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.
Feeling: refreshed. This past week has been quiet and relaxing, with no work or family obligations. I’ve been on the go with one thing or another since the beginning of October. Fall is always busy–and I love every second of it–but not having to go anywhere that required me to put on a bra this week has been wonderful.
Listening to:1999 by Prince. I always listen to it on New Year’s Eve, but it’s even more poignant this year since we lost the Man, the Myth, the Legend. I have to ask, MJ or Prince? I’ve always refused to choose, but I have more Prince than Michael Jackson songs on my phone if that says anything.
Reading: articles that talk about trends and forecasts for 2017 (fashion, home decor, social media, tech, food, whathaveyou). Mainly I want to know what’s about to become popular so I can avoid it. I’m halfway kidding, but I do tend to be contrarian at times. It sometimes takes me years to warm up to a trend (case in point: chokers), so I like to prepare myself as early as possible.
Not reading: any article that talks about what’s out for 2017. I don’t need some random person on the internet telling me that my chevron pillow is no longer in style or that my skinny jeans need to go. I firmly believe if you like something and it brings you happiness and confidence, then it doesn’t matter if it’s on trend or not. In the sage words of Kevin Hart, do you boo boo.
Interested in: how the first month of blogging has gone. I haven’t been blogging a full month just yet, and views are few, but I still thought it would be interesting to see what posts had the most views and compare that to the posts that I had the most fun putting together.
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:
Jaime King recently wore this shimmering black and gold dress to the Rogue One movie premiere (RIP Carrie Fisher) in Hollywood. Aside from the butterfly on the bust (seriously, WTF), it’s a beautiful gown from Maison Schiaparelli. I love how the gold fades into the black. Or does the black fade into the gold? Either way, I thought it a perfectly glam dress for a New Year’s Eve party.
You probably already have your NYE outfit picked out–even if it’s just your favorite pair of pajamas (high five, you party animal!). But if you’ve made last minute plans like, ahem, me, here is a collection of black and gold dresses that might give you a little inspiration. Black and gold dresses are appropriate for any party, mixer, or for tucking away in your closet “just in case” you need a fancy dress on short notice. Also? They’re all under $150.
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:
I saw this image recently while perusing Banana Republic. I was instantly drawn to the feather sweater. I was not, however, drawn to the $198 price tag. I can’t understand why someone would pay close to $200 for a sweater with lots of fringe on it. Like, I need someone who has bought this to explain to me why/where you’d wear it/why/what are you doing when you wear it/why/who are you wearing it in front of/why. It does look chic, and I think it’d be perfect for work. But, that still doesn’t justify $200. You can probably grab it on sale this week, but if not I was able to find a cheaper look that is just as stylish as the original:
Feather top // Dillard’s – Changing up the white top for a classy striped version with black feathers.
Cardigan // LOFT – This cardigan hits right above the waist. Since the hemline is shorter than other cardigans, and because it has side slits, it won’t interfere with the feathers.
Feather necklace // Shoptiques – I couldn’t help myself. This is a playful, yet sophisticated outfit–just like this necklace.
Capris // Macy’s – Bringing in blue gives the outfit a bit more dimension. I realize it may be winter where you live (I wouldn’t understand that; I’m typing this up in Florida on December 26 at 10:30pm with the A/C on), so blue pants (on sale!) may work better for you.
Shoes // Sole Society – The best, right? Stripes might as well be a neutral to me. They are also available in leopard, gingham, and silver (!).
Here are a few other feather/fringe tops. All five of the tops are under $40. The gray sweater is $70.