In our first home, my husband somehow convinced me to let him paint our closed-in- garage-turned-man-cave black. It actually didn’t take much convincing because I figured it was his space. He could do what he wanted. I had the rest of the house to decorate. However, as soon as the paint dried I instantly regretted that decision. Since it was formerly a two-car garage, the space was huge. It was also the room through which we entered/exited the house. After we painted it black, it did indeed feel like a cave. You could also see into the room from the kitchen and living room due to the position of the door frame (and there wasn’t room for a door), so the entire thing was a hot mess. It was an interesting experiment and maybe in the right context it would have looked right, but I was never a fan of the black walls. My husband liked it though, so I guess it wasn’t a complete disaster.
When I came across this bedroom, I was amazed how good the black walls and ceiling looked. Maybe if we would have done shiplap wainscoting our room would have turned out better? By grounding it with white, this room doesn’t feel like a cave. It feels modern and cozy. I’ll keep this look in mind if my husband ever tries to convince me to paint anything black again. Here’s how you can get a similar look.
It’s probably evident by now, but 90% of the time I’m drawn to a more rustic and masculine interior design aesthetic over a chic or feminine one. However, roughly 5.67% of the time I’m drawn to ultra-girly, glam spaces. I never did the whole single girl with her own apartment thing, so I missed out on that phase of life. I was in a pretty serious car accident at the end of high school which vastly changed my college plans, so I ended up living at home through college. I got married not long after graduation and my husband and I promptly bought our first home together. So, there was never a time when I had my “own” place (though it could be argued our entire first home save for our closed-in-garage-turned-man-cave was “mine”) that I could throw up pink everywhere.
Accordingly, I love looking at feminine spaces like today’s living room. I also like to imagine the type of person who lives here and what phase of life they happen to be in. And if they are married, how did they convince their husband to go along with it? What did they have to compromise and let him decorate?? Here’s how you can get a similar glam look:
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.
Part of me has always wanted to live in an ultra sleek modern apartment complete with sharp lines, minimalist decor, and a cold feel. I wouldn’t mind a view of a city, either. There’s just something so appealing about the monochromatic feel of it. These spaces certainly don’t appear lived in (where is all the stuff?), but they are calming and super cool. And clean. So incredibly clean. You better believe you aren’t allowed to wear shoes in this living room. Here’s how you can emulate this black and white modern living room in your own home:
Couch // Urban Outfitters – A super modern couch defines the space.
Pillow // Bed Bath & Beyond – This pillow is one of the only items bringing in color and pattern.
Art // Etsy – Abstract art is, obviously, the only type of art allowed here.
Coffee table // Overstock – This diamond coffee table is ideal for contemporary spaces.
Chair // Overstock – This split back chair not only has a modern vibe, it can convert from sitting to lounging for more seating.
Rug // Overstock – Shag rugs are my absolute favorite. They feel so good underfoot. This gray shag rug adds a bit of texture and a touch of warmth to the space.
Snake plant – These plants look so unique. Perfect for a modern setting. Also, they’re hardy and can handle being neglected if you’re one of those who forgets to water your plants (like, ahem, me).
Pillow // Amazon – The bold stripes on these pillows emulate the originals.
Planter // 2Modern – This planter has a modern silhouette and is perfect for a snake plant. It’s also available in several different sizes and colors should you want to add more color to your space.
Floor lamp // Lord & Taylor – This light absolutely belongs in a modern room. In any other setting I’d probably find this lamp to be a bit much, but it’s perfect in this room.
Vases // domino – Decor is minimal in this black and white modern living room. These vases do the job of adding a touch of ornamentation, while also fitting with the overall aesthetic.
I had a lot of fun looking for a floor lamp for this black and white modern living room. There are so many good and funky options out there that, again, would probably only work with a modern style. Here are a few I was drawn to: