Trend Report: Rural Chic (Bonus: Shopping Guide)

Trends either explode upon the scene (to varying results) or slip seamlessly into place as if they’ve always been popular and always will be. Rural chic feels like the latter. Characterized by wood antiques and taxidermy pieces staged with a contemporary twist (bold colors, clean lines or eclectic odds and ends), rural chic is on full display in the pages of nearly every home magazine from Country Living to House Beautiful, which profiled the Ruralists in their January 2010 issue. Throw in cream upholstery, pale whitewashed wood and a thick rope in a bowl for a more cottage-y look. Or take a page from stylist / designer Martha Muholland’s book and create a funkier interpretation; just add liberal doses of Lucite, a few mid-century furnishings and layered vintage rugs. (Click here to read my profile of Martha, Mix Mistress, from the Winter 2010 issue of CS Interiors). Rural chic is an incredibly versatile style, so personalize away.  (Top photo: styled and decorated by Leslie Dyke).

To outfit your home so, check out these Midwest shops:

Jayson Home & Garden, 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago. 800.472.1885 (SC Profile)

Michael Del Piero Good Design, 1914 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago. 773.772.3000 (SC Profile)

Brimfield, 5219 N. Clark, Chicago. (SC Profile)

Scout, 5221 N. Clark, Chicago. 773.275.5700 (SC Profile)

Patina, 5137 N. Clark, Chicago. 773.334.0400 (SC profile)

Thomas Jolly Home & Garden, 107 E. Front Street, Buchanan, MI. 269.240.0483

Alan Robandt, 114 E. Front Street, Buchanan, MI. 269.697.4855 (SC Profile)

Restoration Hardware

Smythson Yeats, 3851 . Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. 773.244.6365 (SC profile)

Praha, 3849 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. 773.549.1227‎ (SC Profile)

Click here for the prequel to this post: Trend Report: Antlers and Taxidermy

But be careful. According to the January 18th edition of New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix, “the overdone hunting-lodge-chic trend reaches its apotheosis as a moose head falls on a woman at the Lower East Side’s White Slab Palace.” See Highbrow/Despicable quadrant. Yikes!

House Beautiful’s gorgeous January 2010 The Ruralists spread. Many congrats to new EIC Newell Turner. For those not reading, House Beautiful is a consistently good read, and I’m sure it will only get better under Newell Turner’s direction.

Chicago stylist and decorator Leslie Dyke’s home. Ditto top photo of dining room table.

Restoration Hardware

A grocery store in Point Reyes Station, CA.

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

Jayson Home & Garden

Jayson Home & Garden

Michael Del Piero Good Design

Michael Del Piero Good Design

Future Open House kitchen. Thanks to KitchenLab‘s Rebekah Zaveloff for the tour.

Anne’s Open House

Anne’s Open House

Open House star and fab decorator Cookie Weber’s Lincoln Park home. Click here for Cookie’s website.

Open House star and fab decorator Cookie Weber’s Lincoln Park home. Click here for Cookie’s website.

Open House star and fab decorator Cookie Weber’s Lincoln Park home. Click here for Cookie’s website.

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One Response to “Trend Report: Rural Chic (Bonus: Shopping Guide)”

  1. I love this look…hence the barn doors on my dining room wall. This look is cozy and clean and creative. Thanks for showing us some fine examples and some places to shop for more.