Tahoe Modern is a rustic modern dream home for a couple and their two children, designed by Artistic Designs for Living in the Homewood Mountain Ski Resort, near Lake Tahoe, California. The property is comprised of 4,000 square feet, with five bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms. “They wanted a house in Tahoe, but they didn’t want your typical Tahoe house,” states the designer, referencing the mountain lodge look adopted by many homes in the area. “They wanted something more modern.” She made it work by referencing a look that’s more industrial and European than log cabin or mountain lodge. The entry sets the tone, equipped with chairs for removing skis and a mudroom for storing them.
The dining room is outfitted with an extra-long banquette, perfect for fitting a lot of friends around the table. The light fixture was made from an old ski lift seat that was discovered on the property.
The living room is meant for gathering. “There’s no formal living room, because that’s not how people gather up there,” states the designer. The ceiling height was set at 8 feet, but Triggs didn’t shy away from covering it with rustic wood and beams. “It gives the space texture and a clubby feel,” she says.
The fireplace, clad in steel and adorned with large rivets, has an industrial feel. Small stools and oversize ottomans that act as coffee tables or extra seating make sure there’s always a perch near the fire.
The game room, located behind the entry chairs, was originally supposed to be another bedroom. For this family of four with two kids, the designer opened it to the hallway and living room and made it a game room. Thick pass-throughs make the space feel substantial and act as display shelves.
The designer wanted the home to have a Ralph Lauren style to it. The geometric rug is a subtle reference to game boards — Monopoly is a favorite with this family.
The designer likes to mix masculine and feminine elements in her designs. In the powder room, the stone vanity is beefy and dark. White light fixtures and a white-framed mirror pick up the tones in the veined marble for a yin-yang effect.
At the entrance to the kitchen, the ceiling soars, making room for large windows that embrace a view of tall trees.
The industrial rivets are back in this room, this time on the range hood.
They industrial rivets also appear, in a smaller scale, on the edge of the eat-in island.
Upstairs the master bedroom is done in neutral colors and rich textures — from a grass cloth wall covering behind the bed to a bench that’s upholstered with a cuddly textile reminiscent of the inside of a sheepskin boot.
The bedroom opens to the master bath. “We had thought about dividing these rooms with a barn door,” says Triggs. “But it just didn’t work.”
Had the rooms been divided, the owners would have missed this view from the bathroom windows. A window seat makes the space seem extra luxe, and the designer notes that when the kids bathe here, the parents have a place to sit. The rivet motif is present on the tub exterior and, in shape only, in the Roman shades.
On the upper level, it’s all about family with a large sectional. The animal head sculptures “are a whimsical nod to old Tahoe style,” states the designer.
A table makes room for games, crafts or projects. In another old-Tahoe reference, the cabinets are outfitted with fish-shaped hardware.
Baskets on nearby shelves organize everything from Legos to paints.
For this family, like many, sleepovers are a regular event. Bunk beds make sure that there is always room for friends.
Vintage ski posters add old-school flavor.
The vanity, open to the family room, is a skillful mix of old and new with rustic wood, a corrugated backsplash and industrial sconces. “My goal was for this house to feel cozy, warm and modern,” states the designer.
Photos: Courtesy of Artistic Designs for Living
Refreshing in its simplicity, rustic style highlights natural beauty and a rugged, resilient spirit as reflected in these rustic living room designs with organic textures and shapes, and natural warmth. Rustic style can be very varied and interesting and it is a very popular interior style that fits with people who want a unique, handmade quality that is timeless in design. Rustic interiors fit with other styles from minimalist to coastal and can be very romantic and charming. Rustic style attracts people who appreciate traditional values and are looking for high quality furniture that has great functionality. This style is perfect not only for country house but also for modern apartments because it makes any space extremely cozy.
Rustic living rooms are full of charm and warmth, as a great space for entertaining and spending time with family, a rustic fireplace would be a perfect focal point. It can be decorated with rough stone or even with rough wood! Natural wooden floors and soaring ceilings decorated with old wooden beams are the best start for a rustic room. Then choose furniture and accessories according to your taste and the style that you want to combine with rustic. Rustic style can be masculine or feminine, minimalist and shabby chic, hunter’s retreat style and coastal – enjoy the gallery below and feel inspired by the various ways you can style your rustic living room! If you are seeking more inspiration, be sure to check out some of our past articles on rustic inspiration, such as 51 Insanely beautiful rustic barn bathrooms and 38 Unbelievable barn style bedroom design ideas.
