The Rustic Life
The Rustic life (TRL) was born out of a dream to share a lifestyle philosophy of simple inspired living and is a destination for lifestyle inspiration and home decorating services.
TRL started in late Fall of 2014, by founder Sandra Downie, as a way to chronicle her personal style, life and home decorating projects. Since then, The Rustic Life has expanded from not only a lifestyle website but also into a full service interior decorating + styling studio, specializing in services that are reflective of our client’s tastes while working within their budgets. Although we are versatile in our approach to decorating, our signature eclectic style leans towards the modern-farmhouse, refined rustic and cottage esthetic.
The blog serves as an eclectic resource for inspiration and covers everything from home décor to fashion and beauty to entertaining, fresh from the market recipes, travel and wellness. Our goal is to empower our readers to explore how to live a well styled, meaningful and beautiful life. At The Rustic Life we believe in celebrating life’s little moments. We believe in helping readers become stronger and more confident in the areas of life they desire to become and we believe in the beauty that is simple inspired living.
We have had the pleasure of working with many lifestyle brands, both big and small, to create beautifully styled and visually appealing images including Home Depot, Pottery Barn, Whole Foods, Raymour and Flanigan, World Market, Listerine, Bed Bath and Beyond, Godiva, Aveeno, Annie Selke and Amy Howard at Home to name a few.
Meet the Team
Creative Director + Interior Decorator and Stylist +
As a designer and stylist, Sandra’s signature organic style is effortless, comfortable yet classically elegant. She garnered early interior design skills working at Lillian August and Domain Home where she found a love for home furnishings and design. Her distinct style combines multiple textures with time-worn and modern pieces. The end result is an inviting, stylish, and eclectic vibe that suits the modern lifestyle.
When she isn’t creating and overseeing The Rustic Life, Sandra enjoys traveling, dining out and cooking in, as well as listing to live music with her husband Scott. She is a mom to a stylish and funny daughter who currently calls NYC her home…which of course makes for the perfect excuse to always visit the culturally rich and always bustling city.
P.S. She is a Starbucks addict but enjoys discovering new coffee shops, loves hunting at flea markets, delights in relaxing with a good glass of wine and a good book, jamming to her favorite pop songs, binge watching something new on Netflix, as well as finding new places to explore New England.
Interior Designer + Spacial Planner
As a child, Stephanie’s Mom always encouraged her to try different forms of art to express myself. From ceramics to watercolor to clay animation, she was always crafting. Her mom knew she had a special gift, an ability to create, to be an artist.
Stephanie attended Paier College of Art, graduating with high honors with a BFA in Interior Design. She learned not only about how to stylize spaces but most importantly the art of architecture. This is a skillset that has been priceless working on job sites with contractors and developers.
Designing floor plans, furniture layouts, and developing professional boards to show the visual concept of s space is one of her favorite parts of what she does. Start to finish, she enjoys the impact on peoples’ daily lives through the comfort and style of their most personal spaces.
On Instagram: @stephm860
D’Nese is a mom & Navy wife currently living in Japan. She is a lover of all things organic & natural. Iced coffee and all things Paris. Crisp linens and sensational candles. Farmers Markets & delicious home cooked meals prepared from the soul. Preferably farm to table with a touch of pizazz! She celebrates everyday by being committed to living her life fulfilled to the brim the hygee way. She is passionate about her love of life and is so excited be sharing her world with you.
On Instagram: @giosmama2626
Public Relations + Brand Partnerships
Diane is a style blogger, publicist and social media strategist whose work focuses on connecting lifestyle brands with millennial influencers. When she’s not blogging about the latest trends, you can find her hosting exciting brand-influencer events. Diane holds an M.A. in Communication from the University of Central Florida where she graduated in 2012. Her latest collaborations include Bartaco, Smile Brilliant, and Kopari.
Melanie moves breathes, and lives due to the people around her. Her experiences are rooted in the beautiful lives that have become interwoven with her own. She owes her laughter, joy, and passion to the constant noise of her loved ones. Being able to share your moments, to live in your memories, even if for a small bit of life, is a gift and experience she will always cherish.