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 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!
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:
This girl is everywhere. You open a magazine, there she is modeling Stuart Weitzman boots. You turn on the TV, there she is hosting the AMAs. You open up Instagram, there she is hanging out with the Taylor Swift squad. Gigi Hadid recently appeared on Jimmy Fallon wearing this glamorous get up. You can never go wrong with an LBD, leopard, and strappy heels. However, there is absolutely no way I’d wear a duster that trailed the sidewalks of L.A. Y’all, I cringe just looking at it. The germs! Other than that, Gigi proves why she’s the current It Girl with this look.
Duster – This duster emulates Gigi Hadid’s Roberto Cavalli version.
Purse – I am totally digging the chain handle on this purse. And it’s currently half off!
Earrings – I own these and wear them constantly. And by constantly I mean when I’m looking homeless with no makeup and in workout clothes (that I didn’t work out in) and need to run to the store for coffee creamer. I simply pop on my Kate Spade studs, dark sunglasses, and throw my hair in a messy bun and voila! I’m acceptable(ish) for public exposure.
Heels – Fierce. There is no other way to describe these babies.
Necklace – Gigi’s delicate necklace completely softens her look.
Ring – This stacked ring set compliments the necklace and earrings, and it’s cute to boot.
Here are six other leopard layers under $75 that would look great over a black dress.