I like the mash up of industrial and country in Elizabeth Betts Hickman and Nancy Gent’s book “Urban Country Style”. Published in 2007, some rooms are a bit dated but you can still find features that can be applied in a space today.
Urban Country Style
What is urban country style? The authors define the style as a look that “blends modern understatement and its clean, utilitarian simplicity with the inviting warmth and easy comfort of country style”. The focus is on combining unexpected materials, like contemporary lighting with flea market finds.
You see this look today as family homes are downsized for a modern condo in the city and the need to figure out how to incorporate grandma’s antique hutch into a gleaming white space.
This bathroom designed by Vicente Wolf fuses a modern metal sink and faucet with a wood console with traditional turned legs. A fantastic way to give new life to a piece of furniture. The dark wood also adds warmth to a space that with only creams and chrome could have felt cold.
Another Vicente Wolf space that mixes rural with contemporary with the addition of a collection of wooden shovels on a white background.
This kitchen is a little more subtle. You have the long wooden table/island and the apron-front sink which is the country and then the urban metal-clad windows, simple cabinetry and appliances. It’s a very balanced look.
This is exactly what I would expect to see when mixing a modern loft space with flea market finds. There are black walls highlighting the vintage hutch and an old wood table used to hold cooking supplies.
I didn’t realise that so many of the images I found compelling in this book would be designed by Vicente Wolf. I can see the country in this space with the side tables, green plants and the slim mirrors above the sofa.
Make it your own
Mixing urban and country is partly dependent on your space so I’ve incorporated a few items that represent each style:
(1) I think contemporary lighting is a great way to add a modern touch to a room. The Etch Shade by Tom Dixon (available at Kit Interior Objects) has a great industrial feel.
(2) This rustic cupboard from the Art of Vintage has the perfect patina.
(3) I’m a fan of mixing modern chairs with farmhouse-style tables. The Melody Chair available at Limitless would be a fun way to do this.
(4) And here’s the Settler Dining Table from CF Interiors that has been crafted from reclaimed pine.
Where to shop
If you’re looking for some pieces to mix into your existing home, check out the below stores for some great finds: