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Achieving the ‘California Casual’ Style: Accessories

Photo by Tessa Neustadt

Welcome to our last installment about the ever-trendy ‘California Casual’ look. I know that some of you will be sad, but wipe those tears with your washed linen and frayed napkins and move on because we have many more styles to do (like what?). I think at this point you get the style – it’s a lot of neutral colors, tones and textures, simple shapes but in refined finishes, organic objects that look ‘found’ and thrown together. And anything that looks like it must have been handmade – the wonkier the better.

Photo by Tessa Neustadt

We’ve rounded up furniture, lighting, art and textiles and now it’s time to get into the details and show you some accessories.

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While there is some ‘collecting’ happening it tends to be on the more “minimal” side of things.

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SHHH. Everything is very, very quiet.

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Pots are a big thing here and vessels of any kind are invited to stay (well, except for glass vessels or anything garish with too much metallics). It’s funny, about 15 years ago California coined and promoted Hollywood Regency revival and this feels completely the opposite. It’s like we had our share of decorative shiny and metallic finishes and shapes and are now leaning the opposite direction. It’s THIS close to Shabby chic and yes, we are into it (sans the faux-aging).

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As far as styling these accessories go – you literally hold them all in your arms, close your eyes and then throw them up in the air. Wherever they land, they live! It’s super effortless and thrown together! Jk. You can layer them in front of each other with contrasting shapes, textures and very subtle patterns or line them up and take a the more minimalist approach.

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Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Surf Shack

The only part of this style that I’m not that into is the incense/crystal thing. I mean, I’ve bought them for shoots and I think they are pretty but it’s true that I don’t really get their powers (although I know people SWEAR by them).

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We could have rounded up like 120 more of these, but we narrowed it down for you. Remember in CC land you can find a big rock, wrap some raffia tightly around it and set it on your coffee table – while many of the accessories can certainly be expensive, they don’t have to be. You could take dried leaves and create a mobile or put a collection of twigs underneath a cloche and tell your friends you got it at Nickey Kehoe 🙂

1. Firefly Rocks | 2. Albert Candle Holder | 3. Small Carved Bowl | 4. Basket Top Stone Bowl | 5. Peterman Ebonized Bowls | 6. Wood Bead Taper Holder | 7. Beechwood Plant Pedestals | 8. Small Glass Vase | 9. Oversized Wood Link Chain | 10. Woven Pumpkin Basket | 11. Trifoot Ceramic Bowl | 12. Black Rings Dish | 13. Ceramic Centerpiece Bowl | 14. Dried Cholla Cactus Segment | 15. Carved Hand | 16. Zura Floor Basket | 17. Modernica Case Study Hex with Walnut Stand | 18. Ceramic Bowl | 19. Judy Jackson Vase Set | 20. Petrified Wood Pyramid | 21. Round Wooden Cutting Board | 22. Lunar Ivory Vase | 23. Wire Gem Art | 24. Leather and Brass Bowl | 25. Yes Ceramic Small Pot | 26. Topanga Bamboo Hurricane | 27. Handmade Door Stop | 28. Wooden Large Bowl | 29. Small Speckled Gray Planter | 30. Soapstone Pillar Candleholder Set | 31. Wooden Spoon | 32. Kunya Tray | 33. Fladis Basket

Don’t forget to check out the other roundup in this series – california on a budgetfurniturelighting, art and textiles.

So what style is next? We’d love it to be something on the horizon, and not too general (not like Bo-ho) because I think that those already exist and any site could do them. Honestly so many of the pieces that we have put in our round-up (especially the furniture) could work in so many trendy or classic styles right now, but it’s fun to create a new character.

I’m thinking ‘Pacific Northwest Urbanite Who Misses The Mountains’ OR how about ‘Formerly Wealthy Daughter of a Parisian Aristocrat who Loves Nice Things But Has No Money Because She Married A Not-Yet-Successful Artist’.


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140 thoughts on “Achieving the ‘California Casual’ Style: Accessories

  1. I love both of the ideas for future style round ups. Pleas please do more of these they are so helpful!

  2. This is such an amazing style design. It’s a little Scandinavian, a little MCM, a little hipster, and a whole lot of sunny California! This style is very big in Nashville at the moment, sans the dated barnwood and giant letters that say “Nashville.” I am a huge fan of this. Thank you for this series: I’m sad to see it go!

    1. Me too! I have really enjoyed each of these features and have bought several things, so thank you!

  3. This style is SO NUANCED!!! You’re right it is THIS close to Shabby Chic. I’m constantly terrified I’m creating Shabby Chic and have to tweak things just a bit and it goes back to CC.

    I’d love to see a post on custom light fixtures.

  4. Oh yes to the latter style! Cliche to love all things Parisian, I know, but I do. Not sure I have the budget to find my true style but it’s really fun to look and dream.

    1. We are doing a project right now that is highly inspired by a 1930’s Parisian hotel so its definitely on our brain … and its SO PRETTY.

      1. I’ve based my bedroom on a French Parisian / Scandinavian / Boho style largely based on the Farrow & Ball colour Peignoir. Highly recommended if seeking a Parisian boudoir look. Imagine elegant ladies brushing their hair with silver backed brushes whilst wearing glamorous, pink, silk nightgowns. The Scandinavian /Boho elements comes from IKEA!

        Here’s a link to my review on F&B’s website with a few photos (“Beautiful ethereal pink”)

      1. Yes!! Do this. My goodness, this is MY kind of hotel. Another place to add to my bucket list.

      2. OMG Emily that hotel you linked is EXACTLY my aesthetic but I have no idea how to achieve it! Please do that next!!

      3. That hotel is absolutely stunning Emily. Beautifully done, fresh, while still unique. I’m starting to feel that the casual California MCM style is being exhausted via Instagram. Don’t get me wrong…I still LOVE it, because it is so effortlessly chic and cool, but I feel that it’s ALL I see now everywhere and I’m starting to crave some uniqueness. Which is why I completely commend Emily for diving into a different styles recently and trying to break the current mold! I would LOVE to see this style more Em!

      4. Yessss!! I love Cali and casual but CC is so boring and makes me slightly queasy (you do it perfectly, though, like all the styles). 🙂 The 30’s hotel…yes! Whether it’s Parisian or American or what have you, yes!

      5. Loving the idea of a high end and budget version regardless of which style you pick (some splurge pieces and some ‘I think I’m gonna like it but want to dabble with the cheapie version”). Also Seeing how you’d incorporate personal / centimental things where it’s not necessarily aligned with the style would be helpful too.

  5. This series was so great! Keep ’em coming! I’ve always wondered how to define the NYC style. You know, the other side of the country! I know its pretty industrial but I think it would be fun to really delve into the details of that.

    1. Yah, we can put it on the list. Maybe its taking the loft/LES version? although that would be wildly different than an UES or UWS … or Harlem….. anything specific?

  6. What about like East Coast preppy done right (that is, a la Emily)? You know: piped bedding, fun wall papers, bright contrasting pillows, nautical notes. After all those neutrals I’m ready for some fun color!

    1. OOh that is a good idea. For some reason this more ‘regional’ approach works and feels more unique than just a style. We’ll put it on the list!

      1. Not sure if this is similar but I would love to know how to do ‘coastal’ right. If I tell people that’s my style I get a bunch of sea themed home decor gifts which are cute but WAY too literal, right?

    2. Yes! I was hoping for a “Hamptons Style” breakdown. I love that laid back, luxury, nautical vibe, but when I’ve tried implementing in my own home it either goes way too nautical or way too shabby chic. Not good!

  7. Those made me laugh. As a Pacific Northwest Urbanite Who Misses the Mountains, I vote for that one please!! But then, you could do Siberian Minimalist With a Lava Lamp Collection and I would probably want what you put together. Love your posts!

    1. HA. I’m also a PNWUWMTM so I kinda think we’ll start with that one …I just need to figure out what exactly that one is. … 🙂 It’s like Pendleton blankets + less refined woods + midcentury accents + a lot of coffee mugs … 🙂

      1. gahhhh yes PLEASE to that style!! I am a close cousin – specifically, a Northwoods Midwest Urbanite Who Misses the Forest – so this feels very translatable! Swap the Pendleton blankets for a Faribault Woolen Mill throw or three (my heart) and call it a day 🙂

  8. Some of these styled pictures are SO gorgeous. I just love the simplicity of it all, and it does feel peaceful.. I, however, am still not getting the “big wooden bead necklace” on the table (draped on a chair) look. Ha.

  9. How about ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Queen Wins a Scratch Off & Has More Money Than Usual To Spend On Eclectic Lifestyle’ or ‘Antique Dealer With Penchant For All Things Bold & Conversational Takes A Stab At Minimalism’….would love to see more colorful, patterned, interesting decor paired with a minimalist approach.

    1. Yes yes yes to the 2nd one. I am a color+pattern+art+antiques with character lover and my boyfriend is a minimalist architect. We don’t share a home yet but I wonder ALL THE TIME about how we will be able to combine our 2 aesthetics once we do. Gallery wall and colored pillows meets concrete floors? Help haha

  10. You are so funny. I love how much thought goes into the substance of your posts and then how irreverently they are written. I honestly feel like I’m gabbing with a hilarious girlfriend. Thank you!!!

  11. Since we just move to Seattle and painted the living room in our 1906 house a deep mossy green… I vote for Pacific Northwest Urbanite who Misses the Mountains! In all seriousness though, this series has been one of your most helpful to me. California Casual isn’t my personal favorite style, but in seeing you trace its thread through furniture, art, lighting, and accessories, I’ve learned a lot about style cohesion and making sure different aspects of decor are sending the same message. Definitely gives me a lot to think about in our new place!

  12. it looks like there’s a new modern coming to town, that is almost a touch 80’s (which I was shocked to get myself in your quiz) if I am not describing this well, think west elm’s 2017 lines, consort design’s style?

    Anything you pick will be fabulous, this has been beyond helpful and inspiring!

  13. HA! I vote for ‘Formerly Wealthy Daughter of a Parisian Aristocrat who Loves Nice Things But Has No Money Because She Married A Not-Yet-Successful Artist’. For real =)

  14. How about something like East Coast (or even Parisian?) sophisticated? Something completely in contrast to this style with color and history?

  15. Please do New England Farmhouse! You know, not the Texas farmhouse but sorta old world, saltbox with hydrangeas outside and looks like there may be an ocean nearby.

  16. On a very personal level, I wish you wouldn’t do the Parisien… I’m a French mother of two who just moved from France to the SF bay area, and, except for a few friends I love and who consider me a real person, I’m constantly fighting this idea that “French/Parisian is fantastic”, and it’s driving me crazy. Also, French style seeing by Americans (and other nationals) is nothing I recognize, exactly like I know no real “typical American” the way we may (wrongly) picture them in Europe…
    Yes, things are different from one country to another, and yes, apparently, I was the only mother sending her kids with a lunchbox complete with ustensils and a cloth napkins (I discovered this 4 months in…), and yes, my kids may have better table manners, but when have table manners ever saved the world ? Who ever said: “Hitler ? Bad guys, but there’s something good to say for his table manners !”. Also, yes, I do have a very reduced quality wardrobe… because I got interested in the American concept of capsule wardrobes and tweaked it my way when we moved with two tiny trunks ! Decorating ? What kind of blog am I reading RIGHT NOW ? You get my point.
    I fled Paris to a smaller city after five years of crazyness there, yet I will cry a river when my visa will expire and I will have to leave California… So, I’m not looking forward to “cliché Parisian for the French 1%”.

    … and, just to be completely inconsistent, I loved the Casual California. Love the texture, love the simplicity, love the colors. None of my friends has a house like that though, so I know it is a style and not reality.

    How about “Antiques: how to mix them and not have your house turn into Granny’s” ? Or “Nerdy ?” (on how to incorporate our passions with taste in our decors ?)

    1. I like the idea about how to use antiques (especially family pieces that you didn’t have any part in choosing) without going too granny.

