Victorian Rustic: Get the Look

Victorian Rustic: Get the Look

Mat Sanders
Aug 1, 2011

This summer, I had the pleasure of touring the Provincetown Home of painter John Dowd, pictured above from a 2006 spread in Elle Décor. The unruffled interior of his carefully restored 19th Century Cape Cod cottage is filled with subtle and tasteful details that include local art, hand-sourced antiques and Victorian-era fixtures and appliances abound. While the impeccable seaside home is a true labor of love that would be nearly impossible to recreate, I wanted to share some good go-to sources for shopping John's comfortably rustic look.


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When creating a palette for relaxed, beach-side living, look no further than the line of paints by Ralph Lauren Home. The hues are rich and complex and many different textures and techniques are available for creating a weathered look. Shown here: Architectural Off-White.


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One of our favorite places for contemporary furniture, Room & Board also stocks some classic elements, like the Selby SofaHyperlink Code with its soft tufting and turned wood legs. $1,599.

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Specializing in turn of the century and vintage industrial antiques, this online boutique is a treasure trove of beautifully refurbished pieces that still look a little rough around the edges. Shown here: Vintage Luchow's Saloon Dining Table, $1,640.


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Up-to-date, but with a timeless appeal, Pottery Barn stocks lots of classic looking lighting fixtures for creating a low glow. Shown here: Chelsea Swing-Arm Sconce with tapered linen drum shade, $79-99.


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One of my favorite resources for nautical accessories, is full of bona fide authentics like these old Ships Oars for $48. Other highlights include industrial cargo lights, glass bouys as well as a collection of beautiful slip-covered sofa's.

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A great resource for Oriental rugs of all sizes, colors patterns and price ranges, Rugman has a large selection available online and sweetens the deal with a 30-day, no questions asked return policy. Shown here: Harsin Persian Rug, $1,764.

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Look no further for a quick and efficient place to outfit your windows than The Shade Store. This online shop, with showrooms all around the country, has made a solid name for itself thanks to its great customer service and affordle prices. Shown here: Basic Wood Blinds.

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Look to your favorite specialty and antique stores for vintage paintings and other unique art pieces to create a gallery like in John's stairwell. Southstream Design, a favorite shopping destination in Provincetown, MA carries all sorts of quirky, one-of-a-kind paintings and other home accessories.

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Go beyond the arts and crafts and dig deep into Etsy to discover all kinds of specialty stores, like Cocoon, which specializes in international antique carpets and textiles. Shown here: Pair of Vintage Kilim Wool Jajim Pillowcases, $226.

Image: William Waldron

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