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Rustic Style 143 Stories

What it is: Rustic style proves the old adage that everything comes full circle. Our pioneer ancestors would get a good laugh out of how fashionable the look is today — they probably dreamed of plastered walls instead of rough logs and carpets instead of bare plank floors. But thanks to rustic style's unpretentious...
10 Ways to Get the Modern Rustic Farmhouse Look
Even if you don't live in the countryside, you've probably been on a road trip that meandered through farms and small towns. Somewhere in the middle, you probably saw a cluster of trees and a simple house sitting at the end of a dirt road. At first...
Style 101: The Birthplace of Today's Rustic Look
Creating rustic nuance can feel like a nitpicky process, but the payoff is huge. The right balance of features and materials evokes memories, some you can't quite put your finger on. Whether the...
12 Must-Haves for an Instantly Rustic Home
Many of us love the worn-in, comfortable look of rustic homes. The history and that perfect wear and tear combine for seemingly effortless style. Getting that effortless look...
Farmhouse Style: Windmill Power Comes Around Again
There is something powerful about the sight of a tall windmill. For many of us, the towering structures are as familiar as a red barn, a white farmhouse or a dirt road in the country. It’s an icon that is seemingly embedded in our DNA,...
12 Rustic Touches That Add Warmth to a Kitchen
It’s getting darker earlier and earlier this time of year, making us crave a warm and cozy nest on cold evenings. The best place to start is the heart of the home, the kitchen. Gathering with family and friends for comfort food like butternut squash...
Houzz Tour: Taking on the Ruins of an 1800s Bourbon Distillery
There are three things that define Lexington, Kentucky: bourbon, tobacco and horses. And all three played a starring role in the construction of Ron and Elise Wallace’s house: Stone-ruin walls from an 1800s bourbon distillery and reclaimed...
Room of the Day: Refining the Rustic in a Log Home
While this ski-in, ski-out home in Steamboat, Colorado, was a great buy and had spectacular views, the owners were not particularly keen on the rustic log cabin look. Interior designer Lisa Kanning worked with them to tone down the heavy logs and make...
Bring in Warmth and Character With Reclaimed Wood
Few things warm up a room better than the authentic patina and rich tones of reclaimed wood. Even a simple panel or shelf brings a unique, natural element to a room — and it works whether the room is contemporary or traditional, adding character and...
Houzz Tour: Having Fun With a Half-Buried House
The email that architect Jeff Fountain received from his client was short: “This is going to be FUN,” it read. Curious, Fountain and his team at Copeland...
Feeling Knotty? Add a Little Rope to Your Decor
Whoever said, “Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself” obviously never saw all of the wonderful ways you can incorporate rope into a home’s interior. Whether used in furniture or lighting, or in place of hardware, rope lends an informal...
Get Your Rustic On for Log Cabin Day!
Did you know the last Sunday of June each year is Log Cabin Day? I doubt Hallmark is raking it in on this holiday, started by the Bad Axe Historical Society in Michigan in 1986, but the idea behind...
Bank on Branches for Beautiful Furniture
My husband and I made an ill-considered and somewhat disastrous move from the city to the country when we were 45 and going through a midlife crisis. The only happy things about it were the chickens in our backyard and the abundance of fabulous twigs...
Houzz Tour: 2 Wings for 3 Generations on a Vermont Lake
When an extended family opted to share a lifestyle by living under one roof, they turned to architect Lee Grutchfield, a principal at TruexCullins...
Lessons From Camp: Cottage Inspiration for Home
Tereasa Surratt and husband David Hernandez bought a decrepit summer camp from a group of expatriate Latvian priests. The next step was to spruce the place up. Surratt, the designer behind Tereasa...
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