Rustic Modern Cottage Project

Production home builder, Keystone Custom Homes, was the Builder that was chosen to work with on this project. We took one of their models and customized it to realize the owner’s dream home. This process saved time and money which allowed the owner to get what they wanted according to budget. The normal white windows were replaced with Black Anderson casement windows and the typical light siding and trim colors were replaced with dark rustic grays and old-world taupes.

Through all of the rain during the past nine months. This Modern Rustic Cottage is finally almost move-in ready. Here is a shot to show exterior colors. The stone is still being installed on the front facade, but you get the idea.


I’m just now starting on the interior design. Here are a few photos to show the before. You’ll be surprised at the AFTER! But…. I’ll give you a little taste of what to expect. The photo below shows the Master Bedroom. The entire room, including the ceiling will be painted, and then a chandelier will be hung in the center. I’ll let you wonder how I’m going to deck out the room for a later post. The door on the right leads to the Master Bath. The initial flooring was carpet and that was just ripped out so the new flooring you now see could be installed by Home Depot. This process saves money over having the Builder do the upgrades.


The photo below shows the Master Bath with all of the tile I specified. Their are two vanities on opposing walls. To save money, the Builder installed low-end lighting and counter tops. After occupancy, the owner is going to replace the counter tops with a high-end Granite (from Home Depot) that I specified, and all of the lighting will also be replaced with a higher-end fixtures. This room will also be painted to complement the Master Bedroom.


After the reveal I will share the color choices.

See you soon with more!


Up and Coming : Rustic Mountain Cottage

I’ve been so busy I haven’t been able to catch up enough to write. But today I had a few moments to post about one of the next big things I’ll be decorating soon. A rustic Mountain Cottage being built on a 5 acre wooded lot. It’s a beautiful setting and part of the landscape (a rock ledge wall) will be incorporated into an outdoor living space. I can’t wait! The footers have been poured and the foundation walls are about to go up next. I’ll share more details as they happen so stay tuned for updates.

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Clearing the driveway entrance.
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Driveway clearing.
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Driveway clearing out to main road.
Clearing for house.
Footers poured on rustic Mountain Cottage


Stylish Bedroom Makeover

This bedroom look was inspired by the colors in the large abstract painting hanging in the room. I really love using lots of textures in my designs. And I also like unique one-of-a-kind pieces. For this room, I purchased a jute rug online; picked up the new Hooker dresser at a second hand store; bought and painted/distressed a desk from Craigslist for a vanity; reused the existing night stand; purchased the wall art which includes the color palette; purchased the gold mirror on clearance; bought the room darkening drapes online. then I finished off the look with some other existing decor items. This room came together so well. It’s stylish and yet the look is very inexpensive to achieve.

To save money when decorating a bedroom, consider using a metal platform bed frame like this one. You can purchase brackets to add a headboard if you like.

Bed linens are a combination of ivory duvet cover, throw pillows, and layered faux fur throws.

Here is a wide pan photo of the entire room. It has the feel of a trendy boutique hotel room.

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Photography copyrighted by Misti Morningstar