Aimee Cox nails rustic décor. Literally. “I love the whole process, from digging through countless wood piles, picking each board for a piece, using all of my saws and finally packaging each one up to make its way to a new home. I truly love every step of the process.” The resultant designs would make even Joanna Gaines proud.
Cox launched Rustic Occasions in 2013, focusing on home décor handcrafted from layers of mixed reclaimed wood, moldings and trim. “My husband recently surprised me with a whole truck full of white chippy wood. It was better than jewelry,” she joked. Rustic Occasions is where rustic meets refined. “I have always spent my spare time making things as gifts or for our home. Six years ago, I decided to do a holiday craft show for fun,” she recalled. “I never would have guessed it would now be my full time job. I feel so lucky every day to have a job that makes me so happy.” The small shop name “Rustic Occasions” pays homage to Cox’s mother. “My mom had a business called ‘Any Occasion’ when I was growing up, selling things for the different holidays and I thought it would be sweet to alter her business name to fit what I do.”
Rustic Occasions offers small shoppers farmhouse chic wooden designs in the shape of hearts, stars, anchors, animals and others. Heavily inspired by the seasons, Cox also creates colorful holiday decorations, like wooden eggs and bunnies for Easter and fir trees and reindeer for Christmas. They range in size from two inches all the way up to sixteen inches and look great hung on a wall using the attached hanger or placed on a shelf, mantle or console table. I have a four-inch heart on the windowsill in my master bathroom and admire it often. “Hearts are my absolute favorite. I love making all white hearts but with different textures on each panel,” Cox shared. “I hope that the use of reclaimed wood helps us stand out. I enjoy turning something that was going to be thrown away into a pretty piece of home decor.” Cox is plenty familiar with farmhouse décor, having moved her own office into an actual backyard barn. “We run our business out of our two-story barn, with a wood shop on the bottom floor and shipping on the top floor. I love being able to walk just across the yard to go to work,” she said.
Cox is busy sawing away with an eye on her calendar. “As crazy as it sounds, I am already starting on pumpkins for the fall,” she laughed. Pick out something to decorate your own home on the Rustic Occasions Etsy shop and check out all the photos of past designs on the shop’s Instagram account here.
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