Ballard Designs living rooms are stylish and timeless. This living room above is a perfect example of Ballard’s mastery at interior design. The mix of bold patterned pillows, light furniture and pops of gold work together to form a posh living space that will be fashionable for years to come. Ballard also runs a wonderful design blog, How To Decorate. You’re probably already reading it, but if not make sure to check it out. It’s a treasure trove of design tips and tricks. Here’s how you can emulate the Ballard Designs living room above:
Sofa // One King’s Lane – As always, we start with a clean and crisp white linen sofa.
Pillow // Bed Bath & Beyond – This pillow brings a classic leopard pattern into the room.
Print // Bed Bath & Beyond – This print emulates the original frond print. It’s black instead of white, but on Ballard’s How To Decorate blog, they recently did a post on why you should have dark elements in your room to contrast lighter elements. Super interesting read on how the eye moves around the room with the contrasting elements.
Bookshelf // Kohl’s – This simple bookshelf provides plenty of room for books, vases, and plants.
Tray // Bed Bath & Beyond – A gold tray for the coffee table.
Olive tree – These trees are gorgeous and a perfect touch of greenery. They also remind me of topiaries.
Print // Society6 – Another gold leaf art option but this time with a white background. Available in multiple sizes.
Vase // Bed Bath & Beyond – Another pop of gold for the coffee table or bookshelf–wherever you prefer.
Coffee table // Target – This tufted coffee table emulates the one in the Ballard Designs living room.
Pillow // Amazon – I’m totally digging this Greek key pillow! I found it a few weeks ago when I was putting together another room. I ended up going with a different pillow, but hoped I’d have a room I could use it in. Bingo! It would look perfect with the leopard pillow on the linen couch.
Rug // Overstock – I love how soft and light this rug is. It’s not overly bold, but brings the right amount of pattern into the room.
Chandelier // Rejuvenation – I’ll be honest that I wouldn’t have chosen this chandelier for this space. It’s a touch too modern for the room. However, you may like it so what does it matter what I think? 😉 The original Ballard chandelier is currently on sale for about the same price as this one.
See you on Wednesday with a fashion look for less round-up and back again on Friday with another home design post!
Part of me has always wanted to live in an ultra sleek modern apartment complete with sharp lines, minimalist decor, and a cold feel. I wouldn’t mind a view of a city, either. There’s just something so appealing about the monochromatic feel of it. These spaces certainly don’t appear lived in (where is all the stuff?), but they are calming and super cool. And clean. So incredibly clean. You better believe you aren’t allowed to wear shoes in this living room. Here’s how you can emulate this black and white modern living room in your own home:
Couch // Urban Outfitters – A super modern couch defines the space.
Pillow // Bed Bath & Beyond – This pillow is one of the only items bringing in color and pattern.
Art // Etsy – Abstract art is, obviously, the only type of art allowed here.
Coffee table // Overstock – This diamond coffee table is ideal for contemporary spaces.
Chair // Overstock – This split back chair not only has a modern vibe, it can convert from sitting to lounging for more seating.
Rug // Overstock – Shag rugs are my absolute favorite. They feel so good underfoot. This gray shag rug adds a bit of texture and a touch of warmth to the space.
Snake plant – These plants look so unique. Perfect for a modern setting. Also, they’re hardy and can handle being neglected if you’re one of those who forgets to water your plants (like, ahem, me).
Pillow // Amazon – The bold stripes on these pillows emulate the originals.
Planter // 2Modern – This planter has a modern silhouette and is perfect for a snake plant. It’s also available in several different sizes and colors should you want to add more color to your space.
Floor lamp // Lord & Taylor – This light absolutely belongs in a modern room. In any other setting I’d probably find this lamp to be a bit much, but it’s perfect in this room.
Vases // domino – Decor is minimal in this black and white modern living room. These vases do the job of adding a touch of ornamentation, while also fitting with the overall aesthetic.
I had a lot of fun looking for a floor lamp for this black and white modern living room. There are so many good and funky options out there that, again, would probably only work with a modern style. Here are a few I was drawn to:
Do you recognize this space? If so, then you obviously are a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. If not, well I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t seen at least one episode of the show. In case you are the one person who hasn’t, this homely space belongs to Chip and Joanna Gaines, the adorable hosts of Fixer and Upper. I read recently that HGTV was the third most watched television network in 2016, beating out CNN. Only ESPN and Fox News had more viewers. I attribute that to Chip and Joanna with their charming dynamic and impressive design skills. Living in the south, this shabby chic, rustic style farmhouse vibe is prolific. I’d say 80% of the homes I visit look similar to this (although not as good because no one does this better than Joanna). I’ve rounded up some items to help you emulate the Fixer Upper Farmhouse look in your own home.
Coffee table // Overstock – This distressed reclaimed wood coffee table is the perfect jumping off point for a rustic farmhouse room.
Print // Teil Duncan – Teil Duncan is so talented. This is a digital print of her work, so it’s not as expensive as an actual painting (but it’s still signed by her).
Chandelier // Home Depot – I’m pretty sure you aren’t allowed to do shabby chic without a chandelier.
Pillow // Target – An appropriate pillow for this space.
When I first came across this living room, I immediately had hearts in my eyes. The differing layers, mixtures of elements, and convergences of several different design styles were evidence of an extremely skilled designer. It reminded me of another beautifully executed eclectic living room that I featured recently. As I dug into a few articles looking for the designer, I chuckled to myself whenever I came across the mastermind behind this room. It was none other than Nate Berkus. I can’t tell you how many times I have come across a stunningly designed space only to see that Nate Berkus was the creator of it. Don’t even get me started on his line for Target………..and I just spent 15 minutes in the middle of writing this post to drool over all of the pieces in that collection. Don’t click that link if you want to be a productive member of society today. Here are a round-up of items that can help you pretend you are a mastermind, too.
Couch // Overstock – I’m digging the style of this couch and that it only has two back cushions.
Joshua Tree // Etsy – The most dramatic part of this room is definitely the Joshua Tree prints. This link is a digital download for $6. Have Office Depot or Staples print it for you for a few more bucks. Then pop it in a frame and voila. Drama for your walls on the cheap.
Coffee table // Overstock – This table adds a modern touch to the room. See more options below.
Orbs // One Kings Lane – Fitting decor for the coffee table, or any where you please.
Chair // Target – This chair looks so cozy and elegant. Interesting juxtaposition next to two large pictures of the desert.
Pillows // Home Depot – Simple brown pillows to complement the decor.
Rug // Overstock – I have A Thing for striped rugs. Specifically black and white or gray and white striped rugs. I WANT IT. Nate Berkus brilliantly layers it over a larger jute rug for more warmth.
Pig // Amazon – And the winner of the most unexpected item in this room goes to this ham.
Chairs // Kohl’s – I’m trying not to use the word ‘love’ as much since in every post I basically ‘love’ everything. But, I seriously love these chairs. I promise I won’t love anything else in this post (even though I love it all which is why I did this round-up!).
Lamp // Kohl’s – A pretty floor lamp that works well with all of the differing styles in the room.
Pillow // Wayfair – Introducing a scrolling motif pattern into the room with this pillow.
Binoculars // World Market – Interesting decor to mix into the eclectic room. These are just cool. Period.
Round table // Target – I like that this room is broken into different sections. This table serves as a slightly separate area, and keeps with the eclectic vibe.
Ottoman // Bed Bath & Beyond – This stylish little ottoman emulates the originals.
Per usual, I fell down a rabbit hole when it came to looking at gold and brass tables. Here are some more options if you like looking at them too. *fist bump*
Happy New Year! To begin 2017 here at Style Emulator, I wanted to feature the interior designer who has most influenced my personal style. I first happened across Lauren Liess back in 2013 when my husband and I had just purchased our home. Coming across her work was a pivotal moment for me as her style helped define and refine my own. The way Lauren Liess designs elegant spaces that are infused with nature, collected with beautiful pieces, and relaxed and sophisticated at the same time constantly leaves me inspired.
