Kitchen Makeover: Classic Spanish Meets California Cool

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Kitchen Makeover: Classic Spanish Meets California Cool

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Before/After: A Cool and Confident Kitchen in LA by Project M+

Kitchen Makeover: Classic Spanish Meets California Cool

Busy professionals with two young kids, attorney Liz Flynn and sports marketer Craig Howe lived in their 1927 stucco bungalow in LA’s Silver Lake for eight years before “pulling the trigger” on a cost-conscious kitchen overhaul.

It helped that they knew exactly who to entrust with the job: Their friends McShane and Cleo Murnane of LA architect/design collaborative Project M+ specialize in miraculous makeovers on a budget. “My husband got offered a job for the summer in Telluride, so that’s when the construction took place,” says Liz.

“McShane and Cleo ran with it and got the job done in two months; we barely even saw any sawdust.” And the results are so life-changing (scroll down to see the Befores) that the rest of the house is now a work in progress.

Photography by Mimi Giboin.

Above: In its new guise, the 300-square-foot kitchen has an ageless, cooly confident look, thanks to a gray and white palette and custom Shaker-style cabinetry. (“The space had too many weird corners for us to go with something readymade,” says Liz).

The project began with a mood board (see below) that defined the essential details down to the black arched faucet.

To open up the space, McShane widened the entrance from the dining room (the George Nelson Saucer Lamp in the foreground hangs over the dining table) while replicating the house’s Spanish-style archway.

One of the design riddles: The couple insisted on keeping the space-hogging back door for the dog–it leads to a fenced-in backyard–so McShane introduced a door with windows and found other spots for storage.

Above: The designers removed the overhead cabinetry and replaced a small, off-center plant bay with double-hung, wood-casement windows (purchased from Taylor Brothers) centered over the sink.

They used space freed of cabinets to create an L-shaped island with a ledge that serves as a breakfast counter. The countertops are hardwearing white Caesarstone (read about it in Remodeling 101: Engineered Quartz Countertops). The fridge is situated opposite the sink.

 The hanging lights are Dante Donegani’s Drink Pendant Lights sourced from Remodelista.

Above: The farmhouse sink is from Kohler and the Pull-Down Faucet is from Newport Brass’s East Linear collection. Of the room’s black accents, Cleo says, “the space needs contrast or it would feel too cold. Black felt perfect–not expensive and easy to maintain.”

Above: The stove wall, situated next to the back door, is tiled with Carrara subway tile. The designers replaced the existing white tiled floor with a Douglas fir floor that matches what’s in the dining room and living room (“but with a less orangey stain,” specifies Cleo. “We used a white oak finish to desaturate the color a bit.”)

Above: The cabinets are painted Chelsea Gray from Benjamin Moore, and the metal knobs and pulls are from Lowe’s. The stove is a KitchenAid and the hood is from Broan.

Above: McShane created a clever under-the-counter spot for the microwave. (For more ideas, see 10 Strategies for Hiding the Microwave.)

Above: “The Carrara tile adds so much warmth and texture to the space,” says Cleo. “Slab marble is always our first choice, but it’s so much more expensive than tile. And you have to pick out the slabs yourself and pair them.” They went with subtly patterned white Afyon three-by-six-inch tiles with a honed finish from their favorite local source, United Team Tile.

Above: To make up for lost storage space, the breakfast nook is now fitted with deep drawers and a pantry that covered up a window.

(“We had been very reluctant, but there’s now so much more light in the space that that window wasn’t a loss,” says Liz.) The room also has a cafe table, not shown here.

Liz found the hanging light, the Eldridge Pendant, at Ballard Design. (“The mandate was it had to be black,” says Cleo.)


Above: “It was one of those super-cramped old California kitchens with a layout that made no sense,” says Cleo. “We couldn’t find a modern fridge to fit the space, so it was surrounded by black holes,” adds Liz.

