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’s bucolic black buffalo check bedroom beautifully bedazzles. Ok, I’ll stop. But Ballard did it again with today’s room. I’m hard pressed to think of a more classic pattern than buffalo check. You can use it on your floor, your living room, or your entire family can coordinate in it (been there, done that, cutest thing ever). You can also use it in your bedroom for a timeless and classic look. Buffalo check and gingham (there IS a difference!) can venture into granny chic–or not so chic–but Ballard keeps it modern and feminine by pairing it with pom pom bedding, florals, and natural fibers. Here’s how you can get a similar look:
Buffalo Check Bedding – The buffalo check bedding from Ballard is on sale right now. And the sale prices are actually decent and competitive.
Pom Pom Bedding – The pom pom bedding from Ballard is also on sale, but this set from Nordstrom is $50 cheaper.
Chandelier – This statement piece softens the room and adds a little feminine flair.
Medallion – I like the round shape of this medallion better than the one in the picture. But if I’m honest, I’d probably put a piece of artwork over the bed instead.
Lamp – This lamp is a bit more expensive than I’d prefer to pay, but it’s available at JCPenney where everything is perpetually on sale. JCPenney also consistently offers a considerate amount of cash back on purchases if you use Ebates (referral link), too.
Mirror – It’s a little funny how Ballard positioned this mirror right at eye level if you’re laying in bed. I don’t know that I want my own disheveled reflection to be the first thing I see in the morning.
Basket – For the end of the bed. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a Ballard bedroom without something at the end of the bed.
Curtains – The curtains are just barely visible in this photo. It’s a shame because they’re one of the best features in the room. Buffalo check and floral print are two bold prints, but by keeping them monochromatic they compliment rather than compete.
Jute rug – Bringing a little texture into the mix.
Buffalo check will always be a perennial favorite of mine. Here’s a round up of a few other items featuring this textile. The upholstered bed is just insane.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to design a physicians office from the ground up. It was 95% form and function (how big should the exam rooms be, where should the lab go, is it ADA compliant, etc.) and 5% design. After the tedium of determining all of the building specifics, the interior design process was welcomed with arms wide open. It wasn’t the most exciting project since a doctor’s office is expected to be sterile, both literally and figuratively. But, I was able to have a little fun with the fabrics, hardware, and paint colors. Though we went with a mostly neutral palate, we did put an accent wall in each exam room to liven it up a bit. When it came time to chose the accent color, we chose a soothing light blue. Since blue has a calming affect, we thought it would be perfect for patients with white-coat syndrome.
When I came across the above entryway, I felt a similar affect. It’s instantly calming and peaceful. And while the deep greenish blue color is tranquil, the choice of this color in a foyer is bold. Couple the color with the vintage bird prints and the capiz chandelier, and it makes a statement that is both serene and striking. Here’s how to duplicate a similar look:
Rug – This honeycomb rug is reminiscent of the one used in the inspiration photo.
Capiz Pendant – Capiz is perfect for an entry (and any space, if I’m honest).
Planter – This planter brings in a pop of gold which nicely compliments the color scheme.
Chair – This chair is gorgeous (also has a matching ottoman). I should add here that I’m a fan of any and all decor that feature birds. The first piece of decor I bought when I lived on my own was a shower curtain with birds on it. I still have it and refuse to part with it even though I don’t use it.
Bird prints – These are good. Like maybe better than botanical prints good. Also, see above bird comment.
Console table – There’s not a table placed in this entry due to the size of the bird prints, but this would look perfect with smaller prints like the above.
Tray – Because I’m unconvinced you can have too much capiz. Also this would function great to house keys, mail, and miscellaneous other items that you end up carrying into your house but have no idea what to do with (does this only happen to me?).
Well, hi! Sorry to go MIA for the past couple of months. I had some national projects due at work and, given the current political climate within the healthcare industry, it took longer than I anticipated. Couple that with a super active toddler and life has been busier than a beehive to say the least. But like the warm weather, I’m back!
Speaking of warm weather, I’m excited for lake days and dinners al fresco with friends and family. One of my goals at the beginning of the year (my new year’s resolution, if you will) was to have more people over to my house. Community, fellowship, and friendship is something that, as an introvert, I don’t fully foster with those around me. My new neighbors recently had a “sunset appreciation party” where they invited everyone in the neighborhood over for hors d’oeuvres, homebrewed beer, and to get to know one another better while watching the sun set over the lake. We didn’t get to stay long because it was the baby’s bedtime, but it ended up being a really nice time and inspired me to host more events at my house. That’s where I found the catalyst for today’s look. I came across this patio on House Beautiful’s Instragram feed, and was instantly inspired.
Tablecloth – Could this tablecloth be anymore fun and summery? See more options below.
Director’s chair – I’ve only seen director’s chairs used at a dining table a handful of times, but it always look so chill and laid back. I can’t imagine any other chairs looking as good as these do.
Cups – These cups add more color and texture while not competing with the tablecloth.
Napkins – The color is toned down a bit with these napkins. These could easily be used for a more refined party with a pretty navy and white toile tablecloth or the like.
Galvanized tub – These tubs are an essential for backyard parties. Your guests will appreciate having easily accessible drinks. How many times have you had to prop a cooler lid up on your knee while fishing through the various assortment of cans/bottles (when all you really want is a bottle of water) while juggling your flimsy paper plate filled with food? Clearly I never have. *eyeroll*
Hydrangeas! – How do I make the heart eye emoji from my keyboard?? My neighbor’s light blue hydrangeas are beginning to explode and it makes me so happy. Hydrangeas definitely scream summer.
Here are a few more striped tablecloth options. I really like the bottom left hand corner with the ~fringe~.
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!