Not only is her work exquisite (I’ve yet to come across a space of hers I don’t like) , her book has been very educational for me. In designing my house, I’ve turned to it countless times to see what type of rug I should buy for a certain space, or how many patterns or textures I should use in a specific room. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but during decorating conundrums (of which there are many in my double a-frame house full of sloped ceilings and oddly shapes rooms). I’ve often asked myself, “what would Lauren Liess do here?”
I could wax lyrical about her all day (obviously), but I’ll stop and leave you with the living room from one of her previous houses. I’ve tried to emulate this look in my own home, and here’s how you can emulate it in yours:
Couch // One Kings Lane – I’m fairly certain that Lauren’s couch is custom made. If that’s not in the cards for you, this clean slip covered couch looks similar to hers.
Rug // Overstock – I’ve seen Lauren use traditionally designed rugs such as this in many of her spaces.
Bust // Amazon – This phrenology bust adds to the ambiance of the room. And how enlightened and cosmopolitan would you feel with a bust in your living room? See more options below.
Chandelier // AHAlife – This is case in point why Lauren is so masterful with her designs. I’d never think to put a sputnik chandelier in this space. But she does and it’s perfect.
Carrying on with our gold theme from yesterday and in anticipation of New Year’s Eve, I bring you none other than Jonathan Adler. I want to end the year with a bang and I don’t think there is anyone who designs a more bang-worthy room than he. I always try to figure out what the *one* thing is I like about a designer. With Jonathan Adler, it’s his proclivity to incorporate gold and color in every room he designs in such a masterful way. Also, I find it interesting that every room he designs has his signature character, yet also looks distinguished and unique from others he’s designed. I have several more Jonathan Adler rooms that I’m planning to feature in 2017. But to end 2016, here is how you can emulate this art deco style living room, or maybe just grab a piece or two to mix in to your existing space:
Velvet couch // Overstock – This couch is perfect for the art deco style.
Coffee table // Wayfair – This gorgeous mirrored coffee table emulates Jonathan Adler’s original.
Planter // 2Modern – How fun is this pistachio colored planter? Can someone explain to me why planters are so expensive? It can’t be the materials. And I can’t see it being the intellectual property related costs. Either way, this planter is a major focal point of the room.
Chandelier // Bed Bath & Beyond (use one of your hundreds of 20% off coupons!) – The original chandelier is where I found the inspiration photo. The light is so gorgeous, but so ‘spensive. This chandelier from BB&B does a solid job of emulating the original for so much less.
Pillow // Amazon – Bringing a pop of color and texture into the room with this adorable pillow.
Fiddle leaf fig – What space doesn’t need a fiddle leaf?
Chair // Gilt – This chair is so good, y’all. At first glance I thought no way, that would be too uncomfortable to sit in. But then I really looked at, and, while it’s not a velvet couch, I think it would be like sitting on a bar stool. So sure, it’s not for sitting in for hours on end, but it’s serving as occasional seating not binge watching Netflix seating.
Jacks // Amazon – A few fun little figurines for your coffee table.
Side table // Overstock – This side table, like Jonathan Adler’s original, brings more dimension into the space. It’s also (semi) functional (you need somewhere to set your wine glass while Netflix-ing) so win/win.
Rug // Kohl’s – This chevron rug brings pattern into the room. I love how the mirrored coffee table reflects the rug in the inspiration photo.
Side table // Overstock – A statement piece in itself, this concrete side table introduces an interesting element into the living room.
Pillows // Amazon – These patterned black and white pillows work well with the art deco vibe. They also harmonize with the shape of the jacks.
Lamp // Target – Awesome lamp. Looks like a gold mushroom. Exactly what one wants in a living room light.
Head // Pier 1 – This gal is a unique one. I’d probably dress her up with different hats/scarves/necklaces depending on the season because I’m ridiculous like that.
End table // Overstock – This is one of those accent tables that would work in just about any space. It’s beautiful.
The art deco style is glamorous, entertaining, and totally over the top. Here a few prints that would fit the walls of this room flawlessly: