Modern Rustic Glam

When I can drag myself away from all the cheesy docu-soaps that I’ve somehow become addicted to, one of my favorite shows is Secrets From a Stylist on HGTV. Emily Henderson has the most amazing knack for nailing her clients’ individual styles and creating functional, stylish and custom-tailored spaces. It doesn’t hurt that she’s cute as a button, and totally charming. OK, so I might have a bit of a girl crush.

On the show, Emily usually works with a couple and has to combine their two styles. In the first episode I saw, I fell in love with this room, designed for Joy Cho of Oh Joy!.

Images via Emily’s portfolio

Based on the “style diagnostic,” Emily found that Joy’s style was “Artsy Nouveau,” while her husband’s was “Single Malt Minimalism.” Basically, Joy liked really girly, gilded things, and her husband was more into a masculine, Mad Men-esque look. To create a blend of their tastes, Emily deemed them “Single Malt Nouveau.”

Another favorite was “Untamed Modern Funk,” which mixed clean, modern lines with eclectic tribal pieces and funky ’70s stuff. It was insane.

What I’ve learned from watching the show that is that not only is it possible to mix two totally different styles, it actually makes for a more exciting, interesting room. Which is fantastic, because The Hubs and I definitely diverge when it comes to home decor. Since we’ll probably never get featured on Emily’s show, I attempted to do my own diagnostic to determine what our style-child would be.

I don’t think I need to say too much about my style. If you’ve been reading this blog, you know I’m into shiny surfaces, graphic patterns, gold accents and bright colors. The only thing you might not know is that comfort is a high priority for me, and I like to keep things informal. When my friends come over, I want them to feel like they’re in their second home – not in a museum. I prefer big statement pieces to kitschy knick-knacks. I think my style is something along the lines of “Easy Graphic Glam.”

Image via Marcus Design

Brad shares my love of color and comfort, but that’s where the similarities end. His style is more like what you see in a Pottery Barn catalog. He appreciates antiques and furniture with character, and can even skew Tuscan (minus the vineyard murals). His dream home item? A super-chunky, worn-in farmhouse table. But at the same time, he can appreciate the symmetry and grace of a Parsons table. Brad’s style is a kind of “Modern Colorful Country.”

Image via House*Tweaking

Put those together, and what do you get? My guess is “Modern Rustic Glam.” Something like this:

Lilly Pulitzer

For us, it’s all about incorporating warm wood tones with cool white lacquer; sturdy, simple silhouettes with gold or mirrored accent pieces; and a few bright, bold statements that keep things fresh – bonus points if they’re from another country or era.

If you had to pick a name for your own personal style, what would it be? What about if you had to combine it with your partner’s or roommate’s?

  • Grace

    That was one of your most interesting and informative blogs yet. It will inspire new couples [maybe even old ones if they haven’t already killed each other] to blend their styles and find ways to incorporate each other’s tastes into their homes. With the economy the way it is, being comfortable in one’s own surroundings is more important than ever.
    Keep the fun reading coming!!

  • My style would be minamalist citrus modern and Zeb’s would be bar room clutter chic. I do the design he keeps his crap downstairs. :0)

    • Hahaha, “bar room clutter chic.” I love it. I wonder if Brad will let me banish his stuff downstairs if we ever HAVE a downstairs!

  • Love this, Steph! Not quite sure what Jack and I would be — we both love bright colors but I also love glitter and he … well, he’s a boy. I’m definitely going to try and figure it out though cause our apartment decorating has come to a screeching halt.

    • “Boy” is definitely a popular style. I was so happy to leave Brad’s “St. Pauli Girl” signs up in Boston … stay strong!

  • Such a great post! The photos you used to demonstrate your individual decorating styles and your couple style are so perfect! And to answer your question, mine and Brandon’s decorating styles are actually pretty similar. I guess I’d call our style Eclectic European. We both love European antiques and art, but he is more traditional, while I can’t help adding quirky, feminine touches! 🙂

    • Wow, you guys are so lucky to have similar taste! And it’s working — your house looks amazing. 🙂

  • … I also love, her style. Everything turns out so unique. When I look at a lot of design I think “I could do that…” hers… no way. She’s her own ball park.

    • Oh, she’s amazing. She has a brain that works in a different way than the rest of us, I think.

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