CANADIAN LOG HOMES | Rustic Decorating Ideas

Welcome to my rustic decorating blog! My name is Tracy Svendsen and I am an interior designer and the editor of Canadian Log Homes.  Here you will find tons of design tips and inspiration in rustic, modern rustic and farmhouse design.  Discover hundreds of stunning images of log homes, farmhouse bedrooms, mountain retreats and cozy cabins with panoramic views of incredible landscapes. Occasionally I also feature rustic home décor, furniture and rustic bedding from the brands I have been referring customers to for years.  If you are looking for decor for your own rustic retreat, Canadian Log Homes features rustic & cabin decorrustic bedding and luxury & modern bedding.

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  • Rustic Backyard Ideas

Rustic Backyard Ideas

If you love rustic decor, why not carry it outside to your porch, yard, and garden? Rustic decor works well with so many personal decorating styles, including Tuscan, prairie industrial, Southwestern, log cabin, and Scandinavian. Whether it’s on the front or the back of your house, the porch is essentially an extension of your home and the perfect place to use rustic decorating decor. Here are some pro tips for using elements like natural materials, utilitarian pieces, and interesting textures outdoors on your property.

  • What is Rustic Design Style

What is Rustic Design Style

Today’s post defines the elements of rustic-style design. Defined, rustic style places a strong emphasis on bringing the outdoors in while embracing the rugged and natural furniture and textures. It's an all-encompassing term for many similar design styles. 'Rustic Style' is used to describe everything from farmhouse and western, to industrial and modern-rustic design. Although the term is rather broad, there are several elements that tie the many forms of rustic design together. Here we explore the various forms of rustic design.

  • Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas

Farmhouse Decorating Ideas

Farmhouse design is all about simplicity and keeping things organic. Regardless of location, almost any home can embrace the farmhouse vibe. The finer details matter with this approach, and it works best when elements incorporated portray a rustic and minimal feel. Old is gold and it’s good to keep things as authentic as possible. Think exposed beams overhead, subtle rustic decor, salvaged goods, and implementing organic materials into the foundation. Discover how to create this style of design in your own home, with tips and stunning images of farmhouse kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.

  • Rustic Great Room Ideas

Modern Rustic Living Room Ideas

I love the look of a well-designed modern rustic living room. The modern rustic style of design works well in not only log homes, but in ranch style and mountain retreats. The look includes natural elements and materials, leather accents with contemporary flair. The following modern rustic living rooms were designed by top rustic interior designs and showcases their talent for creating modern rustic retreats. View the Pearson Design Group, Nicky Dobree, Locati Architects and the photography of Peter and Kelley Gibeon.

  • Interior Design Style Quiz

Interior Design Style Quiz

Any time a designer meets with a new client, they generally take time to help them navigate through the different styles of design. It helps them to discover what they gravitate towards. It’s a useful technique to discover the direction the design aesthetic should take. When you are working on the design of your own home, it can be overwhelming to determine what your design style is. Are you contemporary or traditional? Farmhouse or modern rustic? I developed this quiz with my son as a fun project to help you get started in the right direction.

  • Rustic Decorating Ideas for Spring

Rustic Spring Decorating Ideas

Spring is almost here, and as the colors outside begin to change from cool tones and shades of gray, transitioning to sunny blooms and vibrant shades of green, our interiors can also use an uplifting Spring home refresh to reflect the season. In this post, I thought I’d cover the current design trend of using nature as an inspiration in design, which goes hand in hand with introducing a new color palette with fresh flowers, plants, and organic accessories.

  • Rustic Outdoor Design Ideas

Rustic Outdoor Design Ideas

Creating perfect outdoor living areas can be one of the most rewarding endeavors you can undertake. Whether you are living in an urban location or have a home in the suburbs or out in the country, the right outdoor living space can be the perfect extension of the home and the perfect place to spend time with friends and family. Here are a few tips to create your own outdoor living space for entertaining or simply relaxing with the sights and sounds of your surrounding environment.

  • Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape

Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

It’s time for a little housewarming! Get ready for the season of brisk air and crunching leaves. Autumn is a time of stunning natural beauty with decorating ideas just waiting to be discovered. If you love all things rustic, it’s also the perfect time to starting thinking about creating the perfect rustic Thanksgiving tablescape for your guests. Nothing is inspiring as the fiery colors and inviting textures that Fall captures; from vibrant gourds to stunning fall foliage such as pine cones, birch bark, twigs and dried leaves.

  • Modern Mountain Home Interior

Modern Mountain Ranch Home

Explore an exceptional and sophisticated modern mountain ranch home, designed by Nicole Davis who designs a home reflective of her clients needs and lifestyle while incorporating a simple sophistication in each space. Based in Orange County, California, Nicole has extensive training in construction and design. Her firm strongly believes in delivering quality interiors that transition houses into homes where wonderful memories are created to last a lifetime. Here is a tour of one of my favorite projects she has completed. It's elegant and refined with a contemporary take on rustic design.

  • Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Farmhouse Christmas Decorating Ideas

Discover farmhouse Christmas ideas and warm up with faux fur, shimmering candles, cozy textures and set your style aglow. With the softest layers of texture, fresh winter whites and merry metallic touches, you can create a farmhouse holiday look that’s both effortless and enchanting. Holiday trends call for classic plaids, festive greenery, botanicals and berries, nostalgic motifs, whimsical pillows, visions of velvet and bedding sheets with sentiment. From whimsical gnomes to pops of greenery, here’s what is popular this season.

  • Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas

Rustic Fall Decorating Ideas

The autumnal palette is warm, earthy, and inviting. These earth tone hues are naturally inviting, and layering on a fall-inspired color story will make your home feel warm and welcoming. Rich and vibrant colors such as amber, ocher, and russet are evocative of gorgeous fall foliage, while wood and ceramic décor add perfectly imperfect beauty that echoes the glorious shades of the season. Transitioning your home for fall doesn’t have to be a complete overhaul as a few touches can have a strong visual impact. Here are a few ideas on how to bring a festive feel to your home for the holiday season.

  • Mountain Home Decorating Ideas

Mountain Home Decorating Ideas

I thought I’d focus this month’s post on mountain home decorating ideas. The inspiration came as I was viewing RH’s past unveiling of the RH Ski House, a curated concept inspired by the world’s epic alpine destinations. The images are stunning, and I loved how these homes that are surrounded by nature benefit aesthetically through the use of natural elements. Here you see stone fireplaces, reclaimed wood furniture, rustic pottery, massive wood beams, wide wood plank flooring, and cozy textures. I’ve also included design tips on how to decorate a mountain home.

  • Rustic Living Rooms Design Ideas

Rustic Living Rooms

Have you seen all of those gorgeous images of rustic living rooms with beautiful views, cozy furniture, a roaring fire and warm lighting and wondered how do the designers do it? This post features inspirational rustic living rooms, from traditional and modern rustic to farmhouse, Southwestern and log home great rooms. View stunning images with tips on how to achieve a similar look in your own home. From the furniture choices to the accents, this is how to take a trend and personalize it to your own vision.

  • Rustic Interior Design Ideas

Rustic Interior Design Ideas

For this month's post on rustic interior design ideas, I thought it would be inspiring to share images from one of my favorite Architectural firms, Locati Architects. I always find myself in awe when I view their work as it transcends how one normally would perceive rustic design. They view each project as a holistic approach to connect people to the landscape through architecture. The result is a structure that is more than wood, stone, glass, and metal.

  • Log Home Photos

Pioneer Log Homes

I have created this post in order to feature the work of Pioneer Log Homes, located in Williams Lake, British Columbia. They primarily use Western Red Cedar for their logs. Few trees exhibit the natural character of Western Red Cedar. They love taking advantage of especially beautiful logs, highlighting gorgeous buttressing or unique burls in their design. That’s part of the charm of a log home, after all: the individual grains and contours of the wood create an utterly unique environment and summon the living, breathing forest that provided the building material in the first place.

  • Rustic Style Interior Design

Rustic Style Interior Design

Rustic style interior design describes a range of styles that have all have a sense of connection to the past that’s hard to resist. It’s a style that emphasizes natural materials, organic shapes, and the art of repurposing. This style also provides a wonderful showcase for ingenuity, as it provides the opportunity to incorporate Southwestern, Country, Lodge, Log Cabin, Western or Farmhouse elements, or a combination of each. Here’s a few images I’ve rounded up that feature rustic style interior design done well.

  • Rustic Decorating Tips | Modern Rustic Living Room

Rustic Decorating Ideas

Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, introduced its stunning Fall Home Decorating Collection, which has a wonderful collection of rustic decorating ideas, from Artisanal Vintage to Farmhouse Industrial and Relaxed Rustic. The Relaxed Rustic Style is all about evoking a sense of coziness and soul and captures Provencal warmth with weathered woods, patinaed leather, contrasting tones and natural materials. The look was inspired by nature and is contrasted with warm golds and cool tones. Over-sized comfy sofas and décor that nods to the countryside all come together to create this cohesive style.

  • Rustic Interior Design Styles

Rustic Interior Design Styles

Rustic interiors evoke a simpler time and provide a sense of connection to the past that’s hard to resist. Although it's quite common to blend different elements of each of the rustic styles together, it does help to be able to identify the core aspects of each one. Rustic interior design is unpretentious, emphasizing organic textures and shapes. It incorporates items that are homespun, timeworn and handcrafted as well as earthy colors, re-purposed objects, barn-inspired elements and weathered materials. This post introduces the many variations of the design including traditional rustic, modern rustic, industrial, southwestern and farmhouse.

  • Modern Mountain Home

Modern Mountain Home

This modern mountain home, designed by Studio McGee, is warm, luxe and inviting. Located just outside of Park City, the garage opens up to snowmobile trails, plenty of wildlife and wide-open space. The exterior is a mix of reclaimed Trestlewood, stone, steel and copper. Syd and Shea McGee launched their design firm in 2014 and it has quickly grown to become one of the most well-known design studios in the nation. View beautiful images of the living room, kitchen and dining room of this spectacular home.

  • Rustic Style Decor

Rustic Style Decor

Keep it cozy with rustic style decor. Bring in the rustic comfort of a mountain vista to your home with hand-distressed finishes, natural cowhide and updated lodge furnishings. Rustic style is about incorporating natural textiles, re-purposed wood accents and warm comforting colors. Take your cues from Mother Nature’s palette and mix in shades of browns, greens, tans, rusts and muted black tones. These earthy hues pair well with oversized furniture and time-worn accents.

  • Country Decorating Ideas

Country Decorating Ideas

Country decorating is characterized as casual, comfortable and cozy, incorporating vintage accessories, handcrafted furniture, and an eclectic mix of fabrics, textures and treasured possessions. While certain elements define country style – including natural materials, rustic decor and furnishings, a surprise pop of color such as a vibrant green, can add an up-to-date twist of country charm. Embrace country charm and take a tour of a few of my favorite country interiors with a homespun style.

Shop Rustic Decor

Shop Rustic Decor

Black Forest Decor is one of the best sources for cabin and rustic decor. Give your home the rustic look you love with an amazing selection of cabin bedding and rustic home decor all available at Black Forest Decor.

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