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Even amply-sized homes have certain areas where space is tight. Here are tips to help you maximize your space with style.

  • Bunkbeds. Bunkbeds save space and are a great deal of fun. The built-ins in the sweet cottage nook are great for girls. (Top image.) Adults are also using bunkbeds in vacation rentals, with draperies to add privacy. (Bottom image.)
small spaces

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Image via Enchanted Home. Design: M Elle


  • Kitchen desks. Studies and offices are great. But we all know that many thank-you notes and bills are taken care of in the kitchen. So why not have a built-in desk that coordinates with your cabinetry? It will help remove clutter from the kitchen table.


built-in desk

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  • Banquettes. Custom cushions make a residential banquette a cozy area where all family members can make eye contact and conversation over cereal or cards. With nooks like these, a formal dining room (though wonderful) no longer feels like a necessity.

Image via House and Home

Image 1: Apartment Therapy

Image 2: The Enchanted Home

Image 3: House and Home


Home on the Range would like to welcome Joanna as a guest blogger for our post today.  Joanna has done a beautiful job of catching the blend of rustic and contemporary elements that works so well in our mountain environment.  I am sure you will enjoy Joanna’s post as much as I did!


Hi! I’m Joanna, a writer for Arcadian Lighting, an excellent online place to discover brilliant and beautiful lighting fixtures. I adore interior design and really enjoy writing guest posts such as this one here at Home on the Range.  I am excited to be posting about how seamlessly rustic and contemporary styles merge to create beautiful rooms.

The game room in this Idaho retreat is a stylish mix of rustic, contemporary and Mid Century. I am intrigued by the idea of fireplace wood as art.

Contemporary Kitchen Rock Wall

This contemporary kitchen gets its rustic style from wood beams and ceiling, a stunning rock wall and a gorgeous original interpretation of the classic barn door.

Rustic Bedroom Antique

Rustic and contemporary meet here under the rafters in a lovely bedroom design. Antique textiles infuse the space with appealing global style.

Rustic Living Space Pendant Light

A rustic living space is given a wonderful contemporary feel by its furnishings, including a charming daybed at the fireplace. I love the contemporary pendant light in contrast to the rustic wood surrounding it.

Rustic Balcony Home Office

The second floor balcony of this rustic and contemporary home provides more than ample space for a home office. The work surface was created from reclaimed wood. At eye-level when sitting, the expansive windows bring the outdoors inside.

Contemporary Soaking Tub

A deep contemporary soaking tub blends beautifully into its rustic surroundings. The freestanding black faucet immediately caught my attention.

Carved Wood Vessel

What a lovely merging of contemporary flooring and counter top with rustic woods and iron lighting fixture. The carved wood vessel is stunning.

Rustic Closet Rail Lighting

The last place one might expect to see a mix of rustic and contemporary is in the closet. But, this one is a perfect mix of the two—just right for a gentleman’s closet.  The track lights give a nice accents on the wood furnishings.  Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Contemporary rustic spaces really make me feel right at home.  Which idea would you include in a rustic space  Leave a comment and be sure to visit Arcadian Lighting for more contemporary designs.



Pantone, one of the world’s leading color forecasters, has issued its Fall 2012 Fashion Color Report after extensive market research and designer surveys. Tangeringe Tango, Pantone’s Color of the Year, is accompanied by Titanium, which is popular and tones the Tangerine down. The color mix has surprising additions as well.

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The colors start in fashion, as demonstrated by this sketch by BCBG.






















And then move into home fashion. Those who are a little bit wary of color can sample Fall color trends with a low-commitment item like a tablecloth, coordinated here with vintage chairs that were easily refreshed with lacquer.

fall design colors

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The old rules regarding seasonal color (dark for Fall, light for Spring) have gotten looser. Vibrant colors are seen in this year’s Fall forecast, and there is more room for a homeowner to express her individuality.

For more ideas of Fall color trends and more, visit our Pinterest page by clicking here!




One of the best things about this field is that I get to share design ideas and learn about my clients’ tastes and design visions. The social networking site Pinterest is a dream to me because it makes it so easy to share photos and ideas.  I love unwinding at the end of a day by scrolling through photos on Pinterest and finding the places, quotes and decorating ideas that captivate me.  When I am on other blogs or on Facebook, I will often find a photo that stands out enough to me to save to one of my boards on Pinterest.  I love the fact that I can express various aspects of my personality on Pinterest by finding things that inspire me from all areas of life, and not just focus on interior design…although you will see many boards related to color, texture, rooms and accessories.

