Top Tips for Turning Your Home Into a Well-Tailored Abode
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
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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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Aside from the difference-making details, Amy adds extra wow factor to her rooms using pops of color, luxe
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.
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Eclectic Statement Pieces in Formal Living Room
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.
Neutral Kitchen with Secondary Dining Area
To give the homeowners a secondary dining area, designers added a small kitchen table to the end of the island. Designers used the chairs the homeowners had already and mixed them with funky lighting and a vintage buffet that was refinished in a royal blue to add a pop of color to the space.
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.
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.
Sophisticated Girl's Room With Upholstered Lilac Bed
Fun, subtle pattern on the walls and chevron-themed accessories bring the perfect combination of sophistication and fun to this New York girl's room. 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. An upholstered bed in lilac is a whimsical, custom touch.
Eclectic Formal Living Space with Curated, Art Gallery Feel
Designer Amy Elbaum mixed the couple's existing midcentury collection and artwork with bold new pieces, creating a welcoming space with a curated, gallery feel.
Functional Office Space with Plenty of Storage
The home office space needed to have plenty of storage and function, so designers added a lacquer and stained oak custom built-in unit with open shelving, cabinets and drawers, as well as a usable workspace for the desktop computer. When the computer is not in use, the free-standing desk provides another work space. To warm up the space and create a contrast from the monochromatic colors, designers brought in a brown, swivel, office chair for a comfy place to sit.
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.