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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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Stylish Modern Armchair

A white-and-blue-patterned armchair adds a nice contrast to this mostly gray modern living room. A small mirrored end table offers a handy spot for setting drinks while visually expanding the space.

Photo By: Elk Studios LLC

Dining Room Art Makes Spectacular Statement

For this renovation, designer Amy Elbaum used modern and contemporary art to create an aura of sophistication for each redesigned space. In the dining room, an eclectic gallery of art was hung on one wall to create striking interest. The art complements the simpler design of the table and chairs.

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

Soft Coral and Navy Wow in Timeless Living Room

Nothing says sophistication like the right color choices in a room, and for Amy Elbaum's design, she put unusual color combinations together for a beautiful, timeless effect. The navy sofa and soft coral chairs are stunning against the white walls and drapes in this living room, and the scalloped coffee table adds dimension and drama to the space.

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