Today I want to share some of my best style and styling tips, that no matter what your personal taste is, you can apply these to any decor. You probably know by now that I love mixing – pattern, style, period, you name it. I like a layered look in our home, as it creates a personal and curated feel. I love vintage and I love modern, but I would definitely say my style leans toward classic and traditional, with some twists thrown in. I love to create moments throughout our home and I always find that when you take something simple and add your personal touch to it, all of a sudden it tells a story. Details are everything and when you find ways to fine tune them, you create something truly special. Read below and see my top ten style tricks (although in no particular order!) that will help you add that personal touch to your home.

NUMBER 1 : BLACK INTERIOR DOORS We’ve had black doors in two houses now and I think I’ll have them in every house! These are painted the same color as our dining room, Cracked Pepper by Behr Paint. One day when I have the time and after everything on our list is checked off, I’ll repaint them a high gloss black for a little more sophistication and glam. They not only make a statement, they add character and depth to a space. Dark grey or even navy blue would be just as stunning and if you want to add elegance to your home, this is a quick and easy way to achieve it.
Citrine_Living_style_tips_blkdoorsNUMBER 2 – CHINESE GARDEN STOOLS I’ve said it in so many posts and I wrote about it HERE, last summer. I cannot have enough of them! They are fabulous little works of art, that tuck into any space. They function as tables as well as seating and I’ve written numerous times about how we use them in our dining room as extra seating until I find my the chairs I want. We use them in every room and outside in the summer. Hands down, my go-to essential all the time.Citrine_Living_style_tips_stoolsNUMBER 3 : FAUX They’re considered a faux pas to some people but not to me. Faux can be fabulous and I use it all over as well as all year round. I created a custom garland last Christmas with my artichokes and pears last year. You can splurge and buy high quality faux, which is ideal to make sure they last for many years. That being said, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with saving too – I bought an incredible assortment at the dollar store for my Spring table this past April.
Citrine_Living_style_tips_faux4 – PATTERN PLAY Mixing pattern is one of my favorite things to do – I always love to experiment and try to use prints you wouldn’t necessarily think of using together. There’s an interesting element in the tension that’s created yet somehow there’s harmony in it as well.FR4_FEB20Notice all of the many patterns that are working together here. I like to tie them together with a single element somehow and here in our living room, I’ve used the color blue to ground it all. Citrineliving-nailhead-stools-115 – BOOKS I use them mainly as risers for objects all over the house. When items are placed on top of something, it suddenly has more importance and your eye is drawn to it.
Citrine_Living_style_tips_LRstoolsBooks are perfect for grounding objects on a table or shelf as well as elevating your treasures both literally and figuratively. I love to collect coffee table books on music, fashion, art and design. You can use any kind, really. Even stack some old ones you have and remove the jackets. They work great just about anywhere.Citrine-Living-Spring_entrance7


6 – MIRRORS The best way to expand any space visually and add more light is with mirrors. I have many all around and I’d have walls mirrored everywhere too if I could! Mirrors are a great way to make a statement and they can never be too big in my opinion. It’s always better to go larger than too small, especially in a bathroom. Using mirrored accessories and furniture is also the perfect way to up your style ante.
Citrine_Living_style_tips_mirrors7 – GOLD AND BRASS I’m all about warm metals and mixing them with cool metals as well. I love to infuse it into my decor to add contrast and one example is how I painted my kitchen pendant light myself to reinforce that element in here. The studs on the stools are an antique brass and although not the same color as the fixture, they tie together beautifully. You can also read about my new brass dining room pendant light HERE to see how much it adds to that space. I love to sprinkle gold and brass accessories throughout – they elevate the look of any shelf or corner, in my opinion. Notice how it’s incorporated in most of my photos in this post.


8 – DETAILED VENT COVERS This is something I think many people overlook in their homes as a way to bring in style in an unexpected way. You can use simple modern ones or more intricate, detailed ones like I have. It’s a small investment that’s big on style. The difference is always in the details and once you do change them, you’ll wonder why you never did before!Citrine_Living_style_tips_heaters9 – BLUE AND WHITE This should come as no surprise to you – I love blue and white, I use it all over and it is a tried and true style workhorse. You can never go wrong with adding this classic element into your decor. It goes everywhere and with everything. You can read more about my favorite kitchen essentials HERE, blue and white being one of them of course! It suits any style and always adds a touch of elegance and timelessness.
CitrineLiving-kitchen-no-upper-cabinets9It can be as small as a little dish like this one in my bathroom. Pick these small pieces up at yard sales and vintage shops and most retailers are currently selling them as well, as this classic has been a big trend lately.Citrine_Living_style_tips_blueandwhite10 – WALL PANELLING AND MOULDINGS This is a big one but it is one of the best ways to add interest to your home. As I mentioned above, details make all the difference and you can add this element easily to your home. There are so many different styles that you can use – ours is a more traditional wainscotting on the walls and a classic crown at the ceiling – which, I’d love to add more detail to everywhere, like we did in our living room, to give them more substance. We added an extra piece of decorative moulding below the crown and painted the whole thing, giving it a chunkier appearance. FR_FEB20You can keep it simple with board and batten or shiplap on the walls for a more casual feel as well. If you’re handy you can bang it out in no time. We did our walls ourselves as well – it’s simple a chair rail moulding, a base board moulding and the square panels are cut from 1″ pine decorative moulding and applied to the wall, then entire portion is painted form the chair rail down to the floor.
Citrine_Living_style_tips_panellingThe most important thing I want you to take away from this post is that you can easily create a feel in your home that speaks volumes by paying attention to details. You may not like layers of pattern the way I do, but you can layer textures to create interest instead. These tips are a guide to nudge you toward stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something different, like black doors and brass light fixtures. If that’s too bold for your taste, something as simple as propping up a statement mirror or adding a beautiful blue and white ginger jar somewhere can make a world of difference. So tell me, would you use any of these style tips? Maybe you already do! I’d love to hear from you!


