When my parents moved into their home in 2022 it was a big transition. The space was double the size of their previous home. It didn’t exactly fit my parents personal styles.

The house was built in the late ’90s and half of it had been updated by the previous owner.

What we were working with

There was a beautiful custom kitchen, new texture throughout part of the home, Mohawk carpets, and LVP laid in the kitchen, dining and 2 of the bathrooms.

Before of Slaughter House Rustic Luxe Redo

The most odd space was the “living room area”. It was a mostly open concept, with the exception of a very tiny wannabe office off of the dining area.

A small gas stove sat in the living room on almost 30-year-old tiles.

The previous owner had painted the Eastern wall of the living space a cool sea foam tone, with all other walls being warm Sherwin Williams colors including Shitaki Mushroom and Natural Linen.

My mom was stuck trying to make everything work.

The Bones

There were large parts of the home that were ultra rustic, like the huge rustic timber custom light fixtures in the kitchen, the brown-toned stucco and stone on the exterior, and the brown LVP throughout the home.

Sticker Shock

When my parents were originally looking to update the space to have a more cohesive feel they contacted several painting companies, receiving quotes in the high $6-7k to paint the main areas of the home.

This seemed like an astronomical cost for something that had been professionally painted 2 years previous by the prior owner.

Testing out my Pick My Ick System

When my parents decided to take a long trip in October 2023 I asked them 1 question.

“Do you give me permission to test my Pick Your Ick System on your home while you’re gone, giving me creative control?”

They said “Yes!”

Off they went on their vacation for my Mom’s 60th, and to work I went with 2 kids in toe.

Everything started with a vision. A rustic-luxe vision.

If you haven’t looked into Rustic Luxe design style I highly recommend it. It’s rustic, and elevated. Usually native to mountain towns like Aspen, Telluride and Big Sky.

I used inspiration from OneKind Design and other like minded design sources to create a mood board for the space.

Mood board for Slaughter Rustic Luxe living room

This was a working vision, but it allowed me some parameters to help me get going.

I also drew inspiration from my parent’s collection of antiques, native artifacts and a love of history. I wanted the space to feel like a high-end museum that makes you feel calm, relaxed, and educated. Nothing too stuffy.

Getting to work

I’ll be honest, I stared at this space for weeks before I decided the Natural Linen wall color needed to stay and that the ceiling color wasn’t that bad.

Slaughter Rustic Luxe Living room Redo In progress

The main culprit in the space was the awkward cool sea foam accent wall that stuck out like a sore thumb.

I decided to paint over that accent wall with the Natural Linen color to get rid of one distaction and simplify the room.

Focal Point

I started in on the focal point of the room. I needed the wimpy stove to look like a real fire place.

With some Tricorn Black paint, plywood and some prayers I built a riser for the stove, covered the old tiles and painted a large black rectangle on the wall.

Slaughter Living room redo rustic luxe using Pick Your Ick System

Step 2 was to build a 10 foot tall bookshelf off of the right of the stove to help make the focal point a bit beefier.

Slaughter living room rustic luxe redo with black modern fireplace focal point. Custom built shelving and fire place riser. Right of the bookshelf if a long bench under the TV

I then added a 13ft bench along the right side of the bookshelf to help anchor and offset the TV.

This entire built-in cost $360 in plywood plus roughly $50 in trim pieces. Plus several afternoons of cutting, building, and finishing.

Painting the Doors and Trim

To help keep things cohesive and keep some rhythm in the space I painted the interiors of the doors, window trim, and baseboard heat registers Tricorn Black as well.

This helped to keep your eye calm and happy as it works it’s way around the room.

Taking out a wall

My parents had returned by this point in the redo process and the holidays passed.

Once there was time in the schedule my dad removed the tiny “office” off of the dining room and opened up the space to the rest of the open-concept floor plan.

This allowed the dining table to be turned the opposite direction and more of their collection of art/custom pieces to be displayed.

You can see in the photo the Native Rug that was a gift to my mother’s grandfather. It’s now displayed on the wall instead of folded in a cabinet.

We used floor length black velvet curtains and faux linen curtains to create an upscale feel in the dining room. We kept the same dining table and chairs that my parents have had since I was a young kid.

Some Artistic Touches

Although most of the pieces in the space are items my parents have owned for years, I did end up creating a custom piece of art for them.

With their love of history, especially local and western history I found a photo in the Library of Congress that showed the last known photograph of the Navajo riding out of Canyon de Chelly.

I digitally altered and updated the piece and then had it printed in two sections for them. Not for sale or resale, but as a personal art piece.

I hung the art piece as the focal if you’re facing East within the space.

I also crafted custom hat/scarf/coat hangers by the front door. These were created using pieces of dowels, circles out of plywood and some creativity.

I tried to take inspiration from burning charcoals, making the hooks imperfectly round, sanding edges and painting them black.

I then added hints of gold edging and detailing to each hook to create an illusion of burning glow.

The final product

The space ended up feeling cohesive, calm and relaxing after a few tweaks to some of the colors, adding some rhythm and a feel.

I’m happy with the final result, especially considering it was far far less expensive than the quote to paint the space a new color.

Working with the “ick” and proving my method was awesome. If you’re interested in learning more about the “Pick Your Ick System” I’ve created for something in spaces that aren’t “perfect” on a budget, I invite you to learn more here.

This space is so enjoyable now and visually more relaxing than before.

Keep working hard on those spaces friends, it really does pay off in the end to have something that makes your soul happy!

xoxo Monee