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KRIS Likes… Refined Rustic Interiors

 “There is a virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, in fields, streams, and groves, in rustic recreations and plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.” – Amos Bronson Alcott

Mark Cunningham Elle Decor

Mark Cunningham Elle Decor

I have always been drawn to the concept of laid back elegance in my designs.  For me, the idea of a refined rustic interior begins with a neutral palette, a mix of metals and wood, industrial and ceramic lighting, and a pointed use of antiques.  Rustic rooms gain their personality and refined aesthetic through a very delicate and selective mixture of preserved and exposed natural architectural elements; reclaimed wood beams and exposed stone walls or fireplaces.  These natural elements in the architecture should then carry into the decor.  Think of natural fibers and fabrics such as linen, leather and sisal.  Everything should be about earthy texture and simplicity.  Everything has its place and purpose.  Mid-century pieces are also great for this style of home. My former boss Mark Cunningham is an expert at creating the refined rustic look as you will see in many of the inspiration pictures of his work that I included in this post.  I love how he uses a Navajo rug or throw to add a little pattern into the room.  Enjoy!  xx K

Clark Stevens Country Living

Clark Stevens Country Living

Mark Cunningham Elle Decor

Mark Cunningham Elle Decor

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres Elle Decor

Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres Elle Decor

Robert Stilin Elle Decor

Robert Stilin Elle Decor

Mark Cunningham Elle Decor

Mark Cunningham Elle Decor

Alfredo Paredes - Architectural Digest

Alfredo Paredes – Architectural Digest

Home of Patrick Dempsey - Estee Stanley Interior Design - Architectural Digest

Home of Patrick Dempsey – Estee Stanley Interior Design – Architectural Digest

Markham Roberts Inc. - Architectural Digest

Markham Roberts Inc. – Architectural Digest

Kathleen Walsh - Architectural Digest

Kathleen Walsh – Architectural Digest

Anouska Hempel Design - Architectural Digest

Anouska Hempel Design – Architectural Digest

Suzanne Kasler Interiors - Architectural Digest

Suzanne Kasler Interiors – Architectural Digest

Markham Roberts Inc. - Architectural Digest

Markham Roberts Inc. – Architectural Digest

KRIS Likes… Thanksgiving Tablescapes

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” – William Shakespeare

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to set the table for.  I love working with a fall color palette and bringing nature indoors. I like to think of the table as its own small landscape; incorporating flowers and natural elements throughout the table setting. Here are a few Thanksgiving tablescapes for inspiration and some of my favorite items to set the table with this year.  Enjoy!  xx K

Natural Tablescape

Feather Setting

Country Living

Whenever I am setting a table I love to mix the high and low.  For example, putting fine china on a more rustic wood slab charger as I did in my Thanksgiving table “wishlist” below…

Ward Bennett Prisma Flatware Setting For 16

Wood Slice Charger

Wood Slice Charger – West Elm

Rialto Brick Red Napkin

Beauville Rialto Brick Red Napkin – Gracious Style

Gold Bird Napkin Ring

L’Objet Gold Bird Napkin Ring – Gracious Style

Palais Royal-Prestige Collection

Michael C. Fina Palais Royal-Prestige Collection

Set of 8 Chamberlain Wercester Imari Dessert Plates

Colette Tumbler

Juliska Colette Tumbler – Juliska

Amber Crystal Glasses

L'Objet Pinecone Gold Placecard Holder

L’Objet Gold Pinecone Placecard Holder – Gracious Home

Serving trays by Kay BojesenBirds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather Salt and Pepper Shaker – West Elm

Elegant Pair of Polished Brass Peretti Style Candlesticks

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!