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Rough-Hewn Beams: For many of us, this element is the first thing that comes to mind when we think “rustic.” Not only do rough-hewn beams help to define a space architecturally, they can instantly anchor it in rustic territory, especially if they’re left rough and unpolished. Use beams to frame ceilings and delineate doorways, to surround fireplaces and windows, or even to line walls. You can also incorporate rounded logs if you choose, which lends cabin charm.
Organic Forms: Too many mass-produced or overly tailored pieces dilute a room’s rustic style. Instead, choose furnishings and objects with strong, slightly rough profiles, such as the basket shown in the fireplace.
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Use Barn-Inspired Elements: Not only are sliding barn doors, Dutch doors and other details borrowed from outbuildings ultra-functional, they feel apt and appropriate with rustic style.
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Marsh Residence is a stunning rustic modern property that has been designed by Dungan Nequette Architects in Birmingham, Alabama. The project began with an existing house of most humble beginnings and the final product really eclipsed the original structure. On a wonderful working farm with timber farming, horse barns and lots of large lakes and wild game the new layout enables a much fuller enjoyment of nature for this family and their friends. The look and feel is just as natural as its setting- stone and cedar shakes with lots of porches and as the owner likes to say, lots of space for animal heads on the wall! This project was featured in Southern Living, May 2013.
Furnishings found throughout the home are both antique and pieces picked up from Restoration Hardware.
The wood floor and unfinished beams make for a beautiful rustic kitchen. What makes this kitchen special is the bright, open space flooded with light thanks to the custom windows. A floating wood shelf and an antler chandelier bring it all home.
Photos: Courtesy of Dungan Nequette Architects
Lopez Island Residence is the remodel of a stunning seaside home by Graham Baba Architects on Lopez Island, in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. The remodel involved the removal and recycling of the original 1960s split-level house and the design of a home that’s more connected with its location. The island residence is comprised of several natural materials associated with the Northwest vernacular, including exposed wood, iron, glass, and local fieldstone. Exterior windows provide a continual view of the San Juan Islands region, while the architectural elements and materials reinforce the Pacific Northwest locale.
In keeping with GBA’s practice of employing reused and sustainable materials, metal destined for the dump has been reclaimed to form the divider between kitchen and dining space, and beautifully weathered Australian gumwood from Sydney Harbor’s wharves has been repurposed as exposed trusses within the house. Custom ironwork was fabricated by Seattle-based Gulassa and Co.
The transition from interior to exterior space is minimal with the use of a panelized glazing system that easily folds and tucks away to allow nature in. Deep overhangs protect the interior spaces from overheating during the summer while letting in the much-needed low sun during the winter. The open floor plan allows for amazing views from all positions, making the Puget Sound environs a constant in the residence and tying in beautifully with the physical elements of the house.
Photos: Benjamin Benschneider
Fitch Bay Cabin is the personal modern rustic cabin of interior photographer Jean Longpré and Rosalie Clermont, situated on a large woodsy plot in Fitch Bay, a small town in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, about two hours from Montreal. After years of photography beautiful homes, the photographer knew exactly how he wanted his own getaway to look. The photographer spent two years collecting materials for his 1,900 square foot, two bedroom, two bathroom dream home, picking up items locally and gathering special pieces like a porthole window. The home was built in 2000, costing approximately $250,000 Canadian, including major clearing of the land and preservation of the trees
Longpré is proactive in ensuring that his home is both practical and beautiful. The kitchen island was originally designed with cupboard doors, but those were eventually switched into drawers, “which now works well and looks even better,” says Longpré. He also shifted the butcher block countertop to create a seating area at the end, filling in the gap with a piece of stainless steel countertop. Clermont is comfortable walking around barefoot thanks to the heated brick floor.
The interior was painted by hand in a high-gloss white paint, creating a bright interior where the sunlight bounces off the walls, making the home feel lively. Despite its modest size, the cabin feels larger, thanks to the open staircase, open floor plan, soaring ceiling and reflective white wall paint.
The interior incorporates design elements that are predominantly European, with tall casement windows and a heated brick parquet floor. Bricks were also used to build the fireplace, which, Longpré says, has no mantel “to make it look European.” He added casters to the furniture in the living area so that the layout can be easily rearranged.
