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Country living can mean many things but the modern barn style is very much to my liking. Farm living feels 'so summer', but who needs the heat, hay and livestock?
My idea of roughing it is all about a chic country getaway with all the mod-cons. There is something very forward-thinking about the reinterpretation of the rustic barn and making it contemporary. I think the overall appeal comes from the tremendous volume found in barns, the informality of the spaces and the character found in the rough-hewn wood.
There can be an amazing play of materials when you pair rustic timbers with urban materials like metal and plastic. Galvanized outdoor lighting has been around a while but is enjoying a resurgence which is well deserved. Steel railings and barn doors are a chic counterpoint to well-worn beams and can be softened by crisp white slip-covered furniture.
Barn bedrooms tend to be found in the eaves and can be a characterized by a zany collection of beams. The pattern of old beams have an almost geometric look, adding to the modern feel of converted barns. A stylish and practical addition to attic bedrooms are modern ceiling fans with lights. I think a bright white fan or lamp balances the heavy dark tones and imports the necessity of modern life.
Shopping Guide: 1. Barn Wall Urban Galvanized Outdoor Wall Sconce 2. Menlo Park Old Silver Wall Sconce 3. Frameo Driftwood Desk 4. Balboa Teak and Brass Counter Height Stool 5. Jacqueline Natural Slipcover Armchair 6. Distressed White and Natural Wood Wall Mirror 7. Lights Up! Faux Bois Dark Lamp Shade
Photos: Lonny, NWKS.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.