Above: The sink is still in its original spot and the two-year-old dishwasher was kept (but relocated to the right of the new sink).

Above: The stove had been jammed next to the breakfast nook entry. And the red? “What can I say, it was a bad decision that I made many years ago,” says Liz.

Mood Board

Above: Cleo, who is a graphic designer, put together a mood board at the start of the remodel. Liz had loved a Project M+ kitchen with gray Shaker cabinets, so they became the springboard. Getting the couple to agree to black accents was a challenge that the designers won, but the herringbone pattern for the marble tile was nixed as too daring.

See McShane and Cleo’s own house in An LA Cliffhanger: Go High or Stay Low? and Steal This Look: A Low-Key Luxe Bathroom with Blue Cement Floor Tiles. And go to Project M+ for more.


Classic Spanish Meets California Cool in This Lovely Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen Makeover: Classic Spanish Meets California Cool

There's no denying that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So when an outdated kitchen gets a striking update that elevates its original aesthetic with a clean, modern direction, it's a breath of fresh air that brings new life beyond the kitchen walls.

This is exactly what Meredith Gullion of Cooper Pacific Kitchens achieved when overhauling an old-fashioned kitchen to re-create a bright, airy gathering space. The design directive for the kitchen makeover was “classic Spanish meets California cool,” says Gullion.

“The client knew they wanted to keep traditional elements of Spanish influence in materials the tile and beams but also bring updated elements to the space that show both the importance of beautiful materials and casual living.”

Ryan Garvin

The original structure was built in 1951 then remodeled and combined with an additional home and lot next door. “The architecture of this home is classic Spanish with some modern elements and layout to update the functionality of the home,” says Gullion. This aesthetic was maintained in the kitchen makeover, but it was updated with a cleaner, more streamlined design.

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“When working on a home that is being remodeled in every aspect, the challenge usually resides within the incredible amount of details that have to be accounted for and coordinated,” explains Gullion. “Happily, the client and interior designer were an absolute dream to work with.”

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“Our challenge was to help reflect the balance between a traditional Spanish space and an updated California modern feel,” notes Gullion. Luckily, they were able to essentially start from scratch. “With the exception of a table that the client brought from a previous home, the kitchen was all-new everything,” recounts Gullion.

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“We wanted to bring a fresh and bright white kitchen to maintain a clean backdrop but elevate the formality of the space with attention to detail and the finest quality of cabinetry, appliances, hardware, and materials,” explains Gullion. “The client is an active cook and loves to entertain, so it was important that we not only reflected the right aesthetic but that we also designed an exceptional plan that anticipated the needs of this active family.”

Ryan Garvin

“The interior designer on the project is the super-talented Darrell Wilson at Mark Weaver and Associates,” notes Gullion. “With his direction and the client's input, we were able to pull the perfectly subtle milk-paint finish on the cabinetry to play with the more modern selection of black iron windows, classic white marble, and black stone tops.”

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“The key to the beauty of this space is the simplicity of the palette and letting a few elements of sparkle—polished nickel hardware and faucets and custom stainless hood—bring life to the space without overwhelming anything,” says Gullion. “The square polished nickel hinges and latches on the cabinetry are an absolute knockout in this kitchen.”

Ryan Garvin

“The light and grandness of this kitchen are beautiful,” notes Gullion. “It is a fresh but inviting space, and while there is a lot happening in terms of scale, multiple work zones, and a number of appliances within the space, it still feels comfortable. That huge island is a winner too!”

Ryan Garvin

“The homeowners are a lovely and busy couple with children, grandchildren, and a house full of friends,” describes Gullion. “They are busy running a company as well as coordinating home activities and entertaining. They cared about using very high-end materials that are true to the style of the home. The details were important to them and it is reflected in how inviting the home is.”