Longpré custom-designed the five-seater benches to go with the solid oak dining table he found at an antiques store. The wooden cabinet holding their dinnerware is from the same store and was originally used in a hospital in the nearby town of Magog.
Longpré designed the top floor to maximize the space and maintain an airy, loftlike feel. The combination headboard and shelving is actually the back end of a walk-in closet.
The bookshelf holds a curated collection of objects and reading material. The iron railings on either side of the platform are covered with wire mesh — a solution to meet safety requirements — which adds to the industrial vibe of the space.
Longpré designed the bedroom area with French doors that open onto a balcony. The concept behind the bedroom was that on warm summer nights, the bed — which is set on casters — could be wheeled partially or completely outdoors for sleeping under the stars.
The upstairs floor is covered with red pine and finished with varnish. The floor extends all the way to the bathroom area, which is raised and covered in white penny tile.
The other side of one of the two walk-in closets serves as the vanity area for the master bathroom, which was done all in white to keep the space bright and clean. French doors on the opposite wall open onto a small porch.
Longpré designed the walk-in closet area out of pine, with sliding doors made to resemble barn doors. An antique porthole window is built into the floor. “I thought it was a fun way to incorporate this interesting piece into the home,” he says.
Although this guest bedroom is in the basement of the home, you wouldn’t know it. Longpré designed the house and landscape around the idea that most rooms should have access to the outdoors. Accordingly, the brick floor in this bedroom extends outdoors onto a small patio.
When Longpré built the cabin, a screened-in porch was an important factor. “With a porch, you can virtually be outside, comfortably, any time of the year,” he says.
Longpré built this fire pit using rocks found on the site. It’s now a favorite gathering spot for friends and family members.
Inspired by the architectural styles Longpré admires, the cabin is designed to resemble a traditional New England saltbox, with a very simple structure and steep, sloping roof. The horizontal pine planks are stained black to give the house a dramatic, Scandinavian feel. A Juliet balcony affords a gorgeous view of the surrounding landscape.
Photos: Jean Longpré
Los Chillos House has been designed by Quito based architectural firm Diez + Muller Arquitectos in Valle de los Chillos, Cuenca Canton, Ecuador. The home was completed in 2012, comprised of 5,920 square feet of living space with a contemporary exterior facade composed of stone and glass which contracts ascetically with its traditional rustic interior design.
The design of this house arises from previous research and understanding of the regional architecture of the Ecuadorian highlands, and how it engages with a modern system through understanding the place, tectonics and space of each, creating a tension between the two systems. First are the traditional architectural and spatial elements, such as the courtyard, the wall, porch and slope. At the same time, the open plan and the continuous space are modernist concepts contrasted with the elements previously mentioned. The material palette includes local stone, wood and tile as local or endemic materials, and exposed concrete, steel and glass as modern materials. This mix not only expresses a formal idea, but also a structural and constructive idea that reinforces the argument.
In an area of approximately 2 hectares with a steep slope, the house is implanted in the highest part of the site, with a privileged view. In plan, the house is designed linearly, taking advantage of the views from every room. The design in section becomes important, access is from the upper level of the site to the social area, kitchen and terrace. The most private areas and bedrooms are on the lower floor.
The house is stratified into two zones: the stone base and glass box on top. The base is a stone bearing wall, where private areas are distributed. This base, true to its characteristics, is the support of the house on the ground, and contains the excavated soil for its settlement. It comes into view in full from certain viewpoints, while from others it is half-buried and seems to arise. At the back and at the entrance of the house, a large cut in the ground generates a submerged courtyard which serves mainly to illuminate and ventilate the bedroom areas on the ground floor. At the same time, it becomes one of the most important areas of reference of the house. It is contained by an exposed concrete wall, contrasting with the stone wall, thus creating tensions between the two systems.
The arrival to the house is through a steel and glass bridge that intersects with the stone wall, and opens the space to a large steel and glass nave that contains the social areas of the house on the upper floor. On this nave rests a traditional mud tile roof.
Finally, the finishes of the house are simple materials like concrete and wood on floors, concrete walls, wood deck, etc.. The lightness of the glass top volume is even more evident at night when artificial light exposes its permeability and the great nave of the roof, which is juxtaposed with the monolithic volume of the base on which it rests.
