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?