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Looking to refresh your home for fall? Tons of texture, pattern and anything with a nature-inspired motif is hot for the upcoming season. That’s great news for rustic-living lovers. Basic color trends that are a natural fit for log and timber style homes going into 2009 include rich crewel tones like deep reds, chocolate browns, pumpkin orange and deep-hued blues. Anything green is a go as well with the eco-friendly progression in home design and décor today.

This year's furniture is loaded with details such as twig and bark accents with multi-purpose function. Simple lined furnishings almost have a classic 40’s retro look and feel. This is seen in both case goods and upholstered furniture. Appliquéd pillows with silhouette block-patterned designs can be found nearly everywhere with bird and lotus flower patterns being the most popular, especially in the eastern and western markets.

Lighting takes a unique twist in time by incorporating natural materials like paper, glass and metal in unique shapes and applications. If you are lucky enough to own some mercury glass pieces, now is the time to bring them out again.

Want to keep it simple and clean? Layer various shades of natural colors like tans, greys and caramel browns and add a pop or two of color with your favorite hues, even if it's black or dark brown. The key to using neutrals in rustic homes is to vary the shade of each “tan” so that your home doesn’t appear to be washed out or lose key architectural elements like your fireplace, beamed accents and ceiling and flooring treatments.

Log on to www.wisconsinloghomes.com or e-mail me at sgauthier@wislog.com for more information.

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