Stop Motion Styling - The Secret to Effortless Sofa Style

 

Check out my latest video below and see how I styled this living room vignette in my favorite color combo of the moment - pink and gold - for an understated glamorous and warm look.  

Read on for tips & sources below...

1.  Start with a Good Sofa

The cool thing about styling is that with a basic sofa, coffee table and simple rug you can easily vary the overall style and vibe just by playing with accessories.  The key is to start with versatile, TIMELESS, and "style-friendly" foundation pieces. Your sofa is probably the most important part of this equation.  Nail this and you can easily swap decor seasonally for a variety of looks.  Choose sofas with clean lines and echo the overall style that you are most closely aligned with.

Chesterfield Sofa, Anthropologie

Chesterfield Sofa, Anthropologie

Slipcover Sofa, Joss & Main

Slipcover Sofa, Joss & Main

2.  Add Foundation Decor

 
 

In this living room vignette, the accent pillows and coffee table accessories lay the foundation for the color & style direction of the room.  To get my signature high-end look I mix vintage and new accessories in a similar and complimentary colors, while varying both the color saturation and texture (something I teach in the 30 Day Makeover Challenge).

3.  Add plants

Plants are a no brainer.  Need to freshen up a dead corner or bring to life a static coffee table, a simple flower arrangement or plant will do the trick.  I usually select one type of flower to display for a minimal yet effective arrangement.  I've found that the cut flowers from Ralph's (grocery store) last way longer than those from Trader Joe's.

4.  At Lower Price Points, Select Natural Materials

 
 

I love a bargain but my design heart wants rich looking soulful interiors. Home Goods and Target are excellent sources for "style-friendly" finds but I am very selective on what I buy in order to stay true to both my design aesthetic and commitment to consciously buying only "hell yes" items that are of great quality.  In fact, this self-discipline has been key in keeping my home relatively clutter free for the past few years.

To avoid the "cheap look", which happens when you have too many mass produced items that don't have a depth of texture, look for accessories made from natural materials.  If it's natural it's going to look expensive - given that you create the overall environment for it.

Say no to too much shine and to too much solidly painted items.  You can definitely have them, just mix them in with natural materials and the overall look will be elevated.

Natural Materials Look Expensive Even if They're Not:

 
Burl Wood Bowl, Home Goods

Burl Wood Bowl, Home Goods

Wooden Beaded Accent Pillows, Home Goods

Wooden Beaded Accent Pillows, Home Goods

"Brass" Sphere, Home Goods

"Brass" Sphere, Home Goods

Alabaster Box, Home Goods

Alabaster Box, Home Goods

Ceramic Pottery, Garage Sale of a Local Potter

Ceramic Pottery, Garage Sale of a Local Potter

 
 
 

5.  Apply These Concepts in Real Life

Often the perfection of pinterest worthy spaces can be both inspiring and frustrating.  It's frustrating when you don't know the certain steps or have the budget to realized your desired vision.  The truth is your home does not have to perfect to love it (mine isn't!).  And there are soooo many accessible things you can do right now to make your home a more supportive, luxurious space reflective of your taste and deeper values.  

The 30 Day Makeover Challenge, is my signature online class/ challenge which I am very proud to say has already helped hundreds of everyday women make tangible changes and improvements in their home over the course of 30 days.  

Through weekly videos, hands on tasks and a private Facebook community, I offer a unique space that provides the structure and support to work on one room in your home, in a group setting, and with the support of an interior designer (me).  

A lot of times we just want a second opinion to feel more confident about choosing a paint color, or a sofa.  Or we want motivation and a reason to final tackle that linen closet that's gotten out of control.  

Check it out here for more info & to get on the waiting list.

In the meantime, if you're ready to hit the streets and try any of these styling suggestions, grab my FREE Designer Shopping Guide and shop where I shop. I'm giving away my best resources accessible to your any where in the world.

With style and gratitude,