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Rustic Rooms from Amelia Handegan


I was going to wait until later to do a post on Amelia Handegan, but we have already looked at her two gorgeous porches above on my rustic porches post a week ago.  I thought I would go ahead and give you some more of her talent here today.  It just seems so fitting for fall.

Her design firm is in Charleston, South Carolina, and she has been doing interior design for over 30 years.  I believe I probably first became a fan of her work because of her porches, but there have been many more rooms that I have loved.  Take for instance her kitchens…


Isn’t that green island to die for?  She can do any style room – from modern to period traditional to rustic, but there always seems to be a sense of history in the spaces she creates.  Today I want to share with you just some of her more rustic spaces, since this time of year seems to call for a bit of the rough and woodsy.

Look at the similarities between the bathroom above and the one

Her work has been featured in House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Veranda, Architectural Digest, and many more publications along with a number of books.  Here is a bedroom that was featured long ago in Southern Accents.  I know it doesn’t look exactly “rough and woodsy,” but this room is in a mountain home (I believe in North Carolina – Highlands or Cashiers maybe?)  It has those wonderful painted plank walls and a beautiful stone fireplace.

The bedrooms that she creates have such a romantic quality to them…canopies, flowing fabrics, fireplaces.  And yet they are not too feminine.   I think men would be equally at home in here as well as women.  Don’t you?

Even a shared space has a cozy, romantic feel when done by Amelia

What do you think of these unadorned canopy beds? (Love the collection of framed pressed flowers on the wall.)

She has decorated many historical homes in Charleston, but my most favorite work of hers is this mountain cabinThe hickory bed, the pottery lamps, the old log walls – perfection.  And if you really study it, you will notice that it is pretty sparsely decorated. The room doesn’t need many accessories with the beauty of the walls and the antiques.

And then there is this one…my absolute favorite of them all (even better than the porches!)

The canopy bed and the stunning linens have a feminine feel, while the walls, fireplace, and old leather chairs have the warmth of a men’s hunting lodge… a beautiful mix.

I hope you have enjoyed the eyecandy of Amelia Handegan’s more rustic rooms.  In the spring I want you to see a whole different side of her design abilities.  As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the rooms in the comments below!

until next time,

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the farmer's wife - October 30, 2012 - 1:36 pm

Oh Kelly, you had me at “rustic”. I think I actually prefer the canopies sans fabric. I prefer the bold, smoothy texture rather than the gauzy, flowy texture that the extra fabric adds to the bed.
Julianna – That is interesting that you like the canopy beds like that. I have never had one with the fabric. I do wonder how “claustrophobic” they might make me feel. So glad you liked the rustic-ness of the rooms. Thank you for reading!


missy - October 26, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Loving those last two bedrooms!! I would so much rather walk into a room like that than a place where I felt I couldn’t touch anything. I love her work!!
Missy – Yes, those last 2 are wonderful bedrooms, and I agree. I would rather walk into a comfortable space than a gorgeous “gallery” any day!


cindy hattersley - October 25, 2012 - 10:14 pm

Absolutely adore Amelia Handegan’s work. She is beyond top notch in my book. I hope she does a book one day.
Cindy – Oh, a book would be a great idea for her!! I have Phoebe Howard’s book, but one from Amelia Handegan would be gorgeous. I would bet that she has been asked before about doing one.

Garden, Home and Party - October 25, 2012 - 10:03 pm

I would take one of the bathrooms, and a couple of the bedrooms and most certainly the kitchen with the green island…although I’d change the color. She really is a talented designer and it’s fun to see how she brings style to a more rustic look…it will be fun to see her spring rustic look.
Karen – That would be a great house with your combination of one of the bathrooms, bedrooms, and the kitchen. Just curious what color you would paint the island…:)

Leslee in TN - October 25, 2012 - 5:29 pm

Absolutely loved your photo spread… gorgeous rooms. Leaves me speechless as my eyes try to take in everything. Would love my home decorated with her style!
Leslee – Wouldn’t that be fantastic to have her do your home?! Wow! First I would like to move to the mountains of North Carolina, buy a little rustic house near Highlands, and then let her do it. I’m not asking for much; am I? Nah. So happy you loved the photos today!


Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel - October 25, 2012 - 2:44 pm

Stunning rooms and stunning photography. I will be able to spot Ms. Handegan easily now… and her rooms seem quite familiar. I love the room with the 3 beds under the eaves. Very clever and saves a ton of space. Makes the room more open.
Rebecca – That room with the beds under the eaves IS great, and with the curtains and all it gives more privacy, too. I am so glad you enjoyed the photographs in the post today.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - October 25, 2012 - 10:24 am

While admiring these wonderful photos, I have come to realize that I have seen many of her interiors through magazines, etc..I love her style…so sophistically rustic…you cannot help but feel that each room that she creates just wraps you in such warmth..such a wonderful feeling to have and she certainly achieves that in all of her interiors!…Thanks for sharing these great photos…Charleston is one of my favorites places on earth!!…
Shirley – Yes, you sure have seen these if you look at any of the shelter magazines out today (or the long lost Southern Accents.) “Sophistically rustic”- great way to describe her style! (Wish I had thought of that! :)) Charleston is beautiful isn’t it? Thank you for reading and jumping in the conversation here today.

Terri - October 25, 2012 - 9:38 am

OKAY……. where in the world have I been…. I get some of these magazines… and still… I have never heard of Amelia Handegan!!! WOW…. I am soooooo saving some of these pics… I am in love with some of the bedrooms….. the colors, stonework and the walls…. AMAZING!!! 🙂
Terri – If you haven’t seen these, then you have been missing out! I have a little book – Southern Cottages by Susan Sully. It features the cabin with that bedroom in the last photograph…lots more pictures of the cabin in it. It is actually a 75 acre family compound with 3 cabins in Cashiers, NC. You might enjoy the book if you like that particular room. Thank you for leaving your enthusiastic comments here today. Love ‘em!

Cathy Norrie - October 25, 2012 - 9:34 am

Hi Kelly,

As usual some incredible photos… I do love that green island (I’m pinning that one for future use when I renovate our place in Victoria)… it would be perfect! – my husband loves to sit and gab/eat while I cook in the kitchen (our favourite pastimes) and this would fit the bill perfectly.

My favourite bedroom is the last one – it has all the special elements I love… a wall of french doors to let light pour in, hopefully from the east; a huge fireplace that I can watch from bed – forget TV!!; and that bed,oh my, the bed. What else can I say??

Love to see your name in my inbox, Kelly. You always make my day!

All the best from snowy Alberta (temp -5C and 10 inches of snow over everything, pretty but chilly!)
Cath – 10 INCHES of snow!!! Oh girl! How I wish I was in that. Isn’t that last bedroom something amazing?? Everything about it is gorgeous. So glad I could make your day with a post since your comments make my day! Have a good one.

Christina @ Floridays mom - October 25, 2012 - 9:14 am

Thanks for sharing her work, it really is wonderful. I’m with you, that green island can find a home just fine in my kitchen (even though my kitchen is probably the entire size OF the island). Ha!
Christina – Too funny about the size of your kitchen! It IS a rather large island. Perhaps you could scale it down some for yours. 🙂

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