    2. I love your ‘antiques and how to not granny idea’. RE the Parisian thing – in style we talk a lot through stereotypes so when Americans think of Parisian we know its not the average Parisian we are trying to emulate. Semantics reduce nuance, but its also OK to celebrate what a particular culture does really well, even if it isn’t the masses. The French (not necessarily you) have a specific approach to design, and one that is different than Americans. So celebrating that is not appropriating a culture, but actually celebrating it. That city is far older than most of ours and that culture is richer because of its age. It’s not better, but its special and design-wise its unique. We’ll convince you, I promise :

      1. Knowing your blog and my undying love for most of it, you just might convince me !

        … and now I’m actually looking for the blog post.

  17. Liked the CC furniture and lighting posts. Wasn’t feeling this or the art one because they don’t fit my personal style (I like mostly neutral basics but then add punches of pep / color). I thought I’d be into these follow-up posts since I like the cc furniture so much (I guess that goes to show how versatile the furniture is). Can’t wait to see what you guys cover next!

  18. This style is nice and your post made me buy the surf shack book. I also have to add that I have your last book Emily . I need more color , your post on this style have been great I look forward to see what style you explore next.

  19. Such a fab series, just love it. PLEASE indeed do “old money meets no money”……French, Brit, any version of continental ok by me. Also a style many attempt, but few master. Keep up the good work over there…. Love reading you all the way down here in South Africa!

  20. OK, I get it was a joke but . . . I kind of want to wrap a rock in raffia now 😛

    1. ooh, and for the next series anything that channels your inner grandma would be great!

      1. Oh! Nathalie! I’m with you! It would be fun to explore all of the different styles “your inner grandma” would encompass! I’m currently channeling about six different grandmas in my home. The hubs and I have pieces handed down through both families and precious little in our home that’s new-ish. The oldest piece dates back to the late 1800s (an iron bedstead) to the ‘newest’ old piece from the late 1960s (secretary’s chair). It’s kind of funny to note that, as we are progressing with our decluttering in hopes of achieving a cleaner look, it seems that 90% of what we’re kicking to the curb is the new-ish stuff. It’s just not as well made as the old stuff.

        1. Oh ladies. I can do ‘inner grandma’ with my blind eyes closed. I HAVE AN OUTER GRANDMA LIVING ON MY SKIN EVERY DAY. YAY. lets do this (said no grandma ever). xx

  21. Is there a thing called ‘organic modern industrial that is also safe and comfortable for crazy toddlers’? I’m picturing lots of white, green and metal for this, but then the metal edges scare me when one of my kids takes a gash on their cheek. Or is there a thing called ‘newer mid-century modern for the people that still really like this genre but realize it got a bit over saturated and are hoping their house doesn’t look soooo 2014’? I still love my walnut furniture and lots of pastels and whites and brass, but else should I be adding to my rooms for a facelift?

  22. Yes, please! Do the latter. The starving artist with expensive taste!
    This post is solid gold. I love every photo and object. Go, team.

  23. LOVE these posts! Was wondering if you can do a barstools one for the kitchen? Or maybe dining chairs in general! I am having the hardest time finding the right barstools {preferably ones with backs}. Thanks!!!

  24. No matter how much I try, I just can’t make this style speak to me. I love the serenity of it but I think in the long term I’d end up craving more color. Could you do a series like this using a style that includes more color?? Lots of color! Like the “eclectic style.” Where it looks like people just took a bunch of stuff and threw it in a room in a super cool way. Except you know it took way more thought and is actually really difficult to do right.

    But this kind of style would be fun if I was choosing an AirBnB and I wanted to really relax. I do admit it’s very serene.

    1. Search Maximalism on Pinterest. I “discovered” it a couple weeks ago and it is exactly what I want. I would have suggested it as a style for Emily to cover, but I think the secret to doing it well, is doing it over time. I’m finding that the pieces of furniture or art that I purchased because I LOVE them continually fit where I need them to and with things that I wouldn’t expect and it’s the stuff I bought to “fill a need in the moment” that end up on craigslist a couple years later.

      Maybe the secret to Maximalism is embracing Minimalism while you wait for the perfect pieces:)

      1. thats a good point. Maximalism isn’t something you should accomplish over a weekend. At the same time we could give tips on how to do it and what to look for so you don’t look crazy, etc. if enough people request maximalism you know i’ll jump (fully clothed) into that. xx

        1. Thanks! Maximalism definitely has my vote, but I find tips in all these style posts even when they aren’t “my” style. I bought one of the mirrors from the Cali Casual post for my hopefully someday maximalist bedroom:) The post on mixing patterns was also very helpful.

