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 home and lifestyle inspiration.
TRL started in late Fall of 2014, by founder Sandra Downie, as a way to chronicle her personal style, life and home decorating projects. 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 + Lifestyle Content Creator
Sandra’s signature organic style is effortless, comfortable yet classically elegant. 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.
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.