26 Gorgeous Kitchen Tile Backsplashes – Best Kitchen Tile Ideas

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Teal Tile

In a Brooklyn brownstone designed by architect Elizabeth Roberts, a custom teal-colored backsplash featuring tile from Alchemy Materials blends seamlessly with custom cabinetry that's complete with hardware by E.R. Butler & Co. The range is by Wolf.

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Shades of Green

Designer Christine Markatos Lowe loves nothing more than a kitchen with a statement backsplash, this design boasting a range of green hues. “A backsplash is the best place to add a pop of color into a kitchen design without having to do a full kitchen renovation,” she says.

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Moroccan Tile

Martyn Lawrence Bullard's West Hollywood home—a Moroccan-meets-midcentury oasis—showcases his passion for crafting global-inspired interiors. Green accents, including a backsplash with Moroccan from Zellij Gallery, complete the standout kitchen.

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Mosaic Tile

A backsplash featuring mosaic tile from Ann Sacks steals the show in a Richard Mishaan-designed kitchen in a TriBeCa building. The space also includes a custom island, range, and hood by Herzog & de Meuron. The barstools are by Gabriel Scott and the cabinetry is custom.

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Bold Blues

ED A-Lister Steven Gambrel is a master of blues, and this Chicago kitchen is proof. Gambrel opted to awash the space with Urban Archaeology handmade glass tiles in variations of blue spanning from aquamarine to jade.

The polished nickel, hardwood, and glass cabinetry and island are custom, and the range and hood are by Officine Gullo. Hanging from the ceiling are eight circa-1930 C.F.

Otto Müller ceiling lights and a pendant designed by Gambrel for the Urban Electric Co.

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Neutral Pattern

In a Lake Tahoe retreat designed by Palmer Weiss, the neutral kitchen's backsplash tile by Exquisite Surfaces serves as a point of interest. The countertop is by Caesarstone, the ceiling beams are reclaimed barnwood, the flooring is stained white oak, and the artwork was painted by the owners’ young daughter.

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Classic Marble Tile

A classic backsplash made of Carrara marble tiles by Walker Zanger adds balance to a powder blue kitchen in a Pacific Palisades, California, home belonging to designer Alison Palevsky and her husband, Alexander. The wooden bar stools are from Organic Modernism, the kitchen stove is by Viking, and the 1920s pendants are from Thanks for the Memories.

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Onyx Tiles

A classic onyx backsplash and custom cabinetry complete an all-white modern chef's kitchen design by Jeanne Finnerty.

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Off-White Portuguese Tiles

Off-white 19th-century Portuguese tiles add character to a London kitchen. The island is made from a 19th-century cast-iron stove and topped with Carrara marble, and the pendant light is early-20th-century French.

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Antique Tiles

Antique patterned tiles from Southern Italy make for a lively backsplash in a 17th-century farmhouse in the South of France. A Louis XIV farm table, a skirted farm sink, and ample open shelving complete the design.

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Moroccan Tiles

In a suburban Chicago home by PROjECT Interiors, Moroccan tiles in a custom size from Ann Sacks add elegance to a warm gray kitchen. A cantilevered island with Carrara countertops maximizes space.

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Classic Portuguese Tiles

This charming kitchen in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is filled with history: 18th-century Portuguese tiles cover the ceiling and walls; the 19th-century French table is surrounded by English chairs from the same era and a 19th-century French light fixture hangs above.

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Simple White Tile

A small galley-style kitchen in Monaco, France, features square white tiles that play off of the other geometric elements in the room. The small table and chairs are by Jeanneret, the oven, cooktop and and hood are by Aster Cucine.

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Original Tiling

The homeowners kept the original tile backsplash and flooring in the kitchen of this Loire Valley home. English mahogany chairs and a stylish chandelier, which was found at a flea market, give the space a lived-in feel.

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Industrial-Style Tiles

A modish New York kitchen integrates custom-made cabinetry and vintage hardware alongside large white tiles. The 1950s scones are by Gunnar Asplund, and the light fixtures are from the 1970s. The sink fittings are by Dornbracht.

