Rustic and Refined Lovely Finds

Sometimes I struggle to describe my own style at home because to me it is a mix of rustic and refined lovely – not singularly formal or informal. Today’s roundup of Rustic and Refined Lovely Finds celebrates contrasts. The pairings are not jarringly dissimilar. Nor are they entirely predictable. Striking that balance can take a few tries or a few misses, but when you get it right…ahhhhh, then the look can linger for awhile.

Rustic and refined lovely finds are explored in this story with interior design inspiration from my own home as well as decor suggestions. Fans of modern rustic, vintage style, and shabby chic will be right at home! #hellolovelystudio #modernrustic #rusticdecor #rusticyetrefined
Hello Lovely Studio. In a corner of my living room, a club chair (RH) with classic, simple lines is paired with a petite, rustic industrial style side table I hacked from a $1 garage sale find. 

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Rustic and refined lovely finds are explored in this story with interior design inspiration from my own home as well as decor suggestions. Fans of modern rustic, vintage style, and shabby chic will be right at home! #hellolovelystudio #modernrustic #rusticdecor #rusticyetrefined
Hello Lovely Studio. Knotty alder door with oil rubbed bronze egg knob hardware leads to our master bathroom which features more refined design elements.
Rustic and refined lovely finds are explored in this story with interior design inspiration from my own home as well as decor suggestions. Fans of modern rustic, vintage style, and shabby chic will be right at home! #hellolovelystudio #modernrustic #rusticdecor #rusticyetrefined
Hello Lovely Studio. Rustic textures including reclaimed pine on the statement wall, beadboard on the panel bed, and burlap pillows, mix with refined textiles like French matelasse and Belgian linen and collected antiques.
Rustic and refined lovely finds are explored in this story with interior design inspiration from my own home as well as decor suggestions. Fans of modern rustic, vintage style, and shabby chic will be right at home! #hellolovelystudio #modernrustic #rusticdecor #rusticyetrefined
Hello Lovely Studio.
Rustic and refined lovely finds are explored in this story with interior design inspiration from my own home as well as decor suggestions. Fans of modern rustic, vintage style, and shabby chic will be right at home! #hellolovelystudio #modernrustic #rusticdecor #rusticyetrefined
Hello Lovely Studio. A rustic antique sideboard is right at home in a space with refined architectural details and design elements.
Rustic and refined lovely finds are explored in this story with interior design inspiration from my own home as well as decor suggestions. Fans of modern rustic, vintage style, and shabby chic will be right at home! #hellolovelystudio #modernrustic #rusticdecor #rusticyetrefined
Hello Lovely Studio.
Rustic and refined lovely finds are explored in this story with interior design inspiration from my own home as well as decor suggestions. Fans of modern rustic, vintage style, and shabby chic will be right at home! #hellolovelystudio #modernrustic #rusticdecor #rusticyetrefined
Hello Lovely Studio. Sometimes, just quieting the color palette can be the measure of refinement a room with rustic decor needs.
Rustic and refined lovely finds are explored in this story with interior design inspiration from my own home as well as decor suggestions. Fans of modern rustic, vintage style, and shabby chic will be right at home! #hellolovelystudio #modernrustic #rusticdecor #rusticyetrefined
Hello Lovely Studio. Our bed could definitely use another layer of refinement…maybe a luxurious throw?
Thibaut Lizette wallpaper has a silvery background and gorgeous butterflies. This is our bathroom with a DXV Oak Hill modern farmhouse fireclay console sink. Hello Lovely Studio. #consolesink #hellolovelystudio
Hello Lovely Studio. Oh, yes, I do love wallpaper! This one’s called Lizette by Thibaut.

Rustic and Refined Lovely Finds

Rustic and refined lovely finds are explored in this story with interior design inspiration from my own home as well as decor suggestions. Fans of modern rustic, vintage style, and shabby chic will be right at home! #hellolovelystudio #modernrustic #rusticdecor #rusticyetrefined
Hello Lovely Studio. It’s fun to pair a more modern rustic accessory with a piece that could easily read too-granny or ‘hold on there, Liberace!’

See this post for French inspired chair ideas and THIS for side tables.

Rustic Bench With Refined Mirror

In the hallway near our front door, I have a rustic oak bench (which started life as a children’s art table from a church which I found in the garbage) paired with a huge silver leaf framed mirror which cost me a pretty penny. I love the combination.

Ladder With Rustic Patina With Luxe Throw

There are dozens of examples of images on Pinterest of vintage ladders leaning on the wall with blankets or towels in a bathroom. Heighten the interest factor by choosing luxurious textiles to display on the weathered piece (as opposed to shabby chic granny square quilts).

