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.

Eclectic Statement Pieces in Formal Living Room

Designers chose bold statement pieces such as this mirrored coffee table to help create an eclectic, gallery style feel in the formal living room.

Trendy Gray Bedroom With Black and White Accessories

This soft gray modern bedroom features black and white accessories, which add contrast to the space. A fuzzy charcoal colored blanket lends a dash of luxury and texture to the room.

Photo By: Elk Studios LLC

Stylish Art Deco Dining Room With Bold Blue Chairs

This art deco-inspired dining room features a stunning color palette of gray, white and blue. Pattern and texture bring the small space to life, while a funky chandelier adds a dose of personality.

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.

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

Abstract Art and Seating Vignette in Hallway

The walls at the end of the hallway that leads to the guest bedroom were a great place to add artwork and a seating vignette. The abstract, graffiti style art comes from a local artist designers found at the Santa Monica art fair.

Chic White Modern Media Wall With Built-In Cabinet

This modern media wall features built-in white cabinetry that is a sleek and stylish storage solution for the small living room. A vase of blue flowers complements the space and adds a touch of color.

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

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