Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural

by Faith Provencher
Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Photo: Magnolia Market

Rustic home décor has become popular lately, and not just in cabins or mountain homes. Natural elements like wood, glass, iron and wool fill these spaces, and with a bit of strategic decorating they can be totally chic and stylish. And while they can have the tendency to be pricey, we've culled through the internet to find some affordable options. Keep reading to check them out.   

 

Textiles

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
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Neutral colors, plaids, faux furs and cozy knits are the perfect complement to your rustic decor. Here are some less expensive options:

 

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Plaid Wool Blanket from Amazon, $68

 

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Jute Rug from Rugs USA, $63+

 

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Fuzzy Faux Snow Leopard Pillow from Pier 1, $24.95

Furniture

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Photo: Found By Domestic Bliss

Rustic style furniture often has a wooden element of some kind - sometimes with clean lines and an aged finish, or sometimes with a more natural, organic shape. Here are a few great product ideas:

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Rustic "X" Cabinet from Target, $119.98
Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Studio Dove Finish Coffee Table from Overstock, $109
 
Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Wood Slice Coffee Table from World Market, $179.99

Lighting

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
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Rustic, cabin-style lighting often utilizes materials such as clear glass, iron and wood, to name a few. Here are two stunning pieces that won't break the bank: 

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Wooden Sconce from World Market, $19.99
 
Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Coastal Recycled Glass Lamp from Pier 1, $49.98

Wall Decor

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
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Wood is another theme in rustic wall décor, whether it is functional or purely decorative. Are we seeing a trend here?! Check out a couple of cheap yet attractive options: 

Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Mountain Wall Art Shelf from Etsy, $48
Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Entryway Wall Mount Coat Rack from Overstock, $66.99
 
Get The Look For Less: Rustic Natural
Printable Wooden Fish Wall Art from Etsy, $5

 

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Shopping Guide: 10 Great Etsy Shops With a Southwest Vibe

by Lexy Ward

Shopping Guide: 10 Easy Shops With A Southwestern Vibe

My style can be defined as a mix of midcentury modern and eclectic with a TOUCH of bohemian and southwestern. Right? It's a mouthful. I'm tending to lean more southwestern after creating this list of Etsy shops filled to brim with home decor that fits the southwest bill! Check them out below! 

 

 

Roaming Roots Woodwork - This shop is at the top of my list. From wall art to coffee tables, there's something for your space. They use reclaimed wood to create unique patterns (like this one for $195) in their decor and it's worth every penny! Check out their shop right here!

Neverland Beachware - Okay, round beach towels are all the rage and this one (for $42) with the serape style? It wins all the beach towel competitions. Check out their shop here! 

Shopping Guide: 10 Great Etsy Shops With A Southwest Vibe 
Photo: Tetherstraps

Tetherstraps - Who wouldn't want a fun southwestern accessory for their camera like this one for $25? It'd look great around your neck during your travels! Check out their shop here!

El Camino Vintage - A shop filled to the brim with old and new southwest items. A selection of rugs and clothing to fit that old west charming vibe. This rug goes for $40! Check out their shop here! 

Shop Midcentury Modest - Complete with beautiful pottery in different sizes along with a few other lovely home decor items! This pot is $14! Check out their shop here!

 

Shopping Guide: 10 Great Etsy Shops With A Southwest Vibe 
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FUNKAESTHETIC - A collection of terra cotta painted in beautiful geometric designs! This set of 2 pots is $25! Check out their shop here!

Arrowwood Designs - This shop is another favorite! A selection of floating shelves and macrame wall hangings! This set of large shelves is $85! Check out their shop here! 

Shopping Guide: 10 Great Etsy Shops With A Southwest Vibe 
Photo: If You Give A Girl A Saw

If You Give A Girl A Saw - I have no words other than I need everything in this shop. This gorgeous table goes for $285 and there are more like it! Check out their shop here! 

The Bearded Bowtie - When I saw this chair, I knew I needed it. This shop is filled with dining tables and beautiful chairs like this one ($300) covered with a serape blanket! Check out their shop here!

Shopping Guide: 10 Great Etsy Shops With A Southwest Vibe 
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FIBROUS - We all love woven hangings, but wouldn't it be great if you could wear them? Keep them in your car? Put your money in them? There's a weave for that. This woven rearview mirror piece is $28! Check out their shop here! 

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Make It: DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

by Lidy Dipert

DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

Finding an outdoor rug that suits your style can be really hard sometimes. There are a lot of design choices, but some are just too busy and a bit overdone. So, when all else fails why not make your own modern outdoor rug! It's so easy, you'll want to make them all year round.  