Time for Refined With Your Rustic

A rustic wall clock like this one may look rather old school country and downright boring depending on the backdrop and surrounding design elements. You might expect to see this piece on a shiplap clad wall, but there are far more charcter-filled options. An edgy or elegantly dressed wallcovering doesn’t make the clock any less rustic, and the effect is less dated and one-note.

Toile De Fleurs 16.5' L x 27.5" W Wallpaper Roll
Schumacher Toile De Fleurs Wallpaper

Modern Rustic Pairings

See this recent story with modern rustic inspiration. The rustic yet airy console table (below) would be right at home in an entry or any number of spaces, and here’s a wallpaper which could freshen the beginnings of a chic yet laid back vignette.

Rustic Accessories Vs. Refined Decor

Shelves and tabletops are so much more interesting when they feature a mix of rustic and refined!

My Favorite Way to Capture Rustic Refinement

Don’t you love it when a piece has both rustic and refined elements so there’s no overthinking to do at all!?!

When Is Shabby Too Shabby?

I’m not sure there is such a thing as too shabby when it comes to a single decor object – as long as its environment includes pieces that read strictly chic.

French Country Wood Wall Mirror

There Are Always Tons of Exceptions

I love that there is no design rulebook we must abide by. Plenty of pieces cannot be categorized as specifically rustic or refined. And plenty of spaces are perfectly pleasant with all rustic or all refined decor.

But there’s something special about rustic pieces which have been well-designed with clean lines and a more classically refined aesthetic!

Serving Pieces: Rustic or Refined?

In recent decades, it is far more common for folks to entertain informally and host events which don’t require fancy and formal getups. Still, rustic serving pieces seem more suited for rustic culinary offerings while more refined serving pieces complement less rustic fare.

Rustic Wall Decor & Calm Backdrops

For pieces for the wall with a lot of texture and visual interest, a more refined backdrop will likely be a smart choice. I can imagine this piece below looking beautiful upon a creamy plaster wall rather than layered with a busy wallpaper or a strong paint color.

Refined But Not Stuffy

Don’t you love it when refined design is easy to live with and does not come with ‘hands off’ factor? Me too.

Rustic Vs. Refined Side Table

Varying Degrees of Rustic

While both of these mirrors have rustic wood frames, one has additional refined details.

Rustic Vs. Refined Benches

I rarely meet a bench I don’t like! Benches are such functional, forgiving, and fuss-free perches. The church pew reminiscent one below could be transformed to be considerably less rustic with paint and/or a cushion.

I have had my eye on this one (to go at the end of a bed) forever!

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I’m still in Arizona helping my mom after her knee replacement surgery. She is making excellent progress, and we are so hopeful that she will be able to reach her goals and depend on a wheelchair less! The weather is so balmy and beautiful…just what this girl prone to winter despair needs. 🙂

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. Joanna
    January 16, 2019 / 9:42 am

    I was going to say, pick a soulmate, as money doesn’t keep you company, laugh with you, play alongside, love you. A time machine is only good if you want to escape to another period in history, leaving all those you love behind. On second thought, I have my soulmate and love my life. I’ve surprised myself and would pick the $100 million dollars. I’m not a greedy person, nor a shallow one. Now, what to do with all that money?

    • michele
      Author
      January 16, 2019 / 5:50 pm

      Browse my site thoroughly and see where you can spend some! My mind went to a different place. Since I know where to find my soulmate, a time machine is tempting since there are folks I’d like to visit throughout history. However. The conundrum is how to conceive our children at precisely the right moment…not likely to happen. Yep. I have my soulmate. Show me the money.

  2. January 16, 2019 / 10:51 am

    Lovely finds today Michele! I’m glad that you’re in the sunshine. I hope your Mom makes a quick recovery. Most people who have knee replacement are glad they did it!
    xo
    Holly

    • michele
      Author
      January 16, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      Thanks, Holly. I know you understand the rehab well. It’s pretty brutal at the moment, but we are thankful for what this means for her future. xox

  3. January 16, 2019 / 11:07 pm

    What a wonderful collection of eye candy in this post, I could gaze forever at the serene gorgeousness that is your home. Of course I love what you call the rustic refined pairings, I think I unconsciously make those choices too.
    Sending love and healing to your mom. I’m so glad she’s got that surgery past her now, everyone who’s done it is so pleased with the results. Hugs to you for being such a caring daughter too.
    xo
    Leslie

    • michele
      Author
      January 17, 2019 / 3:58 pm

      What a treat to hear from you, my friend! Thanks for the love and healing. So much pain with the rehab, and we’re trusting that things will slowly improve. She is so grateful and is working so hard – I am doing my best to help. xox

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