Rustic Elegance

Kitchen Living

Let's be honest- nowadays people live in their kitchens. And I love seeing houses that attempt to blur the line between the kitchen and living room. Or kitchen and dining room. Thinking outside the traditional layout of a home and creating a space that is more functional for their family.

I saw this kitchen recently and really liked the concept- (and the design, of course)...




Can't decide between having a table in the kitchen vs an island? This way you have both! They put a slab of stone at the end of the dining table (raised to counter height) so it would feel like a part of the kitchen. I love this idea.

So, the question is: "Where is all the stuff??" 

In a working pantry adjacent to kitchen/living area. I've learned that the best way to combine a kitchen/living/or dining area have a bigger pantry.



A 12' long secondhand sink that they found at a restaurant supply place. Very cool... and very functional.

 The owner, Ruard Veltman, says: "I'm torn between two things: a very clean, modern kitchen with everything hidden, and a very utilitarian space with everything on open shelves — glasses, dishes, equipment, food. By having two rooms, I can have it both ways." 

Another kitchen I could see spending a lot of time in...


The owner is Richard Norris (who is the business manager for Mcalpine Tankersley in Montgomery, AL- meaning: he had GOOD help!). He wanted the kitchen to have the feel of a traditional dining room. So the sink area acts as a buffet/sideboard and the oval island a dining table.

Where's all the stuff? In the pantry.


Ina Garten's kitchen definitely doubles as a living area. 

Where's the Barefoot Contessa's {endless supply of} stuff??

My point exactly.

On another note, thanks again for all of your incredibly nice comments from my last post. Seriously, y'all are too good to me. 


(1) Designer: Ruard Veltman via House Beautiful; photo credit: Eric Piasecki (2) via House Beautiful; photo credit: William Abranowicz (3) via House Beautiful; photo credit: Simon Upton

Bring on the Burlap

Just when I thought I was tired of seeing burlap...

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Burlap bed and side table from Noir (available to the trade)

FT100_1 Wisteria burlap table cloth 

Burlap side tables from Ballard Designs (left) and Wisteria (right)- I prefer the one without fringe.

AG burlap cube 

Cube ottoman from Aidan Gray Home

PB burlap table overlay 

  Kenaf table runner 

Burlap table overlay and table runner from Pottery Barn- both are great for parties!

Burlap dome chandelier 

Dome chandelier from Restoration Hardware

Burlap shoe  Picture 1

Stylish, burlap shoes from anthropologie

Picture 2 

Burlap pendant from Currey & Co.
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Loving this ottoman by Noir

Last But Least $

Ballard burlap
 Great looking tote bags from Ballard Designs, only $20!


Beams- Exposed

I started a post a while ago that just included pictures of rooms I liked. When I went back and looked through them I realized they all shared one common element: exposed beams.

There is something about this raw architectural element that screams 'cozy' and better yet 'rustic elegance'.... You know I love anything with that description!

A rustic, elegant tax return? Yes please!

Erin martin house 2_0005
 design by Erin Martin
 East hampton cottage 

Tom Scheerer via House Beautiful
Kitchen SA John coolidge
Designer John Coolidge via Southern Accents


via House Beautiful

 Beams elle decor 2007
via elle decor 2007

Southern accents beams
via southern accents

GG  Carter smith home GG
Carter Smith's home via garden and gun    

House beautiful 

 via House Beautiful

Melanie BHG
Designer Melanie Pounds via BHG

Ina Garten's kitchen via House Beautiful

designer Betty Burgess via Veranda 
 Victoria hagan
Designer Victoria Hagan  

Sela ward bill ingram 

Sela Ward's home designed by Phillip Sides