If, like I do, you spend a lot of time looking at stylish homes on Pinterest, or on Instagram, they can all kind of start to look... the same. The ubiquitousness of trends is something we've even poked fun at, with our Millennial Apartment Bingo, but the question remains: how do you create a home that's stylish and unique? Erin Wasson's Malibu home checks both boxes — and while we can't all be supermodels living in beautiful mid-century homes with a view of the ocean, there are plenty of takeaways here for decorators in less dramatic spaces.
Don't be afraid of unusual pieces.
There's some weird stuff in this house — a lot of things that might make you do a double take and think: wait, what? If you looked closely at the photo above, your eye might've been caught by the blobby sofa (more on that later), but probably also by that crazy pink stool that looks like it's made from plastic noodles. This piece (from designer Kwangho Lee) doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the space, and it brilliantly takes the living room from elegant and stylish to totally unique.
Try going long and low.
I love the way Erin's furniture hugs the floor — it gives the room a laid-back feel and also helps this not-particularly-tall space to feel roomy and accommodating. In the space adjoining the living room, she eschews furniture entirely in favor of a pile of loungey cushions stacked on the floor. I wish I was brave enough to try this.
Keep things versatile.
I'm a big fan of leaning art—instead of hanging it—like Erin's done on her long low mantel (as well as on a bench in her bedroom, which you can see on Architectural Digest). Displaying art this way has a nice, relaxed feel, and it means you can change things up when you feel like it, so your home always feels fresh.
A dose of texture makes a neutral color scheme leap to life.
When decorating, many people give a lot of thought to color, but hardly any to another element that's equally important: texture. We tend to think of neutral color schemes as staid or a bit boring, but in this case, Erin's palette of neutrals is anything but, thanks to a delightful variety of textures: leather, jute, stone, the exposed brick of the wall. Adding in textures is a great way to make any color scheme—even a very conservative one—leap to life.
Let art take center stage.
I think people are a little bit intimidated by the idea of sculptures. Like, paintings, prints? Sure, everybody has those. But sculptures you see a lot less often, I think because people are worried that they'll take up too much space, or seem wacky or pretentious. Erin's home uses sculpture in a way that's really elegant and unobtrusive. There's a monkey head on a pedestal here, a white marble sculpture there, but it doesn't read like an Art House, in part thanks to the warm, neutral tones of the color scheme.
I love this as a way to shake up a look, to add a little bit of the unexpected. Try adding a bust to your mantel, or a garage sale find next to a floor lamp or on a long countertop. Sculpture is a special kind of art that you can view from all directions, and it's a great way to add depth and nuance and give your home a unique and completely unexpected look.
Want to see more of Erin's home? Check out the full tour at Architectural Digest.