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With Memorial Day upon us, we are getting ready for a day of honoring our veterans by stopping to smell the roses and appreciating the beauty of the outdoors. Whatever your plans are for today, whether you’re going to host family and friends or are simply looking forward to spending quiet time outside, you’ll find ideas in these outdoor-inspired posts from the Home on the Range blog. Look to these for inspiration for Memorial Day weekend—and throughout the summer.

Design Inspiration: Rustic Outdoor Living Spaces
See beautiful photos of outdoor havens.

Home on the Range’s Top Patio Furniture Picks
Find great furniture options for your Steamboat Springs deck or patio.

Dining Alfresco in Style
Take a look at stylish outdoor dining areas for eating alfresco.

Tabletop Ideas for Dining Outdoors
Look at our list of wonderful outdoor dining accessories.

Amber Glass Orbs from Campo di Fiori

We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend!

Photos: 1 Home on the Range; 2 via Palecek; 3 via Elle Decor; 4 product available at Home on the Range

Rustic style is perfect for the interior design in Colorado cabins, Western lodges and mountain retreats. We loved the tips in a recent Houzz ideabook on “Ways to Get the Rustic Cabin Look,” and we wanted to share a few of our favorite points from the piece. Here are some that we think hit the nail on the head:

Coziness is key. Add elements to make your home look comfortable and lived in such as antique furniture pieces, old textiles and period lighting.

Incorporate different materials. Mix reclaimed wood floors and timbers with aged copper or rusted metal.

Reclaimed pine floors and fir timbers paired with the rusted metal hood give this kitchen a cozy rustic feel.

Make the fireplace a focal point. This tends to be a great place for coming together in the home.

Older is better – the patina of age adds charm and old items often have a story to tell.  When we work on a rustic cabin style home we, along with our clients, start collecting antiques and quirky interesting pieces at the beginning of the construction process so each “find” adds to the story of the house.

Our client found this old dry sink that was perfect for a powder room vanity. We used light fixtures from Lieutenant Moses Willard to keep the period feel.

Mix in elements from different places and time periods.  We love the concept that an old rustic cabin would have been homesteaded by someone from the East Coast who would have brought European Antiques, old quilts and Asian pieces with them on the Wagon train and then added hand-hewn furniture and rustic painted pieces as time went on.

Old quilts and a piece of antique lace at the window add a feeling of age to this cozy chinked timber cabin room

Visit Houzz to read the full article. Which design elements do you think help define comfortable rustic style? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts—we’d be happy to hear from you.

Images: Interior design by Home on the Range; Photos by Tim Murphy; Architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins AIA

Flipping through magazines, reading design blogs and spending time on Pinterest, you’ve probably come across some beautiful pictures of interior spaces that feature stylized tabletop vignettes. There’s no reason you can’t create a beautiful display for your own home.

In her blog,  Colour me Happy ,  Maria Killam has some wonderful examples of beautifully executed vignettes along with some helpful tips on creating an aesthetically pleasing vignette.

Notice the use of books and a mirror in this vignette from Maria Keller

Another beautiful vignette from Maria with great balance and use of shape and color

In her post, Maria explains that;

“A tablescape or vignette should include a minimum of 3 items; flowers, candles, and books, and depending on where it is, a tray.”

When you take a look at Maria’s vignettes you will also notice how she uses color coordinated books to add height to certain objects and to create horizontal lines.

Coffee tables, sideboards and mantles are great places to arrange vignettes and one of the things to pay attention to is keeping if simple and not too cluttered.

There should be one item that grounds the grouping and the colors and textures should balance with other pieces of furniture or fabrics in the room.  At Home on the Range we love to use picture frames with family photos, interesting candle holders with candles that pull colors out of the room, sculptural items and vases in our vignettes.

If you’re searching for accessories for your vignettes, stop by the Home on the Range showroom on Loggers Lane or contact us to have us send you anything you see and like.  Here are some fun ideas we have come across recently.

picture frames are great additions to vignettes - add your own family photos for a more personal touch

 

 

I love finding fun "conversation pieces" to put in vignettes like these vintage airplanes

 

 

These antique French glass bottles will add a great touch to a vignette once they are cleaned up!

 

Candle holders work well on a mantle

 

 

beautiful glass vases add interest to vignettes

Images 1-2 Colour Me Happy

 

Images 3-: Accessories from Home on the Range

Bunk rooms play a large role in mountain design because they provide a variety of functions.  They can be a room for a number of kids to hang out or a perfect spot for overflow guests.  We typically try to have at least one set of extra long twin beds or bunk beds to make them comfortable for an adult.  The high ceilings in the homes we work on give us the ability to increase the space between the lower and upper bunk to give more head room for an adult.  Bunk rooms  can be more colorful and playful than the other rooms of the house and can be a little bit more “themed” without feeling hokey. Today we thought we’d share some rustic Western bunk rooms for design inspiration and ideas for Colorado mountain homes. Take a look…

The first three bunk rooms are from our own portfolio.

In the room below, we designed the bunk beds to be built into the wall as a great space-saving option and gave it a mountain feel with the logs, the brindle hide rug and the wonderful Karen Kreek Adirondack painted dresser.  The black bear lamp offers a playful touch.

