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Gift Guide: Rustic


It’s time for our second installment of gift guides for all style sensibilities. Each category of gift guides has been chosen from the super scientific Style Diagnostic test results in the coveted STYLED book (available in stores and online now, just in time for the holidays). Based on a number of highly accurate algorithms, we’ve found a way to categorize (pretty much) all humans into 12 style categories. Today we attempt to analyze our rustic friends with a nice little roundup of items that any cozy-loving, wood-chopping, hearth-stoking romantic would swoon over.

But first, some inspiration:


Plaid, fire, things that involve working with your hands (i.e. foraging for food, building said fires, making out, etc.). Got it? And Ryan Gosling.

Ye rustic folk live for washed linens, wild flowers, cast iron, and worn materials. A rustic home is always cozy, laid back, warm, lived in, and comfortable, so it’s likely our rustic friends often end up being the go-to hosts for holiday parties and house guests. Rustic people have an appreciation for the little things in life, like cooking a hearty meal with loved ones helping out in the kitchen, or getting cozy by the fire with a cuddle buddy. Rustics know how to make a house a home, and those around them feel comfortable.



Even Ryan Gosling thinks your rustic pies are so comforting, he can’t help but be goofy with you. 

So, pull up your favorite rickety windsor chair to your reclaimed wood table, and dig into this hearty helping of Rustic Roundup: Our favorite cozy housewares, rugged accessories, and generally functional items, perfect for your favorite rustic.


1. Hat | 2. Stag Bottle Opener | 3. Cable Knit Sweater | 4. Balsam & Spice Candle | 5. Matches | 6. Bath Soak | 7. Plaid Pillow | 8. Blue Ticking Throw Pillow | 9. Buffalo Check Chair | 10. Antler Tealight Holders | 11. Leather Boots | 12. Wood and Brass Domino Set | 13. Plaid Pompom Hat | 14. Live-Edge Coffee Table | 15. Plaid Button-Down | 16. Leather Backpack | 17. White Dipped Dinnerware | 18. Olive Wood Cutting Board | 19. Waxed Canvas Utility Roll

If you missed our last roundup, we started here with Seventies. Next up could be any one of the following: Scandinavian, Minimalist, Zen, Contemporary, Industrial, Mid-Century Modern, Bohemian, Modern Glam, Traditional, and Totally Eighties. Let us know what you want to see next!

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of the book, and are craving some more interior and style inspiration you can pick up your copy here, and while you’re impatiently waiting for that postman to arrive you can check out some behind the scenes, and a few more peeks inside the pages of the book here: Book Title And Cover Options | The Real Book Cover | Behind The Book – Styling The Perfect Shot | Styled On Shelves Now

*written by Jessica Isaac for EHD


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i vote for contemporary or industrial!

Ryan Gosling is perfectly rustic is Lars and the Real Girl. Now I want to go be all rustic in my house though I do believe I was Zen, Modern Glam, Bohemian.


I like your “inspiration” ??


Zen or Contemporary. I fell right on the line between these two, and yup…Zen Contemporary, or Contemporary Zen, is my thing!


I’d love to see one for Zen!


I’m all over the place with the quiz; I think that lands me in the traditional category–but I embrace weird, so bring it!

Also, I need a hint (i.e. a page number or at least chapter) for the one thing no one should put on their coffee table.

Merry merry!

What, no source link for the Ryan? My dreams are dashed. 😉


Yes, I was disappointed by this, too. Haha!

Me three!


Scandinavian next, pretty please!


Love these round-ups, and would definitely vote for a mid-century modern one next! xo


$16 for some matches? That’s a little too Gwyneth for me…


Oh my gosh is that the table in your living room? Must!


I am loving these gift guides, although I wish Ryan was on the gift guide…. I would snatch him up to put under my tree.


Your living room coffee table, I am snatching that up right now! keep the goodies coming



I feel like it’s the style you touch on least, so it would be a nice change of pace from the more mid-century-inspired style diagnostics.

I have to say, when I took the quiz and landed in the Traditional camp (borderline Rustic and Traditional), I thought about slitting my wrists. (Traditional makes me think of dark wood furniture and stuffy rooms you’d see in the White House.) But after reading your description and style profile, I realized that it was pretty spot on with how I decorate, (with hints of rustic thrown in for good measure).

Anyway, traditional, please!


Actually the rooms in the White House were beyond beautiful, worth a visit for sure!


