Looks We Love: Rustic + Refined

It seems that more and more often I am drawn to interior schemes that mesh a rustic and refined look.  For example, I love the look of clean lines in a contemporary kitchen but sometimes, when all is said and done, I am left feeling cold.  Similarly, a refined room that is “just so” can feel stuffy, not welcoming.  As a result, I find myself looking for ways to incorporate natural elements into more spaces.  Perhaps a reclaimed dining room table with a crystal chandelier, like the one below, or an island or coffered ceiling with a natural element.   There is something about adding a natural element that makes a room feel warm and inviting.  Here are a few ideas I am inspired by right now.


chandelier, reclaimed wood
Image courtesy of timelessliving.be.

coffered ceiling
Image courtesy of andrewrachelashmore.blogspot.com.

Image courtesy of Sarah Richardson Design.