  25. Loved this series! Please do Adult That Loves All Things Cute And Blush Pink And Wants To Shop From The Kids Aisle But Nothing Is The Right Size next??

        1. I am also in my 40’s but still love rainbows as decoration!! I think I will always like a little 80’s and bling amongst the rest.

  26. I stopped scrolling on #17 in the round up. Officially this is a planter, but I want it in a slightly larger size as a hamper!

    Now I’m going to be obsessed with an idea that doesn’t exist IRL. Sort of like these checkmark bookshelves (I’ve seriously considered trying to find a wood worker to make them for me). They exist, but are unavailable for sale.

  27. Maybe something with color after all those browns and whites? I have a blue Marimekko unikko comforter in my guest bedroom. I can’t for the life of me figure out what to put with it. Does all the art need to look like it was made by Marimekko? Can I use dark wood or just light? Should everything be modern or can I used antiques? Can I put other colors or have I used up my color quota with that big blue flower comforter so everything else needs to be white? I’m going cross-eyed just thinking about it!

  28. hahaha, love the suggestion of ‘Formerly Wealthy Daughter of a Parisian Aristocrat who Loves Nice Things …’ which is where this California Casual girl is going. I really liked that Shabby Chic look, but that was before it was butchered with people flinging bicycle chains at perfectly lovely pieces they got from their grandparent’s, then slathering them with white paint and calling it “finished.” I also gravitated to boho, having grown up in that era (what, didn’t everyone do macrame during summer vacation, and who can forget “God’s eye” hangings with popsicle sticks?), but it tends to look contrived to me, maybe because every single element is crammed into one room. Restraint, please! I would love to see old world revived with modern textures, what I call the “Faded Contessa in her Tumble-down Palazzo” without going too Grey Gardens.

    1. I really liked the Shabby Chic look albeit the simpler more honest version. The Shabby Chic look as per Rachel Ashwell was a whitewashed, clean lined home with a softened, feminine influence. Vintage items and linens were used in a limited palette. I found her interiors to be restful, calm and relaxing without being boring even though not all of them were to my taste. I disliked the majority of the takeoffs on her style as they generally seemed to be too cluttered, too busy, too over the top and looked like they were trying too hard to be Shabby Chic.

  29. You could do a Midwest Is Best/Children of the Corn style for all the Ohio via Indiana girls like me. Amish hexes, quilts, and everything you can fit in your minivan from your yearly excursion to the IKEA three hours away.

  30. Ok, so I have no idea what this “style” is called, but the bold art-deco colored tiles and circular pendants and brass accents and velvet seating…look is something I’m super into. The first picture on Hotel Penache’s website is like that, and this restaurant called Oretta in Toronto has nailed the look. Any chance you’d be willing to do something like this?? I instantly pin anything that has this type of vibe, ha!

  31. Yes to Pacific Northwest Urbanite who misses the Mountains! I’d love to see how to incorporate a sophisticated mountain vie without going to log-cabin or too generic (no more layers of brown!).

  32. I loved this series, I didn’t realize I should leave out the glass in trying to achieve this look. I’ll try doing that and see if I can pull it off better than I have been. Thanks! Also, I vote for doing the Pacific northwest urbanite roundup.

    1. Ha. you don’t have to. I like being bossy when it comes to pretentious styles but you do whatever the heck you want to because it doesn’t matter 🙂

  33. Love these – and would love to see something like “Pacific Northwest Americana!”

  34. Wealthy daughter of Parisian Aristocrat with no money – PLEASE!!!! pretty please?

    1. PS. When do you these styles could you give a kid-friendly option? And I don’t mean a kid’s room, I mean, here’s my grown up gorgeous Parisian style house that kids won’t destroy within minutes of entering the room. Maybe accessories that look fancy/expensive but kids won’t break just by looking at it, ya know?

  35. Yes! Daughter of a Parisian Aristocrat! That perfectly describes how I want my style to read the moment you open my front door. I would love some tips on how to make that happen – other than lots of beautiful books, I have that part down on my own.