Inspirations range from architectural details….

architectural details

Beautiful stone fireplace and wood ceiling

To color and texture inspirations….


color and texture inspirations

Inspiration from Urban Farm and Gardens

One of my favorite boards is “doors and windows” because I believe doors and windows allow us a glimpse into the soul of a place.


A board that gets me excited is “my bucket list” because I love to travel to get new ideas and meet new people, and when I find a place that merits going into that category, I get excited and begin to dream about going there.  This photo from Romania really appealed to me because of its color and old world charm.

Source: via Lynne on Pinterest


I created a board called “funny, notable and inspirational quotes” where I put anything that expresses my opinions and feelings about life and relationships. I love to go back weekly to read what I have on that board because it always helps me to put things into perspective!  Here is one of my favorites!  It describes a wonderful approach to life



View my images on Pinterest by clicking here!

Do you use Pinterest?  I’d love to see what inspires you.


Mom's retreat by Selma Hammer - Image via Olioboard

You may have seen mood boards or renderings used by interior designers to convey a concept and material selection. Now homeowners can easily join in the fun with Olioboard. According to the trade newspaper Furniture Today:

Olioboard is an interior design-focused social media website that allows users to create online room settings using a library of more than 100,000 products.”  Even if you aren’t a designer, you can have fun creating boards on Olioboard.

Lets take a look at some of the engaging renderings you can create with Olioboard.

Keeping it "formal" - Image via Olioboard

Keeping it "formal" - Image via Olioboard





Romantic Balcony in Paris

Romantic Balcony in Paris - fun and whimsical! Image via Olioboard

We have been using Olioboard to show ideas to our clients because it is a great visualization tool.  We can upload pictures of the rooms we are working with along with the products we are recommending for a truly custom Olioboard presentation!  Here are a couple  of Olioboards we created for fun.

Here comes the sun

Lynne Barton Bier - Home on the Range Interiors Image via Olioboard

Cool, Calm and Collected

Lynne Barton Bier - Home on the Range Interiors Image via Olioboard

Take a look at some of out other creations on   Olioboard, or contact us if you have an idea for a room you would like help with!

When we were at High Point Market, we purchased some lamps, rugs, and a beautiful inlaid mirror from Wunderley, a company that imports affordable decorative objects from Morocco and other Mediterranean locales. Wunderley’s objects enrich a variety of interiors.


Image via Wunderley

Each of the spaces above has a Moroccan mirror, which is a simple and subtle way to add exotic flair.




Image via Wunderley



Image via Wunderley


The idea of incorporating Moroccan pieces into an interior has been championed in recent years by Elle Decor.

Moroccan design

Image via Elle Decor. Photo: Simon Upton

House Beautiful published a calm, family-friendly home with Moroccan pieces subtly blended with other international objects.

House Beautiful

Image via House Beautiful. Photo: William Abranowicz

Which pieces add spice to your interior? Let us know in the comments section below!

Like the perfect wedding gown or made-to-measure suit, a turnkey installation is a full-service process where a designer listens to your vision and then creates a home that perfectly fits your style – down to the last detail.

Lake Catamount House by Home on the Range Interiors

Lake Catamount House by Home on the Range Interiors

Turnkey installations are perfect for second homes and busy homeowners who don’t have the time to spend on researching products and pulling the finishes together.  We use the term custom turnkey installation for the ultra-full service projects that we design because the homes look like the family that lives there. Our goal is to have our clients be overwhelmed with joy as they walk into their dream home. And it is their dream — Home on the Range is an experienced team of designers ready to take care of schedules and design details so that our clients can focus on what matters most to them– family,  friends and daily life.  All you have to do is describe your vision, and Home on the Range does the rest. On a set date, you are handed the keys and walk into a space where music is playing, candles are lit, and every detail is taken care of, down to the last hand-towel. The only thing you have to worry about is bringing clothing and a toothbrush. Time is valuable, and a custom turnkey installation saves you time and eliminates stress, at the same time providing you with a home where every detail is coordinated and well thought out.


Lake Lodge master bath complete with towels and accessories

It takes a knowledgeable staff with trusted trade resources to perform large turnkey installations in a relatively short period of time. Fortunately, the experienced design staff at Home on the Range has an efficient system that has enabled us to perform many custom turnkey installations over the past several decades. Best of all, each of these projects is fully customized, timeless, and unique.

Master bedroom with rugs, throws, sheets and bedding


We even set the dining table!

Do you have questions about custom turnkey installations? Contact us at Home on the Range so we can hear your vision for your unique home.


Architect:  Joe Patrick Robbins, AIA

Photographer:  Tim Murphy

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