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DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

 

  • Flatwoven rug (like this one or this one from IKEA)
  • Fabric paint 
  • Angled bristle paint brush
  • Painters tape

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DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

Begin by taping a design on your rug. I wanted minimal and modern, so I opted for a simple diamond design. 

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DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

Once you are happy with how your design looks, dip your brush into the paint and carefully dab your paint onto the rug as if you were using a sponge. Because the rug is woven, making simple brush strokes won't work well. A dabbing motion will get the paint into the fabric efficiently, while the bristles in the brush will work the paint deep into the material for more coverage. 

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DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

This step is optional, depending on the design you are going for. Remove tape in the center diamond and carefully paint the edges so that the natural material is fully covered and the black and white paint are back to back. 

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DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

Allow to dry for an hour, then remove tape. 

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DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

Allow the paint to continue to dry overnight to ensure the paint is completely dry throughout before use.

DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

This rug is perfect for a little sitting area on the patio, but you can choose any size rug you desire. The minimal pattern is just enough to add that dose of color and texture without overwhelming the space! 

DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

DIY Modern Outdoor Rug

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Small Apartment Bedroom Gets HUGE Kid Makeover

by DIY Maven
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Nicole Gibbons was given a tall order when asked to re-do the smaller bedroom in a clients' 2-bedroom NYC apartment. It started as a "big boy room" for their toddler son, but a few months into the project--surprise--the couple learned they were adding another kiddo to the group. Nicole's plan had to change--big time. Now the room had to service a growing toddler AND a new baby, a baby, by the way, whose gender was...

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8 Modern Outdoor Living Spaces That Will Make You Never Want to Go Inside

by Lidy Dipert

Round-Up: 8 Modern Outdoor Living Spaces

Each year, we see the piles of endless outdoor decor stock up in our favorite shops. It can be very overwhelming when these pieces are simply set on shelves showing no personality or potential. A great way to get started is doing a little research before you go in the hunt and decide what style and look you might be wanting to achieve for your outdoor living space this year. Here are 8 modern outdoor living spaces that will surely inspire and...

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10 Things To Do With A Throw Rug Before You Throw It Out

by Lexy Ward
10 Things To Do With A Rug Before Throwing It Out
Photo: John Doe

We have about 10 rugs in our home at the moment. Those are the ones on display. And then I have a handful that I can't part with, but they don't go with our style in our new place. They're just collecting dust in storage so I thought I'd research ways to incorporate them into our pad in some way before getting rid of them! Here are 10 things you can and should try before parting ways with your old rugs! 

 

 

1. Paint a fun design on a boring rug to give it some life! via Mountain Modern Life

 

things to do with a rug before throwing it out
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2. Add some flowers and rope and turn it into a beautiful tapestry! via The Kipi Blog

 

3. Cover a bench! via A Beautiful Mess

10 Things To Do With A Rug Before Throwing It Out
Photo: Ruth Eileen

4. Cut up the rug and turn it into some floor poufs! via Style Me Pretty Living

Things To Do With A Rug Before Throwing It Out
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5. Create an ottoman from that old rug! via Teal & Lime

6. If it's dirty, just give it a deep clean! via Keeping Up With Mrs. Smith

10 Things To Do With A Rug Before Throwing It Out
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7. Turn a rag rug into a tote! via Cakies

10 Things To Do With A Rug Before Throwing It Out
Photo: Retropolitan

8. Use a couple of cheap floormats to create a kilim pouf! via Retropolitan

9. Turn a bunch of rugs into Bohemian pillows! via The White Buffalo Styling Co.

10 Things To Do With A Rug Before Throwing It Out
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10. This pom pom rug is also a tapestry and table runner! via Brit + Co

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Roundup: 10 Stunning & Unique DIY Wood Floors

by Jennifer Farley

Hardwood floors can be a wow factor in a home. These stunning hardwood floors not only use unconventional hardwood flooring materials, but also most of these floors are completely DIYable. Could one of these affordable flooring projects be the inspiration for you next wood floor project?    1.  The above floors are plywood boards cut to planks and stained to different colors.

2. I love how the above pallet floor was laid in a square pattern starting in the middle of the room. Check out how it was done here.

3. This live-edge black walnut floor from Real Antique wood is stunning. This was installed by a flooring company but the world is waiting for the DIY version of this. Could it be from you?

4. Mandi from Vintage Revivlas used pineboard hand cut to make a patterned floor in the her camper makeover. See how she did it here.