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Penny Tiles

The custom redwood cabinetry in this Los Angeles kitchen complements the backsplash of penny tiles by Mission Tiles. The oven and dishwasher are by Miele and the sink fittings are by Vola.

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Silver And White

Gray tiles blend in with the stainless steel appliances in this modern New York City kitchen decorated with touches of silver and white. The floors are lined with Corten steel tiles, the oven is by Wolf and the stools are from the 1940s.

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Spanish Tiles

This open kitchen in Melbourne, Australia, features handmade Spanish tiles on its backsplash. The table is made of pepper granite, the pendant lights are by Produzione Privata, the stools are by Bassam Fellows and the oven is by Lacanche.


Spanish California Home: Kitchen + Get The Look

Kitchen Makeover: Classic Spanish Meets California Cool

Before I got involved with this kitchen, it was about to get RHONJ’d. In case you don’t speak ‘Bravo’, that means ‘Real housewives of New Jersey”d  where faux Tuscan shiny wood and tumbled tile reign suprem-o. They had just installed the cabinets and in FACT it was even worse than this.

I didn’t take photos of the kitchen when the top cabinets were installed, too but trust me that it felt dark, small and dated. As you know (back story here) we were on a massive time and budget crunch so we couldn’t start all over and get new cabinets (especially since they were brand new – chosen by the contractor that was flipping it).

This kitchen is in a 1916 Spanish Style home and it needed some old world charm with some modern amenities/technology.

We only had a few days to be able to pick out the finishes – the tile, flooring, etc. So we went to the valley, where all the tile places are, and found some that we both really d that weren’t control expensive.

I spoke about the flooring in the dining nook post, but they really weren’t expensive and if you have an old world style house these cement tiles are kinda perfect (just make sure you seal them properly which will add a bit of a sheen but its worth it).

Shana wanted open shelving on top for a few reasons: a. it looks good, b. she had lots of pretty dishes to show off and c. the kitchen was smallish and we didn’t want to open it up and make it open concept because the lay the house it wouldn’t have really worked and we would have lost a lot of the beautiful architecture.

I was ALL FOR IT. Open shelving is a bit controversial because yes, you have to keep it neat and nice in order for your kitchen not to look total chaos daily. She knew the risks and she accepted them. (I was at the house yesterday for a playdate with our kids and I’m happy to report that they still look really pretty).

We chose this black and white handmade tile that was really going to be the focal point, the big splurge. The floating shelves were made just from simple wood and then lacquered the same wall color (BM Swiss Coffee).

The brackets were found on overstock I believe for $6 each.Not bad. Same with the farm sink – I think it was around $600 on either Overstock or Wayfair.

I’m always surprised at how expensive farm sinks are but this one was not a bad price for it.

One of the things we knew we were going to do was paint the cabinets a dark tealy-blue. We tested out some greens (above in the samples) but they were too bright and it needed to recede a little more than that.

You guys are going to KILL me though because we made the decision verbally and there is no record to show what color this is.

I should hire a detective to comb through all my emails and paperwork to see if they can find it because I’ve spent what feels hours looking – it was just 2 years ago, before we moved, I was pregnant, the contractor was constantly rushing us for decisions, so I a lot went undocumented. I’m so sorry.

But what I’m not sorry about is how this kitchen turned out. It’s a modern Spanish kitchen, with an edge, that is so fun to walk into every single time:

I love this color palette – the blues, warm grays, black white and then some color to make it feel more collected and welcoming.

A lot of people think that old world color palettes have to be all warm tones – taupes, creams, beiges, browns, burgandies, etc, but as long as the materials ‘feel’ old world the color palette can feel more updated and fresh. And I don’t even mind the detailing on the cabinets.

I might not have been our first choice but once painted out, it’s totally works, especially with the addition of the black hardware (which I think was just from Home Depot – it was a great place to not spend too much money).

