Top Tips for Turning Your Home Into a Well-Tailored Abode

Looking for home design that's more timeless than trendy? See how LA-based designer Amy Elbaum uses well-tailored furniture pieces and accessories to create classic home styles.
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It can be fun to embrace the latest, hottest design trend, but what if you're aiming for a look for your home that's timeless? One of the best ways to achieve a look that will age gracefully is to turn to one of the top tricks of fashion designers like Coco Chanel, Thomas Burberry and Ralph Lauren, whose styles are embraced year after year: tailoring.

Modern Living Room With Maroon Chair and Greek Key Rug

Modern Living Room With Maroon Chair and Greek Key Rug

This sleek and modern living room features built-shelving that flanks a comfy gray sectional, while a blue and white Greek key patterned rug anchors the space. A velvet maroon chair and ottoman add a pop of color, pattern and texture to bring the small living room to life.

Photo by: Elk Studios LLC

Elk Studios LLC

Enter LA-based designer Amy Elbaum, whose style I L-O-V-E. Amy has mastered the clean, classic look thanks to how she embraces well-tailored furnishings and accessories. 

Amy learned from a young age about art history, antique textiles and classic furniture design from her interior designer grandmother, Harriet Robinson. She turned that inspiration into a degree from Parsons The New School for Design and a career in New York before moving her firm, AE Design, to LA earlier this year.

Soft-Hued Master Bedroom Presents Glamorous Modernity

Soft-Hued Master Bedroom Presents Glamorous Modernity

From the wall color to the softly hued platform bed to the well-placed modern accessories, this master bedroom is an homage to simple, elegant glamor. The straightforward design blends well with the room's strong architecture, and the soft accent colors are a great contrast to the bold gray walls.

Photo by: Francis Dzikowski

Francis Dzikowski

Amy uses furnishings upholstered with rich fabrics that hug every corner — just as a tailored jacket would be snug on your shoulders and nip at your waist.

Living Room Redo: Timeless Elegance With a Modern Twist

Living Room Redo: Timeless Elegance With a Modern Twist

Designer Amy Elbaum cleverly designed this living room with a slight nod to modern living in the accents she selected and placed within the traditional space. The artwork, lighting and overall look of the room evoke an updated yet timeless feel of sophistication. Especially lovely is the color scheme, which allows dark blue and soft color to play against white walls in a harmonious flow of hues.

Photo by: Francis Dzikowski

Francis Dzikowski

These pieces also have extra details like smart-looking chair legs or brass brackets on table corners that mimic the buttons and trim that give suiting pieces their unique styles.

Sleek and Stylish Dining Room With Blue Chairs

Sleek and Stylish Dining Room With Blue Chairs

In this sleek and modern dining room, color, pattern and texture bring the space to life.

Photo by: Elk Studios LLC

Elk Studios LLC

Aside from the difference-making details, Amy adds extra wow factor to her rooms using pops of color, luxe fabrics and sharp patterns. Notice how each of her designs includes unexpected color, a plush throw or rug, a blingy chandelier or a strikingly patterned piece.

Transitional Neutral Nursery Is Light, Glamorous

Transitional Neutral Nursery Is Light, Glamorous

This sweet, neutral nursery is filled with softness and light. Walls in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing give way to a subtly patterned Romo wallpaper used on the ceiling for added impact. Built-in shelves and cabinets offer plenty of storage for baby items and toys, and a sheepskin rug provides comfort underfoot.

Photo by: Elk Studios LLC

Elk Studios LLC

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Doorway Draws Playful Contrast to Elegant Dining Room

The dining room was awkward and small, so designers covered the walls with a fun, gold malachite wallpaper and addd a linear chandelier to distract from the odd lines on the space and draw the eye to the center of the space. To bring in a bigger sense of richness, designers brought in bold purples to accent the gold wallpaper. At the entrance to the space, a surfboard and photography add a playful contrast to the formal, elegant dining space.

Jewel Tones Add Contrast and Color to Gray Master Bedroom

To make the large space feel more cozy and intimate, designers brought in a large, padded headboard in navy blue leather. To accent this new piece, turquoise lamps were added to the nightstand on either side of the bed-the jewel tones of the accents and the bed frame creating a nice contrast between themselves and the gray walls.

Bubble Chandelier Adds Pizzazz to Master Bedroom

Sometimes it's small touches that can add dimension and drama to a room. In this master bedroom, designer Amy Elbaum selected a stylish bubble chandelier, in glass and metal, to further uplift her modern design and add a dash of whimsy to the space. It is fun, heart-warming and unexpected!

Photo By: Francis Dzikowski

Living Room Redo Incorporates City View

For this Hoboken condo living room renovation, designer Amy Elbaum chose contemporary furnishings, a neutral color palette and pops of color to amplify the city view out the homeowners' windows. The simple, gray window treatments do not distract from the magnificent scene beyond, and they blend well with the sofa and area rug for a cohesive look.

Jewel Toned Accents in Gray Master Bedroom

Jewel toned accents help to bring color to the large master bedroom.

Beveled Mirror and Marble Console Display Classic Elegance

Designer Amy Elbaum carefully selected accent furnishings for this living room renovation with an eye on simple lines and quiet sophistication. The beautiful round mirror that hangs above a simple marble console table makes a strong statement, yet both pieces blend effortlessly together for a unified look. The touch of blue in the glass lamps is another graceful expression here.

Sophisticated Gray Master Bedroom With Colorful Abstract Art

This sophisticated, modern bedroom features a charcoal gray and white color scheme with an elegant chandelier and colorful abstract art above the headboard as the focal point of the space.

Modern Navy Wingback Chair Introduces City View

Designer Amy Elbaum selected a modern-styled wingback chair in navy blue to place in the corner of the living room in this apartment redesign. Not only is the chair comfortable, but it also displays great style against the urban skyline out the window. The furry white pillow provides a whimsical touch.

Faux-Shagreen Buffet and Seating for Eight

The round table and patterned, upholstered chairs seat up to eight people. To add storage, designers brought in a buffet that is covered in faux-shagreen to add some nice texture against the wallpaper.

Dining Room Built-In Adds Storage & Style

This dining room built-in unit is a great addition since it allows for storage and display space. The unit is large yet simply designed for a harmonious effect in the room. The cabinet hardware adds a touch of elegance to the contemporary-styled piece.

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