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:
Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Are you working today, getting started on holiday festivities, or just hanging out? I’m working (here’s to hoping we get let go early!), and then have part 1 of my family’s Christmas celebrations tonight. Before we get going on the holiday weekend, I wanted to bring you the above zebra print and buffalo check room by Ballard Designs for one last dose of holiday decor. Isn’t it a beauty? The Christmas decorations are what caught my eye originally, but then I saw the zebra print and buffalo check. *swoon* Here’s how you can get the look (or maybe just a piece or two) for less:
Zebra rug // Amazon – This faux zebra hide emulates the original, but for much less money. It also has great reviews.
Reindeer // Nordstrom Rack – I’m a sucker for holiday decor that lights up, especially when it’s inspired by nature (i.e. not garish).
Jute rug // Amazon – I’m not always a fan of the layered rug look, but I’m definitely a fan of this. You need something under the hide since it’s not enough on its own. This jute rug adds additional texture and dimension to the room.
Coffee table // Amazon – While not an exact match, this table’s shape and feel emulate Ballard’s. Here’s one that looks exactly like the original. It just needs a coat of black paint.
Chair // Macy’s – Ok, so these chairs. The originals (or close enough to it) are way more money than I’d be willing to spend on a buffalo check chair. I searched high and low for a comp, but they don’t exist. If you’re dying for these chairs at a lower price point, I’d talk to an upholsterer and see how much they’d charge to upholster a chair (or two) for you. Price likely depends on where you live. If that’s not an option, simply get a white chair like the one above and grab a buffalo check pillow and ottoman to complement it.
Armillary // World Market – Raise your hand if you knew this was called an armillary. I’ve always just called them metal globes. <insert monkey hiding eyes emoji>
Chandelier // Kohl’s – I couldn’t have picked a more perfect chandelier for this space if I tried!
Bean bag ottoman // Land of Nod – Here’s that bean bag ottoman I was talking about. Doubles as extra seating!
Dalmatian Pillow // Lulu & Georgia – This adorable pillow brings an unexpected pattern in to the mix, and it totally works.
Buffalo Print Pillow // Macy’s – Pop this pillow on the white chair, and you have the same vibe going on.
Platter // Pier 1 – A gold accent for the bookshelf.
Bookshelf // Overstock – This open iron and wood bookshelf emulates the original.
Vase // TJ Maxx – This pretty vase includes all of the colors from the room.
Fireset // Amazon – This classy fireset adds a touch of glam to the space.
Letter – This is the same letter in the above picture. However, I wouldn’t spend $50 per letter. That’d be $200 to spell out l-o-v-e. I’d rather put that toward a piece of artwork. Admittedly, the room wouldn’t look the same without the letters. So, if you aren’t willing to shell out that kind of dough for framed letters either, here are stencils you can print for free. You’ll need to scale them to a larger size (google for instructions). With a little bit of effort, black paper, and gold paint, you can have your own custom letters that mimic the inspiration photo.
Pear // Home Decorators Collection – A classy pear to accent the room.
You have to be a certain type of person to have a zebra hide in your home (faux or not). If you’re not that type of person but would still like to add zebra print somewhere, here are a few other accent pieces:
If you’re a Pinterest user, you’ve likely tried to pin the same image twice. Pinterest is smart enough to recognize this, and will kindly let you know that you’ve already pinned it to one of your boards. This has happened to me no less than three times with the above image. After the third time, I decided I needed to do a post on this Kate Moss living room since I obviously have an affinity for it. Thanks, Pinterest! This fabulous living room belongs to Swedish home stylist and blogger, Rebecca Fredriksson. Those Swedes. Cooler than I’ll ever hope to be. The green velvet couch, the gold pendant, the Moroccan rug, Kate Moss telling me life is a joke, it’s glam personified. Get the look below!
Couch – It’s a green velvet couch (!). It needs no description.
Book – Kate Moss is an icon. This book traces her entire career and looks absolutely stunning.
Pillow – This palm pillow emulates the one in Rebecca’s room.
Peace Sign Hand – This dainty little number would look perfect on top of the coffee table in this Kate Moss living room. And it’s only $7.
Chandelier – This light is contemporary and intriguing.
Kate Moss – If you’re going to have a photo of someone (that isn’t you) hanging in your living room, might as well make it one of the most famed models of all time. I think it would be hilarious to have one of those changeable letter boards next to her that said “I mustache you a question.”
Coffee table – White topped coffee table keeps with the minimal color scheme.
Throw – I would imagine you would need several of these faux cashmere throws if you lived in Sweden. Just a guess.
Rug – Moroccan inspired rugs are everywhere these days and with good reason. See more options below.
Palm – This is a real life palm. I have faith that you can keep it alive. Maybe not if you live in Sweden though. In that case, it’s perfectly acceptable to purchase a fake one.
