Combining Styles: Lilly & Matt

Shopping Guide for a Happy Couple

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Lilly and Matt are both chef instructors, so you can imagine that their Brookline apartment is full of tools of the trade. Though they've been living (and traveling the country) together for 2.5 years, their bedroom lacks the fun and quirkiness of both of their personalities. Here's what we envision for their bedroom:

Lilly's style: "I like clean, warm, comfy, colourful, punny. I'm a fan of clean lines, but also love worn, 'pre-loved' items, so industrial chic or elegant farmhouse are favourites of mine... I generally gravitate towards rich colors and warm, comfy things. Anything with a nod to my passion for culinary, travel, and generally terrible sense of humour is always good. I don't believe in tchotchkes, so anything to minimize clutter is great."

Lilly's favorite things include her passport, custom Muppet, and favorite chef's knife.

Matt's style: "[I'm] especially fond of blacks and grays. I like high contrast... modern & contemporary, tasteful & sleek, utilitarian, worldly, whimsical. I like smart dorky; think living room set of Big Bang Theory. I would normally yield design to electronics. I typically dislike country, traditional Americano, some of the romantic, anything wicker, and I am not normally a fan of brown. Storage is always a consideration."

Matt's favorite things include his copy of Modernist Cuisine, a model of his Jeep, a chessboard made by his dad, and a bust of Shakespeare they worked on together.

Combining styles:

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For this welcoming bedroom, paint the walls a medium gray (one of Matt's favorite colors) like Benjamin Moore Gray Timber Wolf, and pair with a diamond-print shag rug for cozy toes. Their collection of vintage maps will pop against the warm neutral.

Since they both love traveling, it's a prominent theme in this space. Scenic shams and a Google-ish pillow add some quirk to geometric bedding and a bold Instagram-like upholstered chair. A world cork board adds a place to pin memos, postcards, and souvenirs.

Storage being key, even the headboard has nooks for extra books. Lilly's "nightstand" could be a stack of vintage suitcases, which have tons of character and could stash off-season clothes. Matt's is more industrial and functional, made of iron on casters, where he can display his Jeep, and perhaps some molecular models (of the Maillard Reaction, maybe?). The atom pendant adds some geek chic and shines a little light.

A green bench and a soft throw add storage and color. And for a few more foodie touches, a dumpling pillow and gilded pig bookends complete this personality-packed space.

Thanks, Lilly & Matt!

(Lead image: Lilly & Matt; 2nd image: as credited above)

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