Cottage Life: Rustic Refinement

Cottage Life: Rustic Refinement

While most retailers have already moved on from Cottage Life themed decor and are trying to get us to think about autumn, I say relax.  It's summer time. Mix yourself a G&T, kick back, and savor the warm weather while it lasts. To help you with this, enjoy this gorgeous summer home in the Laurentians that mixes rustic charm with small, but refining touches.

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Sneak Peek: decorating a condo

Here's a quick shot from a recent job decorating a condo in downtown Halifax. Most of the pieces are in place, but there's always a delivery or two to wait on at the end! Once we've got everything in place, we'll show you the entire fun, modern, functional space! decorating a condo - a sneak peek from this fun, functional modern space we are working on.

This project offers lots of lessons about making the most of open spaces, using smaller spaces, and considering dual functions to make the most of what you have, so stay tuned!

Old with New

Mixing old with new can give you a gorgeous result in your home, but it can also be a bit of a daunting task to take on. Not to worry - we've got some great examples of mixing antique and modern together in rooms around the home.

Living Rooms

Using key features such as light fixtures or large pieces of furniture, you can easily show off your mix of old and new. The spareness of some of the modern pieces contrasts beautifully with the more intricate look of the antiques.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Kitchens

Typically when mixing old and new, we see old buildings and rooms with newer furniture and fixtures. In the first kitchen below, we see a beautiful modern kitchen given some real interest with an antique cabinet.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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The next two examples show modern fixtures in an older home.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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An older table with modern chairs is a quick and fun way to mix things up.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Dining Rooms

In some cases, simply adding one or two modern items into an older space can do the trick. Below you see a modern light fixture and chairs doing the job.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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In this room, the modern chairs add a contrast not only through their form, but stunning color as well.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Here the contrast is also in color and form, with black Ghost chairsand a modern pendant lamp contrasting beaituflly with the old white table.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Bathrooms

First up we have a real stunner. The high walls and antique chandelier are juxtaposed with a sleek modern tub and some modern recessed lighting.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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This bathroom contrasts a sleek, modern shower (heaven!) with a gorgeous claw foot soaker tub. The dark color of the walls allows the striking light fixture to really sing. A stunning room.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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This bathroom is all sleek, white and modern with a splash of beautiful contrast in the antique cupboard. A great use of color, texture and style.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

A Converted Barn in the Cotswolds

This gorgeous home in the Cotswold region of England is exactly what many of us imagine when we hear the term "converted barn". Derelict when it was purchased, it has been transformed into a charming, cozy, and stylish home. Beautiful converted barn in the Cotswolds. A wonderful mix of rustic and stylish pieces make this a cozy but stylish space.

The kitchen shines with a wooden worktop and concrete base, mixing with the cobble flooring and stone walls. Fun touches like the blue carboy on top of the hood and the cozy dog bed tucked under a shelf make this a unique space.

Beautiful converted barn in the Cotswolds. A wonderful mix of rustic and stylish pieces make this a cozy but stylish space.

The living room mixes rustic and contemporary with ease. A mid-century Lady chair  and modern lighting are juxtaposed with exposed beams and an old fashioned wood burning stove.

Beautiful converted barn in the Cotswolds. A wonderful mix of rustic and stylish pieces make this a cozy but stylish space. Check out this amazing silver bathrub.

And the bathroom steals the show with the steel boat bath giving a modern and vintage feel all at once. Again, the brick flooring and plank walls compete the cozy, rustic feel.

To see more of this amazing home, go here.

House Tour: A Colonial Home Renovation

I absolutely love Colonial architecture, and I especially love it when it's given a sympathetic update that preserves features while bringing in modern elements. This stunning townhouse in Philadelphia certainly fits that bill. A stunning colonial home renovation in Philadelphia with beautiful modern twits. Gorgeous white bathroom, big fireplaces and stunning fixtures like the chandeliers.

The white walls and trim give a blank canvas where the room's features, such as this stunning fireplace and beautiful chandelier, can shine

A stunning colonial home renovation in Philadelphia with beautiful modern twist. Gorgeous white bathroom, big fireplaces and stunning fixtures like the chandeliers.

A simple chandelier echoes the relatively unadorned Colonial style of the past, while a walk in shower offers a welcome modern addition.

A stunning colonial home renovation in Philadelphia with beautiful modern twist. Gorgeous white bathroom, big fireplaces and stunning fixtures like the chandeliers.

The kitchen renovation also kept it simple and modern, yet with throwbacks to the past in the cabinet hardware and area rug.

A fantastic renovation. See the whole project here.

Decor: Bohemian Chic

Take a breeze through this house tour of a loft in New York City. The home deftly shows how you can embrace a bit of boho decor chic without having to drape lace and straggly plants everywhere. It's a high end look to be sure, but there are so many elements of style here that can easily be emulated. 54c1d3dd8e341_-_ed-lofty-aspirations-mishaan-02-xln-xln

Gorgeous NYC loft that mixes bohemian chic with modern style. Gorgeous NYC loft that mixes bohemian chic with modern style.

To see the stunning decor in the rest of the home, click here.

DIY: A Home Transformed

This beautiful home in Prince Edward Island on Canada's east coast is all the more impressive for the fact that the couple who live here did the work themselves. Project by project, this Craftsman style home was transformed from dated to modern and fresh, without losing its sense of history and character. an amazing DIY home renovation. A craftsman style home is given a fresh facelift with white walls, a painted fireplace, new kitchen and more!

an amazing DIY home renovation. A craftsman style home is given a fresh facelift with white walls, a painted fireplace, new kitchen and more!

an amazing DIY home renovation. A craftsman style home is given a fresh facelift with white walls, a painted fireplace, new kitchen and more!

The space was opened up with white walls and fireplace, but original touches like radiators maintain the home's original charm. Check out the full DIY story and pictures at East Coast Living. 

 

Design: A Modern Bungalow

The bungalow has slid into these modern times, and has done it with style. This version, by Arnhard and Eck, is sleek and gorgeous. Full of dark walls, expansive windows, skylights, natural wood and that fabulous Wittus Shaker Woodstove, this is modern design done well. It's a small space, perched on top of its garage. tumblr_nvk4tuqhwB1qbsmp2o6_1280

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To see the full slide show, visit Vectro Ave. 

 

Modern Rocking Chairs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I love to sit in a rocking chair and knit. Not that I knit particularly well, but it's the journey, not the poorly-constructed-sweater-that's-missing-an-arm destination, right?  I love rocking chairs of all kinds, but I do find it a struggle to find one that works with my decor. Old fashioned rockers are beautiful, but can stick out like a sore thumb in the wrong space. Luckily, rocking chairs come in a wide variety of modern forms, one of which is bound to suit a more modern space.

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The classic Eames Rocker. 

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The very modern Piacentro chair.

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The Roxy Rocker.

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A rocking chair and cradle in one. 

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A sleek, armless design by GUS* Modern

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Teak rocking chair by H. Brockman Petersen.

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