Design of the Day: An Industrial-Rustic Room

We first published this St. Helena, California, home several years ago, but its sophisticated industrial-rustic style makes it one of our all-time favorites.

Photo by James Ray Spahn

Stone discovered in an old Pony Express outpost in Indian Gap, Texas, provided the inspiration for the dwellingâs entire materials palette. The flooringâfound in a 1950s sewing factoryâwas left unsanded, and the dramatic hand-hewn beams come from the Ohio River Valley and date back to the mid-1800s. Warehouse-style shelving in the great room (above) is oversized to match the scale of the other materials, and a custom light fixture and dramatic vent hood, both designed by architect Ira Martin, complete the space.

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