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15 Comments on MY TOP TEN STYLE TIPS

  1. Cindy Weis
    May 18, 2016 at 10:47 PM (1 year ago)

    Hi Tamara, as always beautiful and elegant, loved your ideas and use many in my home. I agree traditional with touches of modern make it so elegant. Hope all is well with you and the family, it has been crazy in my house, my husband fell down our stairs (I have all hard wood, might want to rethink that) and broke his leg, so he has been in a rehab facility, but after 3 weeks things are looking up. We are keeping the surgeons in business this year! have a good weekend, I am going to try and do some planting outside. Best – Cindy

    • tamaraanka
      May 19, 2016 at 7:25 AM (1 year ago)

      Hi Cindy – I cannot believe that happened to your poor hubby! It’s not easy when they are hurt or sick, is it? I’m happy to hear he’s on the mend and things are looking up. I hope you are back to normal now as well! Thank you for your support, I’m so happy you like my design tips and I’m even happier to hear you use many of them in your home too! I hope your planting goes well this weekend, we are getting some nicer weather here as well, so I plan to do my pots this weekend! Take care, and thanks as always for popping in to say hello! xo

      • cindy weis
        May 20, 2016 at 12:57 AM (1 year ago)

        Hi my friend, yes today was a better day with my husband but also an emotional one realizing that probably in his advanced age and dealing with some health issues i think it is time to sell our beloved home. You know how much I love your home, the size, the scale, the perfect placement of everything to be beautiful and functional. I know you keep saying that your hose is smaller than it looks im the photos, cause in my estimation it is the perfect size. I want to live in a home just like yours from the size to the details, just know i will be asking many questions, and seeking your expert advice on many things (as scale and proportion just escapes me. Can you tell my how many square feet your home, it will help me as i begin my search, as I am looking for something very similar to what you have. thanks again your number 1 pest——–

        • tamaraanka
          May 20, 2016 at 6:57 AM (1 year ago)

          Cindy, I’m sorry to hear you that this time has been a little bit difficult for you and your husband. And I truly appreciate you kindest words about our home and all of the details – I feel so blessed. When I started this blog for fun, as a creative outlet, my hope was to inspire other women to find beauty in their homes and to make their every day more beautiful. The size of our home is 1700 square feet (and the basement is also that size – which I never show because it’s the kids’ space – one day I’ll get to finishing it so I can blog about it!). We have 9 foot ceilings everywhere except the living room (including the transition space/hall), which is 11 feet high. Having the height as well as an open concept home enlarges the space visually, which helps a lot. This size home really is great for empty nesters – with kids, it can feel a little tight at times, but that’s why they have the basement! I hope this helps give you a little bit of direction as you begin your search! Sending you and you hubby well wishes today!xo

  2. Jennifer
    May 19, 2016 at 12:10 AM (1 year ago)

    Tam! This is a fabulous post!!! I have black doors too and LOVE them, so that’s my favorite styling tip, but I love them all!!! Your blog is such a favorite of mine!

    • tamaraanka
      May 19, 2016 at 7:22 AM (1 year ago)

      Jen, thank you so much! Your encouragement means a lot to me – I can’t express that enough! I’m a sucker for black doors, they are my favorite thing! I want to see pictures of yours!! Thanks for leaving a comment my friend, I appreciate it so much! Tam xo

  3. Tracey
    May 19, 2016 at 4:12 PM (1 year ago)

    I love the vent covers you have shown!! It’s probably the quickest detail I can do at the drop of a hat and have it make a big difference..the black doors is another easy one to do as a spur of the moment idea…thanks..looking into the vent covers asap :)

    • tamaraanka
      May 19, 2016 at 9:55 PM (1 year ago)

      I will expect to see bright and shiny vent covers the next time I come over! Get on it! and those door too haha! xo

  4. Liz
    May 19, 2016 at 9:30 PM (1 year ago)

    Love your blog! Question about the black doors, do you just paint one side of it black and leave the other side white? I have been wanting to do this for awhile but am nervous.

    • tamaraanka
      May 19, 2016 at 9:54 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Liz! Thank you so much, I’m happy to hear from you! I paint both sides – I like to keep them the same everywhere in our home. I say go for it! you will LOVE the results! Let me know what you decide! xo

  5. Oscar @OscarBravoHome
    June 17, 2016 at 12:45 AM (1 year ago)

    All great ideas, Tam! I agree with all of it especially mixing prints and you know I’m all about faux :) also your home looks soooooo much bigger than 1700 square feet! It’s a great layout!

    • tamaraanka
      June 17, 2016 at 9:42 AM (1 year ago)

      Thanks Oscar! I’m so happy to hear from you! Your support means so much :) Having an open floor plan and high ceilings really makes all the difference in the world!! So happy you stopped by, my friend! xoxo

  6. Debbi
    August 19, 2016 at 8:48 PM (11 months ago)

    Hi, is the door in your picture the cracked pepper paint you mentioned. It looks more like gray Thanks!

    • tamaraanka
      August 20, 2016 at 9:27 AM (11 months ago)

      Yes, it is Cracked Pepper! It looks grey because of the lighting. And it truly looks different in different light. Sometimes it has a navy blue tone and other times more grey! It’s a great color!


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