The end of summer always makes me want to extend that time just a bit more, even though the hectic nature of my life doesn’t really change throughout the summer months. But it reminds me of family vacations, going to camp, or staying in a cabin. I reminisce about those times when we live more simply – you know that little twinge when you’re at the beach, lake or mountains without all your ‘stuff,’ and realize that you really don’t miss it much at all. Our closets are pared down, our kitchen is basic, and we tend to live according to the sunrise and sunset, actually enjoying all those moments in between. Truth be told, those times always make me want to chuck all my stuff out the window when I get home. There is a kind of rusticated austerity, a fundamental simplicity to that type of space that you can bring into your home, even mixing those pieces with your current favorites.
Think simple construction – thick pieces of wood, exposed hardware and spaces limited to just those items that are a necessity. Metal accents, especially in an imperfect finish, make a great accessory, in chairs, tables and decor items. Natural finishes and rougher textures keep these pieces warm and inviting. Try scaling back a little – pick a room and take out a piece or two of any size. It can be something cluttering a bookshelf, or it might be as large as a piece of furniture. Try moving it out, and see how you feel about it. If you miss it, it might be worth keeping, but then try another. See if you can do without all those extras. Try living more simply and recapture the ease of those summer times.
(above) Picnic Table
Cot on a Deck + Wood Bench and Hooks
Stool as Nightstand + Bench Blocks
Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.
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I love wood. It gives that elegant, rustic simplicity to a home. If you want instant texture and design, use wood.Kristin
Raw wood and furniture can be used in such a luxurious manner..never have imagined !!
Really inspired by these collections !!smita
I just love that kitchen. Wonderful post and images. Yes very inspiring. Less is often more and that is certainly the case here. fresh clutter free is the way forward! Im going to do some house arranging today :-). Just discovered your blog, look forward to following. Meriem from France.Meriem
Loving these, that rustic kitchen and shower are to die for .Kathryn Dyche Dechairo
I love the smell of campfire too katie. you’re not alone!papernstitch
So glad to know I inspired you this morning! I love that smell too, although grilling on the BBQ outside helps get that feeling just a little.Modern Simplicity
“Rusticated austerity”…I’m all about it! This is a beautiful post, and I’m inspired to try to keep things simple in my own home. If only it was possible to transport the smell of a campfire into one’s home all year round (or maybe I’m the only one that loves that smell). Thanks for inspiring. Xo, Katiekatie [the bright life]
I am loving these rustic looks.kendal croix