Last spring, Domino featured Brooklyn Decker’s Austin home. The home design is impressive. It’s a mix of denim, wood, crazy beautiful “cookies-n-cream” marble, and antique heirlooms. It feels curated and personal. What’s even more awesome than the house is the fact that Brooklyn didn’t hire a famed interior designer. She decorated the home herself. So, not only is she an entrepreneur, actress, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, married to a tennis legend, and Kevin Bacon’s doppelganger, she’s also a remarkable interior designer. If you look up total package in the dictionary, I’m guessing you’ll see her picture (preferably of her and her zit, Cindy Crawford). Add absolutely hilarious to the list of reasons why we love Brooklyn Decker.
I actually took the picture of her living room to a local carpenter and had him build me a coffee table similar to hers. I had him scale it down a bit to fit in my living room. I then took it to my local upholsterer and had her cover the piece in a similar camel colored vinyl. I know, I know, why not leather? It was going to be quadruple the price, and the main reason I wanted a coffee table like this was so that Scarlett (and future kids) could be as rough as they wanted to be on it. I know myself, and if it was leather, I would have had a heart attack any time she so much as set a toy on it–much less stand on top of and jump around wildly while flinging milk everywhere from her sippy cup (not that I let her do that… ;)). It ended up being a little more expensive than options I found online, but I needed a certain size so I was able to easily and affordably customize it.
Mirror – I didn’t realize the large mirror in Brooklyn’s living room wasn’t a window until I started putting this look together. The windowpane mirror clearly did it’s job!
Coffee table – In my hunt for a coffee table that looked like Brooklyn’s, I almost purchased this one. The dimensions, sadly, weren’t right for my living room, but I love the look of it.
Light blue couch – Brooklyn did a masterful job at combining these two couches that are differing colors and styles.
Chair – These chairs are one of my favorite features of the room.
Dark blue couch – More proof that Chesterfield sofas look good any and everywhere.
Native American print – Her home has a southwestern vibe to it. This print fits that aesthetic perfectly.
Pillow – This pillow has a tribal touch to it, too.
Tray – I’m totally feeling the gold inlay on this tray. I’ve also learned that with having an upholstered coffee table, a tray is essential to corral things on top.
In case you don’t know who Brooklyn Decker is, here’s a picture of her from Austin Ways magazine. Can we also talk about the fact that I would look like I was going to work in a mechanic’s shop if I wore this jumpsuit? Not on Brooklyn, though! She looks stunning.
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.
When I first came across this living room, I immediately had hearts in my eyes. The differing layers, mixtures of elements, and convergences of several different design styles were evidence of an extremely skilled designer. It reminded me of another beautifully executed eclectic living room that I featured recently. As I dug into a few articles looking for the designer, I chuckled to myself whenever I came across the mastermind behind this room. It was none other than Nate Berkus. I can’t tell you how many times I have come across a stunningly designed space only to see that Nate Berkus was the creator of it. Don’t even get me started on his line for Target………..and I just spent 15 minutes in the middle of writing this post to drool over all of the pieces in that collection. Don’t click that link if you want to be a productive member of society today. Here are a round-up of items that can help you pretend you are a mastermind, too.
Couch // Overstock – I’m digging the style of this couch and that it only has two back cushions.
Joshua Tree // Etsy – The most dramatic part of this room is definitely the Joshua Tree prints. This link is a digital download for $6. Have Office Depot or Staples print it for you for a few more bucks. Then pop it in a frame and voila. Drama for your walls on the cheap.
Coffee table // Overstock – This table adds a modern touch to the room. See more options below.
Orbs // One Kings Lane – Fitting decor for the coffee table, or any where you please.
Chair // Target – This chair looks so cozy and elegant. Interesting juxtaposition next to two large pictures of the desert.
Pillows // Home Depot – Simple brown pillows to complement the decor.
Rug // Overstock – I have A Thing for striped rugs. Specifically black and white or gray and white striped rugs. I WANT IT. Nate Berkus brilliantly layers it over a larger jute rug for more warmth.
Pig // Amazon – And the winner of the most unexpected item in this room goes to this ham.
Chairs // Kohl’s – I’m trying not to use the word ‘love’ as much since in every post I basically ‘love’ everything. But, I seriously love these chairs. I promise I won’t love anything else in this post (even though I love it all which is why I did this round-up!).
Lamp // Kohl’s – A pretty floor lamp that works well with all of the differing styles in the room.
Pillow // Wayfair – Introducing a scrolling motif pattern into the room with this pillow.
Binoculars // World Market – Interesting decor to mix into the eclectic room. These are just cool. Period.
Round table // Target – I like that this room is broken into different sections. This table serves as a slightly separate area, and keeps with the eclectic vibe.
Ottoman // Bed Bath & Beyond – This stylish little ottoman emulates the originals.
Per usual, I fell down a rabbit hole when it came to looking at gold and brass tables. Here are some more options if you like looking at them too. *fist bump*
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 $.