The above photos illustrate my point. I understand that the company's mission is to sell this "look", but that's a lot of weathered oak/driftwood/distressed/tea-stained/Belgian linen covered stuff. After a while it seems a bit like a dead flower arrangement to me.....where's the "life"?
That's more like it. The above two spaces integrate a piece of weathered furniture beautifully with other elements--some antique, some modern, all having that "collected over time" look. The cowhide rugs are also a nod to a natural look, and its amazing how the addition of simple greenery brings so much life.
This open concept kitchen, belonging to my favorite Ina Garten, mixes clean white cabinetry and classic furnishings with a dramatic rustic beamed ceiling. The pairing of bright, light and simple with the weight of those beams is spectacular, and makes this space so inviting.
I love this space! Who would have thought mixing super-contemporary cabinetry, countertops and fixtures with those stone walls and weathered floor would work so well? It looks effortlessly pulled together (love that antique mirror in lieu of upper cabinets), and the addition of greenery injects just enough "life".
The mod pendant lighting and acrylic Ghost chairs provide just the right amount of tension with the barnboard wall and rustic farm table.
While this kitchen has a decidedly "country" vibe, there's still a great mix of elements. I love the white cabinetry with the antique benches and time-worn table. If this space had been all wood (as in wood cabinets and wood floors), it would be all wrong. Its the mix that makes it interesting and "right".
That crisp white sofa provides the perfect backdrop for a unique rustic piece. I'm starting to be inspired.......
I think I'm ready to move into this space! The balance of crisp and rustic elements, differing wood tones, and glam crystal chandeliers is just perfect. Those reclaimed wood beams set the tone for the space, but the more classic/modern additions really bring it all together!
Well, I think I'm inspired to believe that it can be done. If you have any other great examples of rustic-meeting-modern in a smashing and spectacular way, let me know! Hopefully soon, the lonely little piece of driftwood that I have managed to incorporate into my living room will be joined by a few other "weathered" pieces.....