Style At Home: Erika Brechtel Of Small Shop Studio

Written by on February 14, 2012 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 84 Comments

“I love my office gallery wall, especially because I framed a crayon scribble of my daughter’s and hung her first paintings on canvas.” Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse; J.Crew cardigan; Mother “The Looker” jeans; capiz shell pendant, West Elm; acrylic chair and fur, IKEA.

Does your personal style correspond at all to your home décor?
I am married to a contemporary architect, a fact that I actually think has helped me keep our home décor a bit more tempered than I might if I lived alone. I’m always shocked that he has let me run with it, but I want to be respectful of his taste. I’ve tried to keep it more modern, I think.

“My office is my creativity hub, definitely inspired by my fave, Kelly Wearstler. The 1970s brass étagère and mushroom lamps were thrift store scores.”

“A few daily essentials for any style blogger! But every modern woman needs to own Ines de la Fressange’s Parisian Chic.”

Does being a graphic designer influence the way you decorate?
I didn’t realize it at first, but yes, definitely! I find that I am attracted to iconic pieces and patterns. And I have quite a collection of design and fashion books because I realized that I need to be surrounded by high-end brands that continue to do a stellar job maintaining their image and brand integrity. Their success doing so makes me feel more stylish for my clients.

“I collect favorite packaging examples and logos for projects. These inspired my own gold foiled business cards, as well as the current blush-and-gold brand I’m creating.”

“Our master bedroom was the first space where I let myself go a little glam, because it should be sexy and dramatic!” Tufted headboard, Target; Kelly Wearstler for Sferra “Raked Sand” duvet set; fur shams and throw, Pottery Barn; crystal block lamps, Williams-Sonoma Home; canvas art, Z Gallerie.

What inspires your vision for a room, and how do you turn that vision into a reality?
It’s a process! It usually starts with one piece, and evolves from there. My living room has been the most difficult room for me — I’ve done several boards, collected various inspiration images, and have tried out countless pillow configurations (most of which now reside in our ‘pillow graveyard’ as my husband calls it). I find that the most successful rooms have been those that I haven’t overthought and second-guessed.

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  • Alisha

    Absolutely gorgeous! So proud of you, Erika, and so very, very happy for you! xo

  • Kate

    I love her gold accented plates and bowls!

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  • Hilary

    Beautiful home Erika!!! (I knew that already though) ;-).

    My favorite part though? You have a Domino Magazine collection just like mine… and tabbed to boot!!

  • Anna

    Love the little elements. The fact that she collects pretty packaging for inspiration and projects, and that she appreciates the beauty of these and even incorporates them into her life (i.e. her business cards).

  • Grace – Stripes & Sequins

    I adore Erika!! What a great feature!

  • Tobe | Because It’s Awesome

    LOVE LOVE LOVE every last bit! (Had to laugh at the “pillow graveyard”….doesn’t everyone have one of those? ha!) Erika is such an inspiration to me on a daily basis – So great to see her beautiful home featured on Glitter Guide!

  • Arianna Belle

    Erika is awesome! What a great feature. Here home is amazing!

  • Tamra {ever swoon}

    I’ve admired Erika from day one a year ago in the blogging world. She has impeccable taste and an eye for design, but keeps it human. Great feature!!! Thanks for sharing her beautiful home with us! x

  • Sarah Roads

    Love it all! The photo canvas looks fantastic. The details are just gorgeous, especially all the brass : ) Beautiful styling. Erica is an inspiration!

  • Neahle Ize

    So happy to see Erika covered in this feature. Her home has always been such an inspiration for my own space and her passion about style/interiors/branding is infectious.

  • Van @ The Clothes We Wear

    Thanks for featuring a mother who is both stylish in home and fashion. What gorgeous, gorgeous ideas!

  • Kristyn

    Wow, wow, wow! Talk about great style!

  • WhatWouldGwynethDo

    Love it all! And have so many of the same elements in our place, but love the spin you have taken with many of them. I think my favorite space is the master — I am of the same mind frame. Keep everything contemporary and add a little glam in there 😉

    Beautiful home, thanks for sharing!

    – @wwgwynethdo

  • Courtney Deyle

    LOVE!!! Erika is so amazing, her home is fab, and I’m so happy to see it featured here! I love all of the details and styling. She is so talented in all aspects of her life. Congratulations Erika! :)

  • Lisa Stevens

    Love this home! Small Shop Studio is one of newest favorite blogs, she has great style, thanks for sharing.

  • Laura

    I love reading Erika’s blog and am now even further hooked seeing her beautiful home! Also can’t believe I haven’t come across YOUR site before… excited to read more! :)

  • Jordan – Queen of LA

    i am a huge fan of erika – she is as beautiful as she is talented! i love reading her blog every day. GREAT feature, GG!

  • La Petite Gigi

    Wow! Those vignettes are truly marvelous. What a magical space! Also, currently craving gold flatware…

    La Petite Gigi

  • Mandy

    Best feature you have done so far! Erika is adorable and I love her aesthetic.

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  • jackie

    Love your work space, could you please tell where your desk is from? Thanks!

  • Jessica

    Love her style, it’s very classic and polished.

  • Bettina

    My favorite home you’ve featured so far! I love Erika’s blog, you can definitely see the aesthetic of her home carry on throughout her blog posts. Really beautiful home and lovely photos!

  • Naomi@Design Manifest

    Erika is so talented and chic! She does a great job of mixing high and low, layering textures and creating a neutral yet eclectic space. Love her home, love her work, love her.

  • madelyn

    I would like to move it. So great! Love how the artwork is so personal yet looks so stylish.

  • Maggie @ SugarCoatedLife

    What a great space! This has definitely given me some great ideas for styling my apartment–and I love that Erika includes things from all price points in her decorating…I may just have to buy that Super Rural poster :) Thanks Glitter Guide!

  • LMF

    Wow, her home is amazing. Beautiful, but without looking untouchable or museum-like. The perfect balance! Love it! I’m sure it will be all over pinterest today :)

  • Becca

    Erika’s home is amazing! Thanks for featuring it.

  • Megan (Honey We’re Home)

    Gorgeous home, gorgeous Erika! Great article and photos!

  • ashleigh

    What a great space! That chandelier/light in the kitchen is so pretty. She’s also very cute!

  • Shannan

    I love the crib. Where is it from?

    • Erika [small shop]

      Hi Shannan, it was an Amy Coe design for Babies R Us but I don’t believe it’s available anymore. The drawer is a nice bonus!

  • aa24

    I’m a huge fan of Erika’s blog. Her house is gorgeous and so is her daughter.

  • Drew {Coral Cafe}

    Erika is one of my favorites! I just adore her and the pics of her daughter! What LOVE and JOY!!

  • Jackie

    I love Erika! She is so beautiful and stylish, and her blog is such a daily inspiration. Her home is absolutely gorgeous, and her daughter is just beyond cute. Wonderful to see more of Erika and her stylish life!

  • {The Design Daredevil} Jessie D. Miller

    Erika is SUCH an inspiration to me, thank you for featuring her and her exquisite home. Love all the brass and the photo blown up to canvas.

    Love home tours! Please feature more!

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  • Cynthia

    Thank you so much for this post. Erika has impeccable taste! I have a very similar kitchen and the chandelier was a great inspiration for putting some fancy lighting in there.

    P.S. I loved how many pictures were in this post. Thanks again, xo.


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  • alyson

    Wow, totally love her style, personality and overall, cool vibe. Thanks for introducing me to her!

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  • Elizabeth

    I love Erika’s entire house, but my faves are her daughter’s room and the photo her hubby took, and her grandmother’s gold rimmed china. These personal things/spaces are so unique to her and her family and cannot be duplicated. She is one of the most talented bloggers/designers out there and I am so proud to know her and glad you featured her!! Amazing!
    xoxo -e (

  • Theparisapartment

    Just gorgeous! I think I recognize the Gucci ashtray, it looks great in its new home!

  • Lonely Wife Project

    Erika is one of my favorite people and number one sources of inspiration! I adore this look into her home!

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  • ModFruGal

    Great tour Erika!  It all looks so amazing…as always!

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  • christy

    I would LOVE to know where the pendant lamp in the dining room is from! Erika, help!

    • Erika [small shop]

      Hi Christy, it was from West Elm, but a few years ago. Boo.

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  • Fashion Pas

    Gosh! I immediately recognized Estação do Oriente! It’s a beautiful place! Such a great idea to have a photo of it put on a canvas like that.

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  • Rebecca

    Love love everything about your place!!! Do you mind sharing which paint color you used in your main living area?

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  • Heidi Jensen

    Hi. Where can I buy the yellow pillow and the elephant pillow?

  • Courtney

    I would LOVE to know what paint color you used for the master! Beautiful home :)

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