Photos: Sebastían Crespo Camacho
Lahontan House 356 is a stunning rustic mid-century home designed by Ryan Group Architects in the community of Lahontan, on the 14th Fairway in Truckee, California. Lahontan is a 906 acre community nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in a secluded valley just moments from the clear water shores of Lake Tahoe. Lahontan’s golf and living experience rivals the finest private golf communities in the nation. The clients, who are from San Francisco, asked the architects to design a home that is sensible, practical and understated. The programming required distinct zoning, living space appropriately scaled for two people and a love of natural, beautiful materials, the simplicity and function of a 1950s aesthetic became obvious. The majority of the 5,076 square foot house sits on one level, reaching out horizontally to capture spectacular views of Lookout Mountain and the Pacific Crest from almost every space.
The scale of the entire house hits the perfect note between wide open and warm cocoon. The entry is instantly warm and inviting, the daisy-shaped wood veneer light fixture in the foyer, the first of many whimsical touches. As the entry opens to the living spaces beyond, the soothing ambiance created by the surrounding natural finishes and muted tones are dotted with punctuations of orange. Except for a few gable forms, rooflines are mostly low-pitched sheds, keeping the structure humble and deferential to the landscape. A transitional space that pulls together the interior and exterior, the backyard fire pit area features a bench whose detailing embodies the simple elegance of the home’s design and contextual response to the neighborhood.
The exterior is finished cleanly with basalt fieldstone, cedar siding and hot rolled steel panels, all appropriate for its alpine setting, but the house sidesteps being neatly categorized as “mountain modern” with its surprisingly mid-century style.
The living room, located off the main entry and dining room, features a warm, comfortable interior with 1950′s-era furnishings.
Multiple layered lighting enhances the kitchen space when day lighting recedes.
The master bedroom boasts an elevated fireplace inside and a private balcony with views of the golf course outside.
All of the structural wood elements for this home are made from Douglas fir. The painted steel connectors were created by the design team for the specific location used.
Photos: Ethan Rohloff Photography
Palmer Pointe Road Residence is a rustic modern home designed by Eskuche Architecture that combines the open feel of a desert home with the coziness of a mountain lodge, yet having a modern edge on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. A stunning home is the result of clever design ideas that met a very constrained lot area that begins at 35 feet of width at the street and is restricted by severe bluff setbacks toward the lake frontage that was maximized.
Martha O’Hara Interiors created the stunning interior design and furnishing selections throughout the home. Their goal was to create a rustic contemporary, dog friendly home that brings the outside in through thoughtfully designed floor plans that lend themselves to entertaining. They had to ensure that the interior spaces relate to the outdoors, combine the homeowners’ two distinct design styles and create sophisticated interior spaces with durable furnishings.
To do this, we incorporated a rustic design appeal with a contemporary, sleek furnishings by utilizing warm brown and taupe tones with pops of color throughout. We used wood and stone materials to lend modern spaces warmth and to relate to the outdoors.
The floor plans throughout the home ensure that windows and views are focal points and that the rooms are natural conduits to the outdoors whenever doorways are available. For entertaining, we maximized seating throughout the first floor and kept walkways open for ease of flow. Finally, we selected fabrics with extended lifetimes, durability and stain resistance.
Special features of the home include, the Marvin Ultimate Lift and Slide doors, which we placed along the dining, kitchen, and family room. These floor-to-ceiling windows recede into the home’s walls and include full screen protection.
In addition, the custom designed stairway uses a metal framework to create a sleek, modern feel. The thick wooden steps offer substance and give the staircase a rustic aesthetic.
Photos: A.J. Mueller
Nestled along the majestic Beartooth Mountains of Montana, this family retreat designed by Porth Architects is an elegant structure blending reclaimed lumber with unique design ideas. The mountain residence handsomely displays vintage rafter stock, barnboard, antique hand hewn timbers, and corral board all supplied by lumber company Montana Reclaimed Lumber Co.
In the master bedroom retreat the material on the walls is Hand Hewn Slab Siding and the ceiling is Corral Board.
This beautiful kitchen features rich, rustic materials and gorgeous green cabinets. This is an example of a kitchen that would appeal to a wide range of tastes, even though it is colorful and has character. The floors are reclaimed American chestnut, the stain is a custom blend. The ceiling beams are non-structural.
Photos: Jessie Moore Photography
Farr Residence is a mountain contemporary home designed by Studio 80 Interior Design with a warm, inviting and elegant appeal in Colorado.