Here is another bunk room from the designers at  Home on the Range. This space in a Lake Catamount house is designed not only for sleeping but with a desk area and a fun game table and chairs.  It makes a great get-away room for either kids or adults.   The Old Hickory beds work beautifully in a mountain home and the stars add a fun accent to the walls.

 

Home on the Range Western kids room 2

In the bunk room below which was over a “barn” in a Western Homestead Ranch home, we used twin beds and a trundle bed instead of bunk beds.  We kept a fun cowboy western motif in the bedding and kept it very “kid” oriented.

Bunk Room traditional bedroom

http://www.houzz.com

The bunk room above and the bunk room below we found on Houzz and felt they were great examples of western bunk room design. Take a look at the way the reclaimed wood vanity was incorporated into the bunk room above by Locati Architects and below, the bunk room from Design Associates maximizes their space with four built in bunks on one side and a “lit clos” or single built-in bed on the right.  Having the beds built into the side walls of the room allows space for seating in the center of the room.
Montana mix eclectic bedroom
How have you decorated your kids’ rooms here in Colorado? Leave a comment to share, or feel free to post pictures on our Facebook page!

Images: @1 via interior design by Home on the Range, architecture by Steamboat Architectural and photography by Kevin Schultz; 2 interior design by Home on the Range, architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins and photography by Kevin Schultz; 3 interior design by Home on the Range, architecture by Joe Patrick Robbins and photography by Tim Murphy; 4 and 5 via Houzz

As you know from our posts on Eastern Accents Bedding and Facebook , Home on the Range designers Lynne Barton Bier and Susan Howard made the journey from Colorado to North Carolina to attend the recent High Point Furniture Market, a huge industry event that takes place biannually. With thousands of exhibitors showcasing fresh products, the show often prompts the emergence of many new design trends, and the Spring 2012 market was no exception. The High Point Market has now released its Spring/Summer 2012 Market Style Report, revealing the following furnishings trends, among others:

Handmade, artisan items—or pieces appearing to be hand-made—are popular.

Currey & Company

Suitcase-inspired wares and trunks are appealing to people who love traveling.

Global Views

Nesting tables are on the rise again, and the trend has taken a turn toward “hidden seating” as well.

Arteriors

 

Great set of shagreen nesting tables from Made Goods

Some of the other trends Lynne and Susan noticed were the proliferation of bold patterns and colors and the wonderful Ikats that were on everything from pillows to rugs to bedding.

Wonderful Ikat rug from Surya

Susan contemplates the selection of great colors and patterns from Company C

And the reclaimed industrial look that we have been using in rustic design for a few years is now being used in both urban and more traditional interior design.

This coffee table from Zentique is a great example of reclaimed metal used in a more contemporary styleGreat mix of reclaimed and industrial in the lamp and table from Zentique

We also loved all of the amazing mirror designs and materials we discovered around each corner!  Mirrors are taking the place of art in many areas of the home because of their sculptural and reflective qualities.

We loved the shape of this mirror from Made Goods

The shades and varied lengths of the reclaimed wood are really eye catching in this mirror from Made Goods

Visit the High Point Market website to see the full Market Style Report, and leave us a comment below to let us know what you think of the latest home design trends.

Images1-3 via highpointmarket.org

 Images 4-9 via Home on the Range Interiors

Be sure to take a look at the Home on the Range Facebook album with more High Point finds!

 

Lynne Barton Bier and Susan Howard of Home on the Range, recently returned from  the High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina.  Here is one of  the companies whose products they carry in the store and who they had to make sure to visit .  Lynne says, “Eastern Accents is one of our go-to bedding vendors and we got to take a first hand look at some of their new bedding and upholstered headboards in their High Point  showroom.   We love the different looks they offer because they suit a variety of style preferences.  We are always looking for bedding that will work in the mountains but it is fun to look at what works at the beach or in an urban loft as well!”

Here are some of our favorite looks:

The warm, earthy tones and luxurious textures in the Aston collection make it a great option for rustic Colorado home design.

The leafy pattern of the Caldwell collection offers a modern flora motif accented with a fun chevron.

http://www.easternaccents.com/cl-202-Bukhara.htmls.com

this Bukhara duvet and comforter has a great look for the mountains

 

This blue and white Ikat would give your bedroom a fun new look!

Eastern Accents also has some wonderful upholstered head boards.

To see more of the new bedding arrivals from Eastern Accents, visit easternaccents.com. If you’re interested in one of the styles, you can contact Home on the Range about how to purchase. Which new Eastern Accents bedding collection is your favorite?

Images via easternaccents.com

If you love all the ideas and pictures you see here on the Home on the Range blog, be sure to like our Facebook page, too. Here are three great reasons to visit the Home on the Range Facebook page and click “Like” next to our name if you haven’t already:

  1. To find out about sales going on at our showroom in Steamboat Springs, CO. Who doesn’t love getting deals on home design goods? Like our Facebook page so you’re in the know about current and upcoming discounts.
  2. To see some of our favorite products and vendors. In fact, we just shared an album of Fun Finds from the recent High Point Furniture Market Lynne attended in North Carolina. Check it out!
  3. To interact with the Home on the Range team. Feel free to comment on one of our status updates or write on the wall. We love hearing your feedback.

We hope you’ll join us!

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