5. Jenny from Little Green Notebook bought plywood sheets from Home Depot and had them cut down to wide planks. She installed it and put a light whitewash over the wood. Check out the details here.

6. This floor was laid using slices of logs. It is beautiful how they piece it all together.

7. Here is the DIY version of using log slices for wood floors. Cordwood Construction used sanded grout to fill the gaps. Check out how they did it here.

8. This tiled wood floor is from the ends of wooden boards. Cartolina installed this end grain wood tile floor in their studio. Check out the process here.

9. Cami from Tidbits took the Shiplap trend and put it on the floor with a light white wash. Instead of cutting plywood she literally bought wood that is grooved and used for shiplap walls. Check out how she did it here.

10. This bedroom floor in a loft apartment by 403architecture is completely made out of scrapwood. It is sanded down for a smooth surface. The color and pattern variation make it stunning and unique.

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Want more flooring ideas? How about lineoluem floors? Check out this Curbly post for more inspiration.

 

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Quick and Simple Guest Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Emily Henderson guest room makeover before
Photo: Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson recently took her friend and client Susanne's ho-hum guest room to new heights with a few simple changes that didn't break the bank. New curtains, linen, and bed (courtesy of World Market) add much-needed personality, yet the room still maintains the neutral vibe Susanne

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Roundup: 7 Bright and Modern Pieces You'll Love for Outdoor Living

by Lidy Dipert

Roundup: 7 Bright and Modern Pieces for Outdoor Living

 

The first day of summer might still be a couple months away, but that hasn't stopped us from getting prepared for those relaxing afternoons lounging in the sun or evenings winding down with a tasty cocktail in hand. Afterall, it's never too early to get out and enjoy this incredible weather, so here are some must-have pieces to really brighten up your day...and patio!  

Roundup: 7 Bright and Modern Pieces for Outdoor Living

1. There's nothing wrong with having fun in the sun, but too...

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Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, COMPLETE!

by DIY Maven

 

Maven's office swap compete
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If you've been following along with this series, you'll know that this project wasn't just a room makeover. It also involved some room swapping. My home office was going to be where my guest room was and vice versa. And my craft room was going to be a dedicated workout area. And my craft room was going to become a craft cubby located in the closet of the guest room. I'll admit it, I didn't think it was going to be possible to cram all my books, printers, and office and craft supplies into one room and make it make sense. BUT...after much planning, painting, and paring back, the room swapping experiment

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Before and After: 30 Second Family Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Basset Family Room Makeover Before
Photo: Bassett

Okay, the video lasts 30 seconds. The entire makeover took 30 days courtesy of Bassett Furniture. But let's not dwell on that. Before this family room disapeared into a beige cave. New paint, art, furniture, rug, lamps...you name it...made the space come alive thanks in part to loads of contrast and pops of luscious turquoise. Here's what the room

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Roundup: 10 Rooms that Feature Bold Pops of Plaid... That Actually Work!

by Jennifer Farley
Roundup: 10 Rooms that Feature Bold Pops of Plaid... That Actually Work!
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Just in case you haven't seen the Target commercials, plaid is in. I don't really believe it ever went out of style but it definitely is taking center stage lately. Here are some fun ways pops of plaid can be added into your home and decor.       

1. Plaid can look good on the wall like the photo above. Plaid wall paper, painted stencil or DIY fabric wall paper could be a great accent wall in a room.

Source: House Beautiful

2. Not too sure about making plaid permanent? Throw some plaid curtains up and you will have lots of color added to your room.

3. Upholster something plaid. The Curbly house living room designed by Emily Henderson has plaid upholstery that blends yet still adds and element of contrast to the neutrals and blues.

Source: Lonny

4. A plaid sofa can stand out and be a focal point of a room.

Source: Cabbagerose

5. A plaid rug can be colorful and modern...and removable if you like to change things up with trends.

Source: Design Sponge

6. Bedding is a great place for plaid to show up in your home.

Source: Design Sponge

7. If you are "trend phobic" and don't want to go overboard, simple pops of plaid can be be added with a blanket on an accent chair. This is functional too. I always have a blanket when I am doing work at home.

Source: My Domaine; Home of Caitlin Wilson

8. Put it in your kitchen. Adding plaid is a colorful way to spice up the neutral and timeless design elements in your kitchen.

Source: DesignsbyKaty

9. If you are the type of person that loves to go bold. What about plaid tile?

Source: Making it Lovely

10. Its kind of fun to display plaid in the unexpected, like the faux taxidermy above. When you are done with it being every day decor it can always come back out as holiday decor.

