In ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ Ainsley’s Home Is a Bold Breath of Fresh Air

published Aug 16, 2019
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Mindy Kaling has blessed us with a dreamy rom-com miniseries for Hulu. Based on the 1994 film, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” follows four American friends in London as they navigate the high highs (dramatic declarations of love in the pouring rain) and low lows (being left at the altar) of romance.

Like any good romantic comedy, this show is a feast for the eyes as well as the soul (if you have the soul of a hopeless romantic). Ainsley Howard, as the resident interior designer of the group, has one of the coolest homes I’ve seen on TV in a long time. 

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Ainsley’s home is bright, bold and modern. To get the look, start with a statement-making paint color. Ainsley’s walls are a deep blue, which contrasts beautifully against her orange velvet sofas and orange buffet lamps. Speaking of her orange sofas (insert the heart eyes emoji), they are modern in shape, but give a nod to an old world feeling with their burnt orange velvet fabric.  The key is the juxtaposition. 

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While the overtones of the spaces are definitively modern, there is a wonderful mix of antiques throughout that bring in a sense of soul and whimsy. One of my favorite pieces is the brass flower lamp in the living room. As if a garden is growing up the wall, it’s the perfect complement to the sharp lines of the sofas and chairs in the room. 

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The last piece to the puzzle is including iconic pieces of furniture, like the Saarinen marble dining table and tulip chairs in the kitchen. By bringing in classic items like these ones gives longevity to the space. You can change the wall color 10 times but that table and chairs will still be in style. If the real items aren’t in your budget, many companies make similar versions “inspired by” the classics. IKEA’s Docksta table is still one of my all time favorite budget friendly buys.

If there’s one key takeaway from Ainsley’s style, it’s go big or go home. 

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