design and helps complete the industrial theme of the office.
Add these aircraft decals, and your kids' room will become the center of the action.
Even kitchens can benefit from the look. Military Tan paint from Benjamin Moore enlivens the atmosphere here.
And a vintage military throw blanket adds a touch of texture and taste.
A canvas play tent makes for a cozy respite during truces.
Troops need to stay alert. That's why condiment cans like this were made to hold a three-day supply of coffee, sugar and salt, all separated by smaller canisters.
Ideabook published on Feb. 12, 2013.
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