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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Today's Western Style

We've seen resurgence in a style that is based in the Rocky Mountains and the western states. Western style can include lodge style as well as Southwestern style. Born of the ranches and lodges of the romanticized Western states, this style has an easy comfort that fits the active outdoor lifestyle typical of the West.

Today's western style is less about cowboys and more sophisticated than the traditional western style. Western style today includes touches of elegance borrowed from traditional style and even some Victorian accents. Antlers, wide pine floors, trade blankets and patterns based on traditional Native American designs are all common in western style. Leaded glass, leather sofas and a few antique pieces give today's western style décor a certain elegance. Lots of brilliant color brightens rooms where wood is dominate. 

Lodge style can include references to the great outdoors with sports related art and accessories. Fishing, boating, and skiing equipment can be used to create unique accents in a lodge or western style interior. Nostalgic touches of vintage sporting equipment or prints are a nice touch in a lodge style room.

Western style can mix casual and elegant elements to create an eclectic look that straddles both comfort and formality.  Log cabins with crystal chandeliers and pine floors are a great example of the mix of fancy and functional in this style. 

Antler lighting and accents are widely popular, even outside typical western style décor. Antlers are naturally shed so they are abundant without causing cruelty to animals.

My second dream home is Western (lodge) style with a touch of rustic romance set in the mountains of Aspen. A girl can dream…

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