  36. PNW-er here hoping to purchase a craftsman home (soon). Any help with how to work with dark wood paneling, built-ins, leaded glass, tiny kitchens, and constant rain would be a huge plus for me! It’s just on the line of traditional and so easy to skew granny – how to keep it clean and fresh? Thanks!

    1. Alyssa: I highly recommend Deuce Cities Hen House blog for you! “Scoops” has an old house in Minnesota filled with modern furnishings and it looks awesome. Would translate well to PNW, I think!
      PS – This is not my blog, I just like her style and writing 🙂

  37. You are an amazingly talented designer and an inspiration to so many. You have inspired me to refresh my home, which brought newness to our lives. Don’t ever let anyone get you down. Don’t ever let haters, and people filled with envy and jealousy steal your joy or hinder you. You are valued by many. Hold your head up high and keep creating and keep inspiring!

  38. Hi,
    I think that you didn’t present all the styles that your style quizz had. I was “modern zen” or something similar and would love to read about it.

  39. Love these! I’m really into this type of post – the combo round up and info about a particular style. If you’re looking for one to do next I’d love to see that contemporary style – like the style you showed in the dwell post!!

  40. I vote you do “broke 20s chic” where every sofa is under $500, and the accessories are diy projects or target clearance. ?
    Let’s not forget the hand-me-down starter furniture and the inability to paint the walls.

  41. OMG both of those ideas sound amzing! This series of roundups has beeen THE BEST, no yperbole. It’s not even my style, but I just love to see how everything comes together. That Pacific Northwest–vibe sounds awesome. I always love the aesthetic of Schoolhouse Electric catalogs, the way they style things is a little bit midcentury, a little National Parks-y (is that a thing?). Anyway, crazy about this blog. Never change!

  42. This post is hilarious!!!! “twigs in a cloche and tell friends it’s from Nicky Kehoe” – Yes, Emily – YOU ARE BACK. Thank you.

  43. I love the “formerly wealthy daughter….” idea but it could also be helpful and unique to do it by country. In my own space I’m always interested in Italian and Japanese design. Then you get the historical bent too and it keeps it trend-less. Or you could go broader and do “Euro-inspired” which is always a trend, right!

  44. I loved this “California Casual’ series…so so so so much! My favorite part of your blog is that you and your team take so much time to round up all these products (both high and low end) so we don’t feel so overwhelmed shopping the internet. I would LOVVVVE to see more power couple posts! Like maybe a new bed and nightstand round-up…yeaaasss paleasse!

    1. Will do! We put all these requests on a big list and go over them every week so thank you and we’ll get at it 🙂

  45. Is that “like what?” a request for us to submit potential styles to detail? 🙂 If so, I have a couple to throw into the hat, but I think you will define and name them better than I ever could! The first is what I’d call “hipster goth taxidermy shop” style—you know, dead animals, weird antiques, dark painted walls and/or exposed brick, faux roccoco frames on stuff, Edison bulbs galore? Is this as universal a look as I think it is? And I guess the next would be whatever a modern interpretation of art deco is—I LOVE vintage deco touches, but I’m working them into a modern space so anything you talk about that tackles that (and how to not go overboard with the kind of glam/metallic/geometric/whatever that art deco can overload on) would be amazing.

    I have to say with this whole California style series I have been so tickled and impressed; it’s not a style I’m super drawn to (even though every single reference image and mood board is stunning) and I wasn’t even consciously that aware of it taking over even though now that you point it out so coherently I totally see it. I think of myself as someone who is pretty good at spotting trends especially the more I read design blogs like this one, but this one kind of snuck up on me. Neat to see it broken down so clearly!

      1. I love old botanical prints and i can still do hipster goth for sure. We’ll put it on the list and thanks so much for your thoughtful comment 🙂

  46. I’d LOVE to see a round up of your current house style. Modern-Traditional English Farmhouse? Is that even it?!!! I have no idea but really want to learn more!

    These round ups are great to really wrap your head around a style. So informative!

  47. How about city girl living in the country who loves everything about it except ‘country’ decor.

  48. I love posts on this style! Please post more, I can’t get enough! I think this is such a hard look to really capture and you’ve done a good job of breaking it down for the layperson. I would love more sources for products that achieve this look (specifically, coffee and side tables).

