From the countryside, an adjective to describe inherently home grown, homemade and homespun furnishings for family or local community use, in styles and with materials typical of a particular geographical area.

* Rustic furniture and furnishings were born of necessity, made with love and care for family use; so whilst materials might be less refined and vision limited, rustic is by no means shoddy. As it was made honestly and to last, it’s not the poor relation.

* To plan something in a rustic manner therefore implies a home made, fit for purpose ethic.

* It’s a misconception that to re-create a rustic look the materials must be rough, clumsy, and poorly made–this I think is born of a certain commercial laziness on the part of the seller and lack of knowledge and understanding on the part of the buyer .

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