This Is Happening: Rough-Hewn Elegance

A style of contrasts, rough-hewn elegance is part provincial château and part sophisticated uptown drawing room. A popular look among top designers like Axel Vervoordt, John Saladino, Darryl Carter, and Rose Uniacke (pictured above), the aesthetic is sophisticated while rustic. Somehow cozy like winter, while simultaneously sunny like spring, we love how the seemingly contrasting elements beautifully combine and harmonize in these spaces. Pattern is entirely absent and a fireplace is virtually essential. Read on for ways to get the stately look in your own home, even if you don't have an original 19th-century limestone floor. _1 Honed stone, exposed brick, and raw timber beams form the basis of this aesthetic. Weathered and rustic, these architectural elements are the foundation of the look and set the tone of the style.

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Framed Medallion, $295, Restoration Hardware Antique Stone Planter, $295, Jayson Home 19th C. Ball Finial, $79, Restoration Hardware

_2 Light upholstery and breezy slipcovers keep things from getting too stuffy. Natural linen is this style's fabric of choice.

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Emma Linen Chair, $1300, Furbish Studio Sullivan Upholstered Platform Bed, From $1780, Restoration Hardware Carlisle Slipcovered Armchair, From $989, Pottery Barn


Use of traditional and formal furniture creates contrast in more rustic surroundings. The juxtaposition of their sophistication and the earthy, natural elements of the style's architecture result in always-desireable visual tension.

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French Draper's Table, $4200, 1st Dibs Vintage Dining Chair, $250, Jayson Home Antique Marble Pedestal Side Table, $245, High Street Market

_new Antique mirrored finishes and gilded accents incorporate a sense of glamorous sophistication. Their glittering finishes contrast with the raw, earthy elements and help these accessories and decorative items really pop.

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Small Regency Wall Lantern, $895, Circa Lighting Sailor's Mirror, $98, Anthropologie Wheat Sheaf Wall Sconce, $145, High Street Market

_new The perfect compliment to the gray and brown tones of the natural elements, earthy greige paint helps unify stone and timber finishes. The soft cast of hazy walls adds warmth and always works well with the hues of natural linen.

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"Collingwood" #859, From $37, Benjamin Moore Glidden Martha Stewart Living "Gull" #MSL256, $3, The Home Depot "Revere Pewter" #HC-172, From $37, Benjamin Moore

What do you think? Would you incorporate this look into your own home? Let us know in the comments. Photographs: Rose Uniacke, via Acquired Objects, Axel Vervoordt, Darryl Carter, Darryl Carter, Jessica Sample via Lonny, John Saladino via Elle Decor, John Saladino, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier, Peter Vitale via Veranda, Peter Vitale via Veranda, Rose Uniacke, via Acquired Objects, via Roses and Rust.