Ansel Haus is a sensationally designed rustic mountain home by Miller Architects in collaboration with On Site Management, located in Big Sky, Montana. Built in 2010-2012 this 7,000 square foot residence has been designed with materials of log, timber and stone.
When you approach design as more than just combining a series of rooms, your range of influences stretches further as well. At Miller, our design aesthetic steers us toward the textures, color palettes and material choices grounded in this region. Ultimately, our goal is to build spaces that help you experience the surroundings, instead of merely insulating you from them. It’s a result we believe can only be achieved by including everyone in the process—from the clients themselves, to the contractors and material suppliers.
By listening, exchanging inspired ideas, and being transparently honest, what might have been a sterile process becomes an enjoyable exercise in creativity. After all, your home will be more than a house—so it follows your architect needs to be more than a designer. At Miller Architects, we welcome that role, and have found that a fulfilling collaboration results in an exceptional home.
Photos: Bird Eye Photography
Day Residence is a beautiful rustic lake house retreat with a wood slat exterior and red accents designed by Dungan Nequette Architects, located in Birmingham, Alabama. Dark woods and pops of color are all over this house on the water in total seclusion and privacy. A little compound of rooflines reminds me of a camp house arrangement of kitchen/ dining and bunk houses. It seemed very appropriate for a lake retreat on Lake Tadpole. Each “building” is rotated and angled to soak in the best views and creates a village of sorts. Cypress and cedar on a bed of stone and a splash of red brings on and almost Adirondak cabin feel.
Photos: Courtesy of Dungan Nequette Architects
This classic alpine home was designed as a getaway for a Florida couple and their family by Worth Interiors, located at Beaver Creek, in Avon, Colorado. The home is situated so perfectly that the couple can stand on their terrace and watch the skiers come down the slopes of the Beaver Creek Resort. In addition to their stellar views, they also enjoy the generous proportions of the rambling house that was previously remodeled by architect Eric Johnson. The house had a lot of dark wood, so in the brief the clients requested a design scheme that was lighter and brighter and more in keeping with who they are. They wanted to push the envelope and go as contemporary as they could within the building envelope. The designer employed unexpected materials such as grass cloth in the bathroom to embroidered vinyl in the guest room and a silver metallic sheen in the living room.
Also unexpected is the repeated use of cowhide the designer deftly employed with a modern twist. The living room is grounded with a patchwork cowhide rug, alder panels in the master suite’s sitting area were stained dark and fitted with brown cowhide inlays, and the bed is backed with white paneling filled with ivory cowhide. “When you go contemporary, you still have to be respectful of the location and the architecture,” states the designer of his innovative use of the iconic western material. “It also helps to have clients who are brave enough to try layers of dark and light woods, plaster, grass cloth and cowhide.”
“We salvaged a lot of the original building’s structural materials, popped it up and out in every direction and nearly doubled the square footage,” says Johnson, who also added more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor living areas. And according to builder Robert Kehr, those commodious rooms and outdoor spaces made a dramatic difference. “The house has three large suites all with spa bathrooms, and the master has a personal deck with a privacy fence and hot tub,” he says.
In the spacious living room of a Vail Valley home, the designer chose tactile materials that complement the wall’s stone detailing. A cowhide rug from Stark grounds a sitting area where a leather-covered Dunne daybed by Troscan Design Furnishings pairs with a custom tufted ottoman.
The designer gave the kitchen a contemporary feel by painting the island cabinetry black to play off the existing granite countertop and redid the perimeter counters in honed black granite. The Guy Chaddock hand-forged iron chandelier, which features natural burlap and leather lacing, was procured through Town.
Clean lines define the Ted Boerner dining table, purchased through Town, and Jiun Ho chairs, which are covered with durable Joseph Noble Great Fake leather. A Roll & Hill chandelier composed of 12 ceramic antlers lends a whimsical western accent.
The master suite’s sitting area is outfitted with a Kennedy sectional sofa by Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman and a sturdy coffee table from Taracea. The Stark ikat rug, from Town, lends a punch of color and pattern to the space.
In the master bedroom, the headboard is upholstered with Joseph Noble fabric and stands against a wall custom paneled with hide, chrome and lacquer. The custom table is by Altura Furniture, and the Antoine Proulx chair combines a wood-and-copper frame with a metallic from Edelman Leather.
A lamp from Ralph Pucci International lights the Milo Baughman chairs and ottoman from Thayer Coggin that flank the master bedroom’s antique limestone fireplace. The linen drapes feature the same Romo fabric in two colors.
In the second master bath, an alder vanity topped with dark marble is paired with a chair from Arteriors Home. Crystal sconces by Barbara Barry for Kallista illuminate the Phillip Jeffries grass-cloth wallcovering.
In the game room, tufted patent- leather vinyl wraps around a bar, which is crowned with a glowing Caesarstone top from the Concetto Collection. Benches and bar stools from Four Hands offer comfortable seating.
Photos: Kimberly Gavin
This rustic bunkhouse built by general contractors John Kraemer & Sons acts as a playful companion to the main cabin, located in Northern Wisconsin. The bunkhouse serves as a getaway for the family, children and occasional guests. The reclaimed siding and timbers continue into the interior creating the framework for four sets of built-in bunkbeds. The sleeping area is open to a small working kitchen and living room on either end of the bunkhouse. The design of the bunkhouse was carried out by TEA2 Architects, with sensational interiors by Charlie & Co. Design.
Photos: Landmark Photography
Queens Lane Compound was designed with a rustic palette by Carney Logan Burke Architects, located along the Snake River north of Jackson, Wyoming. Mature cottonwoods, a pond, and several streams form the context for this residential compound. The main residence of log, stone, and timber draws its inspiration from early twentieth century National Parks lodge architecture, whereas the two additional buildings on the property serve as a counterpoint to traditional notions of the western log structure.
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For the shop/office building the client sought an unusual artistic statement that would speak to the present era while retaining a connection to the rustic tradition of the main lodge house. The solution still employs a vernacular architectural language with rough, antique logs as the primary material; however, by exposing and fusing the timber into an atypical two-volume framework connected by a transparent link, the shop building presents an innovative reworking of regional forms. A bridge, suspended by a steel rod from the truss above, links the upper-level deck to the office, and with a simple gabled roof and trusses of reclaimed timber and blackened steel, the rustic western tradition is both referenced and reinvigorated within a modern idiom.
The wine silo comprises the final addition to the compound and it stands adjacent to the shop. Because the compound lies in the Snake River flood plain, a standard wine cellar was incompatible with the building site. Borrowing from agrarian structures, the design team arrived at the silo form as an alternative, elevated storage system. In order to gracefully weather and blend in with the existing buildings and landscape the structure is clad in oxidized steel plates. The interior, inspired by a wine cask, is characterized by reclaimed fir woodwork and a spiral staircase that accesses carefully displayed wine bottles organized around the silo’s perimeter. The stair ascends to the roof where both the wine collection and views of the natural surroundings can be admired.
Photos: Matthew Millman
Rabbit Brush Residence is a rustic home with contemporary interiors, designed in 2012 by Carney Logan Burke Architects, located in Jackson, Wyoming. We have written about this architecture firms work in the past, including this striking modern home and artist studio in the sensational mountains of Wyoming, have a look.
The work of the office spans a wide variety of project types in Wyoming and the greater west. Community facilities, commercial buildings, resorts, and mixed-use complexes make up the public side of the practice, while affordable housing and residential architecture allows the firm to apply a broad range of materials and technologies. In both institutional and residential projects the firm’s commitment to sustainable design and sense of place has resulted in numerous awards and publications including the American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year in 2009. — Carney Logan Burke Architects
Photos: Paul Warchol Photography
Whether you have a beautiful cozy cabin or an urban home, decorating with a rustic Christmas style can create a warm and inviting holiday retreat, both welcoming and relaxing after a cold winter’s day. We have gathered together a collection of rustic Christmas decorations for you to use as inspiration and ideas in your holiday decorating scheme. Incorporating a rustic feel into your decor involves using a lot of pine cones, wood, bark and burlap. You can create a lot of DIY holiday decor with rustic, such as burlap ball ornaments, mason jars filled with candles and other holiday embellishments, garlands of wood slices, bark ornaments, they are simple to make and look stunning. Rustic accents can easily be incorporated by adding natural accents, such as filling a hurricane or glass bowl mixed with seasonal fruits and greens, mixed nuts, pine cones and Christmas ornaments. Don’t forget wreaths comprised of fir tree branches, plaid bows, acorns, pine cones, wood slices, or even candy! Decorate with wood candle holders, star wooden ornaments, pine cone decorations and your rustic Christmas will be truly unforgettable!
