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.
Related To:

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

Love Amy Elbaum's Designs? See More Below

See All Photos

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.

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.

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.

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.

Funky Chair in Home Office

To add another seating option to the office space that is located just off the master bedroom, designers brought in a funky lounge chair-the perfect place for a break or for curling up with a good book.

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

Neutral New York Nursery Is Classic, Tasteful

A traditional white crib and white upholstered rocker are layered against walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing, creating a neutral nursery with understated glamour. Wall-to-wall carpeting is topped by a sheepskin rug that adds softness and texture. Pretty pink baskets provide storage for stuffed toys.

Photo By: Elk Studios LLC

Clean-Lined Woven Wicker Sofa on Urban Terrace

Bright blue accents and lush plantings brighten this urban terrace, creating an ideal spot in which to unwind or entertain friends. A clean-lined woven wicker sofa anchors the seating area, resulting in a comfortable space that's at once welcoming and cozy.

Sophisticated Gray Master Bedroom With Chandelier

A tall, frameless mirror carries the reflection of this modern gray master bedroom to make it appear larger. An elegant chandelier adds a sophisticated look to the small space.

Dark Colors Make Enormous Master Bedroom Feel More Intimate

This huge master bedroom space was an enormous, somewhat overwhelming space, so designers decided to bring textured wallpaper to the half wall behind the bed. They then painted the rest of the walls a similar, dark color to create a more intimate and inviting space. To divide the room, a separate seating area in front of the bed creates an additional relaxing space for the homeowners in their master suite.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Top 10 Ultimate Decorating Tips From a Magazine Stylist

A professional photo stylist shares her best decorating tips that work for every home.

Fixer Upper Season 3 Returns December 1! Join Our 30-Day Countdown

We're a month out from a fresh batch of makeovers from Chip and Jo. Pass the hours, minutes and seconds with our fun daily countdown.

10 Tips to Style Your Kitchen Like a Pro

Master the art of the #shelfie once and for all.

Ellen's Design Challenge Returns For Season 2!

The hit design competition returns to HGTV for an exciting second season.

These 8 Clothing Stores Sell Amazing Home Decor, Too

It's time to refresh your closet and your home.

'Listed Sisters' Lex and Alana Make Home Dreams a Reality

Nashville is the setting for HGTV's newest renovation series featuring a dynamic duo who help clients on their quest to find an ideal home.

Savor Shades of Lime and Orange in This California Home

Like a refreshing approach to design? Check out this home with a punchy palette.

15 Faux-Fur Home Accents Under $100

Celebrate Faux Fur Friday with these budget-friendly finds.

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts