Style At Home: Camille Styles

Written by on January 17, 2012 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 49 Comments
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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.

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  • http://blog.twentyonetwo.ca Amanda

    I love Camille’s blog, it always provides such great inspiration! What a beautiful home!

  • Suzanne

    Lovely home! <3

  • http://something-pretty.net Lisa

    I’m such a big fan of Camille, and her home is absolutely gorgeous!

  • http://www.dreamsandjeans.com Alex

    love this feature! her home is so serene and airy!

  • http://heartofablonde.com Molly

    Absolutely adoring every aspect of her home and lifestyle! So inspiring. xo

  • http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com Supal

    Thank you for featuring Camille! She is such an inspiration for me every single day. It’s because of her and the Camille Styles team that I started my blog and took a particular interest in hosting and entertainment! With my field/job, it’s hard to leave work at work and she helps me step away from my 8 to 5 life and enjoy simple moments! I’m so glad you did a personal feature on her and her inspiration because how her mind works is truly extraordinary!!

  • Kristyn

    Love her! Great choice!

  • http://www.milkandcotton.ca Meg

    Gorgeous! So fresh and Pretty. Love the bar cart in Camille’s office. Must make note of that one!!

  • http://redsolediary.com Jennifer

    love this article. Camille has so many great ideas. thanks for sharing

  • http://ooola-la.tumblr.com/ Laura

    I love Camille’s blog and style. She’s a big inspiration and all my Austin friends follow her. Great to see into her lovely home & hear some of her secrets.

  • http://rubypr.com/blog Becca

    LOVE her and her blog! This looks awesome! Cool feature :)

  • http://www.klury.com Mandy

    This has got to be my favorite Style at Home feature yet! Beautiful photos and a beautiful home. She really is the epitome of a classy, sophisticated woman.

    xoxo
    Mandy
    The Klury Report & Kini Style

  • carla mccarthy

    Very exciting life!

  • http://www.lainthebay.com Lauren

    she’s amazing. Such a gorgeous home she has, and that Celine bag – amazing.

  • http://plainfancyliving.blogspot.com/ Plain & Fancy Living

    I just love everything Camille! I read CamilleStyles everyday. She is motivating me to step-it-up in the entertaining department:) This is a great feature!

    xo
    Amy R.

  • http://www.notetoself.typepad.com Sarah

    Love Camille’s style. The Celine bag and the flowers KILLS me. Gorgeous!

  • Hannah

    So pleased I read this article – Camille has great taste and wonderful style. Another gorgeous site to add to the favourites list! (can I have her house please?!)

  • http://www.inthedustofhissteps.blogspot.com Brittney Nicole

    Love the pictures! What a gorgeous shoot! Some really fresh ideas and details.

  • http://www.inglenookdecor.blogspot.com maureen

    OMG! She is so gorgeous & creative. What a beautiful home & a beautiful life. Austin is definitely so proud to have her. Swooning over her style!

  • http://www.thebeautyfile.com Lisi

    Wow. I am obsessed with her home! It’s so light and airy. Seems so relaxing and wonderful! I just tried on that Celine bag last week and it looks perfect on her! What a lovely post!!

  • http://www.beautyparler.ca Monica

    What a pretty home, such an air of freshness about it. Love the bar:)

  • http://vanillaandroseblog.com Vanessa

    I love this feature! And the photos are gorgeous! Such amazing style :)

  • KL

    Gorgeous home and girl! Very inspiring. Only critique – would have preferred the pics not to be blurry, even though clearly a stylistic choice.It takes away from being able to view her style at home!

    This is my fave feature on Glitter Guide!

  • http://dailycrushes.blogspot.com katie

    her home is so beautiful. what a feature!!

     Katie Carlin-Daily Crush

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  • Annie Hall

    I love Camille’s Blog.she’s an amazing person.Thanks Glitter Guide for sharing her!!

  • http://everylilthing.tumblr.com Iman

    Her home is so beautiful! It’s exactly what I want my home to be like!

  • http://www.KaraAllan.com Kara Allan

    She’s a great inspiration!

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  • http://www.lesalina.com Lesalina

    Absolutely stunning. I love everything about this post and am so excited to discover Camille! What a doll.

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  • http://longblackandminttea.blogspot.com/ e

    what an absolute beauty & inspirational home x

  • http://chiccoastalliving.blogspot.com/ desiree {chic coastal living}

    Loved this post! I always visit Camille’s site and love everything she does! A definite go to girl for great inspiration!

  • http://www.clementineandolive.blogspot.com Clementine & Olive

    I love her blog, and this article is wonderful! I wish the photos weren’t blurred out. It’s great photography I think people just like to see everything in detail in these wonderful homes.

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  • http://www.rachelphipps.com/ Rachel

    These photos are beautiful, and I absolutely adore her site – thanks so much for featuring her wonderful home!

  • http://www.alliancestaff.com Nikki Wipperfurth

    I love those square corner shelves you showcase in this article! Is there any place you know of that I can find them? I’ve been looking for weeks!

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  • http://twitter.com/KristinaMGulino Kristina Gulino

    Absolutely adore Camille’s blog. Such a talented young woman and a huge design inspiration! Great feature.

    Kristina
    Nook & Sea

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  • Suzette

    Love her style!  I have been searching for wood floating shelves similar to what is pictured but cannot find anything like it anywhere!  Any ideas on where to look?

  • Paige

    I love your decorations!! Where did you get the tree in the little black box?

  • Jess

    Love the wine glasses on the bar – where can I find them??? Thanks!

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