If you are still looking for further Christmas decorating inspiration, have a look at some of our past articles on 66 Inspiring ideas for Christmas lights in the bedroom and 50 Christmas decorating ideas to create a stylish home.
Create a Rustic Christmas Wreath with Message Square: Want to add a little personality to your Christmas wreath? Dress it up with cinched burlap ribbon, battery-operated icicle lights, and a message square hung from the top with twine. Get into the spirit of the season with festive messages, such as “Out Christmas Shopping,” “Happy Holidays,” or “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
Snowy Pinecone Candle Jars: Light up your mantel or front porch with these easy Mason jar votives—all you need is a jar of snow texture paint, lace, twine, Epsom salt, and pinecones, natch. Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda.
Use a Natural Theme in Your Christmas Wreath: For a simple and easy-to-make holiday wreath, try this idea for an all-natural Christmas decoration. Lay a 10-inch plastic-foam flat wreath form on a protected surface, gather about 100 faux or real acorn tops and sort by size. Hot-glue the acorn tops to the wreath form, using the larger ones first and filling in the gaps with the smaller ones; let dry. Hot-glue a faux bird to the inner side of the wreath. Tie a twine bow and glue at the top of the wreath.
Hill Country Christmas: A slim tree features warm LED lights, four different ribbons, feathers, icy branches, berries, birds, and the client’s ornament collections.
DIY Ornaments: Handcraft your own ornaments. This tree features pretty, yet simple, ornaments from old paperback books and sheet music. Hand-dyed ribbon and vintage ornaments tie in to the rustic quality of the handmade decorations.
Rustic Luxe Holiday: Beautifully neutral to start, the designers provided a sophisticated, thoughtful holiday motif. Reclaimed wood, sisal rugs, and poufs covered in hide leathers provide a mix of finishes and textures to bring a timeless look to the home. Personalized burlap stockings, kraft paper gifts and hand-made large format artwork, along with an entertaining kitchen full of cheeses, wines, salamis and sauces, provide the perfect combination of rustic and luxe for a Napa inspired California holiday.
Natural Floating Candle: Add natural elements to your holiday decor for a rustic feel to your Christmas decorating. To make, place a leafy branch at the bottom of a large glass Mason jar or vase. Fill two-thirds full with water; drop in cranberries and a floating candle.
Twist Twigs into a Simple Christmas Wreath: This simple technique for a twig wreath shows you how to make Christmas wreaths that don’t require a lot of expensive materials or time. Decorate a basic twig wreath with berry branches, a burlap ribbon bow, live greens, and a faux animal feather for a similar, nature-inspired Christmas wreath.
Use Festive Candy for a Pretty Wreath: Red-and-white peppermint candies create a fun Christmas motif on a simple wreath form that you can hang anywhere. Start by purchasing a foam or plastic wreath form from a crafts store, then use hot glue to secure unwrapped peppermint candies in rows, starting on the inside and working your way out. Finish the wreath with a simple bow, tied with red ribbon. Tip: This project is kid-friendly! Just have your little ones help unwrap each individual candy, and let older kids help with the gluing.
Reclaimed Wood: Use reclaimed wood, nails, and ornaments to make this rustic calendar.
Rustic Mantel: Paint wood letters red and use them to flank a round wreath to add a little “joy” to a shelf display.
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Cottage de Brebeuf is the conversion of a duplex cottage by Atelier BOOM TOWN into a rustic chic home comprised of steel, wood and concrete, located in Brebeuf, Quebec, Canada. The transformation was based on replacing the original structural axes. On the ground floor, bearing walls bordering the existing central circulation are replaced by a structure of beams and raw steel columns, allowing the creation of an open area for living areas (kitchen, living and dining room).
Small openings in the back yard are enlarged to maximum capacity, allowing at the same time easy and smooth access to outdoor space. Wood joists above the ground floor are exposed, increasing the height effect under the ceiling. Technical block housing a small toilet room and various storage is covered with concrete panels.
The wood recovered during the demolition is reused to cover the kitchen island to build shelves and sliding doors. The staircase is at the heart of the ground floor, becoming a characterizing element and allowing arrival at the center of the floor, under a new skylight where bedrooms are easily accessible without suffering a loss of space for traffic.
The upstairs bathroom enjoys a wide window veiled by a frosted glass, diffusing light and providing privacy.
Photos: Angus McRitchie
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