Vancouver-based designer Peter Pierobon has created a drinks cabinet called ‘Coast Range’.

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From the designer:

It is set up as a drinks cabinet and is made of Walnut, stainless steel and aluminum.

The dimensions are 11feet wide x 33″ high x 22″ deep and it is titled ‘Coast Range’.

The inspiration for the concept was the topography that surrounds us here in Vancouver and how nature and the modern urban environment co-exist.

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Designer: Peter Pierobon

By Erin

The words rustic and modern would never have seemed like they would go together, but as it turns out, rustic modern design is one of the most growing trends in interior design. The new trend or rustic modern kitchens shows how they can both be combined to create a beautiful look. There are many ways you can incorporate rustic and modern elements to your kitchen. Here are a few tips and ideas. Also be sure to check out the Rustic Paradise pinboard on my Pinterest page! Lots of great ideas there!

Modern Cabinets
Installing sleek and modern cabinets in a rustic or traditional kitchen can balance out the rustic and modern elements. Minimalistic cabinets in white, dark wood, black, or grey can give a modern touch to your kitchen. Look for cabinets that have very clean lines and futuristic hardware.

Rustic Touches
If your kitchen seem s to modern and lacks some rustic or country touches you can add them through your accessories and final touches. You can add items such as hay rakes, logs, wicker baskets, wood pieces, and vintage style wooden furniture. Display a collection of vintage plates or tea cups to add some rustic charm to your decor.

Wooden Counter tops
Another excellent way to add a rustic touch to your kitchen is through wooden counter tops. They are a big trend in home decor and are very durable and easy to clean. Dark wood countertops with white cabinets can create a beautiful contrast in your kitchen.

Modern Appliances
Adding high-tech and sleek appliances will add a contemporary feel to your kitchen and make your life easier. Purchase state of the art stainless steel appliances to create this look. Add convenience to your home through built in mixers, microwaves, televisions, and touch screen controllers.

Display your Cooking Items
Add warmth to your modern kitchen by displaying your pots and pans or other cooking items. Install a pot rack above your kitchen island. You can also hang your cooking utensils on the wall near your stove. You can also hang metal containers or buckets from your wall and store utensils and other items in plain view. You can also open up your cabinets so your plates and cups are displayed.

Trendy Accent Furniture
Keep up with the latest trend by adding some trendy accent furniture to your kitchen. Add some metal bar stools to your island or breakfast table. You can also add a modern pendant lamp or chandelier to update the look of your kitchen.

Whiteboards and Bead boards
A big trend in modern rustic decor is the use of whiteboards and bead boards in ceilings and walls. Create a rustic atmosphere by decorating your ceiling with whiteboards. This will also make your ceilings look higher. You can also decorate your kitchen walls with bead boards to give it a homely look.

By Sarah Clarke

Colonial furnitureAcross the water in the United States, during the early Colonial period, most furniture arrived along with the first immigrants. They brought furniture pieces typical of the Jacobean and Carolean periods in Britain with them, and then later made their own furniture in a similar style. These pieces were generally sturdy and heavily carved, many with turned legs and bun feet. In the harsher environment of some of the Colonies these pieces were simpler representatives of their parent styles, befitting the more straightforward and utilitarian life of the settlers.

Other settlers also brought their influences with them to the colonies, most notably the Dutch and French in the Northeast, and the Spanish in the Southwest. Although recognisably different from the British inspired designs, the Dutch pieces are essentially in the same tradition. However the different climate and different wood available to Spanish colonists led to a distinctly different style known as Mission or Southwestern. By the end of the period, the influence of the British William and Mary style was beginning to show.

Compared to the Jacobean and Carolean pieces this style of furniture was lighter and more elegant. Inverted, cup-turned legs, bun feet, and serpentine stretchers made this a very identifiable style. The earliest American-made piece of furniture is a chest made by Nicholas Disbrowe around 1660. Uncompromisingly rectangular, its distinctively carved frame-and-panel construction, although very reminiscent of earlier British Age of Oak pieces, is already recognizable as a distinct American style. Many other early Colonial era pieces, such as wainscot chairs and heavy joint-tables, are similarly in the Age of Oak tradition.

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