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Rustic Touches

Written on February 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by

There’s a trend that’s going strong in home design, and that is the incorporation of rustic touches as part of both architecture and decor. Reclaimed wood beams are appearing as features in kitchens and rustic wood furnishings are popping up everywhere from the living room to the dining room to the bedroom.  Reclaimed, whitewashed, limed, or just worn, these weathered accents bring the warmth of wood and a desirable texture to any space. 

 

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Salvage yards are a wonderful place to search for old wood to be reclaimed for use in a new way.  A simple mirror gets a rustic touch with aged boards to form a frame that plays off a plank console in similar weathered gray wood tones.  

rustic wood vanity and mirror bhg

 

Wood pairs well with industrial style finishes – the organic surfaces always tempering the cooler metal framing and brackets or hardware.

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Reclaimed wood furniture is readily available from many retailers but with a little treasure hunting, often you can discover unique finds at a flea market or salvage yad.  Consider using weathered wood to have a custom piece made for your home by a skilled carpenter or furniture maker.

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Rustic touches needn’t be in the form of just furniture.  Accents like shelving, mirrors, light fixtures, or crates bring reclaimed wood into your home on a smaller scale. 

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If you’re looking for a few touches of rustic to bring some weathered charm to your home, here are a few favorite picks – I have the dining table myself and we love it! weathered worn rustic accents

From top left: Media Center, Hudson Goods, $1,675; Barn Wood Mirror, weareMFEO Etsy, $450; Dustin Dodecahedron Pendant, Ralph Lauren, $440; Ethan Table Lamp, Clayton Gray Home, $570; Mason Sink Console, Pottery Barn, $1,699; Salvaged Trestle Table, DCG Stores, $1,208; Reclaimed Wood Sconce, Zinc Door, $110;  Cucina Sideboard, Crate + Barrel, $1,299; Wood Server, Napa Style, $79; Wall Planter, Williams-Sonoma, $150; Bluestone Coffee Table, Crate + Barrel, $499; Wine Crate, Home Decorators, $59; Baluster Coffee Table, Wisteria, $1,199; Gustavian Bed, Viva Terra, $1,599+

 

Are you a fan of the look of rustic wood accents?  If so, what weathered or worn pieces do you take pride in inside your home?

 

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Still Hot: Industrial

Written on August 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by

It’s fun to observe what is on the horizon in interior design, what styles have staying power, and what looks are simply trends that will pass.  Industrial chic has been a popular look in design for quite some time with galvanized and oxidized metal furnishings and fixtures popping up in retail stores, and making an appearance in kitchens, offices, and dining spaces.    

 

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Cage lighting and open storage units that combine metal framing with reclaimed wood are all the rage, popular in commercial stores for their open display and in restaurants because they introduce a contemporary cool vibe.

 

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Industrial is criticized by some as cold, but when layered with other styles from traditional to cottage, a unique industrial pendant or set of stools make a chic statement in a space.

 

industrial stools wood table bhg

 

 

Layers of texture always add interest to a room and metal surfaces are yet another finish to consider when decorating your home.  If you’re looking to introduce some touches of industrial to any of your spaces, here are a few favorite picks!  

industrial decor bhg

 

From top left: Basket Chandelier, Junkyard Lighting, $189; Backless Stool (three colors), Barn Light Electric, $385; Wire Crate Chandelier, Terrain, $1,398; Magazine Rack, Urban Outfitters, $129; Metal Pharmacy Cabinet, Restoration Hardware, $395; Extender Lamp, Hudson Goods, $595; Tabouret Barstools, Set of 2, Overstock, $99; Metal Office Storage, Restoration Hardware, $75; Coffee Table, Hudson Goods, $895; Quindici Metal Cabinet, Napa Style, $1,799; Bar Cart, Clayton Gray Home, $1,105; Aiden Etagere, World Market, $219; Steel Chest, Clayton Gray Home, $4,150

 

Are you a fan of industrial decor?  Do you find these accents too cold or très chic?

 

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What’s Hot: Ikat!

Written on June 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm , by

It’s hard to ignore the popularity of Ikat textiles in home decor and interior design this year, and this global pattern is appearing everywhere in large and small scale, from rugs to furniture to accessories.

The word Ikat (pronounced “ee-cot”) means “to tie” or “to bind” and comes from the unique method of weaving that creates the iconic pattern.  It requires first tying off the threads in bundles before dyeing them, and then later weaving the cloth together on the loom using a weft, warp, or double Ikat method.  In modern times, the motif is created through either woven or printing methods, and is readily available in any color palette of choice.

 

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The characteristic markings of Ikat introduce a global vibe into the home.  The trademark motifs were brought over from the east centuries ago and they’ve been embraced by westerners ever since.

Many retails now offer furnishings upholstered in Ikat such as sofas, slipper chairs, and ottomans.  For custom work, there are dozens of textile designers that offer their own unique patterns and colorways, and it plays well with other fabrics, especially stripes and solids.

 

ikat red chairs bhg

 

If you’re feeling bold, introduce Ikat into your home with an upholstered headboard, sofa, or chair, and if not, it’s equally fabulous used in smaller doses, including pillows, trays, and dishes.

 

ikat pillows

Here are a few of my favorite pieces large and small now available for the home!

 

centsational style ikat for the home

From top left: Island Ikat Wallpaper, Thibaut; Green Plug In Chandelier, Lamps Plus, $130; Robert Allen Raspberry Ikat, Fabric.com, $23/yd; Annette Tatum Diamond Teal, Fabric.com, $9/yd; Raspberry Ikat Pillow, Sheridan French, $198; Nesting Bowls, C Wonder, $58; Window Panel, Urban Outfitters, $20; Adler Melamine Tray, Macy’s, $48; Eco Blanket, Wayfair, $115; Kenza Dinnerware, Z Gallerie, $48 (four plates); Ikat Boxes, Wayfair, $150; Citrine PIllow, Dwell Studio, $80;  Ikat Chair, World Market, $180; Photo Frames, Layla Grace, $30;  Glass Tray World Market, $5; Set of Four Placemats, Williams-Sonoma, $49; Rebecca Sofette, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, $1,495; Bliss Ottoman, West Elm, $549; ‘6 x 9’ Safaveih, Lamps Plus, $649; 7’ x 9’ Light Blue Rug, Rugs USA, $492

Are you a fan of the Ikat pattern, and have you used it in your home?

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