It’s probably evident by now, but 90% of the time I’m drawn to a more rustic and masculine interior design aesthetic over a chic or feminine one. However, roughly 5.67% of the time I’m drawn to ultra-girly, glam spaces. I never did the whole single girl with her own apartment thing, so I missed out on that phase of life. I was in a pretty serious car accident at the end of high school which vastly changed my college plans, so I ended up living at home through college. I got married not long after graduation and my husband and I promptly bought our first home together. So, there was never a time when I had my “own” place (though it could be argued our entire first home save for our closed-in-garage-turned-man-cave was “mine”) that I could throw up pink everywhere.
Accordingly, I love looking at feminine spaces like today’s living room. I also like to imagine the type of person who lives here and what phase of life they happen to be in. And if they are married, how did they convince their husband to go along with it? What did they have to compromise and let him decorate?? Here’s how you can get a similar glam look:
Last spring, Domino featured Brooklyn Decker’s Austin home. The home design is impressive. It’s a mix of denim, wood, crazy beautiful “cookies-n-cream” marble, and antique heirlooms. It feels curated and personal. What’s even more awesome than the house is the fact that Brooklyn didn’t hire a famed interior designer. She decorated the home herself. So, not only is she an entrepreneur, actress, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, married to a tennis legend, and Kevin Bacon’s doppelganger, she’s also a remarkable interior designer. If you look up total package in the dictionary, I’m guessing you’ll see her picture (preferably of her and her zit, Cindy Crawford). Add absolutely hilarious to the list of reasons why we love Brooklyn Decker.
I actually took the picture of her living room to a local carpenter and had him build me a coffee table similar to hers. I had him scale it down a bit to fit in my living room. I then took it to my local upholsterer and had her cover the piece in a similar camel colored vinyl. I know, I know, why not leather? It was going to be quadruple the price, and the main reason I wanted a coffee table like this was so that Scarlett (and future kids) could be as rough as they wanted to be on it. I know myself, and if it was leather, I would have had a heart attack any time she so much as set a toy on it–much less stand on top of and jump around wildly while flinging milk everywhere from her sippy cup (not that I let her do that… ;)). It ended up being a little more expensive than options I found online, but I needed a certain size so I was able to easily and affordably customize it.
Mirror – I didn’t realize the large mirror in Brooklyn’s living room wasn’t a window until I started putting this look together. The windowpane mirror clearly did it’s job!
Coffee table – In my hunt for a coffee table that looked like Brooklyn’s, I almost purchased this one. The dimensions, sadly, weren’t right for my living room, but I love the look of it.
Light blue couch – Brooklyn did a masterful job at combining these two couches that are differing colors and styles.
Chair – These chairs are one of my favorite features of the room.
Dark blue couch – More proof that Chesterfield sofas look good any and everywhere.
Native American print – Her home has a southwestern vibe to it. This print fits that aesthetic perfectly.
Pillow – This pillow has a tribal touch to it, too.
Tray – I’m totally feeling the gold inlay on this tray. I’ve also learned that with having an upholstered coffee table, a tray is essential to corral things on top.
In case you don’t know who Brooklyn Decker is, here’s a picture of her from Austin Ways magazine. Can we also talk about the fact that I would look like I was going to work in a mechanic’s shop if I wore this jumpsuit? Not on Brooklyn, though! She looks stunning.
A contemporary country farmhouse in the heart of Los Angeles. When I read that title over on Elle Decor, my interest was instantly piqued. My first thought was, “what does LA know about farmhouses?” My second was, “Apparently a lot.”
It turns out LA does know a little about farmhouses. As with all things California, they just do it a little different. A little more cool. A little more eclectic. And a little more butch, apparently. The owner’s instructions to the designer, Jeffrey Alan Marks, was to create a “rock-and-roll farmhouse”. That meant no buffalo check, shabby chic, or other homely touches. Instead, in the words of Elle Decor, those instructions translated into a home that is “bold, beautiful, and a tiny bit butch.”
If you, too, want a home–be it farmhouse or not–that can be described as such (I mean, who doesn’t want their house described as slightly butch?), here’s how to get the look.
Chandelier – I scaled the size of this chandelier down compared to the one used in the farmhouse. I figure most of us don’t have soaring living room ceilings.
Couch – A classic Chesterfield sofa brings in a traditional touch.
Side table– The pedestal shape of this side table adds a bit of country flair.
Coffee table – Definitely the magnum opus of this living room is the zebra daybed coffee table. I found a smaller version here. If you’d like a more muted version, check out this one.
Chair – I’m totally digging the silhouette of this chair. It adds a little mid-century modern to the space and fits right in. See more options below.
Kangaroo Print – This fun little print is a downloadable file. Pick the size you want, print it at Walgreens or Office Depot, and pop it in a frame. Viola.
Throw – This brings the only pop of color to the otherwise muted space.
Shelving unit – One of my favorite features of this room is how the art is mostly encased in the sprawling shelving units. It gives the space dimension.
Pillow – Proof that blue and white (and tassels) work everywhere.
Dice – This fun decor adds to the rock-and-roll vibe of the space.
There are myriad options for blue side chairs. The style and type you chose has the potential to alter the entire feel of the space. Here are a few other options that would look killer in this living room.
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: