Photography: Paige Newton
Camille Styles, founder and editor of Camille Styles (a gorgeously curated and seriously addictive lifestyle blog) and HGTV.com contributor, inspires her readers daily with stylishly unique entertaining tips. Her modern aesthetic and eye for detail come together to create parties that are chic and all about fun. We’re thrilled to give you a sneak peek inside this hostess’ Austin, Texas home that Camille says “reflects who we are and the places we’ve been together.”
“My husband gave me this buttery soft Céline tote for Christmas, and I carry it everywhere. It holds my iPad, wallet, and everything else I’d ever need…and makes me feel like a younger, hipper lady-who-lunches.”
When did you start Camille Styles, and what was the inspiration behind it?
I launched Camille Styles three years ago, and while it’s certainly evolved over time as we’ve grown and refined our editorial content, we’ve stayed true to our original vision of inspiring readers with a lifestyle that’s about stylish, fun entertaining.
“I couldn’t live without my cookbook collection. I own just about everything written by Martha Stewart, Tyler Florence, and Giada de Laurentiis, and the pages have earmarks, food spatters, and notes written in the margins from frequent cooking experiments.”
“We had this white oak dining table custom built for the space, and I love that we can fit up to 14 people around it for dinner! I stage lots of photo and video shoots at the house, and I’m usually lucky enough to have leftover blooms to place on the table. These gorgeous arrangements are by The Byrd Collective.” Chairs, Restoration Hardware. Blouse, J.Crew; Jeans, J. Brand; Belt, Gap.
What is your wardrobe staple?
I have loads of J. Crew boy shirts in different colors…and I carry my Céline tote with everything.
“This bar cart was a Craigslist find that we refinished for a photo shoot, and now it lives in my office, always ready for an afternoon celebration!”
Where do you look for inspiration, whether it be design or style?
My husband and I travel a lot, and every new city brings a fresh take on architecture, food, and even how women put outfits together. When we were building our house last year, there were so many times during the process that we said things like, “Remember that ivy-covered wall in LA?” or, “that staircase in Rome?” as we dug into our memories for inspiration. I definitely feel like our home came together as a reflection of who we are and the places we’ve been together.
How do you like to spend your Sundays?
My ideal Sunday is at home with my husband, with no definite plans. I’d make waffles, then we’d dive in the pool and spend a sunny afternoon reading magazines and making margaritas. That night we’d invite friends over to grill pizzas in the backyard.
“Since I love a neutral color palette, I get creative by using different textures to add dimension to the living room. Fur, bouclé, and shagand tweed layered on top of each other add comfort and interest to the space.” Pillows from Crate & Barrel, Fabricadabra, NEST Modern.
“Flowers and plants add a natural element and pop of color to every room in my house. I don’t have a green thumb at all, which is why I love forcing Paperwhite bulbs — they practically grow themselves! Read my step-by-step to creating this centerpiece here.”
What are a few of your décor styling tips (ie: how to make one’s personality shine through in the home)?
1. Read shelter mags and design books as inspiration, not as rulebooks telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. For example, I love looking at homes that have loads of quirky, colorful details, but when it comes to the home that I want to wake up in every morning, my style is a lot more neutral and serene.
2. Plants are the most cost-effective way to beautifully accessorize a room. The orchids, succulents, and ferns I have in every room of my house require nothing more than a weekly watering, but the color and life they add to the space is unbelievable.
3. Find interesting objects and display them artfully. Even though I’m not a fan of clutter, I love taking a few special objects (my sparkly piece of calcite crystal, vintage hand-blocked stamps from the flea market, gorgeous matchbooks from a Buenos Aires hotel) and displaying them prominently in a bell jar or pretty bowl. Instant conversation piece.
“My editorial assistant, Chanel, gave me this gorgeous piece of iridescent calcite crystal, and I showcase it like a piece of art under the dome of a vintage bell jar. Displaying found objects this way really elevates them and adds so much personality to a bookshelf.”
You’re an amazing host. What are some of your entertaining secrets?
Why, thank you! The absolute most important thing is to relax and have a great time; as the hostess, you set the tone, and if you’re having a blast, your guests will, too. Other quick tips: (1) plan a menu where everything can be prepared before guests arrive, (2) set out a self-serve bar and let guests be their own mixologists, and (3) don’t be afraid to not make dessert yourself: my go-to dinner party dessert is fresh berries with a variety of store-bought sorbets.