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our take on modern rustic

our take on modern rustic

I love mixing materials - wood, marble, ceramic, metal.. It gives the space depth & character.

You probably already know this - but my husband and I live in an eichler, which is a mid-century modern house. It was the first style of house we looked at together when we were house shopping & we immediately fell in love with the floor to ceiling windows that make the house feel bigger, the natural light that pours in that makes the house bright and airy, and the shape of the house that lends itself to privacy, while still remaining open to the outdoors. 

See those amazing floor to ceiling windows? It was love at first site for us.

I’ve always loved mixing styles together, priding myself on a somewhat eclectic style that pulls together modern, rustic, and “worldly” pieces that I’ve gathered from my travels. 

Texture & patterns also add depth to the space, and I use them particularly with textiles. 

Since we had to redo the heat in our house, which happens to be in the floor, we had to rip out the flooring that came with the house when we bought it (insert major sigh when we realized this). I wanted something somewhat rustic - medium colored (so it didn’t show every speck of dirt), distressed (so it would hide any nicks and scratches from our lovely fur children), and showing the grains of the wood - so in went our current floors. 

In addition to the floors, we added a rustic mantel that I found at a reclaimed lumbar yard in Berkley, a rustic sofa table that we built to match the length of the couch, and a rustic coffee table from pottery barn.  To keep the room still bright, I picked a light blue grey for the walls, and modern pieces (including painting our once dark wood bookshelf a light grey). The modern touches are soften the rustic elements. 

While it was easy to add in bright, modern pieces into the decor, I also wanted to keep the kitchen contemporary as a testament to the style of the home. While I fully appreciate the modern, mid-century aesthetic, the softened contemporary style speaks more to our personalities. 

What's your take on rustic modern? We'd love to hear your thoughts. 

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