Here is how Country Living shot/styled it. They replaced all the Heath Ceramics with Vintage Ironstone on the shelves, which I do , but who doesn’t love Heath Ceramics? Nobody. The color of the tiles are also a bit warmer, the outlets magically disappeared and the rug was replaced with that pretty blue/white kilim (which I believe is from Loloi).

I really love this kitchen, every time I walk in it I feel so happy with how it turned out. So just in case you all want to recreate this look – here is a ‘get the look’ and a ‘look for less’/

Get the Look:

Floor Tile | Faucet | Kilim Rug | Black Canister | Plates | Wood Bowls | Cabinet Paint Color | Hardware | Farmhouse Sink | Cutting Board | Ceramic Mugs

Look for Less:

Floor Tile | Faucet | Kilim Rug | Black Canister | Plates | Wood Bowls | Cabinet Paint Color | Hardware | Farmhouse Sink | Cutting Board | Ceramic Mugs

*All photos EXCEPT the Country Living shot (by Max Kim Bee) , by Tessa Neustadt. 

See the rest of the project here: Living Room, Reading Nook, Guest Bedroom, Master Bedroom, Dining Nook, Nursery, and Master Bathroom.


My little socal Spanish kitchen remodel – before

Kitchen Makeover: Classic Spanish Meets California Cool

I bought my first (and maybe last!) home last year. It's a cute 1930's Spanish style home and is mostly in original condition however the kitchen got a bad makeover in the 90's.

The previous owner, who is a sweet man, said to me “we redid it for $1200 about 20 years ago – before then it was this awful 1950's thing!” and I just about died. I probably would have loved a grandma-y 1950's kitchen.

Luckily the bathroom is still original black and pink tile.

Anyhoo, as you can see in attached pictures the kitchen is quite small. There is an attached nook which I love and also a mudroom which leads to the backyard from which I typically enter the house. This keeps it from feeling cramped for me. The kitchen area itself is about 8.5' x 9.

5', not counting the passageway between the mudroom-kitchen-living room door which won't be touched. The cabinet boxes seem to be original (at least to the 1950's if not the 30's – I can see where the long-lost doors used to be inset).

but have been refaced with some sort of stick on vinyl that is peeling. The added overlay doors and equally bad. White tile countertops and perma-filthy linoleum.

Also, strangely, the cabinets are super long, about 51″, leaving less than 12″ of clearance from the bottom of the cabinet to the countertop which greatly restricts already limited counter space.

The plan: Replace cabinets, countertop, floors, and dishwasher. Layout and everything else to stay the same as I find it all very functional. Budget: 15-20k.

Seems high for what I see some of you remodeling a lot more for! But has been confirmed by local contractors to be reasonable for the area and my scope.

I've got a great contractor I've chosen many consultations and I'm looking forward to working with him.

Floors: This is what I'm splurging on. Custom cement tile in green with small cream/yellow detail. I want to reference 1930's kitchen which usually had a colorful vinyl floor of some sort. The floors will also cover mudroom and nook – less than 200 sq ft total. See picture of color chips.

Cabinets: I want to go with a shaker style or something similar to the original mudroom cabinets, either light-medium maple or painted white (see photo of removed door). I wish I had the budget for matching inset doors! I explored resurfacing and having new doors made for the existing ones but the price was absurd. And it will be nice to have more reasonable countertop clearance.

Countertops: Every contractor mentioned quartz – maybe thats the new thing in my area? I think I'll go with a light whitish quartz, possible quartzite. I'll run the backsplash up with the same material to cabinets. Going to browse stoneyards today!

Appliances: Adding a vent hood above stove and replace the corroding dishwasher for now. The stove works fine and I'll probably downsize the huge fridge eventually. I want to keep the blue sink if possible! I think it's cute and I how the ceiling matches. I'll just add a new faucet.

I'm still waffling on a lot of design details, particularly color. I want the kithcen to fit with the character of the house and integrate with the existing mudroom and nook character and colors (though I've got to fix those nook window treatments).

