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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Function, Style Merge in Neutral New York Nursery

A gold starburst mirror adds a little color and a lot of glam to this sweet, neutral nursery on New York’s Upper East Side. A traditional white dresser is topped by a changing station, with a soft pink basket to hold supplies. Walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing.

Sophisticated Girl's Room With Upholstered Lilac Bed and Chevron Pillows

An upholstered bed in a fun shade of lilac creates a feminine focal point in this girl's bedroom. The goal for the space was a room well-suited for a young child but flexible enough to grow with her into her teens. Bold pillows atop the Rogers & Goffigon bedding tie in with a chevron-patterned rug.

Simple, Elegant Dining Room With Spectacular View

For this apartment renovation, designer Amy Elbaum relied on simple furnishings and neutral colors for the dining area, coordinating with the kitchen and living room in the open concept space. White walls and gray drapes create a backdrop for the modern dining set that features chrome as the tie-in element. A bubble chandelier completes this stylish look.

Urban Terrace Exudes Modern Comfort

Bright blue accents and lush plantings brighten this urban terrace, creating an ideal spot to unwind or to entertain friends. A clean-lined woven sofa mixes with basket-weave chairs in a rubbed gold finish, resulting in a comfortable space that's at once modern and cozy. A "wall" of plants behind the seating area adds privacy and turns the space into a true outdoor room.

Modern Guest Bedroom With Upholstered Daybed Bench

The upholstered daybed bench in this modern guest bedroom offers a comfy place for visitors to take an afternoon nap or enjoy the view by the window. A sleek small nightstand serves as handy storage space, while the large picture windows fill the space with natural light.

Built-In Bookshelf in Stylish Girl's Room

This girl's bookcase is filled with colorful accessories that pop against the white shelves. The designer worked to create a neutral transitional space that was well-suited for a young child but flexible enough to grow with her into her teens.

Contemporary Living Space Offers Stunning City View

Comfortable yet resplendent in style, this apartment design by Amy Elbaum is a testament to urban living. By using neutral colors and a simple design aesthetic, Elbaum could accent the space with pops of color, unusual decorative pieces and, of course, the spectacular view from the windows.

Sophisticated Girl’s Room With Sitting Nook

In this New York bedroom, the designer's goal was to create a space well-suited for a young child but flexible enough to grow with her into her teens. Weitzner wallpaper is a fun yet subtle backdrop for lilac and fuchsia fabrics. Bold pillows atop the Rogers & Goffigon bedding tie in with a chevron-patterned pouf in the room's cozy sitting nook.

Sleek and Stylish Dining Room With Blue Chairs

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

Lucite Console Table With Sheepskin Stools

This space was all about finding storage solutions for a couple moving into a small space. Two sheepskin stools kept beneath the console table provide extra seating for entertaining guests. The Lucite table helps to visually expand without overwhelming the space.

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