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.
Coffee table // CB2 – This acrylic coffee table emulates the original.
Side table // Target – I’m two clicks away from ordering this table. I only discovered it after purchasing a different one. Naturally. (Update: I did end up purchasing this for my living room. I love it! The slates on the shelves are different colors which wasn’t obvious to me from the picture. But, they have a distressed look so I’m a fan.)
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:
Where do you think this living room resides? South Africa, Indonesia, Australia? Not even the same hemisphere(s). It’s located in Sweden! I’m telling you, the Swedes are the most stylish people on the planet. Even though it’s apparently Swedish, this global style living room could belong to any world traveler. It’s a curated look with pieces that have likely been collected over time and travels. It has an African feel with South Asian elements and a New Zealand sheepskin rug. It’s truly a global style room I’m sure we’d all like to spend time in. I have a special place in my heart for rooms that exude a museum feel. This room most definitely oozes that vibe, but it also feels approachable and livable. I’ve rounded up a look that, while not collected over time, emulates the global atmosphere:
Couch // Apt2B – A white couch with clean lines serves as the foundation for several vibrant pillows.
Pillow // Home Decorators Collection – This tribal chevron pillow brings the first dose of pattern into the room.
Bowl // One Kings Lane – This teak bowl is elegant on its own, or with greenery placed in it.
Coffee table // Overstock – This coffee table is a bit more expensive than I typically include, but it was too good to pass up. The natural, yet unique feel, makes it a showstopper. Here’s a less expensive version.
Horns // Target – Perfect set of antlers for a global vibe.
Pillow // Gilt – This (faux) lynx pillow introduces animal print into the mix.
Bird cage // At Home – This bird cage emulates the original and keeps with the British colonial vibe.
Philodendron – The leaves of this plant are exotic and interesting, just like the room. Also, impossible to kill. At least the one in my front yard is.
Wood sculpture // Target – I don’t think we can get enough wood in this space.
Rug // Overstock – This rug brings texture and coziness into the museum room.
Zebra mask // Amazon – Please tell me in what other design style it’s acceptable to have a zebra mask on your wall? Because I can’t think of one.
Chaise // west elm – This chaise comes available in several different colors and right arm/left arm. Customize your heart away.
Pillow // Target – Another pillow that brings in a tribal pattern. It also plays nicely with the others.
Side table // Amazon – This thing is a beaut and a piece of art in itself.
Raffia bowl // Amazon – Raffia bowls are so gorgeous that it was hard to pick just one. This one is made in Uganda and Fair Trade certified.
Here are a few other global style accents that complement a space like the above, or introduce a little worldly flair on their own: