CLJ Summer season Faculty: House Styling 101

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Chris Loves Julia | Summer School: Home Styling 101

Kitchen Desk (comparable) | Shiny Ceramic Vase | Fake Snowball Flowers | Chair Stool | Laptop computer Cowl | Copper Cookware

Sharpen these No. 2 pencils and open these fairly notebooks, it’s time to kick off Summer season Faculty 2024! Just lately, we began diving deep into design ideas throughout the month of July and calling it Summer season Faculty. Final yr, we centered on Shade! Shade principle, incorporating coloration into your own home, and extra. It. was….INCREDIBLE! (begin right here!) And earlier than that, Summer season Faculty was centered on falling in love with your own home over the course of 4 classes and numerous quizzes, inspiration and worksheets. (begin right here for that one!)

This month, we’re going to cowl an space that tends to be exhausting for lots of us: styling areas in your house. It doesn’t matter what design model you’re keen on, the identical ideas can apply. You’ll be taught an acronym under that may assist you assume by way of what each room must really feel like a designed area.

I’ll begin off every week with some pointers for styling that you could be by no means have thought-about earlier than. On Tuesdays, I’ll ship some bonus suggestions over e mail (unique to subscribers, so enroll right here!). Every Wednesday, I’m going to assemble three bundles of merchandise at completely different value factors to provide you inspiration for a way I’d model an area. And each Friday, I’ll share some areas on Instagram which are inspiring me. I’m so excited to kick off this month of tasks that may hopefully empower you to work inside the areas you need to make them really feel extra “completed”!

How I Method Styling (and a Helpful Components to Observe)

Chris Loves Julia | Julia styling a cabinet in the "Modern Cottage" in Idaho FallsChris Loves Julia | Julia styling a cabinet in the "Modern Cottage" in Idaho Falls
Eating Room in our “Trendy Cottage” Idaho Falls, ID 2020

Reeded Glass and Wooden Cupboard | Lamp | Giant Wood Trough (classic) | Forba Pot | Wine Glasses

I believe a whole lot of instances once we’re styling our houses, nearly all of individuals are doing so for different folks after they come over. It’s straightforward to assume, “Oh, I would like it to look good when so-and-so comes over.” That’s not what this Summer season Faculty is about for me. For me, it’s about the way to get pleasure from your own home for you. You understand how you’ve heard, “Don’t wait to put on the costume for a special day, simply put on it”? I really feel like we do sort of the identical issues with our houses. We wait to model a room and make it look its greatest till somebody’s coming over. However how fantastic wouldn’t it be to simply do this for ourselves?! Let’s do this this month…and forevermore.

This isn’t about styling your own home for {a magazine} shoot, it’s about styling your own home to your personal private success. Each one in all us deserves that and I don’t assume it’s totally apparent how to do this. So I need to create just a little formulation so that you can bear in mind, and we had been in a position to finagle it into an acronym to make it simpler to recollect. So, let’s break down the concept of STYLING!

S for Shiny

Chris Loves Julia | "Modern Cottage" Primary BathroomChris Loves Julia | "Modern Cottage" Primary Bathroom

Ball Cupboard Knobs | Rectangle Steel Framed Mirror | Sconces | Clouds Wall Artwork | Brass Towel Bar

Each area can profit from one thing shiny. That is the place mirrors are available, alongside {hardware}, sconces, lighting fixtures, trays — something that displays gentle round a room. I additionally assume it’s vital to not solely herald metals, however combine metals in order that the room doesn’t really feel one-note. For instance, I are inclined to go along with vintage brass and polished nickel in a whole lot of my areas, as a result of they each lend themselves to a standard, but fashionable area.

T for Texture

Chris Loves Julia | "Modern Colonial" House Primary BedroomChris Loves Julia | "Modern Colonial" House Primary Bedroom
Store The Major Bed room

I like a juxtaposition of textures and textiles in nearly each room. In case your entry has a jute rug, I like the concept of pairing it with a velvet bench. If there’s a leather-based chair in our bed room, then I like bringing that tender velvet bench into our bed room. If there’s no sample in your room, styling is a superb place to usher in patterns. Many individuals draw back from patterns on bigger items like furnishings, bedding and drapes as a result of they’re afraid of committing to a sample long-term. So add in some stripes, waves or geometric patterns in your pillows, throws, space rugs.

