Room Envy: This Serenbe cottage is a rural, industrial hybrid

Claudia and Rod Hoxsey drew from Serenbe’s focus on sustainability and organics
Serenbe cottage
Photograph by Jeff Herr

With Serenbe’s strong focus on sustainability and organic farming, Claudia and Rod Hoxsey wanted their new cottage there to be a modern version of a classic farmhouse. Nelson Wilson Interiors, whom the Hoxseys worked with previously in New Orleans, created a space that seems part rural retreat and part industrial loft. The open floor plan embraces its sylvan setting, seen through 16-foot-tall metal windows.

A step above the rest
To add an industrial edge, the staircase was constructed of metal skirtboard and wood treads, with wire in place of balusters.

Found art
Amish wagon wheels spotted at an Atlanta antiques shop serve as wall sculptures. “We mounted them on floating shelves made from reclaimed barn wood, where they can be seen from all the main living spaces,” says decorator Karin Nelson.

Not-so-stark white
Benjamin Moore’s “Swiss Coffee” warms up the walls and ceiling.

Neutral territory
Understated furniture—chosen to not distract from the view—includes a sofa and chairs from Lee Industries, coffee table by Oly Studio, and a hand-woven rug from Atlanta’s Verde Home.

Tip: “Iron, steel, and glass are materials that have stood the test of time and [feel] at once old and modern,” says Nelson. The dramatic look works only if windows can be left uncovered, she notes, so consider whether privacy or sunlight is an issue.

This article originally appeared in our August 2016 issue.