Monday, August 27, 2012

Rustic Ceiling Beams: Old World Ceiling Design

Greetings to everyone!
How the time keeps flying by!  Like so many others that I have read, these last few weeks have been so busy its been hard to find time to visit all of my favorite blogs regularly.  Here's hoping that things start to return to normal this week.
When we met with our builder this week we discussed  rustic beams that will be installed throughout the house.  As of right now there will be beams in the master suite, the kitchen, and the dining room.  Today's post showcases an array of old world style beams.  Hope you enjoy.   We would love to hear which is your favorite?
This beam system is actually functional, holding up the entire ceiling.  It is also a photograph that we took while visiting a Jack Arnold home in Colorado.  These beams were located in the master bedroom and are being considered for ours as well.  The hip roof in the Master suite allows for a unique layout.  Also notice the added detail of the iron turnbuckles.
This is the Kitchen from Jack Arnold's home.  For all of the long time followers, you might recall that we found this inspirational kitchen at and (thanks Holly and Tina!) a few years ago.  We loved it so much that it lead to our using Jack Arnold as our architect.  We love the large rustic beams which appear to be supporting the smaller beams in this kitchen ceiling.
 Jack Arnold Homes of Elegance can be found HERE.

Similar to Jack Arnold's kitchen, the larger beams appear to be supporting smaller floor beams.  This kitchen also has a small cooking fireplace with a wood beam mantel.  It also comes complete with pizza oven.  What a gorgeous space with the blue cabinetry.
Period Architecture LTD. 

Yes I realize this is not in the ceiling, but this rustic beam mantel over the fireplace would look great with matching ceiling beams.

These wood beams show every mark made by the ax as it was hand hewed. Old world, rustic, and amazing to think that these were once milled by hand for every structure.
Traditional Home 

Another fine example of hand hewed beam detail.

These truss beams have been fabricated for a scenario similar to ours.  The beam is designed not only to look amazing, but to be functional as well.  These beams will actually hold up the ceiling and be tied into the frame of the house.  Notice again all of the hand hewed details and the addition of turnbuckles for strength.
Vermont Timber Works 

This wood beam design also appears to be supporting plank wood floors from above.  This is a great combination and brings so much detail to a space.
Michigan Design 

This beam system also appears to hold a plank wood ceiling.  More importantly on this photograph you can see the detail of the wood pegs used to tie authentic beams together.  Simple details that can be added to any faux (box) beam for a more authentic appearance.

Many of you can probably identify this kitchen really quick.  Yes it belongs to Tina of The Enchanted Home.  Head over to Tina's to see the construction and design of her beautiful home.  We actually took this photograph to our architect and builder and said "see these, make these beams happen in our kitchen."  So we owe a big thanks to Tina!  Her cute Teddy also made this photograph.  Is he looking for something to eat?
These rustic ceiling beams blend in beautifully to the entire space.  From the rustic stone wall to the limestone fireplace mantel.  I would love to sit down and enjoy those glasses of wine!

Again I love to see the hand made details in a rustic hewed wood beam.

This ceiling left the entire beam in tact so that it appears more like a log beam ceiling.  It has a more rustic lodge look in my opinion.  Very similar to the Jack Arnold design above in concept.

Another take on a wood beam truss system.  This one is minus the turnbuckles but also gives a more open feel to this kitchen.  The lanterns have been perfectly placed to fall down through the beams.

We also want to start sharing more of our life around the house.  Since so many fellow bloggers share great food ideas, we thought we would share one of our typical outdoor summertime weekday dinners.  An arrangement of fresh veggies and herbs from our gardens, some roasted chicken, and fresh fruits and chocolates to finish.  We will do a few variations of this every week.  So easy, quick, and delicious. 
To wrap up today, thanks again to all of you that continue to add us to your blog lists!!  It is amazing to us how busy this site is becoming and just how many emails and suggestions we receive!!  We are having a blast because of all of you.  We hope to see you back here again for our next post in a few days.  Have a great week!
Tonya and Rob


  1. I have serious beam crush...822 has them in 3 rooms and in our addition we are adding in is official, I love beams.

  2. I love the rustic beams - photos 3, 4, and 5 are gorgeous!
    Have a great week,

  3. Any and all of those ideas are fabulous. Oh, how I wish we had added beams in our home, but money was tight when we built and of course we were already over budget. Fun watching your dream home evolve.