Y for You

Chris Loves Julia | Julia in front of family photographs on the dining room wallChris Loves Julia | Julia in front of family photographs on the dining room wall

Eating Desk | Chairs (classic) | Vase (comparable) | Dinner Plates (comparable) | Gallery Frames | CLJ x Shades of Mild Chandelier | Wallpaper | CLJ x Loloi Briggs Mist/Ivory Rug

Our houses ought to replicate us, and one of the best ways to make your own home really feel distinctive is to carry your personal style and persona into your own home. It’s going to be distinctive from individual to individual. Including just a little one thing sentimental, nostalgic, or quirky into our areas makes every area uniquely ours. Loads of instances folks assume “you” means a household photograph and it may possibly — have a look at our eating room! We’ve got a complete wall of household pictures in our eating room and it makes that room feels private. Nevertheless it can be a memento from a visit, a small framed image that’s significant, or it may be a group that you’ve. Like in case your grandma had copper pots so that you acquire copper pots as a result of they remind you of her. Somebody that assortment could not know that story they could simply assume it’s stunning, and that’s okay, as a result of that’s what makes your own home yours. You possibly can even have sentimental artwork that was gifted, like little homes, identify or quantity plaques above hooks. What little private contact are you able to add that makes it distinctive for you and your loved ones? These items they don’t need to spell out “Me! I dwell right here!”, however these items actually create tales and make it really feel private in every single place YOU look.

L for Lighting

Chris Loves Julia | A small electric candle lit on kitchen shelvesChris Loves Julia | A small electric candle lit on kitchen shelves

Store The Kitchen

Once we’re speaking about lighting as styling, it comes right down to setting a temper. Which implies selecting bulbs which are useful for the area — whether or not you’re attempting to realize a stage of brightness otherwise you’re attempting to melt the look. Selecting the best coloration and brightness of bulbs enhances the options of the area and creates the temper that I would like it to have. I’m additionally going to throw dimmers into styling as a result of they’ll actually make an area. I not often have the lounge gentle all the way in which on! Whereas some areas lend themselves higher to a lamp than others, I at all times attempt to add a number of sources of sunshine in nearly each room. Whether or not that’s an overhead lantern and an image gentle in a mudroom or a chandelier and an outsized lamp in a bed room, it’s vital to have choices to layer gentle if in any respect doable. It actually makes the area really feel dynamic and extra attention-grabbing.

I for Inviting

Chris Loves Julia | A leather chair and fluffy ottoman in the Bonus RoomChris Loves Julia | A leather chair and fluffy ottoman in the Bonus Room
Store The Bonus Room

This could imply various things relying on the area, however you at all times need to take into consideration what’s inviting. This could imply layers of blankets or rugs to create a tender really feel. Candles (actual or electrical) can really feel inviting too. A spot to set issues down akin to a coat rack or catchall tray typically makes it really feel welcoming. Consider what makes your life simpler and what feels good to company. Maybe you have to add a vase of flowers to brighten your temper. Or perhaps you might have a favourite scent stepping into your diffuser. It’s all about what makes you are feeling glad to be at dwelling.

N for Needed

Chris Loves Julia | The built-in bookcase in the studyChris Loves Julia | The built-in bookcase in the study

Store The Examine

Take into consideration what’s crucial within the area you’re styling. More often than not, meaning storage! For the entry that could possibly be just a little tray for footwear or catchall dish. Storage doesn’t need to be closed essentially, it’s one thing that may corral the much less stunning issues (keys, sun shades). A credenza is nice for an entry to wrangle stuff that tends to assemble there. Each area wants fashionable storage. Additionally, each area wants a stack of one thing to create a way of visible order. Within the kitchen that could possibly be footed pedestal with a cruet and candle on it. Or a bookcase that has a stack of books with a weighted sculpture. It’s about creating peak and stability in your styled area.

G for Greenery

Chris Loves Julia | The "Modern Cottage" Living RoomChris Loves Julia | The "Modern Cottage" Living Room
Store The Residing Room

I do assume that you simply want one thing inexperienced in nearly each area. Greenery simply relaxes the thoughts and offers a connection to the pure world, even when it’s by way of a pretend plant or vase of stems. Don’t be afraid to combine fake and actual crops, if that’s your model. I are inclined to go for impartial stems in whites and greens so they’re extra of a background component and never the focus. This makes the area really feel extra open.

We’ll reconvene tomorrow to find out how I apply these ideas to the primary areas you see within the dwelling: The entrance porch, entryway (or mudroom), and powder room. Class dismissed!

When you’d like some “additional credit score”, take a look at our previous periods together with Shade Faculty and Fall in Love with Your House.

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