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    Goodbye Christmas, Hello New Year!

    It was a great, fun filled holiday season and as always it went way too fast! I start in with Christmas right after Halloween so I’m ready to pull the tree down by Christmas day! Its always bittersweet because as much as I love the lights, decorations, baking and getting together with family and friends, my mind is racing by New Years to begin the exciting new year and create more memories!

    Putting away the ornaments is the hardest. Having years of memories on display even if its only for a few months is the best feeling ever! There are a couple I don’t pack away because I love seeing them all year round!

    If you have any favorites, keep them out and incorporate them in your everyday living. That way they will bring you memories every day, all year!

    I will say its bittersweet saying goodbye to Christmas movies. I’m done after watching them all month but still have to get in the last few…lol

    Hope you had a great Christmas and are excited to build memories in the new year!

    XOXO Carrie

    Don’t miss the Redfin article we were featured in: “Modern Rustic Home Décor Ideas for a Cozy and Quaint Atmosphere”

    Cozy interiors evoke a feeling of the fall, dark evenings, and cool weather. But having modern rustic home décor doesn’t need to be limited to the autumn months. You can create a rustic home design no matter the season that fits with your style and home’s aesthetic. So whether you’ve recently purchased an A-frame house and want to create the perfect cabin interior or want to add a rustic feel to your modern apartment in Austin, TX, we’ve got you covered.

    Redfin reached out to us for our best interior design tips for the perfect modern rustic home design. From furnishings and color schemes to art and fabric choices, your rustic interior is just a few steps away. See full article below!

    Modern Rustic Home Décor Ideas for a Cozy and Quaint Atmosphere

    Source: Development

    Modern Rustic Home Décor Ideas for a Cozy and Quaint Atmosphere

    Cozy interiors evoke a feeling of the fall, dark evenings, and cool weather. But having modern rustic home décor doesn’t need to be limited to the autumn months. You can create a rustic home design no matter the season that fits with your style and home’s aesthetic. So whether you’ve recently purchased an A-frame house and want to create the perfect cabin interior or want to add a rustic feel to your loft apartment, we’ve got you covered.

    The experts have weighed in and are here to give you their best interior design tips for the perfect modern rustic home design. From furnishings and color schemes to art and fabric choices, your rustic interior is just a few steps away. 

    Don’t make everything match – contrast is key

    Earthy tones and wood furniture are hallmarks of a rustic home design, but you want to make sure that not everything matches. It’s important to have contrast in your space, whether that’s with metal, chunky knit fabrics, or a pop of color to break up the neutrals. 

    At The Striped Barn, we love rustic style,” says owner and designer Carrie Bachmayer, “there’s nothing like a worn, distressed, mismatched style that is also current, trendy, and carefully curated. But to pull off the perfect look takes a combination of styles. Here’s our secret – don’t ever let your pieces fight with each other. When you place them, surround them with opposite textures, patterns, and neutral colors, allowing them to be the star. And remember, less is more, you don’t have to fill your space with every rustic piece you can find, showcase your favorite, carefully curated pieces.”

    Local Furniture Outlet’s, Aaron Masterson says, “It’s best to use natural woods with raw or unfinished steel to give a modern but asymmetrical look to balance the room. Modern rustic room pieces shouldn’t match, but instead, complement each other with different colors and textures. Building around a unique piece of furniture found during a vacation or road trip will create a story and will make it truly your own.”

    “Whenever you walk into a room or a space, and you’re overtaken by a sense of heritage and history that has been communicated through a carefully curated collection of antiquated furniture, fixtures, and fabrication, you’re in the midst of a rustic design style,” says KOVI Home Decor. “Rustic can be achieved through the affectionate usage of worn and distressed leathers, rusted metal, weathered woods, and peeling or chipped paint. The styles that commonly leverage these ‘rustic’ design elements are American Vintage, English and French Country, and Italian, Tuscany-inspired interiors.”

    It’s important to use contrasting textures and finishes in a rustic home design. Tina Bupp of Bupp Woodworks & Designs, comments, “When decorating with a modern rustic theme, we like to incorporate a lot of different elements and textures. We use décor inspired by nature, including different types and species of woods, flowers, leaves, metal, and rocks. Species of wood with more character, such as spalted maple or walnut, can add lots of warmth to the room. Adding a distressed finish to a modern piece of furniture will achieve that rustic look. A statement piece including a river table or wall art featuring preserved flowers can bring nature inside and is definitely a conversation starter. Using live edge wood with unfinished or black steel gives it a modern twist.”

