How To Steal Aaron Paul's Cozy And Rustic Home Style

Aaron Paul and his wife Lauren Parsekian bucked typical Hollywood style with their rustic Idaho cabin, located in the intermountain region of the United States. Vaulted ceilings, antique wood beams, and a cozy whiskey lounge are just a few of the stunning details of this home. Constructed from three Amish barns, this house has old-world charm, lush fabrics, and modern amenities — a stunning mountain retreat. 

When you think of mountain cabin décor, you may imagine a slightly dorky forest green rec room and fishing accessories posed as interior elements. But many homeowners in mountain areas are opting for modern mountain designs. Colorado Style Home Furnishings notes that mountain modern combines naturalism and contemporary sensibilities. But how can you embrace the modern mountain look even without shipping Amish barns from Wisconsin? Our guide will walk you through a few easy steps to steal Aaron and Lauren's cozy and luxurious home style.  

Opt for a consistent color scheme for the entire home

When you're getting inspiration for a modern mountain home, you'll notice there is much less maroon and forest green than you might have expected from rustic cabin design. Instead, we recommend choosing a few subtle accent colors that sit against neutral backdrops. Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian opted for dusty rose and moss green throw pillows in their incredibly lush lounge room. Still, the rest of the space comprises creamy white, natural wood tones, stone, and metal finishes. To figure out the right color palette for your home, choose the tried and true 60-30-10 rule.  

What makes the Paul-Parsekian home feel so immersive and comforting is that this palette is drawn throughout the residence, not just in one room. If you have a flair for the more dramatic tones and patterns, take another note from Aaron and Lauren, and devote an entire level of the home to them, in their case, the basement. The Balance notes that in the United States, homeowners see a 70 to 70% return on finished basements, so it's a worthwhile decision and a great design choice. 

Concrete Thinking

Using concrete is a savvy way to get the look of stone without having to haul in natural stones and boulders — these can be costly and even require a crane to move into the space. Concrete also lends an industrialist edge, helping to keep your rustic home from falling into a too traditional, cookie-cutter look. You can also pour it into a variety of molds, giving you some flexibility on how to incorporate it. 

Not ready to gut your kitchen countertops? No problem. You can resurface your existing countertops with a layer of concrete fairly easily and affordably. Concrete Countertops notes that this surface is durable and holds up well over time. You'll just need to spread a thin layer, let it dry thoroughly, and add coatings until it's at the desired depth. Then sand it down, give it a food-grade seal, and you've got a gorgeous concrete countertop.

Install a window wall

While we know plenty of tips and tricks for bringing light into every room of your home, sometimes you can't capture that dynamic warming glow provided by natural light. If you're designing a new home, have this as part of the initial construction plans, as it can be a pain to tack on later. But even if a room in your home, the kitchen, entry hall, or dining room, doesn't currently have windows, you can work with a professional contractor to knock down a wall or add new windows. 

This is not a cheap renovation that will require professional, skilled labor. Yelp says window walls can run anywhere from $700 to $1,600 per linear foot. This depends on a few factors, like the structural needs of your house and the cost of living in your area. While this is certainly not on the list of budget hacks for improving your residence, it can impact your day-to-day living and enjoyment of your home. 

Anchor curtains from the ceiling

While you may not be ready to knock down a wall to build floor-to-ceiling windows, you can still get the dreamy look of Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian's home with some trickery of curtain hanging and length. To get the look, ditch the tension rods you've stuck between your window frames; instead, anchor your curtains from the ceiling. This gives the room, walls, and windows the appearance of being more significant than they are, per Budget Blinds. If you cannot anchor from the ceiling, mount the rod above the top of the window from the highest point possible. 

Make sure the curtains are plenty long too. You want them to drag slightly on the floor but not excessively. An extra 3 to 6 inches on the ground will give the curtains a lush look. When it comes to color and fabric, try to use natural fabrics like cotton and linen in a light neutral like pale grey, cream, or beige. 

Pick a signature pattern

One of the ways Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian have added whimsy, drama, and old-world class to their moody whiskey lounge is by embracing a signature pattern — Morris & Co.'s Strawberry Thief Wallpaper. William Morris was a 19th-century designer who significantly contributed to the British Arts and Crafts movement. The V&A Museum notes that the Arts and Crafts movement was in reaction to the country's industrialization and focused on design and production, giving more care to patterns and hand-crafted manufacturing. American and British Arts and Crafts designs work well in modern mountain homes, especially where you may want a slightly busier pattern. 

Aaron and Lauren use this signature Morris pattern on throw pillows, banquette backing, and drapery. It lends sophistication, charm, and consistency, which makes the space feel cohesive and inviting. For inspiration, as you try to find your signature pattern, check out the V&A's list of artists and pattern-makers who followed in Morris' footsteps. Many are available in fabrics and wallpaper.