D.I.Y. RUSTIC INTERIORS
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.