I hate the rustic style something awful. I even hate the word rustic. I love organic shapes. I like natural mediums. And I can't get enough fresh colors. All of that seems a world away from rustic. To me, I guess, there tends to be something so unoriginally fake in rustic. On that note, I really do love this cake stand.... except, I'd very much rather see it made with the beautifully red and irregularly shaped (and enchantingly so) manzanita wood, or the smooth and creamy (and sometimes peely) birch wood!!! That would be so lovely, and so not rustic. It would be a really simple DIY, too!