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:
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:
Happy day after Christmas! Or what I’m dubbing “laziest day of the year.” Unless, that is, you’re one of those crazies out shopping. My plans for today include relaxing in bed for as long as my one year old will let me (so, three minutes) and maybe burning through some gift cards to take advantage of the crazy end of year sales. I figure you may be doing the same, so I bring you one of the most relaxing bedrooms I’ve come across. It screams whispers serenity. After decking the halls for the past month, I think we can all agree that tranquility is something we need. Especially as we gear up to usher in 2017! Here’s how you can get this misty forest look:
Mural // PBteen – The best part of this room is the wallpaper. If you can’t/don’t want to go that route, this mural delivers the same misty effect. If you do want the wallpaper, here’s the original. The price doesn’t look too crazy, but I’m no expert in wallpaper or the metric system. See more options below.
Bed set // Macy’s – I started my hunt for the bedding by piecing together each item individually. Then I came across this 14-piece set. It includes everything in the picture and is currently on sale. Not a bad deal!
Copper pendant // Target – This pendant emulates the original. It’s on sale, too.
Nightstand // Overstock – You know I have a love for these gilded cage tables. See the bottom of this post for more options under $200.
Pillow // Lulu & Georgia – So you probably don’t need another pillow, but we’re trying to achieve maximum relaxation levels here. It also complements the nightstand.
Rug // Overstock – A grey jute rug that keeps with the calm, relaxed feel. Side note: do you spell it gray or grey? I typically spell it gray, but this rug is “grey.” #fancy
Knit Throw // World Market – A sweater throw that emulates the original.
Votive // Anthropologie – A pretty candle holder for your nightstand.
Vase // H&M – A uniquely shaped vase to hold your flowers. The white bouquet above looks perfect.
Dish // Lulu & Georgia – A fun little dish to hold your baubles.
Here are a few other non-wallpaper options for the misty forest feel. It’s a mix of prints and murals (the adhesive kind you slap on the wall). Price varies depending on size and type:
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:
Alternative title: my little pony bedroom for adults. Today I’m featuring the first bedroom we’ve had here on Style Emulator. This transitional style bedroom is courtesy of Apartment Therapy. If I was a single girl with an apartment in the city, I imagine my bedroom would look something along these lines. Classy, crisp, and carefree. What intrigues me most about this room (besides the horse, of course)–and what I didn’t notice on my first, second, third or fourth glances–is that the only item bringing in color is the bedding. Every other item is sticking to a black/white/gray/gold color scheme. This is the kind of color I can handle. I couldn’t find the exact bedding (this is an older photo), but I was able to put together a few colorful pillows, as well as the rest of this transitional style room, right here:
Chandelier – I had a hard time finding a chandelier that emulated the original. I didn’t want one that was too precious or with too much frou frou (i.e. glass crystals). This one does a good job of looking nice, but not being too ornate.
Starburst – Decor for the nightstand. These look good anywhere.
Tray – Correction. The color in this room comes from the bedding and this adorable cerulean tray. I love items that have fun sayings on them.
Bed – This is a gorgeous bed with diamond tufting and nail head trim.
Night stand – This 3-drawer night stand with circular pulls emulates the original.
Bench – I’m totally digging this bench. It’s not a piece that would work in every setting, but for this transitional bedroom it fits right in.
Terrarium – Because every space needs a little greenery–even if it’s just a succulent.
Lamp – The alabaster base of this lamp is beautiful. Perfect for a bedside light.
Rug – The scales in this rug emulate the carpet (rug?) in the inspiration photo. It’s available in several different sizes.
Stool – Because this room is slightly whitewashed, I brought in a stool with a marble pattern to mix things up a bit. See more white options below.
Candle votive – Every bedroom needs candles. These beauties accent the room nicely.
Pillow – Here’s the pop of color and pattern I’m talking about.
Mirror – The cloverleaf shape of this mirror gives the room a bit of dimension.
Garden stools have been on trend for a while which is convenient since they’re less expensive than a side table. Below are six white options that would work well in any room. They are all around $95-$120 and most are available in different colors.