Tea lights – These are sweet little accents that make a big impact.
Bench – I love everything about this bench. I’ve looked at it so many times for my own home and will likely end up buying it once we’re done renovating.
Map – This map looks great next to Kate. Even if you don’t live in Sweden.
Here are a few other Moroccan rugs that look a bit different from the norm:
Elle Decor recently featured this beautiful Montana home, or excuse me, “guesthouse”. I do believe it’s what Christmas dreams are made of. Living in Florida, I’ve always dreamed of celebrating Christmas in a snowy rustic mountain lodge, resplendent with a huge fireplace and equally large windows overlooking the snow and mountains. This home checks all those boxes! I won’t be celebrating Christmas out west this year, but one day, one day… For now, here are some pieces to help emulate that cozy, rustic, and, um, expensive look and feel in your own lodge. Make sure to check out the rest of the home, too. The dining room chairs are incredible.
Light – Let’s start off with those lights! How gorgeous are the Moooi lights in the photo? And they should be for over $3,000. If you’re one of those crafty sorts, there are DIY instructions available to make your own. If you are neither rich nor crafty (holla!), here is a nice globe chandelier to emulate the look. I actually have one very similar to this hanging in my dining room.
Print – For those of us who don’t have snowy mountains and cedar trees outside our windows.
Side table – The branch legs on this table are totally fitting for this setting.
Does anything give off a California vibe more than mid century modern rooms? This beautiful space is effortlessly cool, calm, and collected. The juxtaposition between the warm leather sofa and the cold modern coffee table is perfection. Couple those two pieces with the brass and gold elements, and the room gives off a warm feel with a modern flair. I have to admit that I don’t feel cool enough for this room. Maybe because I’m an east coast girl? Whatever the case, it’s easy enough to incorporate this mid century modern look into your own home for those of us who are California dreamers.
Side Table – I love the shape and style of this table. See more options below.
Mirror – Round mirrors are to the California vibe what peanut butter is to jelly, what air is to lungs, what–you get the idea.
Pillow – The one element of color in a mostly neutral palate.
Antler – A fancy little fake antler for your coffee table. Good for looking at and poking people with.
Vase – Both the shape and color of this vase fit right in with the modern aesthetic.
Planter – Isn’t this guy cool and quirky? He’s available in two different sizes.
Sculpture – A modern element with a bold silhouette.
Coffee table – I searched high and low for a silver square coffee table at an acceptable price point. This was the closest I could find, and dare I say I like it slightly more than the inspiration photo?
Figure – An abstract figurine keeping with the modern vibe.
Pillow – A fringe pillow that emulates the one above.
Book – Guess Who by Peggy Sirota. This book not only looks awesome on the outside, it looks really fun on the inside. It holds pictures of celebrities in disguise with their names jumbled below their photo. You have to guess who each celebrity is. This would be really fun for guests to look at while hanging out.
Skull – This room would be incomplete with out this guy. Seriously. Go place your finger over him in the photo. …told you.
Here are some other gold/brass wire side tables to choose from that are all under $200:
Over 99% of the time I gravitate toward neutral, natural, earth tone filled spaces. But then I see an eclectic style living room like this and instantly want to add more pops of color in my own home. Admittedly, color scares me. Being able to expertly design an eclectic style living room such as this that is colorful, playful, and sophisticated all at once is true talent (and bravery!). In addition to the color, Bilhuber and Associates combine textures and pattern to give the space depth and energy without appearing gauche. I know I’d fail miserably if I tried this on my own. So, if I ever work up the courage to emulate this style, I’ll be stalking more of Bilhuber’s work.
Chair – I think I could manage having a blue chair in my home. I think.
Sunburst – This sunburst is one of the best I’ve seen at this price point. The detail and coloring are on point.
Topiary – I’m of the opinion one can never have too many topiaries. Is my southern showing?
Print – This print makes me wonder what all those people in the sunlight are thinking. And where were they on their way to when this photo was taken? I’d stare at it every day while pondering those questions if it was hanging in my home.
Pillow – This banana leaf pillow both relaxes a space and gives a touch of class.
Blanket – For those of us who aren’t brave enough to upholster our couch cushions in animal print. And it’s only $10.
Pillow – Another fun pattern to bring into the mix.
Coffee table book – The HONY book cover is just perfect. And you know the inside is just as good.
Boxes– You could use these gorgeous boxes all together or in different spaces around the room. I’d probably stash candy in them. Who wants to walk all the way to the kitchen when a craving strikes, ya know?
Pencil holder – How fun is this? I’d add a few peacock feathers in and amongst the pens and pencils for even more eclectic flair.
Coffee table – A simple coffee table since we can’t go crazy with every piece of furniture. Also available at Target if you have a Red card, but it’s a bit more $.