Rustic sensibility has taken a rapid turn in the design world lately, shifting from country living to a more rugged, deep-forest dive. Maybe it's to do with a sense of adventure that's been ingrained in our systems through movie, memoir and television depictions of mountaineers, backcountry backpackers and wayward explorers feeling their way through rough terrain. Or perhaps it's our ever-present curiosity of the still untouched, of the unknown banks of the unsettled "out there." In any case, speculation aside, designers appear to have moved from the quaint pastoral on to a bolder notion: the American frontier, or the idea of burly, robust open timberland that was once ubiquitous throughout the states. These looks—which we have dubbed "indoor frontier"—are perfect if you're looking for some cabin decorating ideas or just to adopt a new, adventurous way of thinking. Head on in—fodder for your inner explorer awaits. Image via House to Home.
They say the journey to adventure begins with a single step. Make that step unexpected by beginning your indoor frontier look in the washroom. This gorgeous mountain shower curtain and Southwestern-inspired towel are simple additions that immediately recall the rugged outdoors. Inspiration Image via Bright.Bazaar.
Is it possible to make the frontier look less manly, Bear Grylls-against-the-elements and more Snow White exploring with her animal companions? Why, yes—as this inspiration image perfectly demonstrates. Choose cute additions, like these heart pillows, to forest creatures and wooden accents to bring the wilderness into the feminine realm. Inspiration Image via Real Living.
Gray and white shades reflect brisk Alaskan tundra, while a timberwolf duvet ties the look together. Inspiration Image via Poppytalk.
Find the backcountry in luxe fur and a stunning forest mural. A white setting bring the two into a quiet, surreal space. Inspiration Image via House to Home.
Even twentysomethings and teenagers can get in on the trend by infusing the theme with rich, bright color. The fur chair, wooden side table and mural sit surprisingly well with it. Inspiration Image via Adore Magazine.
A bare desk setting conveys frontier living through delicate additions: small antlers, a forest setting, wild plants and different wooden textures (the stool and woven basket) Inspiration Image via Stone Lodge Interiors.
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