Green floors will be quite a statement on their own and I'm not sure whether to stay white/neutral everywhere else, especially with the blue accents of sink and ceiling.

On the other hand a light wood tone would be pretty, or maybe even coordinating with the wood doors on the nook built ins.

Or go all out and paint cabinets with a bright complementary color? I imagine some will say I should hire a KD or color consultant but so far I can't find anyone who understands my tastes. Everyone wants to go modern or mid-century or transitional. I need someone who also admires the kitsch of an old-lady house. 🙂

Any advice or tips welcome! I just thought I'd share my project and will update as the reno progresses.


15 Best Rustic Kitchens – Modern Country Rustic Kitchen Decor Ideas

Kitchen Makeover: Classic Spanish Meets California Cool

Courtesy of Erin Gates Design

Fact: You don't have to live in the country or the mountains to play with rustic design. You just have to have a few basic elements, natural materials, a neutral palette, and a weathered/worn feel. These stunning kitchens are proof that no matter where you live, you can totally pull off a rustic kitchen.

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When rustic met industrial, magic happened. The exposed beams and stone walls create a rustic foundation, but industrial accents metal stools, stainless steel, and black countertops add some edge.

See more at Nicole Franzen.

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Wood on Wood

This mountain home's kitchen features a wood-paneled island, exposed wood beams, and wood cabinets. There's a whole lot of wood going on, but when you really want to get rustic—go big or go home.

See more at Erin Gates.

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Bright & White

Pale oak floors and butcher block counters create a cabin vibe in this Florida kitchen by designer Tammy Connor. The black pulls stand out against white cabinets, adding a modern touch.

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Outdoor Goals

Lulu Powers' outdoor kitchen features built-in shelves, custom firewood holders, and liquor cabinets so an outdoor cocktail can be made at a moment's notice.

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Stone Meets Wood

The stonework in this French-inspired kitchen by designer Inga L. Rehmann steals the show—even when going head-to-head with an 1800s Spanish trestle table with upholstered stools.

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Open Shelving

Open shelves, instead of upper cabinets, give this small cottage kitchen designed by Ken Fulk an airy feel. The shelves and countertops are made of galvanized metal and the cabinetry is made from old fencing.

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Tree Columns

Designer Markham Roberts embraced the surroundings of this Pacific Northwest home, which includes Madrona tree-trunk columns in the kitchen.

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Colorful Backsplash

Designer Sara Gilbane went with common rustic details, wood cabinets and a shiplap ceiling, in this Florida kitchen, but also opted for a surprising blue backsplash to create a bright and happy vibe.

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Log Walls

Designer Thom Filicia brought his fresh perspective to a classic log house. Open shelving in the kitchen lets the walls take center stage, while cobalt blue cabinets prevent the room from becoming too dark and dreary.

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Weathered & Cozy

The kitchen in this Los Angeles house has a comfortably weathered look, thanks to designer Chris Barrett. Bianco Strata Nero countertops were chosen to blend in with the antique marble sink from Compas Stone.

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Pine Walls

Designer Susan Ferrier enhanced the pine walls in this Alabama house on Lake Martin by incorporating even more wood, in the form of a rustic table and chairs. French doors make sure light can shine in.

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Exposed-Beams For Days

The exposed beams and rich floors in this rustic retreat in Cashiers, North Carolina, by architect James Carter and designer Jane Hawkins Hoke, make the room rustic from top to bottom—literally.

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Salvaged Wood

The kitchen of this Charleston guesthouse features cabinets paneled in old-growth cypress wood salvaged during the home's renovation. Designer Cameron Schwabenton chose unlacquered brass hardware, which ages over time, to add another rustic touch.

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Barn Beams

Designer Mick De Giulio transformed this old Illinois Barn into a stunning kitchen, complete with floors made from reclaimed barn planks.