LOL. The closest I’ve come is Fitz’s Oval Office on Scandal. Not my cup of tea!

Emily K

I can’t wait til you do Bohemian. That’s me!


Ugh, I so love that chair from Anthro! I can make it work anywhere, in any style. I don’t know if it’s comfortable… but it is certainly manly sexy.



Anyone who’s ever read your blog already has links to items from virtually every other category in the diagnostic, so it’s time for traditional to get some love. (Pretty please?)

Nice selection, very suitable for a rustic taste. And for the floor I would go for a rugged and simple flat weave rug:

Wow, I like this more than I thought I would have! It actually describes our home’s aesthetic more than what I would want (I like more of a Scandinavian look). The only thing with rustic is I think it lends itself so much to Fall and Winter, but not so much to Spring and Summer. How do you lighten it up in the warmer months?


Bohemian! Bohemian! Bohemian! please 🙂

Love this theme a lot! 😀


I’m really disappointed that you still haven’t acknowledged that the style diagnostic in the book is totally messed up. And now you’re calling it “super scientific” and “highly accurate.” I guess I won’t make the mistake of buying any other Emily Henderson products in the future.

Kate Lim

I realized some of those choices are messed up like no.5 should be choice no.6 in terms of styles (less to more ornate). I don’t know how accurate that makes the quiz. I got Zen first then weeks later I did the quiz and got Minimalist.


Yes, another issue is that it’s impossible to get Traditional, and nearly impossible to get MCM or Rustic (you would have to answer all Fs in the first part or the second part, respectively).

I know that mistakes happen. I just wish that, if Emily is actively promoting her book, she would also say something like, “We realized the scoring is messed up in the first edition, and I’m so sorry! For those of you who have already bought the book, here is a corrected scoring system.”


I took the quiz three times and got traditional twice and rustic once (both of which I identify with and see throughout my home). So, it can happen, I promise!

I think the important thing about the quiz is to help you find a foundation for your style. You’re not bound to one style, and you can have fun mixing different styles. The style wheel was super helpful, I think! And it helped confirm that I was on the right path with my style.

I’m sorry the quiz didn’t work for you. That sucks! But it looks like it worked for a lot of other people, so maybe it’s not a one-size-fits-all thing. But! You can always read through the styles and see which resonates with you, and then move on to the other sections and learn how to streamline your style.

I wish you ladies the best of luck cultivating your style! I’m sure whatever you do will be fabulous. 🙂



I do appreciate your kind response. 🙂 But I disagree… If you got Traditional, then you were not following the instructions correctly (you may have answered all 20 questions instead of just the second set of 10). This isn’t actually a situation where the quiz just wasn’t some people’s cup of tea. It’s a huge editing fiasco. For example, while Rustic is the second-to-last entry in the list of styles, all the Rustic options in the quiz are As, which are supposedly 6 points each (should be 7). If you were to answer A for each of these, your score would be 60, which would place you in MCM. Do these answers sound MCM? -Restored 1951 Ford pickup -A natural cowhide rug -A walk around the lakeside -Rosalyn Rosenfeld’s bold ranchouse in American Hustle -An antler set that you can’t wait to hang on your wall -A tall potted cactus that looks plucked off a ranch -A soft off-white beige or linen weave -A collection of oil paintings – all landscapes of quiet countrysides This is just one of many examples where the answers are switched completely out of order. Emily usually seems so transparent about her work and it’s… Read more »


The “highly accurate” and “scientific” bit is for sure tongue in cheek. There is no such thing as a scientific algorithm for personal style, it’s all subjective! These kinds of quizzes and categorizations should always be taken with a grain of salt, but they are a fun way to get some decorating inspiration and direction.


I realize it’s meant to be tongue-in-cheek, which would be fine if the quiz was correctly written (if subjective). But actually, the scoring is so messed up that it’s literally impossible to get certain styles. The problems with the scoring are definitely not subjective.


I guess what I mean to say is that, in this case, the tongue-in-cheek comment added insult to injury.


Scandinavian please!!


I own those boots and I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooove them! (So much so that I am afraid I’m going to wear them out because I’ve worn them pretty much every day since it got cold enough in Texas to wear socks, and last fall/winter too). I would happily live in a rustic home such as this (though I would likely add a few Scandinavian/bohemian touches).


Scandinavian and MCM please!

Kate Lim

Contemporary or Minimalist!

Next up Minimalist please!

PS. Great finds 🙂

Thank you for the recommendation!!

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