Dec. 24


Home for the Holidays

by Lynn Byrne

From my home to yours, 

Warmest wishes for a marvelous holiday season and all good things in 2013.



All photos by Lynn Byrne.

Sep. 04


Catching Fire: The Rough Luxe Look is Hot for Fall

by Lynn Byrne

Rough Luxe Kitchen

I was in the dark, but my love for chippy, crusty surfaces juxtaposed with something sleek or plush has a name. It’s called Rough Luxe style.  I finally know how to describe what is happening design-wise in my Montauk house.

I am so not out in front when it comes to the name on this one–even though I have been living the look for  some 8 years now. First reported in the Wall Street Journal in 2009, Rough Luxe has a website, a book and even a hotel.

Rough Luxe Hotel

Lobby, the Rough Luxe Hotel in London, England

This fall, however, the trend seems to gaining resonance in the mainstream.  Canadian magazine House & Home (source of the first image)  and Elle Decoration showed it extensively in their October issues and the September House Beautiful and October UK Home and Garden both featured products that can help you get the look.

So what is it?  Rough Luxe is  all about the contrast between old and new.  There are lots of worn surfaces, paired with something shiny like gilt or glass, or streamlined like metal.  And it is not just in a home’s furnishings—Rough Luxe can be expressed in the architecture as well, most often in distressed walls.  Many of yesterday’s doors fit right in.

Rough Luxe

How to get the look? Start with a worn painted surface, add in some home accessories in “grayed out” jewel tones, show a reverence for natural wood, and don’t forget something lustrous or gleaming.

I think I need to get my hands on that book.

Photo credits: 1. and  3.(hotel lobby) , Canadian House & Home.  First collage, Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.  Second collage, October 2012 Elle Decoration,  Third Collage, Green bedroom photographed by Philippe Kress for October 2012 Canadian House & Home,   bathrooom image from the Rough Luxe Hotel, other images from October 2012 Elle Decoration. 

Shopping: 1. Reclaimed boatwood flooring from Indoteak design. 2. Table by Don Howell via Caviar20 (see his Rough Luxe home in October 2012 Canadian House & Home.   3. 2nd Cycle stools by Artek  4. Schoolhouse Electric. 5. and 7., Indigo. 6. Etsy

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