Have I got a treat for you in store for you today! I am so excited to be sharing this post with you as it is my first ever blog takeover and I am delighted to introduce Victoria from the very gorgeous interior and lifestyle blog Apartment Number 4. Vic has got the most gorgeous interior style and a brilliant knack of finding amazing home buys that are affordable and stylish. Today she is sharing her brilliant tips on how to get the laid-back Cali vibe in your very own home, right here on The Green Eyed Girl.
So without further ado, I shall pass you over to Vic. I do hope you enjoy!
Happy Sunday lovelies, and welcome to my first guest post on The Green Eyed Girl. A meeting of minds and general love for interiors brought Claire and I together online and we thought it would be a great way to share our tips and tricks by blog swapping for the day.
So, a quick introduction – my name’s Victoria and I basically live and breathe interiors. If I’m not blogging about home décor, I’m searching for interior bargains and styling my apartment over and over again. The whole ethos behind my blog, Apartment Number 4 is that having a stylish home doesn’t have to cost the world – there are so many ways you can create a Pinterest-worthy home on a budget.
With that said, today I’m sharing some ideas of how to replicate a popular Pinterest trend in your own home – the Californian bungalow. If you’re a fan of interior stylist Emily Henderson, you’ll know exactly the sort of vibe I mean. So here are my five tips on creating a similar look within your own home, even if you’re a million miles from the sunny climates of Cali.
5 ways achieve that laid-back Californian vibe at home
Keep walls light and fresh to create the perfect backdrop to statement pieces of furniture, prints on textiles and colourful artwork. This doesn’t necessarily mean white walls throughout, but perhaps consider a blush pink, mint green or the lightest of greys. Whatever hue you choose, keep it on the warm side as you’re trying to steer away from that modern clinical feel.
Mid-century inspired furniture
The trend for mid-century furniture on Pinterest has absolutely sky rocketed in the last year or so and it doesn’t look set to die down any time soon. Which is great if you’re looking to add a little retro flair to your home, as the high street and more affordable stores create replica pieces with a more affordable price tag. The key to creating a Californian vibe within your home is to not be too matchy-matchy. Yes, of course, create symmetry within a room – there’s nothing more stylish than two matching chairs within a room against a statement sofa – but look for pieces which have personality behind them, remembering to keep a similar wooden theme running throughout the room.
When you look inside a Californian bungalow you’ll be able to spot a plethora of natural textures, from untreated wood to rattan furniture and plant life. It’s about bringing in the sunny outdoors that Cali is famous for and integrating it effortlessly into your own home. I love the addition of cacti around the room in woven baskets, with rattan seats and wicker lampshades.
Prints and patterns
With a neutral background as mentioned earlier, it’s easy to add pops of colour and interest with the use of cushions, throws and rugs. Tribal prints, Persian rugs and Moroccan patterns can all work amazingly well in this style of interior. You can also layer rugs throughout the room, which works well if you live in an open place space and need to define each area for living, dining, working etc.
From woven wall hangings to vintage maps and accessories picked up vintage fairs or flea markets, decorative additions really do tie the room together. Pieces that you’ve discovered while on your travels work well within this scheme, as do eclectic finds that you wouldn’t necessarily find in your every day trip to Ikea. Create vignettes around the room, remembering the rule of three, add pops of colour with fresh flowers and make sure your personality shines through to create a warm welcoming part of your home.
If you enjoyed this post then make sure you check out my blog for weekly does of interior inspiration, and don’t forget to sign up to my free monthly magazine, 4, which will help you create a beautiful home on a budget. Plus, everything single thing featured is completely shoppable and with issue 02 landing on Thursday be sure to check your inboxes this week.
Images courtesy of Styled by Emily Henderson.
It’s Claire here again.
So what do you think? Pretty gorgeous! Are you inspired by the Cali look? If so I have found loads of gorgeous Cali-inspired items that can help bring the Cali look to your own home. Just scroll to the right to browse.
And if you’d like to read the post I have written for Apartment Number 4, my 3 essential interior styling tips, head over there now.
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