  49. How about the Grand Budapest Hotel meets the Adams Family? Colorfully​ Dark and moody. I know it’s a bit much. My poor husband…

  50. Forgive me if it’s linked somewhere but could you please share the source of the first photo’s console table/shelf? Also, your backyard is a dream! All you do is lovely. Thank you!

  51. How about Summer Cottage/Camp Lake House (that’s not beach and blue) That’s where I’m at in life. I’m thinking Olive Green, White, Black and Darker Woods. Ready… GO!

    1. I think this is sort of the Chris Loves Julia, Brepurposed style I’m trying to describe in my comment below!

  52. Northwest, Eastcoast Preppy, Hamptons, Paris, NYC, London, Beachy, Not Literal! What fun! I’m ready to see them all.

  53. Haha. I think my personal style is “Pacific Northwest Urbanite Who Misses The Mountains” mixed with “Formerly Wealthy Daughter of a Parisian Aristocrat who Loves Nice Things But Has No Money Because She Married A Not-Yet-Successful Artist”. 😉 I hope you will indeed do more mega roundups soon!

  54. How about heading to the east coast? Is East Coast Casual a thing? I’d like to see it!

  55. Ooo! Would love to see how a broke aristocrat would design a space! I think I would really love her style!

  56. So, I have a serious and non-zany suggestion– could you analyze the style that I see in blogs like Chris Loves Julia, Brepurposed, and maybe to some extent big operations like Studio Magee and Fixer Upper? It’s sort of a very polished rustic, with traditional notes but modern, clean lines, masculine colors (but much more colorful than California Casual), some old / ornate accents like persian rugs, edited but not minimalist. It’s what I keep being drawn to on instagram and in blogs and what I’d love to pull off in my house, and it seems like it must be a trend given that I keep seeing more and more of it. I’d love to read your take on it!

    I would also love to read a post about how to pull of gorgeous looks in small rooms with low ceilings 🙂

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  58. Kudos to you on your new comment policy!

    I loved your find your style series a while back. I would love to see several posts on how to achieve the Luxe Glam look, similar to how you have done the California casual. Everyone likes a bit of Sparkle after all!

  59. Loved this post, and enjoyed seeing budget friendly options. You could also do a similar post with high/lows, and highlight some fantastic artists who make these kinds of objects, a la Ariele Alasko, and round up some of the ceramicists you’ve done a good job at highlighting before. Thanks!

  60. I like your suggestions for future posts. What about, “I inherited furniture that has lion heads and then some with craftsman style and then a few Frank Loyd Wright looking pieces with a very Scandinavian looking, open floor plan, simple wide-plank pine floors, concrete counters, open kitchen shelves (100+ year old wood) with white and grey cabinets, slate blue/grey doors, mostly chalky white walls. with neutral colored furniture and frames of every style housing the kids artwork that only a mother could love (but some of it really is great) and other pieces mostly religious art with very old-world style…think Sistine Chapel (Disputation of the Eucharist) – I have it. 🙂 And don’t cop out with “Eccletic” I started with the “modern farm house” dream, but then melding that with our life is a wee bit tricky!

  61. I’d like a cool girl in her 30’s townhome/apartment style. Something similar to the town home in the Intern or Jenna Lyons original brownstone. Lots of books, lots of neutral artwork and a mix of modern and traditional furniture

  62. I want colorful world traveler collected over time on a budget with two kids in elementary school and a Labrador retriever. What that doesn’t exist!! Please tell me it does.

  63. Thank you so much! I think I may have finally found my style after 6 years because of this. I love all things, natural and beachy but the ‘cheesy’ coastal is not right for me. Thank you ?

  64. Would this style work for a boring 80s house that has a great ocean views? Also I have grey carpet and walls, do I need to paint the walls white and replace the carpet with real wood floors? I know this a big question but would love a response if possible. Everyone says keep the carpet even the interior designer I paid but I can’t imagine it working and would love a second opinion. Thank you for your amazing posts and book and blog!

  65. . You can layer them in front of each other with contrasting shapes, textures and very subtle patterns or line them up and take a the more minimalist approach.

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