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.
Do you recognize this space? If so, then you obviously are a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. If not, well I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t seen at least one episode of the show. In case you are the one person who hasn’t, this homely space belongs to Chip and Joanna Gaines, the adorable hosts of Fixer and Upper. I read recently that HGTV was the third most watched television network in 2016, beating out CNN. Only ESPN and Fox News had more viewers. I attribute that to Chip and Joanna with their charming dynamic and impressive design skills. Living in the south, this shabby chic, rustic style farmhouse vibe is prolific. I’d say 80% of the homes I visit look similar to this (although not as good because no one does this better than Joanna). I’ve rounded up some items to help you emulate the Fixer Upper Farmhouse look in your own home.
Coffee table // Overstock – This distressed reclaimed wood coffee table is the perfect jumping off point for a rustic farmhouse room.
Print // Teil Duncan – Teil Duncan is so talented. This is a digital print of her work, so it’s not as expensive as an actual painting (but it’s still signed by her).
Chandelier // Home Depot – I’m pretty sure you aren’t allowed to do shabby chic without a chandelier.
Pillow // Target – An appropriate pillow for this space.
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.
Coffee table // CB2 – This acrylic coffee table emulates the original.
Side table // Target – I’m two clicks away from ordering this table. I only discovered it after purchasing a different one. Naturally. (Update: I did end up purchasing this for my living room. I love it! The slates on the shelves are different colors which wasn’t obvious to me from the picture. But, they have a distressed look so I’m a fan.)
Elle Decor recently featured this beautiful Montana home, or excuse me, “guesthouse”. I do believe it’s what Christmas dreams are made of. Living in Florida, I’ve always dreamed of celebrating Christmas in a snowy rustic mountain lodge, resplendent with a huge fireplace and equally large windows overlooking the snow and mountains. This home checks all those boxes! I won’t be celebrating Christmas out west this year, but one day, one day… For now, here are some pieces to help emulate that cozy, rustic, and, um, expensive look and feel in your own lodge. Make sure to check out the rest of the home, too. The dining room chairs are incredible.
Light – Let’s start off with those lights! How gorgeous are the Moooi lights in the photo? And they should be for over $3,000. If you’re one of those crafty sorts, there are DIY instructions available to make your own. If you are neither rich nor crafty (holla!), here is a nice globe chandelier to emulate the look. I actually have one very similar to this hanging in my dining room.
Print – For those of us who don’t have snowy mountains and cedar trees outside our windows.
Side table – The branch legs on this table are totally fitting for this setting.
Every time I see this rustic farmhouse living room by Groves & Co. I get chills. That’s a bit dramatic but this space is just absolute perfection. I knew I wanted to start this blog off with a bang, and no space is more bang and intro worthy than this. The beams, the stone, the rug, the capiz chandelier, I can’t pick a favorite element. Each item on its own is divine, but together they richly harmonize in concert. The rustic, natural feel of the space is warm, cozy, and inviting. I can picture many good conversations (probably about how beautiful the house is) happening in those chairs.
Striped rug – Striped rugs work in almost any setting and with most styles.
Painting – Don’t live in the mountains? Don’t have lodge style beams in your home? Bring a touch of mountain whimsy via artwork by framing up a Bierstadt print.
Coffee table – Target’s Threshold line consistently nails it. This coffee table emulates the circular coffee table above and looks mighty fine doing it. It also has a matching end table.
Floor lamp – One of these days I will own a tripod floor lamp like this. It brings the eye up just enough and adds [another] touch of warmth.
Chair – Comfy chair for ogling over this rustic farmhouse living room. This pillow would look perfect nestled on it.
Tufted leather bench – Every home needs a bench. Perfect in an entryway for removing shoes (so no one dirties up the rug…don’t care if that’s the point of rugs.)
Light – This light! I think this light might actually make the space for me. I doubt it gives off a ton of light, but capiz adds relaxed glamour to any space it graces. *sigh*
Side table – I’ve contemplated buying this so many times. It’d be a great conversation piece for all my introverts out there.
Coasters – We should establish right now that I’m all about unique coasters. Don’t have a huge stone fireplace? No worries! Buy some stones to set your drinks on. Same, same.