Styling The Home

Updated: November 22, 2014

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The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

Ahhh!! Prepare for picture overload.

Since the cat’s outta the bag that Michael & I don’t live together, today I figured I’d share a peek inside my home.

Obviously it’s feminine because before moving in with my man, I wanted to live…well, pretty.

Little backstory: my stepmom, Julie has a blog called Burlap & Crystal. She specializes in home design. The second I moved into my place I called Julie. We were so excited to work on this home project together. I feel like the whole time we were on the same wavelength. Our goal: for each space in the house to tell a story. So each nick of the house is essentially a different experience i.e. the bar cart, desk area, patio. Julie said:

“if I had to put a label on Lauryn’s style, I’d say it is a multi-dimensional combination of glam meets bohemian with an occasional visit from a rocker.”

She also went on to say: “we really worked together to accomplish the ultimate goal…a home where Lauryn walks in the door and feels…completely at HOME.”

You can read about Julie’s experience here

First off, we did a lot of bargain shopping. I’m kind of obsessed with mixing high end & low end pieces. I mean…let’s just say I’ve never met a Home Goods, Marshall’s, or Target I didn’t like. I swear all three of those stores always have the best finds.

So when we first started styling my home we decided to add a lot of pieces you won’t really expect as home decor. Such as? Whelp, white gum balls, shoes ( yes, shoes ), purses, & lipsticks:

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Some of my favorite finds:

♡ ] Lipstick holder

♡ ] Coffee table books ( Chanel // The Skinny Confidential Book }

♡ ] A gold bar cart ( << on SALE! )

♡ ] Pretty candles

♡ ] Diffusers

♡ ] Rose gold cutlery

Another big piece of the home decor puzzle was the desk.

Since I’m constantly on the computer ( like, it’s actually embarrassing the amount of time I spend hooked to screen ), I wanted a very zen, white space. White is calming. So we choose pieces such as my grandma’s vintage monkeys, a Brigitte Bardot piece, & tiny healing crystals to style the desk:

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential's patio.
It was really important to me that the house didn’t feel clutters. So we kept things simple but also made sure that there were little interesting trinkets everywhere. & of course, each trinket tells a story.

One of my favorite pieces in the house is this tiny, teal unicorn. It’s so simple but so cute. Michael & I found him in New York City ( similar avail here ). He sits on my desk & watches me blog:

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

The Skinny Confidential talks home decor.

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Julie painted me the above patio set—she’s seriously so talented! She found the chairs & table at a consignment store for $300 bucks & really gave them a personal touch.

Also, call me weird but I wanted a fully styled closet.

So now my closet has shoes displayed, vintage Barbie pictures hanging on the walls, & little gold necklace holders. Shocking but the closet is my favorite area in any house…

…besides the kitchen. I love the kitchen too. We went for a minimal look using ‘contain, keep, crush’ kitchenware, a giant white tea kettle, & a big round ‘lazy Susan’ which holds a couple pale teal bowls & rose gold cutlery.

Around the house are gold touches but I tried to avoid gaudy gold. I especially love the gold bar cart & this little foil print that I found on Etsy:

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Ok, so I’m a big fan of pieces that are different heights in the home.

If you look closely, everything is different heights.

For instance, there’s a super tall candle holder on my living room table. But then I had shorter candles, a medium sized diffuser, & stacked books that were lower to the table. Mixing up dimensions make all the difference when styling a room.

Kate Moss was kinda a theme in my house too. Her style is so spot on that I wanted to have a couple black & white photos of her in her high fashion days.. I also love a woman’s body ( << the body is a beautiful thing!! ), so you’ll find a lot of feminine ( sometimes nude! ) figures/watercolors around my house too.

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The Skinny Confidential's home.

As far as the bedroom, I decided not to share because ya gotta keep some stuff private ; ). Putting my bedroom on the Internet just didn’t feel right.

Oh! And case in anyone’s wondering…Pixy resides in her printed tipi where she conducts some serious monkey business:

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The Skinny Confidential's home.

The Skinny Confidential's home.

The Skinny Confidential's patio.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed my home tour. Special thanks to Julie— she’s truly freaking amazing. 

Don’t forget to check out my styled patio // living room // bar cart // garden/outdoor bar cart // blogger’s desk too! The DIY of the peacock chair can be found here.

x Lauryn

++ If you’re looking to style a home, e-mail

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  • The FIRST thing that caught my eye was the bar table, I cannot believe it is on sale too! Perfection 😀
    Love your apartment, absolutely beautiful!
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  • Meg

    This is fabulous! Please come decorate my house

  • Now I’m not just saying this, but I think your home decor is flawless! I’m actually moving places in September and I’ve been on the hunt for decor pieces, mainly white and uncluttered too, and this post has truly inspired me. Thanks! X
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  • Love your home, but oh my good – The unicorn! <333

  • Your home is SO chic beyond words. LOVE! Major style inspiration here.

  • Thanks a lot for the inspiration :)

    M. Akua

  • LOVE the Anthropologie lip stick holder. Very upset that they don’t sell it anymore. You have a lovely, lovely home.
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    • Hi babe! It should be on their site. Just click the link above! x
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  • Your home literally looks like page whatever in an IKEA magazine!
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  • lovely items and ideas :)


  • Your house is amazing! Where is the gold “hustle” print from? I love it!
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    • It’s from Etsy! Just search HUSTLE print on xx.
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  • It looks like a styled-home out of a magazine layout … guess that’s why your home works so well as a backdrop to your lifestyle photo-shoots. Thanks for sharing the inside. Love it!
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  • This is so so beautiful… I’m preparing to decorate my bedroom at the house I am leasing near my university and am SO inspired by this.
    I love the personal knick knacks – they compliment the room and add a personal touch without any clutter. AH. So in love.

  • I just love your home – and where oh where did you get those keep, contain, crush containers from?! #need!! It’s so great you could work with your stepmom on your home, as an interior decorator I know my favourite clients were those that I was closest with so I knew I could really add those personal touches that make a house a home! Happy Friday girl XO,D
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    • They’re from West Elm! I bought them about a year ago, babe! Flattered you like it. xx.
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  • Your apartment is so pretty! I love love love your rose gold cutlery! x

  • I am obsessed with every.little.detail. So beautiful. You guys did GOOD!

    Because I’m Obsessed

  • A girl after my own heart! That is why I have stayed in Real Estate for 37 yrs. I love helping and protecting people when they are buying or selling homes and I am obsessed with interior design that illustrates homeowners personality!

  • I love your place! as I was looking for style inspiration for my home, I stumbled upon this blog and blog post. The funny part is I know Julie and have always loved her style and how she is so creative. Tell her I said hello!
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  • So adorable!! The feel is so warm and elegant! Julie works wonders!

  • I love your home! It’s everything I would have wanted for my apartment when I was living on my own. It would be interesting to see how you incorporate your feminine style in to your new home with your man.

  • Wow I love the feminine and romantic feel that your home gives! It is truly perfection. Love the theme of your colors too I like how you stayed with white and cream colors <3
    XO Janina
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  • Your kitchen is AMAZING!! I am dying for a kitchen with a little more room and marble counter tops.
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  • Love the turquoise & gold unicorn…and the Jim Morrison print…where did you purchase?

  • I love everything! I tried clicking on the link you provided for the bar cart but it didn’t work :( would you kind telling me what it’s called or another link please? Thanks! ^_^

  • it’s Pell, right? If it is, you made it look fabulous! I recognize the granite, and the balcony..too funny.

  • Meg

    LOVE your art! Any links to the sources, or have a favorite gallery? xx

  • I looove your space. When I lived in my apartment alone, I decorated my bedroom mega-girly. Flowers, all white bedding, sparkly, pink and gold everywhere. Good thing too because when my bf moved in last year, that room became his office and all the redecorating has been so full of compromise. He STILL thinks our place is too ‘girly’ but I don’t even think there’s a spot of pink left anywhere!
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  • I love your style! And Pixi’s tipi tent is so cute! Can’t wait to see what your new place is gonna look like!
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  • Amy

    Your space is stunning!! Big thanks for including our print. Shared on Facebook :) :)

  • Thanks so much for always sharing your amazing style! I feel totally inspired to do a revamp of my condo now. I’m kind of dying over the Keep, Contain, Crush jars and the white mug with the metallic lipstick imprint. Where are those from? They’re fab!

  • WOW. loveeeee the feel and look of your home. come decorate my house please.
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  • where did you get your jewelry box from?
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  • I realize this is quite the expired post, but I was sifting through old posts looking at (drooling over) your home decor style and stumbled upon those white glass containers that I LOVE. (The ones labeled ‘keep’, ‘contain’, ‘crush’, etc.) I was wondering where you found them. I’ve seen similar dishes with the same black font, and adore the simplicity of them. Thanks Lauryn!

  • Where is that little white desk from it is literally perfect!?!


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