Rustic Chic

Rustic chic. You have heard the term a lot this year in the design world.  The concept of mixing rustic looking pieces with modern edgy objects.

Above is a an image from one of my photo shoots with images of Ilse Jacobsen’s high-end rubber boots from my store Splendid Willow Avenue here, where I plan to use a few rustic and modern elements. (The store is going through a much needed makeover — you will see more soon!)  

Doesn’t this image from Elle Decor capture the theme beautifully? I love this room! This long table just invites long and fun dinner conversations. A rustic cabin with added modern accent pieces. A very lovely mix and atmosphere in my book. And the tall shelves are to die for.

My close blog friend Jill with Live Like You (who I have bragged about in the past ) recently launched her design business + store on-line. She keeps adding wonderful and smart design concepts to her store and her latest is called Earthy Modern. You will find lots of great inspiration and lovely objects for your home here. And Jill is definitely someone to team up with if you are looking for professional design help. Right now she is offering new customers all kinds of great discounts. Hop here to find out more! (And say hi from me if you team up with her!).

Another good friend/blogger/writer/artist, the wonderful Michele with Hello Lovely Inc. had a semi-soft launch of her new Etsy store. She has a great eye and I know that everything that comes from her is thoughtful, professional and filled with a lot of heart. Her things get snapped up pretty quickly (especially her art pieces which often don’t even make it to the store before they are sold!) — and more things will be added as she goes along. (She mixes her own art pieces with vintage jewelry). To celebrate her store she is offering a giveaway. And you can win as many as three (3) pieces from her store. All seen here.

Of course I am hoping that I will win (ha!) because I have my eyes on her quote board! Fits well into the rustic modern theme.

Go here to enter Michele’s giveaway. It ends on June 19th.

Hope everyone is having a splendid week! 

Images: No. 1 via Splendid Willow, no. 2 via Elle Decor, No. 3 + 4 via Live Like You, No. 5+ 6 via Hello Lovely.
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  • Julie at BV says:

    I love your image for the website. Right on track! and the image from Elle Decor is absolutely inviting and grand. Heading over to check out these very talented ladies’ website.

  • Rustic chic is just my kind of style! LOVE that dining space, and Live Like You’s Earthy Modern is brilliant. Off to check out Jill’s blog+shop now!

    I too am hoping to win Michele’s gorgeous giveaway!

    Hope you’re having a lovely week, sweet Mon.

    Meera xx

  • you, you, wonderful you. thank you oh so much for this generous link up!

    i adore the first image and can’t wait to see how you interpret rustic chic at the store.

    i could use more rustic around here–it brings strength to a space, doesn’t it? and a sophisticated ease. and a natural vibe. sort of what you bring to blogland.

    so grateful.


  • Franki Parde says:

    Oh, my..we’ve moved to a log cabin by a lake…I just purchased a chandelier that looks so much like the one photographed…those “art pieces” are intriguing to say the least… franki

  • Delishhh says:

    Love that room – fabulous!

  • Livelikeyou says:

    Monika tack sa gulligt med den har posten!! Dina snygga stovlar passar perfekt in i Earthy Modern looken. Ska posta dom pa Facebook. Sitter pa taget pa vag till NY for att gora en…embarrassing but true…mode show med gamla modeller for St Jude’s sjukhus…Hoppas att jag inte trillar, kanske kan dom erbjuda mig en “walker”!! Jag har skrivit en post som heter “Talented blogging Swedes” och du ar med…kommer nasta vecka fran Sverige

  • Rustic Chic/Earthy Modern is my perfect design combo! Love it – awesome post :)

  • Piper says:

    mon, that first image is AMAZING!! so rustic chic – love it!! can’t wait to see more :)

  • Ha! Love the quote on the board. I think we all need that one!

    I sent you an email last night. Let me know what your schedule looks like! xo

  • Style Attic says:

    I am so loving the rustic chic phase the masses are enjoying right now! I just moved my library of Elle Decor mags and it’s crazy that I just saw that same feature tonight :) And I LOVE the results from your photo shoot! XO, Kelly

  • Charlotta says:

    I think the love for ‘rustic & refined/modern’ is a very ‘Swedish’ thing. We grow up with this kind of thinking where family antiques sit next to a new piece. And then there is our innate ‘earthiness’ that always result in a good dose of naturally rustic materials – stone, wood, skins etc. I love that about us! :)

    Your photo shoot sounds interesting and I hope you will share all the pictures with us. Perhaps when you relaunch the shop? How exciting!

    Jill – isn’t she just something special. I love her energy and her corner of the world certainly glows with a brighter hue. I adore that girl – in every sense.

    Hoppas du har kommit over din jet lag och att du fatt manga manga kramar av din fina familj. Jag ser lilla Ville framfor mig – han ar sa otroligt sot. Hoppas vi kan fa till det en gang sa att alla vara underbara barn far traffas (nagonstans in varlden!).

    Nu ska jag ga och dricka en kopp ‘sov tea’ – det ar full mane och jag kanner mig rastlos och har svart att slappna av.. Har alltid varit san nar manen lyser full och stark. Tror att det ar ‘haxan’ i mig..! :)

    Puss hej till dig

    xx C

  • Rene says:

    I love the layered collected look of modern and rustic together. It is rich in texture and depth sprinkled with the unexpected. Very nice!

  • Karena says:

    A very put together, comfortable design. Love the links as well! Thank you so much Mon!

    Art by Karena

    Join my amazing Giveaway from the Artisans at Novica. You will love it!

  • Oh my goodness, Monika, that first image is breathtaking!! Love it!!! Off to visit Michelle now …

  • Love the rustic chic. So Swedish, no? I tried sending you an email on your “contact” me form and it isn’t working as you have “no-reply” with you blogger profile. But yes! It would be fabulous to meet for lunch with Nancy! Maybe half-way?

    You are so sweet!

  • Lovely pictures & so much inspiration. Thanx.

  • Wow, this post is right up my alley Mon!! I LOVE the rustic chic look and have drooled over that image from Elle Decor many times! It’s really such an eclectic and lived in look, but still glam :)
    Nancy xo

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