Live in the modern past

The old saying opposites attract is again proving just how true it is in one of the newest decorating trends gracing homes today.

Heavily distressed and hand-hewn finishes are blending with classic, contemporary designs to create the rough luxe/farmhouse chic look. It’s modern furniture that looks like it has been around for ages.

The furnishings are extremely livable, family friendly and versatile. They are ideal for today’s casual, modern lifestyle.

"Rough luxe has its roots in shabby chic, but without the sweet chandeliers or tea roses," said Jeff Scheffer, president and CEO of Universal Furniture International Inc., which recently debuted a collection named Rough Luxe. "This is not furniture you would find in your grandmother’s attic."

But it has that timeless, long-lasting look.

"Farmhouse chic is an everlasting trend," said Lisa Hanly, senior brand manager for Broyhill. "It evokes elements of the past when times were simpler, yet it does not scream country décor. Farmhouse chic definitely reflects the natural, unfussy way people are trying to live in 2010."

Both Universal’s Rough Luxe and Broyhill’s Attic Heirlooms collections reflect this trend.

Rough Luxe borrows heavily from classical architecture with its X-shaped accents and arches, which are both timeless and modern. The clean-lined silhouettes are presented in white oak veneers with a light brown, variegated and heavily distressed finish, giving it the appearance of being hand-crafted from found objects and passed down through the generations.

The collection’s modern edge comes from pieces such as the sleek low profile bed and nightstand, which have a classic contemporary look and are lower than traditional bedroom furnishings.

The clean lines traditionally associated with modern design also dominate Attic Heirlooms, which offers the option of creating a two-toned look.

But because the pieces are not antiques, they have features such as built-in silverware organizers and touch lighting, and are sturdier than many antiques, Hanly said.

Hanly added that the pieces’ aged look makes the furnishings ideal for families.

"Farmhouse chic works well in family environments and tolerates heavy use, as pieces are distressed so that everyday wear and tear by families is not a big deal."

Going hand in hand with the trend is a green story, which is becoming more common in today’s home’s fashions. Not only do the pieces look distressed, many are actually made from reclaimed and repurposed wood.

Four Hands’ Hughes collection is a prime example. Made from 90 percent reclaimed pine, the line features occasional and dining pieces that highlight a historical design in a stripped down, more organic finish.

The natural and distressed look of the rough luxe woods make them ideal candidates to mix and match with existing furnishings.

"The new lighter finishes are often distressed or naturally worn, displaying ranges of wood tones in one piece of furniture. This allows pieces to be paired with other wood tones more easily," wrote Amelia Ellenstein, vice president of visual merchandising and store design for Art Van Furniture, in the World Market Center’s summer First Look publication.

Celebrity photographer dedicates dance book to Las Vegas shooting victims
Behind the scenes with local celebrity photographer Jerry Metellus as he talks about his Dance For Vegas coffee book dedicated to the 58 victims of the October 1 shooting. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Dreamsickle Kids Foundation founder Gina Glass talks awareness
Gina Glass, 35, founded Dreamsickle Kids Foundation to raise awareness for sickle cell disease in Nevada. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Meadows School founding kindergarten teacher retires after 34 years at the school
Linda Verbon, founder of the The Meadows School's kindergarten program and the first faculty member hired at the school, retired in the spring after 34 years at The Meadows. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kids become firefighters at Fire Station 98 open house
Henderson residents wore fire hats, learned about CPR and met firefighters at the Fire Station 98 open house Saturday, August 11, 2018. (Marcus Villagran Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
People from all over the world attend RollerCon 2018
RollerCon 2018 is a five-day convention focused on the roller derby community and culture at Westgate in Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
News Headlines
Local Spotlight
Home and Garden Video
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like