Growing up, my family was always more mountain vacation than beach house. And now today, despite living in a nearly urban environment close to NYC, my house backs out to the woods and has two rooms with vintage wood paneling. I did a double take when I saw this photo of a Montana living room by Markham Roberts. I found it a great example of how to do a rustic room that could still flow with other rooms in my house that do not have paneling and wooded views. The trick? Elegant furnishings and a neutral-ish palette.
A chandelier hangs high in the rafters of our inspiration space. This orb lantern can hang in rooms with lower ceiling too, because it is open and airy and will not obstruct your forest views.
I love the “Galaxy Footprint” art piece as a whimsical take on an astronomical piece. You can get both left and right foot prints if you choose.
A chesterfield sofa always adds a polished look. Linen upholstery keeps it from getting too formal. A wing back chair with a bit of a modern rustic touch is the perfect accompaniment to the sofa.
A wooden stump accent table is a great accent in almost any room. Here it has been polished, which I like as a contrast to earthy woods. Simple side tables are best with the chesterfield in this setting. Open shelves and distressed finishing keep everything casual.
The graphic black and white pillow works and signals clearly that this is a room of today, even though the overall pieces have a classic, timeless appeal.
I think we may tackle “beach house” the next time we “rock” a look. So lovely to be getting close enough to think summer vacay! Will you be in the woods or at the beach?
I’ve been gazing at the trees outside, wondering when the first leaves will appear. I long for green. To help coax the foliage to appear I thought I’d share some green inspiration. My favorite color combination? Green with black. In this instance I am going to say it is a combination symbolic of green growing out from under the darkness of winter. Above, these super pale wispy greens with black have a dreamy feeling to them. Are these greens for real or are we imagining them?
Here green feels shadowy and vintage, and crisp white accents draw it all into relief. The green is there, undeniably, but still hiding in the shadows,
Here our green combination feels earthy and bolder. Now the shadows of black are merely a backdrop for leafy optimistic greens. I anxiously await more green-spiration to arrive outside my windows!
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