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American Rustic Style Featured in The New York Times

10 Ways to Know If You're an "American Rustic"

The New York Times recently ran an article and slideshow called "American Rustic," describing several different East Coast households that identified with this style. And while I will admit to appreciating and identifying with a few elements inherent in American rustic styling, some of it is a bit over the top (collections of antique dog identification tags, anyone?). So, is your household American rustic? If you answer yes to more than six out of these 10 elements identified in the article, then I'd venture to guess that you, too, have a bit of American rusticity in your home, too.
You may be an American rustic if you . . .

  • Decorate with antique technology, such as airplane propellers, tube radios, or typewriters (then again, you may just be a steampunk)
  • Leave piles of woolen camp blankets around your home
  • Accessorize your worn leather club chair with a tattered patchwork quilt
  • Tear out weathered barn wood and turn it into wall paneling
  • Use stacks of antique suitcases for side tables

Does this sound like your style? Keep reading to see if you're really an American rustic.

You're probably an American rustic if you also . . .

  • Collect, frame, and display old photos of anonymous crew teams
  • Hang vintage menu boards above your cooking stove
  • Collect and display rough-hewn items from a certain era and region, such as the Adirondacks
  • Limit your collecting to America from the 19th century through the early 1940s.
  • Decorate with a lot of antlers

So, do you qualify as an American rustic? Check out the slideshow on The New York Times's website for more examples of this style.

Source:  Flickr User Ben Sutherland

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