It’s half­way through the build, and the Busenitz fam­ily have a cou­ple rooms that are move-in ready. See what chal­lenged them the most and how they got crafty and creative with their vin­tage dé­cor.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY JICKIE TOR­RES

In the fifth part of our year-long chron­i­cle of their dream-house project, the Busenitz fam­ily re­veal their first com­pleted spa­ces!

Six months down, only a cou­ple more to go.

The farm­house build in So­cial Cir­cle, Ge­or­gia, is start­ing to feel like home. We’ve been fol­low­ing along as Katie Busenitz from the blog The Rus­tic Box­wood, her hus­band, Ryan, and their two chil­dren have tack­led build­ing their dream home from the ground up. Now they’ve got a bed­room and a bath­room com­plete and hap­pily checked off the list. Here Katie shares how it all came to­gether.

JT: What was your goal for your son’s room? KB:

We wanted his room to have a neu­tral, in­dus­trial style with mod­ern-farm­house vibes. Of course, it had to be “manly” as well.

What de­sign el­e­ments re­ally drive that look home?

The con­crete floor and the vin­tage pieces re­ally bring the look to­gether. We used vin­tage li­cense plates and signs for wall art. Metal lock­ers and old wooden boxes give him in­ter­est­ing stor­age op­tions with lots of char­ac­ter. And the open shelv­ing with its com­bi­na­tion of wood and metal re­ally ties the whole thing to­gether.

Any fa­vorite dé­cor pieces so far?

I asked my hus­band to cut that “na­tional en­cy­clo­pe­dia” box in half. I’ve al­ways dreamed of mak­ing it a wall shelf, and be­cause the words are on both sides, that means we have two unique shelves.

What was your jump­ing off point for the de­sign of the bath­room?

I love the Zanz­ibar tiles from Riad Tile, and since my sweet friend gave me the gor­geous an­tique sink, I knew they’d look fab to­gether. Also, to warm up and bal­ance the space, I knew I wanted some nat­u­ral tex­tures, so I used a pretty, jute throw with tas­sels from Tues­day Morn­ing. It’s a beau­ti­ful, thick rug that was only $8. Can’t beat that price!

Ad­di­tion­ally, I al­ready had an old wooden box that has gor­geous let­ter­ing on both sides, and I bought this old box for $3 at a yard sale. I’ve al­ways wanted to make it a shelf, but I didn’t want to “waste” the side that was go­ing to be flush against the wall. So I had my hubby cut the crate in half so I could make two shelves out of it. I love the re­sult! JT: What were the key pieces in pulling off that vi­sion? KB: In ad­di­tion to the tile and the sink, the small de­tails like the black hard­ware (i.e., door knobs, light fix­tures, show­er­head and tub faucet), black grout, sub­way tile, wood shelf and black mir­ror all play an in­te­gral part in mak­ing this bath­room look great.

|OP­PO­SITE TOP AND ABOVE| PAINT MAKES PER­FECT. Katie found the bed and desk at a thrift store and painted them both matte black to bring co­he­sion.|OP­PO­SITE FAR LEFT| BOXY BOOK­SHELF. An old box hangs on the wall to add a book­shelf with vin­tage ap­peal.|OP­PO­SITE LEFT| SAVVY STOR­AGE. Old locker bins bring in the in­dus­trial vibe Katie wanted for her son’s room and keep his sup­plies within easy reach.

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