A two-storey cottage in Chicago, Illinois. There is an open-plan living room/kitchen-diner and guest bedroom and a bathroom on the ground floor. Upstairs there is a sitting room plus the master bedroom and bathroom. The juxtaposition of mid-century furniture and more rustic finds, including pieces from Africa and a collection of hand-made pottery, creates a unique look. A shaggy rug provides additional contrast.
The table in this compact dining room features plumbing pipes for legs and a salvaged door for the tabletop. An ornate antique cabinet contrasts with the rustic darkwood shelving and ultra modern centre piece lighting. A piece of driftwood adds an organic element, echoed by the plant forms. Sculptural plants, such as cactus and aloe, add to the modern aesthetic appearance.
Open shelves made from repurposed and salvaged wooden beams add rustic chic to this elegant kitchen, making the most of the space for practical storage and display. The pottery collection is part functional, part decorative. The worktops on the standalone units below are made from reclaimed doors.
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The under-the-eaves living room has something of a club feel, with the electric blue of two vintage American Dunbar chairs contrasting with the dark gloss of the stained floor and smoked-glass furniture. In a small attic space like this where wallpaper might not be an option, vibrant colour is your friend – use it sparingly to create lasting decorative impact.
The poured-concrete shower sets a contemporary-meets-rustic tone, with the wash basin set into a reclaimed wood worktop. Everything else in this bathroom scheme has been kept neutral and minimal to help unify the look. The starkness of the grey/white combination emphasises the modern.
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A low platform seems to float in the centre of the pitched-roof bedroom, with a framed African Kuba cloth and a mirror placed at floor level. Choose handleless furniture and clean-lined accessories and incorporate as much storage as possible to keep things clutter-free.