    Incorporate earthy colors

    Warm and earthy colors are a great way to design a rustic home interior that lasts all year. Think sage greens, cloudy blue-grays, chocolate browns, and rusty reds. For example, Aesthetic Living comments, “Modern rustic designs focus more on warm and earthy colors like grey, beige, brown, and green. The colors are muted and add a touch of greenery and natural elements to your place. While the greens can be added by introducing live indoor plants and the grey through an accent wall, we suggest you add the browns to your modern home with its rustic wooden beauties.”

    And for Down Shiloh Road’s Dempsey Hankins, there’s one word that sums up a rustic home – cozy. “Creating a warm and welcoming rustic style home is really all about one thing: cozy. You can easily give any space a rustic, cozy vibe by simply using warm earth tones. Using warm earth tones and natural materials such as wood or jute really do a lot to cozy up a space and make any guest feel at home.”

    Located in Bozeman, MT, and Jackson Hole, WY, JLF Architects comments, “Honest materials and a connection to place are hallmarks of our architecture – and of rustic style in general.” Their principal Logan Leachman continues, “We’re known as pioneers in the use of antique, reclaimed timber and locally sourced stone. Incorporating these rustic, time-worn materials with their natural blemishes worn by axes, adzes, boot heels, horse hooves, and the elements—what we call ‘perfect imperfections’—brings a sense of character, permanence, and inherent history to our designs. When we’re done, the idea is that the house has always been there.”

    And art gives you the opportunity to branch out from the earthy colors you’re using. Brenda Olson Art says, “When building a rustic-inspired home, many people choose natural finishes, including wood floors, wood paneling, and stone. With the artwork and décor, you have an opportunity to add personality and color that complements those natural materials. Wall art that is inspired by looking out your favorite window at the cabin, can give you the feeling of being on vacation all year long. When you add accessories, like pillows, you can choose nature-inspired motifs with a bright and modern twist to brighten up your space.” 

    Rustic home décor brings the outdoors inside

    Embracing nature and weaving it into your home’s design is an easy way to create a rustic look. There are many ways to go about this using art and furniture.

    Swati Goorha Designs, speaks to this, saying, “Wabi Sabi is the Japanese art of embracing transience and imperfection. This principle is becoming prevalent in interior design, focusing on accepting natural imperfections of material and emphasis on nature-inspired materials and finishes. There are multiple ways one can incorporate environmentally friendly finishes. For example, by using Limewash paint for the walls, natural fabrics like linen and cotton for window treatments, and upholstery. Using uncoated metals that patina over time adds character to a space. Lastly, natural wood finishes to cabinets and case goods are a great way to bring a rustic vibe to your space.”

    You can also opt for wood furnishings, as recommended by Wall Beds. “One way to achieve a modern rustic look in a bedroom is with the warmth of a sleek real wood bed. Real wood beds are no longer clunky, heavy, dominating pieces, rather, they’re now a functional, beautiful statement.”

    Buckingham Avenue’s Rebecca Miller comments on designing your perfect modern rustic home, saying, “it’s all about bringing nature indoors and adding cozy textures. Decorate with natural elements that are evergreen or seasonal such as stone finishes or touches of greenery. At Buckingham Avenue, we love combining cozy furs with the natural texture of log cabin walls.”

    Another way you can easily bring the outdoors into modern rustic home décor is through art. Kevin Murphy and Margaret Dowling-Murphy of Murphy Wood Art comment, “By incorporating rustic art into your design, it allows you to bring the “outside” into your indoor living spaces, but it’s not just for cabins and farmhouses. Mix rustic textiles like wood with other elements such as glass, wood burns, vibrant colors, landscapes, and eclectic shapes to add a chic yet contemporary flare. Natural elements can also add texture, the finishing touch that can add a cozy feel to your space.”

    Art can bring a natural look to your home

    There are countless ways that art can evoke a rustic and outdoorsy feeling in your home. For example, Mark Leary of Portland, OR’s Mark Leary Designs comments, “Like the wind blowing through leaves or clouds moving in the sky, mobiles offer a unique way to think about decorating. Unlike framed art that sits static on your walls, mobiles give you an awesome opportunity to add movement and energy to your nature-inspired design. When you choose a mobile with your favorite colors from nature, you truly can bring the outside in.”

