You’ve probably noticed that I have a few different design principles co-mingling in my “cloffice” AKA babe cave, yet it still works. Mixing and matching is where it’s at. This creates an interesting room, but also a comfortable and beautiful space to be inspired in.
I have everything from your typical IKEA desk to a Victorian chest of drawers, and even a Scandinavian credenza. I know you’re asking yourself, “How does this work together and look so cool-ass-cool?” OK, I probably added the latter part in on your behalf. But the truth is, it comes down to trial-and-error and the details.
Accessories play a big part in bringing a room together, from throw cushions, to artwork, to area rugs. Together, these become a kick-ass team and bring a room to life. These items are the life of the party, so to speak.
And they DON’T HAVE TO MATCH! In fact, I would encourage that they don’t, but they should complement one another.
I love, love, love texture to pieces! It helps bring harmony and interest to a space. Without texture, everything would be bland, vanilla. Texture is the spice of life when attempting to inject personality into your space. Notice the different finishes and textures in my babe cave, from wood to wool to peeling paint and everything in between.
Proportions of furniture also assist in creating an inviting interior. I have a tall Victorian chest of drawers mixed with linear shorter furniture pieces such as the desk and credenza, along with mid-height shelves counter-balancing it all.
And last but certainly not least, the wallflower of the group… LIGHTING!!! I find most people don’t pay enough attention to lighting, but in my opinion, you get the most bang for your buck when trying to make a statement.
Look at this beautiful light. I first bought this light for my dining room and loved it so much that I purchased another for my babe cave. Do you think this room would look as chic if I kept the builder-grade light installed?? HELLS NO!! Don’t underestimate the value that lighting brings to your space, it can be your BFF.
Also, it needs to be said, that you don’t need a million dollars (or even thousands of dollars, I certainly didn’t) to style a space. In fact, a lot of the items in my babe cave were pieces we already owned that didn’t work in other rooms in our house. I would start with what you already have and then figure out what you need to buy to fill around it.
I source most of my furniture and décor items from many different retailers, from antique stores to garage sales to IKEA to HomeSense. So go on some road trips and start window shopping! If you’re a mom and have limited time on your hands (like me) look online at sites like Pinterest or kick-it old school and pick-up a few design/decorating magazines for inspiration and unique DIY tutorials.
Remember taste and style is very individual so just be yourself and collect items that make you happy and comfortable and forget the naysayers. If everyone liked the same things or designed the same way, the world would be a very boring place and no one wants that! #MakeYourselfHappy