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Lovers of rus­tic charm have one goal: to bring raw na­ture in­side their home. ex­posed beams, rough wood, and nat­u­ral fab­ric―these all con­trib­ute to a style that’s burst­ing with tex­ture and char­ac­ter. you can eas­ily cre­ate this look. Here are some of the diy el­e­ments you can find in the sohu home: 1. Re­claimed wood made into light fix­tures. with a plank of wood left over from the barn door, Jenny was able to make a light fix­ture for the pow­der room. “i showed her one of the pegs i had for the light de­sign of the pow­der room,’” re­calls de­signer Jen. the peg showed bulbs wrapped around a piece of wood. “Pag­ba­lik ko, nakak­abit na.” Home­owner Jenny cut the scrap train-track wood to size, got some bulbs at­tached to a long wire from vin­tage Hard­ware, and wrapped them around the piece of wood. 2. Im­pro­vised in­dus­trial light­ing sys­tem. says Jen, “i couldn’t ask them to re­move the ceil­ing just to show the raw ce­ment un­der­neath, which would have been the ‘rus­tic’ thing to do.” in­stead, Jen im­pro­vised by adding a light­ing sys­tem on metal racks run­ning the width of the ceil­ing.

3. White­wash bricks. one of the projects de­signer Jen took on her­self was to white­wash the brick wall in the liv­ing room. Heav­ily preg­nant, she had to show the painters, who were un­fa­mil­iar with the con­cept, what to do. to white­wash your own bricks, mix one part paint with one part wa­ter. if you want a thin­ner layer of white­wash (i.e., more of the bricks show­ing) add more wa­ter. with a paint­brush, paint the mix­ture onto the brick wall, tak­ing care to wipe off the ex­cess paint that might drip. then, us­ing a moist rag, wipe what you just painted. the re­sult: a dis­tressed wall.

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