I love modern design elements as much as the next girl. A sleek sofa here, a ghost chair there, etc. But I gotta tell ya: Rustic, cozy, country decor gets my heart all aflutter in a way few other things can. Not sure if it’s my Southern roots, or just the laid-back lack of pretention and warmth that is ever-present in country-esque style that I love so much, but the string of collected images below make my heart beat a little faster… and make me wanna sip a little Beam on the rocks and listen to bluegrass, wear cut-off jean shorts and a plaid shirt, inhale mountain air, fall asleep listening to crickets crisp outside, and eat Nanny’s biscuits and gravy in the morning.
Black wicker = totally chic in farmhouses and beach houses.
Green glass knobs on an old dresser = a great update.
My cousin J-Rob’s photo of the Thomas Divide.
Glorious color palette.
That ceiling (gasp!) All those windows (gasp!!)
This rustic sconce would also look great in a modern kitchen.
Can I sleep here?
Quaint and dreamy.
Those nubby antique matelessé coverlets are a favorite.
I think the trick to incorporating these time-worn, country-esque wonders into your decor is to use them sparingly… That way, your house doesn’t look like the set of Hee-Haw, but rather, infused with a few warm, cozy elements. For instance, mix the distressed table with ghost chairs… plop the antique bronze sconces in a sleek, modern kitchen… or toss some mismatched ikat and ethnic print pillows on the bed with the antique white matelesse coverlet. All of the above would all be magically delicious. But it’s all about what makes you happy and comfortable in your home, and the way you layer your own curated elements together is what makes your style your own. Personally, I need a healthy dose of beat-up furniture, rusty patinas and a few jelly jar glasses to be completely content chez moi.
Happy Hump Day!
*photo credits: charleston magazine, a cup of joe, pinterest, coastal living, something’s gotta give set, rue ann joseph photography via rue, chicago home magazine, personal photo, kathryn m. ireland, source unknown, rachel ray’s kitchen, anthropologie, cottage living, pottery barn, coastal living, set of it’s complicated, pinterest, personal photo, mimi williams design via atlanta home magazine, decor amor, domino, charleston magazine, cottage living, flikr, unknown, unknown