When I first started blogging in October 2008, I had no idea what a tablescape was even though I considered myself to be a pretty good stylist back then.
Since then, I’ve come a looooong way that’s for sure!
When I opened up June’s Elle Decor and arrived at this living room, I immediately recognized it as a room decorated by Jeffrey Bilhuber. Here are my favourite styling tips from following his work:
1. You cannot own too many lamps.
As I’ve said in the past, when we moved last year, Terreeia informed me that we owned 26 lamps.
“And it’s not enough yet”, I declared.
I’ve recently become obsessed with wall sconces. If I had woken up last year to how beautiful they are practically ANYWHERE in your home, I would have incorporated more than just the two I have in my kitchen breakfast area when we renovated last Spring.
I would have installed them in the hallways, master closet, master bedroom, dining room. Have I missed a room? Oh, and one more tip, they have to be a sconce with a lamp shade.
If you start looking at the decor in ANY movie or TV show you watch, you’ll notice them in almost all the sets, and they are always the same style: A candlestick with a fabric shade.
I use the same argument for subway tile, by the way. Classic. Which is why they are also in most kitchens and bathrooms in movie sets.
So if you’re like me and can’t hardwire in wall sconce lighting anymore, then a swing arm lamp is the second best plan! I found some for you right here on my Pinterest boards.
I love how he didn’t even try to hide the red wires (above) which I’m guessing are custom along with the green lampshades that coordinate with the room.
When I found this image from Pinterest, this was the caption underneath (above) which takes me to lesson number two.
2. Every sofa should have a minimum of 4-6 pillows that look like you just gathered them up from another room in the house and somehow they magically worked together.
Notice the swing arm lamps (again), and then the table lamp on the right located approximately 3 inches apart? Just sayin’ you can’t have enough lamps, especially in your living room. If you are depressed sitting in there, go lamp shopping and truly, if all else fails and you don’t know what to get? A gourd lamp always looks good in a colour to coordinate with your living room. I have a bunch of colourful ones here.
Anyway back to the pillows. Jeffrey is a master at coordinating fabrics. Just study his rooms closely to come up with a combination for your sofa.
3. Paint that old table or whatever you have sitting around that doesn’t inspire you anymore a fresh new colour!
Love how he just painted the table the same colour as the walls, so awesome!
4. Choose an unexpected colour for the back of a chair.
I love how the orange is barely even repeated in the room. It’s just like a fun surprise.
5. If you don’t have enough height to create a pedestal with coffee table books, use a miniature stool for the flowers to create some real drama!
6. If you have a narrow wall install a row of frames that are similar in a straight vertical line.
7. African Violets in a simple terra cotta pot looks like you’ve just brought them in from the garden.
8. Have a space at the end of a hallway? Get a pretty chair and place vertical art above it.
9. Pick your favourite colour and get a comfortable chair upholstered in it.
10. A coral in a vase or urn makes an interesting replacement for flowers.
Which is your favourite styling lesson?
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