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May 24, 2013
On Dwell's Facebook page we recently posed the question of "Is your kitchen style more charmingly colorful or rustic modern?" and your answers were overwhelmingly on the side of rustic modern. On that note, here are our top ten examples of rustic modern done right.
kitchen island with Nicolas Gervais pendant lamps

SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE

Nicolas Gervais designed the pendant lights above the Plasse designed and Stéphane Bilodeau built kitchen island in this century-old Montreal house. The combination of the woodwork and exposed beams with modern lines, hardware and accessories makes this kitchen a great example of rustic modern done right.

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Originally appeared in Split the Difference
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Modern master bedroom with custom-built walnut bed and nightstands

A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY

Paul Catlett built the walnut bed and nightstands in the master bedroom of their modern farm house in southwestern Missouri with the help of his wife's two brothers. One of his clients at his hair salon gave him the American flag; the bedside lights are Tolomeo classic wall lamps by Artemide. The bed linens are from Inhabit. A sliding barn door rolls sideways to reveal the bathroom.

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Originally appeared in Modern Take on a Traditional Farmhouse in Missouri
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Modern kitchen with elm cabinets

AT THE ELMLocal carpenter Crisow von Schulz constructed the cabinets in this Amsterdam houseboat kitchen from a single elm tree. The organically curving lines were intended as a contrast to the rectilinear architecture of the houseboat.

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Originally appeared in At the Elm
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Modern living room with a Canadian hayfield view

A FRESH ANGLESurrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life.

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Originally appeared in Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada
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Modern kitchen with Rich Brilliant Willing overhead lighting

GEORGIA PEACH

Designer Barbara Hill had the overhead lighting in the kitchen customized by Rich Brilliant Willing in a pert orange that accents the primarily black-and-white interior scheme. She added a stainless steel kitchen island by Bulthaup, its glossiness and “clean feel” tempered by the plastic stacking stools designed by Konstantin Grcic for Magis. The cabinets, appliances, countertops, and marble tile were kept as-is from the original 1920's Atlanta abode.

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Originally appeared in A Designer Brings Her Bold Brand of Texas Modern to this Atlanta Family Home
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Parlor room with pigmented plaster walls

A HOUSE GROWS IN BROOKLYNOn the parlor level of this mid-19th-century Brooklyn home, the distinctive pigmented plaster walls eschews the finish of paint and together with sparse decor and vintage furniture creates a soft rustic ambiance.

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Originally appeared in Family Home Renovation in Brooklyn
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Modern kitchen with Pepe Cortès barstools and restored wooden beams

ANOTHER SIDE OF IBIZAJamaica barstools by Pepe Cortès for Knoll and two Ikea pendants pair nicely with the plaster walls, restored wooden beam ceilings, and polished cement floors in this kitchen in Ibiza, Spain.

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Originally appeared in This Designer Escapes to Ibiza for Some Peace and Quiet
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Bornstein’s living room features an intriguing collection of furniture. The sofa is made by Swedish manufacturer Ire. The 1970s wood burner was a secondhand store find, and the wood table, by Bruno Mattson, was found in a bin at a recycling station. He in

KNOTTY BY NATUREArchitect Per Bornstein's all wood living room in his Gothenburg, Sweden home features an intriguing collection of furniture. The sofa is made by Swedish manufacturer Ire. The 1970s wood burner was a secondhand store find, and the wood table, by Bruno Mattson, was found in a bin at a recycling station. He inherited the lounge chair from his parents. All this combines into a perfect example of rustic modern.

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Vintage brass gooseneck floor lamp and women jute cushions

TOP BRASSIn the office of this Brooklyn apartment, a vintage brass gooseneck floor lamp positioned above woven jute cushions creates the perfect perch for the owners backgammon hobby as well as a great example of rustic textures in a modern setting.

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Originally appeared in A Minimal Yet Mighty Brooklyn Apartment
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prospect heights residence kitchen family portrait

TOP BRASSThe Mandayam–Vohra family gathers under one of Workstead’s signature three-arm chandeliers, shown here in its horizontal configuration in their Brooklyn kitchen with Custom cabinetry designed by Workstead and fabricated by the firm’s go-to woodworker Bartenschlager. Wood and brass materials in a modern form make for a perfect rustic modern kitchen done right.

Originally appeared in Kitchens We Love: Part 2
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kitchen island with Nicolas Gervais pendant lamps

SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE

Nicolas Gervais designed the pendant lights above the Plasse designed and Stéphane Bilodeau built kitchen island in this century-old Montreal house. The combination of the woodwork and exposed beams with modern lines, hardware and accessories makes this kitchen a great example of rustic modern done right.

Photo by Alexi Hobbs.

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