    Paula Keeney of Dragonfly Wood Art & Crafts talks about the balance art can create in your home, saying, “When decorating with rustic art, I like to use sets of three for balance. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with something modern or retro. It will expand your decorating possibilities.” Similarly, Pradeepa from Limewood Art suggests, “Decorate your walls with nature-themed original art. Art on wooden panels would especially complement the wood theme in rustic homes.” 

    Photographer and designer, Justin Driscoll highlights incorporating different types of artwork throughout your rustic home. Driscoll says, “I have three types of styles depending on the room. Some of the artwork is printed on canvas or other unframed, unconventional materials. I typically stray from canvas, but it honestly works well with big spaces. Much of the content is my photography of abandoned and rustic scenes of Western North Carolina. A majority of the other artwork is all black and white. Some of its digital fine art, and others are actual vintage film. When I can find vintage frames, inexpensively in thrift stores, I grab them and make prints that fit accordingly. Lastly, I am a sucker for vintage Americana signage – 1950-1970s beer, auto, tobacco, and Harley signs, to name a few.” 

    Modern rustic design can last all year long

    Rustic design may evoke an autumnal vibe in your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the décor throughout the year. If done right, your modern rustic home décor will stand the test of time – and any future home décor trends. 

    Jen and Laura, owners of The Vintage Fix say, “Rustic design is all about filling your space with rich, authentic décor that speaks to your soul. The beauty of rustic design is its freedom to evolve alongside you, little by little, over a lifetime.” 

    Laurie Mohan Rustic Home Decor suggests, “Find a rustic look you love and purchase a few pieces you love, and know you will definitely use. If you purchase a seasonal item, think of a way to use it all year round, like taking a willow planter indoors in the fall and using it for a houseplant, seasonal arrangements, or mitten storage by the front or back door. Take it slow, and ask your favorite artisan for referrals on rustic art in the area that suits your style – they’re often connected with other artists.”

    And Marlaya Ross, owner and interior decorator at Studio One Nine Design, says, “Modern rustic design is so appealing because of how warm and welcoming it makes your home. Keep your space comfortable and cozy by focusing on elements that encourage sitting back and relaxing, like a large ottoman where you can put your feet up, or big comfy throw pillows and blankets you can curl up with while you watch a movie.”

    Sertao Shop’s Josh Thompson states, “There’s a growing trend in bringing natural elements into our homes in ways that are modern yet emphasized with a rustic touch. Although, modern and rustic may sound like polar opposites on the design spectrum, blending the two styles can be quite complementary. Some aspects of a modern rustic look include raw, natural elements that give an outdoor-like appeal.” 

    Thompson continues, “Materials such as wood and stone are highly desired in achieving the right look. In addition, a contrast between light and dark colors also plays an important role and helps in achieving rustic. When adding final touches, one needs to consider the importance of lighting fixtures. Rustic-looking light shades are also desirable as wooden light shades complement the modern rustic interior.” 

    Era Chandok of Mogul Interior, sums the style up saying, “Warm, and cohesive, modern rustic farmhouses are filled with casual, lived-in charm. Taking elements from the ancient architectural design, and mixing them with practical and modern fittings creates a unique statement. The modern rustic design creates a collected, fresh look, yet one that gets worn with time. Using reclaimed distressed wood, like the subtle hues of the carved wood cabinets creates a gathered over time ambiance. Using an old steel sink to convert a rustic chest into a vanity for the bathroom is a great idea. Reclaimed old doors are used to make these chests, and the woods are very earthing. Some have metals like iron and brass that balance the energy in the room by grounding the negative ions into the earth.”

    Modern rustic home décor can be an easy way to create a cozy and cohesive style in your house or rental apartment. With earthy tones, wood furnishings, and art that completes the space, the possibilities are endless for the perfect rustic home design.

    Originally published by Redfin

    I hope you got some great tips, feel free to reach out if you have any questions, or need some help! Y’all know at The Striped Barn we love rustic like country music loves a broken heart!



    Celebrate 4th of July

    Happy 4th of July Striped Barn friends! There’s so much meaning behind this holiday and so much fun to bring out the red, white and blue to show your patriotism, make new memories and celebrate old ones!

    Happy 4th Y’all!!




    Inspo comes in many different ways…This farmhouse kitchen caught my eye as I was searching for mothers day inspo, my imagination lit up as I thought “I bet these flowers came out of an amazing garden!” Then I seriously fell in love with every bit of this kitchen!! (Source: pic from The whole 9 yards design.)

    Design tip: Adding a few features like a farmhouse sink and open shelving can instantly transform the look of your kitchen

    The farmhouse sink, the open shelves…this is one of those spaces that you walk into and immediately feel happy! Your kitchen is the heart of the home so if your kitchen doesn’t make you feel that way then we need to fix that! Lets connect, lets chat and throw ideas around… its time to change up a few things!