  4. i have a REAL love obsession over exposed beams - i had them in my childhood bedroom which my grandfather had built for me - so it's something i DREAM of having in my next house!

  5. I dream of having wood beams in our home! I have my eye on some faux wood beams to add to our living room.

  6. I am so glad I found your blog!! My dream is to build a Jack Arnold house! I like Beam 1 for the bedroom and living room and Beams 3 and 10 for the kitchen. I hope you will show us all of the pictures of the Colorado home. Are you going to show us your land and construction from foundation up? I hope so, I would love to see it all!

  7. Faith B - Interiors UniqueAugust 28, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    I love timber framed houses. My favorite for the Master Bedroom is #1. For the rest I love Tina's beamed ceilings. But how rustic you go depends on what decorating style you are going to have. The more rustic interior design, the more rustic look you should go for. Certainly the style Jack Arnold house your going to build is more formal looking. That's not to say you cannot do a rustic interior. I love limestone fireplaces and walls. They are expensive, but you can get the same look using cement reproductions for the fireplaces. You can also use wood fireplaces and have them faux painted to look like limestone. I've also seen Jack's clients using grape vine beams in their kitchens with rustic looking plaster in between. That also is a great look. So many choices. I'm sure you will choose the best one.

  8. I think you are going to have a gorgeous home if you would choose any of them - but 1,5,& 14 would be my favs if I had to pick.Good luck.

  9. All so beautiful!! I just love the beams of picture n°10 and n°11!!
    Have a wonderful week Tonya and Rob!

  10. Beams are so beautiful... any beam! I have very architectural beams in my kitchen... they add character and design.
    Your meal looks scrumptious... isn't it wonderful to end a meal with a little bit of chocolate!!!
    Beautiful post!

  11. love anything way rustic, reminds me of home.....HA

  12. I love exposed beams in homes! It can add such an old world charm! These are all fabulous, 3, 8, and 10 are my favorites! I'm so glad I found your blog, it's lovely. I'm excited to be a new follower!

  13. The one thing I want to do is add beams to my kitchen! I love the pic from Tina's blog! It's perfect! I know yours will be as well! One of the most fun things about having a son for a builder is seeing all of his wonderful projects…and they usually involve GORGEOUS beams in some form or fashion! Check it out at Saunders Bradford if you get a chance! They've just changed the name so it could still be under Saunders Home Repair…either way….their work is great! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! Hope you are doing well and having a great week so far!

  14. What an amazing collection of images! There is nothing like writing a blog while designing a house, it helps sort through the thoughts and the ideas so well.

    We did not do beams in our house, although it seems that most people who build European style houses in Atlanta do incorporate beams. It just wasn't something on my list, and my architect did not suggest them. However, I love all of your images, and love how Tina's kitchen is balanced out by the beams.

    I love your dinner idea - I will definitely need to try that out on these last weekends of summer! We planted a garden this year, but had limited success. I think we underwatered it at the beginning of the summer, and also planted things that are really not ideal for Georgia. Plus, we planted things that we don't really like (squash) - we won't be doing that again next year!

  15. I love the look of beams in any space and they add such charm and character - gorgeous images!

  16. Every single kitchen and room looks so beautiful, and yes, i like beams, guess that they are quite normal to find in old houses in Italy, but now I live in New Zealand and I haven't see any here a pard from some old churches. Pity.


  17. Those rustic ceiling beams look fantastic in almost every style. Faux wood beam galleries can be found here, mostly Texas/California style homes.

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