So, are you into the plaid trend for everyday or is it just a holiday thing for you? Please do tell. If you are already over plaid because of the high saturation in fashion and design...Here are some other trends that are pretty affordable.

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Before and After: My Little Boy's Room Makeover

by Jennifer Farley
Little Boys Room Makeover

A little over a year ago we bought our home at an estate sale. We bought the house "as is." All the rooms in the house were about as bad and outdated as the above picture shows. This room had 40-year-old matted carpet, stained velvet damask wall paper, and an industrial sized burn-your-hand-off radiator...not to mention all sorts of other issues. Right when we bought the house we were in the process of adopting a 7-year-old boy, so we decided to focus "aesthetically" on the bedrooms and upstairs hallway. Most importantly our son needed a fun room in his forever home.    

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

Here is how the only finished room in my house turned out. My kiddo loves color so the decision to paint the walls white might seem odd, but the room must be able to transition. We have a long renovation list of painting, so needing to repaint in a couple of years really isn't wise. From a design perspective, I knew the white walls would give the mix of colors and patterns I planned to put in the room some balance. The room was inspired by the buffalo check curtains. I found the upholstery fabric at a fabric warehouse.

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

I was on a major budget since we were upgrading the bedroom windows, floors, drywall, and the overall house HVAC. I saved money by using what I already had for the larger pieces. My hoarding finally paid off. Our adoption took over a year, so I also had some time to patiently search for deals. The rug is a carpet tile rug from the same local carpet warehouse that I found the commercial grade tiles for this rug. I was originally looking for a black solid rug but I liked the lightness the small white texture added. I also liked the price and durability. It is a 9 X 15 for about $160 after I bought extra tiles if needed to switch them out. Patience is the key for good deals. If you know what you want early on you can be patient and purposeful in your purchases.

Little Boys Room Makeover

The loveseat was actually bought three years ago on Craigslist for $50. I had no place for it then, but I new it was a piece I could use for a long time and reupholster when needed. It is actually a sleeper loveseat which allows this room to become another room for guests or visiting cousins. 

Little Boys room makeover

Here is an overview of the entire room. The shelving system is an Ikea hack using their inexpensive Ivar shelving units. We bought only the side units and added our own shelves cut to size. Because of the large base trim, we wall mounted them and painted them the wall color. I love this storage because it can transition with the room. Imagine a full-sized bed where the sofa is, the twin bed replaced by a desk in the big opening. Perfect teenage room, right?  The light fixture is a vintage mid century light who was hiding at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It was pretty "as is" in its wood and antique brass "vintageness" but felt busy when we hung it up. A can of white spray paint makes it a statement fixture that blends.

Little Boys Room Makeover

The mid century bed was found at an estate sale and the Ikea Rast next to it was the only dresser small enough depth wise to fit cohesively within the shelving unit. Inspired by all the Rast hacks, I painted it. 

Little Boys Room Makeover

The dresser is one we have had for a long time, found at a thrift store. My son loves to draw and color so I hung some clothesline to display all this masterpieces. The calendar has been a life saver for me as a mom. It not only helps him understand his months, dates and days of the week, but it has also helped him be a little more responsible as he sees our family schedule for the month.

Little Boys Room Makeover

Books and toys are the cheapest things to style with in kids room. They add color and are useable. The jar is what we call the "treasure" jar. He picks up "treasures" everywhere and to manage the stuff that comes home, I created a jar for it all. He can fill it to his hearts desire but when the jar gets full, he has to make room for new ones.

LITTLE BOYS ROOM MAKEOVER

I love this little picture-ledge gallery wall because it is so transitional. Since the art and photos are not attached to the wall I can change it up as he grows.

Little Boys Makeover

I am kind of obsessed with this lhama print. My son and I both smile at it daily. The sunrise photo is a custom painting from a local artist. It was given to my son the day he moved into our home. It is a painting of the sunrise on the day he was adopted. It makes me tear up at times so the silly lhama provides comic relief.

I often find myself choosing to linger in his room and just look around. Mostly because I am thankful for him and our story, but also because I love how it turned out. What I love most about the design of this room is it is anchored in timeless "grown up" pieces, yet the color and texture of all things "little boy" gives it a since of whimsy. We all need a little bit of whimsy in our life...don't we?

If you loved this before and after you have to check out this living room makeover from Curbly. Are you on a budget like me? Here are my tips to finding things at estate sales. Have you renovated a room for a kiddo? Please tell us about your favorite elements in their room.

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