Autumn & Justin’s Sleek Yet Rustic Ranch

published Sep 19, 2014
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Name: Autumn and Justin Fuchs
Location: Cascade, Michigan
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: Less than one year; owned

Autumn and Justin love a good transformation. Rarely do they buy something for their house without altering the purchase. Autumn, with her background in interior design and construction, sees an object’s potential, not its current appearance. When she finds a possible new piece for the home, she evaluates the style, size and function of the piece. Can it be changed to fit in?

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Autumn has the vision and Justin executes it. With a career in marketing, Justin also has an artistic eye. Even without previous woodworking experience, he is eager to learn as he goes. Justin admits to trial and error but finds help through YouTube tutorials. While Autumn provides the interior design, both owners display their photography throughout the house.

Autumn and Justin easily blend a rustic theme with elegance. Distressed wood, small plants, and animal and nature motifs play nicely with shag rugs, modern, geometric prints, tufted high-back chairs, metallic and high-gloss white accessories, and sparkling chandeliers. The house feels fancy yet comfortable. The dogs, Bijoux and Truman, agree.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Rustic Elegance

Inspiration: I love putting things together that you wouldn’t expect and juxtaposing really feminine elements (like my pink chairs) with more masculine things (like my caribou horn or rustic fireplace surround). My passion is creating rooms with a balance of rustic pieces, refined details and found antiques.

Favorite Element: I love anything pink and my husband Justin is such a good sport about it. I think there are mature ways to introduce fuchsia or blush into a design as long as it is balanced in the room, and still have it feel like an adult space. My favorite pink items are the high-back chairs.

Biggest Challenge: My obsession with Home Goods. I can’t go in there unless I plan on buying accessories because as soon as I see a shiny animal figurine or the perfect pillow, I can’t walk away without purchasing it.

What Friends Say: Our friends have grown accustomed to seeing something new every time they visit our house and Justin has gotten accustomed to visiting Home Depot every weekend. I love taking on projects and changing things up. It keeps the space fresh and new!

Biggest Embarrassment: Our biggest DIY embarrassment so far was installing the crown molding in the office. Despite having all the proper tools and watching tons of YouTube tutorials, we just couldn’t figure out the angles. The most frustrating part: we couldn’t figure out what we were doing wrong! Eventually, after a lot of trial and error (and maybe just luck), we managed to cut them correctly. But I have a feeling it will be the last room we will ever install crown molding in.

Proudest DIY: Our favorite DIY project in this home is the rustic fireplace surround. Justin and I love spending weekends trying new things with our house. We started and completed this project in only one weekend for less than $100. We love how it turned out.

Biggest Indulgence: Our biggest splurge in this home was the “grown-up” Scott Shuptrine Interiors sectional. We purchased it right after we bought the house.

Best Advice: Only purchase pieces you love! Sometimes people get so excited to renovate a space, that they feel like they need to get everything at once. The best rooms come together with an assortment of found pieces. The space will feel more special if you can look at each item and know you love it (rather than going to the big box furniture store and buying an entire vignette in one afternoon).

Dream Sources: Oh so many: Jonathan Adler is amazing for accessories. Restoration Hardware has awesome lighting and side/coffee tables. The sofas from Pottery Barn sit like a dream.

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Resources of Note:


– Wallpaper: Allen + Roth
– Paint color: Sherwin Williams Uptown Taupe
– Blue Bench: Target
– Framed landscape paintings: Two of these were painted by Justin’s grandpa. Autumn found the third piece at an antique store. She instantly knew they were meant to be together so she purchased the rustic frames from Michael’s.
– Rug: Home Goods
– Vase with sticks: Target


– Paint color: Sherwin Williams Uptown Taupe
– Purple console: Goodwill (originally a coffee table). Autumn and Justin built new legs for it, transforming it into a console table.
– Geometric silver lamp: Home Goods
– White garden stools: Meijer
– White shag ‘animal’ rug: Home Goods
– Large artwork over purple console: original painting by Autumn
– Caribou horn: antique store
– Brown console: Craigslist
– Books, suite cases, and vintage cameras: antique stores
– Fuchsia chairs: World Market Nina Chair
– Mirrored side table: Target
– Silver shag rug:
– Wood coffee table: Custom design by Autumn
– Sectional: Bernhardt Interiors
– Floating shelves: DIY project. Autumn and Justin took the old flush doors from their first house and made these.
– Reclaimed wood fireplace surround: DIY project
– Accessories: Home Goods, Target and antique stores
– Window treatments: Zebra from Target (discontinued); White from Bed, Bath & Beyond (discontinued)


– Wallpaper: Allen + Roth
– Paint color: Sherwin Williams Uptown Taupe
– Artwork: Home Goods
– Dining set: Craigslist. Autumn reupholstered the seats with fabric from Field’s Fabric.
– Rug: Crate and Barrel (discontinued)
– Window treatments: Zebra from Target (discontinued); White from Bed, Bath & Beyond (discontinued)
– White pitchers: Home Goods and Bed, Bath & Beyond
– Table linens: Home Goods


– Countertops: Nutmeg Quartz


– Paint colors: Walls are Sherwin Williams Popular Gray; Doors are Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray; Ceiling is Behr Powdered Peach; Desk stain is Minwax Jacobean
– Draperies: fabric purchased from Hobby Lobby constructed using this method
– Drapery rod with mercury glass finials: Target
– Shelving units on the wall: Shelves are DIY; Brackets from IKEA (EKBY MÅNS spray painted gold)
– Desk top: DIY
– Built-in filing cabinets: Craigslist, refinished plus new hardware from Hobby Lobby
– Office accessories: Target Nate Berkus Collection
– White shag rug (5’ x 8’): Target
– Blue wingback chairs: antique store
– Ottoman: Craigslist
– Blush side table: Goodwill, painted in Behr Powdered Peach (same as ceiling) with a Martha Stewart metallic glaze and updated with hardware from Hobby Lobby
– Frames (18″ x 24″): Home Goods, spray painted white and filled with Google Images of various interior design textures, elements and finishes
– Gold beaded pillows: Home Goods
– Accessories: Home Goods, Target and antique stores

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Thanks, Autumn and Justin!

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