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12/10/2013 01:10 pm ET Updated Dec 11, 2013

5 Decor Ideas We Want To Steal From Starbucks -- For Real (PHOTOS)

Somewhere in the universe, two of our favorite things are coming together -- coffee and vintage decor. No, it isn't design heaven, but a far more unlikely place -- Starbucks.

At a new store on the corner of Canal St. and St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans' historic French Quarter, early 20th-century charm and modern design flourishes give new life to the city's unique artistic spirit and history as a coffee trading port.

"Starbucks designers went back in time, imagining what the space might look like if it had belonged to a Louisianan merchant in the early 1900s," the project website says. That means tin ceilings, dark wood built-ins and a number of other turn-of-the-century elements that we think would also work nicely into any home:

  • Almost-Black Walls
    Matthew Glac for Starbucks
    They're a "thing" these days, according to this roundup from Lonny mag. The coffee shop's back room, shown here, was designed to look like the merchant’s living space, with a more cozy, relaxed vibe than the front of the store.
  • Gallery Photo Displays
    Matthew Glac for Starbucks
    A gallery photo display (which has been on our home to-do list forever) put us up close and personal with our host. The vintage schoolhouse chairs and 12-foot community table are made from wind-fallen trees. (They also look like they're made for the ultimate cold-weather family feast.)
  • Statement Lighting
    Matthew Glac for Starbucks
    In the apothecary-style front room, where the merchant would have worked, local sculptor David Borgerding built chandeliers from old wrought iron gates.
  • Large-Scale Art
    Matthew Glac for Starbucks
    A large mural by Atlanta-based artist Tommy Taylor references New Orleans’ shipping heritage and sits adjacent to another statement chandelier by Borgerding, made of vintage horn instruments -- a nod to the city’s strong jazz roots.
  • Floor-To-Ceiling Shelves
    Matthew Glac for Starbucks
    Three words: Lots of storage.

H/T Design Taxi

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