UPDATE YOUR SPACE WITH THESE CHIC (& EASY) HOME STYLING TIPS
Like a great outfit, an interior is often at its best when it’s the result of varied influences — high mixed with low, classic pieces juxtaposed with modern shapes. So it makes sense that when you style luxe, refined pieces in a relaxed, unfussy way, it creates a richer space that feels far from one note. It’s a point of view that’s on display in our latest lookbook, The Life Refined, which is filled with covetable pieces from mid-century designs to traditional Hermès. Here, our Senior Director of Fine Art & Home Kimberly Brown is sharing how to get the look with her tips (plus, the pieces from the shoot she wanted to take home with her).
What are some styling tips from the lookbook that anyone can use in their home?
Mix and match china patterns, crystal and tabletop pieces to modernize a more formal tablescape. It allows you to include pieces you’ve collected through the years, picked up on holiday or were thoughtfully passed down from parents and grandparents. A modern table doesn’t need to be matchy-matchy. And what’s better than having a story to tell when hosting friends for a Friday night dinner party.
What’s an easy way to really update the look of a room?
Art! I’m loving the layered look of framed prints resting on a bookcase, or even the floor. Not everything needs to be permanent. I even have an art exchange with friends where we swap pictures and photographs every couple of months to keep things fresh. I also like to update framed family photographs. It’s always sweet to keep the baby pictures around or the wedding portrait. But I love keeping the other moments updated with recent vacation pics or this year’s school photos.
John Van Alstine, In The Clear, 1983, $250
What’s the key to a great place setting? Does it need to follow formal layout rules?
To be totally honest, I’d have to google how to formally set a table to be able to do it correctly! Instead I try to match the vibe of the occasion — casual dinners still get the fancy china but maybe not all of the serving pieces (too much to clean!) and I pair it with printed textiles and less formal glassware. I also love setting a full bar with glassware that matches the cocktail of the evening.
If you could have taken one home piece back to your home which would it have been?
The Hermès Rallye Place Setting. Since joining the TRR team, I have a deeper appreciation for the classic heritage brands of which Hermès ranks top. I am a firm believer that classic never goes out of style – anything & everything Hermès is an instant icon. It doesn’t hurt that the colors of the Rallye coordinate so well with my wedding china.
What is the biggest steal and the biggest splurge in the lookbook?
Biggest splurge: The Eames Lounge Chair — it’s not every day you get access to an Eames Lounge Chair at a discount. This one is in a rarely seen gorgeous dark green leather that’s perfectly worn in all the right places.
Biggest steal: The Marble Bookends — a simple, gorgeous and refined addition to any bookcase or desk! At that price, you don’t have to think twice!
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