Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rustic, Repurposed, or Reclaimed

As we've been furnishing our place, I'm realizing that often I'm making purchases based on the mid-century aesthetic that complements the house.  But I haven't been paying enough attention to the types of pieces to which I'm intuitively drawn . . . the more rustic, rough-hewn, and natural.

Kitchen under previous ownership (it's not currently this clean or neat!)

In fact, what really sold this house for us was the kitchen, and something not even actually attached to the kitchen: the gorgeous center island that the previous owners purchased from the Sundance catalog and (with my super smooth negotiations, i.e., begging and pleading) left for us.

So here are some pieces that I've had my eye on lately that go both with the mid-century aesthetic of the house and with my love for vintage, repurposed woods:

What style of decor are you drawn to? Does it work with the aesthetic of your house? Have you been able to meld the two together?


Jessica August 25, 2010 at 7:56 PM  

Wow, I would have never thought some of your choices would fit in the mid-century aesthetic. Good eye!

My own decor taste is a mismatch of country/farmhouse and Scandinavian design. Car Möebel is probably the best source to visualize what I'm talking. I wish they would come to the US.

Currently, I'm melding those styles in our nondescript but older apartment with some Pottery Barn-inspired IKEA and the help of some accessories and paint, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Mrs. Hot Cocoa August 25, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

@ Jessica: Ooh, I've never heard of Car Moebel til now. You've given me many hours of browsing! Do you visit Skona Hem ( Or House Doctor (

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