This double volume foyer has been transformed into a cylinder of rustic contemporary appeal that boasts a textural story of mountain life complete with random flagstone flooring that suggests the natural stone of the mountain side itself; walls clad in rough wood boards held together with metal strapping as though the room was the inside of a wine barrel; exposed ceiling beams that wrap the round room and come together in the center to form a turret with square clerestory windows repeated around the walls above the strapping. A stunning light fixture that is suspended at the same level as the metal strapping and tells the tale of a wagon wheel referencing the strapping as the wheel itself; and finally a round faux pony skin covered bench with shoe shelving that is reminiscent of a coin operated bull ride. This foyer is a fantasy come true for anyone with an imagination and a taste for whimsy.
After entering the home and passing through the foyer, the social zone continues to impress. Exposed hand hewn post, beams and window surrounds are balanced with the weight of the stone wall and fireplace facing of 12×24″ patina’d steel sheets. A second light fixture identical to the one in the foyer hangs above the seating arrangement, which just happens to include a fun bamboo accent chair suspended from the ceiling by rope.
A walkway is created behind the sectional for ease of movement around the room and the walkway is kept wide enough to allow for a nostalgic vignette of gears and wheels to be mounted on the wall. The gears continue the theme of naturally aged materials and rustic appeal while at the same time adding in an industrial flavour that is further enhanced by the choice of floor lamp.
The bamboo on the swinging chair has been sprayed to match the finish of the aged steel, creating a tone on tone effect that is further emphasized by their opposing textures, the seat is then emphasized with the selection of colour pops employed within its pillows.
The kitchen boasts all the modern essentials, complete with a commercial grade stove and center island. The island picks up on the dining room angles by being narrower at its base then the counter and this is further emphasized by the bar over hang. The bar stools bring in a vintage flare while the faux skin rug on the floor has a country appeal.
Beside the kitchen is a small niche that supports a private dining space just for the family. The glass-topped table features a contemporary metal base that is repeated in the benches on either side for a picnic table reference while vintage chairs are tucked in at the ends for extra seating. In the distance a hall travels to the private zones of the residence.
The hall is a cozy transition that features a magazine rack mounted on the wall, a window niche complete with bench and industrial lighting suspended from the fantastic detailing within the ceiling beams.
Much like the living room, the dining room features exposed posts, beams and window surrounds, but here they are featured in a room of angular dimensions. Narrower at the floor line then the ceiling, it is as though the pitched ceiling is pushing the walls outward with the only thing holding it together being a metal rod crossing the center section of the room. This metal rod is part of another wheel reference; only this time the visual is within the support detail rather then in the two simple pendants that are suspended from it. Creating additional flare within the room is a vintage china bureau and a contemporary table that is paired with modern chairs, all three creating a purposely-neutral color story that allows the fuchsia area rug to be the soprano within the room.
The country rustic elements are strengthened within this bedroom via the large folksy print of tree branches on the bedspread, the cobalt blue bed frame and the “found” boards that create the headboard.
The kids bedroom continues the country rustic decor via the patchwork quilt and found board bed frame. The small desk, floor lamp and safety rail on the suspended bed bring in an industrial flavor while the Lucite chair reminds us that this is a contemporary home.
The bathroom is accessed via a pivoting wood door and when opened offers a view of a freestanding tub with a metallic finish for an industrial makeover on a country element.
The counter on the vanity continues the color story of the tub and the contemporary faucet and mirror supports reinforce the industrial aesthetic.
The details within the vanity vignette are subtle but exquisite. First there is the mirror that slides on metal rods hiding a medicine cabinet recessed into the wall. Then there is the faucet of hot and cold pipes meeting together to create a waterfall spout that spews forth into the rectangular sink, which is part of the solid surface counter. Just these three items create a feeling of luxury within a tiny footprint. Adding to this luxury is the heated towel rack reflected in the mirror.
In the bathroom, each coin nickle has been glued individually, then grouted and sealed. It’s a lot of work but well worth the effort!
The bench tucks quietly below a large window, creating the perfect place to enjoy reading one of the magazines featured on the rack next to it. Uncharacteristically finished in a powder coating of rose red, the bench and the area rug add in a layer of liveliness to an otherwise utilitarian space.
The shelving unit is a contained vignette of wooden cubes supported by square metal tubing with exposed welding on corner seams. The boxes are of varying sizes and while some feature a red stain on the interior sides others do not. The piece is a work of art and would be just as beautiful empty as it is filled with personal items.
Photos: Courtesy of Studio 80 Interior Design