13 It Girl–Approved Decorating Tricks
Always on point with their fashionable ensembles, these ladies live and breathe standout style—and their homes are no exception. Learn a few soon-to-be-favorite decorating tricks from the likes of fashion designer Lauren Conrad, Vogue regular Lauren Santo Domingo, model and DJ Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, and more.
Running out of space to hang your artwork? Follow model and DJ Harley Viera Newton’s lead and simply lean it against the wall. Be it on the floor or on a console table, the look has a laidback vibe that’s decidedly cool. Want to see more of Harleys home? Check out our home tour.
Twenty-three-year-old model and DJ Atlanta De Cadenet Taylor (daughter of photographer Amanda De Cadenet and Duran Duran bassist John Taylor) has decorated as all young decorators: with basics. The all-white neutral base of her apartment is totally versatile and will allow her to develop a collection of art and accessories over time without needing to redecorate.
Vanity Fair contributing editor Patricia Herrera (daughter of Carolina) got playful in her Upper East Side dining room with dining chairs upholstered in two fabrics instead of one. With their gingham rear panels, the chairs present a sophisticated element of surprise… we like to think of it as the mullet of chairs—in the chicest way possible, of course.
A basic striped carpet was instantly given fresh modern edge when installed on a diagonal in Vogue contributing editor and Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo’s majorly stylish New York apartment. An affordable and chic hack!
Hanging tapestries used to be something you’d only find in sprawling Renaissance manors, but English indie rock star Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine has revived the old trend for her small-space purposes. In her petite London home, the musician has used one to create major impact where there’s little room for show.
Every proper dressing room (or palatial It-girl closet) should have a mirror or two to make getting fashionable facile, but designer and former reality star Lauren Conrad has draped the walls of her walk-in closet with mirrors, effectively magnifying the space and making it appear larger than it already is. Smart lady, that one.
Apartment buildings can feel cramped, so any way to make yours feel loftier than it is is a bright idea. Model Chrissy Teigen and musician John Legend used one of the best tricks-of-the-trade in their New York home in hanging their curtains flush with the ceiling, effective making the panels appear to soar to the heavens.
Heiress Margherita Missoni has fashion in her genes, so it’s no surprise she’s a true creative. In her Milan home, the fashion insider wallpapered an intruding structural column in Fornasetti’s Malachite wallpaper to transform it from an eyesore to eye candy.
Supermodel Karlie Kloss hired celebrated interior designer Nate Berkus to decorate her New York apartment, and we can’t help but admire her painted black bookshelves. Adding that simple touch of color to any storage piece can give the room depth and make it appear larger than it is.
Actress Sophia Bush knows a thing or two about strength in numbers. The stylish lady hung practically countless personal photos on one wall of her Hollywood home to make a major impact. Alone, a single frame rarely feels like a statement, but together they’re certainly something to look at.
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Model and designer Erin Wasson channeled her bohemian personal style in her New York apartment with numerous artsy details, but our favorite is the way she mixed and matched her dining chairs. The look is easy to adjust as you find new chairs to love and is totally in-line with the industrial vibe of her loft.
Naturally, J.Crew president and creative director knows very well what colors flatter her. But she takes that knowledge a step further by applying those hues to her home as well. Look around in your closet and see what colors you gravitate toward; odds are they’re look great in your home, too.