    Contact me anytime for inspo and ideas and happy mothers day to all the moms out there!




    Hi Striped Barn Friends!

    With everything going on, Easter kind of snuck up on me which is funny because its actually later this year!

    I wanted to make sure I send y’all some Easter cheer so here is a repost of my fav pic from @Thermaland Oaks…you just can’t find a cuter Easter pic because it makes you smile every time!

    I love Easter because it means summer is right around the corner with warmer weather and lots of memories to make!

    Happy Easter!!



    New find from “Behind the Barn”!


    If your looking for some southern sass to add to your spring and summer decor…look no further! Perfect for home, vacation home or gifts, these sassy pillows are a great find! 20×20 with removable zipper cover, and generous feather pillow insert.

    Zipper closure for easy care

    Inner pillow 100% polyester, with feather fill. Outer fabric 95% polyester, 5% linen, knife edge seams, hand wash, not rated for outdoor use.

    Pillows with personality!

    To order, just email us at [email protected]

    $65.00 ea includes tax and free shipping to most areas, please provide zip code to see if you are eligible for free shipping, US shipping only, $195 for all three! Local pick up available.

    Sweet southern & sassy
    Gimmie some sugar
    I love you like biscuits and gravy

    Remember the best things are found behind the barn and quantities are limited so grab them fast!

    Happy Decorating!



    Hi Striped Barn friends its Carrie…welcome!!

    If you’re reading my blog you prob love unique finds with a rustic vibe, a southern twist or vintage character. If you’re like me you always look “Behind the Barn” because many times that’s where you find the best treasures!

    Y’all know I love sharing with my Striped Barn friends so I created “BEHIND THE BARN”, a Striped Barn exclusive showcasing unique products and places and a fun place to shop. Mostly one of a kind but sometimes just great finds. So lets get decorating and have some fun!

    Remember, the best things are always found “Behind the barn”!




    When you add the right touches to your design you define your style! This kitchen has all the elements of a luxury kitchen, but the barn doors, barstools and pendant lighting give it its warm, farm to table style!

    Anything is possible when you mix and match your favorite things, the matchy design rules went out the window a long time ago, so pick pieces you love and add your own twist. If you stick to a color scheme and scale and you can mix and match anything!

    Choosing the right lighting and accessories brings it all together!

    We’ve been mixing luxury, vintage and rustic pieces for centuries its nothing new…we’ve just acquired different names for this style over the years. Refined + rustic style has always gone hand in hand!

    There’s nothing like barn doors to finish off a space!

    Keep it simple and let your style shine through!

    Happy Decorating!


    Christmas At The Farm

    There’s only one thing cuter than holiday farmhouse decor…and that’s holiday farmhouse animals! So I have decided to share some of my fav’s!

    No amount of lights, garland or the perfect Christmas tree could warm my heart like these little cuties! Thermaland Oaks always brings the curtness factor!

    Source: @thermaland.oaks

    I love a good barn…but nothing gets me more than a barn with all the trimmings!

    Source: @thermaland.oaks

    Nothing says Christmas spirit like a decorated chicken coop and this one is the cutest ever! We decorate our homes, patios, yards, and sheds so why not the coop!

    Source: @caligirlinasouthernworld

    Every stylish chicken coop needs a “fluffy butt” sign!

    Get your favorite sign here!

    Source: @caligirlinasouthernworld

    I can’t end the year without one of my all time favorite’s…Christmas or not…it doesn’t get any cuter than this!

    Source: @lanastenner

    Happy Holidays!




    I love Thanksgiving weekend! It’s like holiday magic appears overnight!…lights and decor pop up everywhere and lift your spirit like no other holiday can! But lights aren’t just for holidays…



    Source: marzena.marideko)

    White lights, wood and nature…my 3 fav things for holiday decorating!


    I love festive entertaining year round… even better if you add another layer with lanterns or candles!


    White lights accent their surroundings instead of overpowering them…they let the real beauty shine through!


    That feeling when your surrounded by white lights…its magical!


    And of course what’s a wedding without little white lights…

    When you hang those holiday lights this year, you may want to just leave them up and create some holiday magic year round! I promise you, you will feel more festive, entertain more, and feel that holiday spirit year round!

    Happy Decorating!


    Welcome friends of The Striped Barn! Lets chat, design, get creative and share inspiration!