How To Up Your Styling Game (Using Mostly What You Have)

How To Up Your Styling Game (Using Mostly What You Have)

Adrienne Breaux
Aug 18, 2018
(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)

It was clear from Candace and Jason's first house tour with us that Candace knows a thing or two about creating elegant, classic spaces with just a hint of glam. Now married and with a baby on the way, Candace and Jason let us into their slightly-bigger new home located only a few miles away. Not only is their new space similarly lovely, it's also an impressive example of using the same ol' furniture pieces in slightly different ways to create a refreshed look. Their new home is a solid reminder that even just small updates to accessories (or tiny tweaks to the way you arrange your furniture) can have a robust impact on your home.

As pointed out in the new tour, Candice didn't just carry over her previous furniture arrangements into the new apartment exactly as they were. Though many of these same furniture pieces did end up in the same rooms, she learned from her last home and adapted her existing pieces to the strengths and weaknesses of this new space. There's a lot to learn from comparing both homes' designs:

In the new apartment, the same coffee table, leather chair and bar cart join a new sectional (in the same ivory hue) and a fresh rug (in the same color and pattern range as before). But in this living room, it's how Candace worked with her space to create a more balanced and bright room. Instead of placing the dark leather chair in front of the window, she chose two white ottomans that blend in and add extra seating. Placing the leather chair on the opposite side creates a more balanced arrangement.

Gone are the two black lampshades and the heavy brass lamps; in the new living room, two small, industrial-style sconces flank the sofa. Speaking of sofa, choosing a light-colored print in a thin frame to hang over the sectional (rather than a heavier, more ornate mirror like in her last apartment) helps the space feel lighter overall. And I love that the coffee table is styled perfectly in each room!

The dining area in Candace and Jason's previous tour is one of my favorite rooms. Simple and cozy, it oozes elegance. I would have been heartbroken to have to move from a perfectly sized dining nook like in their old apartment but Candace was able to recreate another cute dining nook in the new place. The same chairs and table are here, but Candace placed them on top of a tan cowhide rug this time. The rug's color is sandwiched nicely between the dark wood floors and the black table, and the shape is more complementary than the rectangular jute rug in the old space. I love how Candace mimicked the circular shape of the table by hanging an over-sized round mirror on the wall, also maximizing the light in this new nook.

In both apartments, Candace wisely hid unsightly elements with the same mid-century style bar cart. In the old home, it was the floor vent, and in the new home, a couple of outlets. But while an arrangement of darkly framed art accompanied the bar cart before, complementary wood shelves in the new apartment give the bar cart here a little extra visual oomph. I love that Candace added a natural woven texture to each of the bar cart vignettes, as well; it's unexpected but softens all the wooden elements.

I think the bedroom is the best example of how a few tweaks can really "up" the styling of a room. In both the old bedroom and the new bedroom, the same bed (with a neutral headboard and bedding), the same pink chair, and the same vintage nightstand are arranged in roughly the same way.

But the few changes that were made create a slightly more sophisticated, layered space. For instance, adding in a small stool to act as another nightstand visually balanced the room. Incorporating a bohemian-style accent pillow in the same color family as the rest of the bedding is a way to add texture without distracting. Flanking the headboard with tall plants does a better job of connecting the bed's height with the rest of the space. I even love the update to the dark curtain rod: just a bit more modern. Gone is a dark-framed photo (it actually was moved to the bathroom in the new apartment!), replaced instead with two elegantly framed photographs hung in an interesting asymmetrical way.

→ See all of Candice and Jason's new home!

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