Style At Home: Catherine Sheppard Of The Life Styled

Written by on June 19, 2012 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 164 Comments
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Photography: Sarah Yates, Interior Styling: Jessica Marx, Manicure: Fiore Beauty

Catherine Sheppard’s penchant for style became apparent at an early age — she was indulging as a fashion fiend before she hit preschool. Her love of style continued to grow, and she now makes her living as a stylist (The Life Styled) in Los Angeles. Catherine embraces all aspect of the fashion industry: she loves airy girly pieces, funky tough pieces and even injects masculine touches. This cornucopia of styles is also evident in her home. She and her husband have cultivated a collection of the fabulously quirky (we can’t get enough of her gold dinosaur figurines) to decorate their abode. Catherine gave us a peek at her beautiful home and shared with us her thoughts on her wardrobe, her interior style and her career.

“I fell instantly in love with these neon heels by Suecomma Bonnie, and it’s an added bonus that they fit in with our decor.”

When did you discover that you had a knack for styling and how did you get into the business?
My first memory of being fashion obsessed is trying on all of both my parents shoes and lining them up in neat little rows sorted by color when I was about 3. I didn’t notice that I had a real thing for it until after I graduated college, was living in New York City, and started working in the creative offices of MTV Networks. I was so grateful to be able to express my style at work — we didn’t have any sort of dress code. My daily fashion choices became a real creative outlet in an environment that celebrated everyone’s own individuality. At that time, I never imagined I would make a career out of it though, because I was so intimidated by the fashion industry. Since it’s notorious for being cutthroat and unapproachable, I was squeamish about transitioning my career. But when I moved to LA four years ago, I was looking for my next job right when the economy tanked. I thought “This is my chance to do exactly what I want with my life.” That’s when I decided to start my styling business.

“Our living room has been the most challenging room to decorate. We spend the most time in here so it had to be comfortable and stylish at the same time. Some of my favorite pieces in the whole apartment are in here, like our framed coat of arms from the 1700′s, which we got at the Santa Monica flea market when we first moved to LA.”

Do you have a few tips for women looking to break into the styling world?
The great thing about styling is that it’s something you can teach yourself, even if you don’t have a professional background in fashion. All you really need to have is an good eye for it and a solid sense of resourcefulness. With that, you can make connections within the industry, build up your kit and portfolio, and you’re up and running! The very first thing I did was start my blog. While I spent the first couple of years finding my place in the styling world, I could use my blog as a platform in which to be inspired, make myself known outside of my smaller circle, and connect with the blogging community. In fact, all the amazing style blogs out there are where I like to find inspiration the most. I love seeing how real people who are passionate about style incorporate it into their own unique lives. Fashion is way more fun when it’s touchable and attainable.

“The entryway has really come to life from the plain wall it once was for a good year after we moved in. I love the weathered texture of the mirror mixed with the clean lines of the console and lamps, which I scored at Home Goods for $39 each. I searched forever to find functional yet pretty storage for dog toys and shoes underneath, and these baskets (a DIY project I saw on Pinterest) were the perfect solution.”

What’s your personal style in three words?
Sparkly. Spikey. Spunky.

“This tutu was lovingly made for me by my dear friend Jaimi. I love to play dress-up and try to style it in more wearable ways.”

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  • Carla McCarthy

    Definetly a down to earth girl! The tutu skirt is my fave!

  • Temorris2010

    What is that pink lipstick Catherine’s wearing on page 2?? It’s beautiful!

    • Catherine

      Thanks so much! It’s Candy Yum Yum by MAC. It was limited edition but I really hope they bring it back!

  • Annie T

    I love that pink painting in the 2nd photo on Page 2. Where is it from?

    • Catherine

      So glad you like it! That was another Pinterest DIY project.

      • Sophie

         I love it too! Must find out how to make it.

  • Rebecca ~ Florence Finds

    Fabulous styling, I love all of it.

    I would love to know where Catherine got the storage unit she uses for nail polishes in the picture above?

    Thanks so much!

    Rebecca xo

    • Catherine

      Thank you!! I think I got it on Amazon. You can just search “nail polish rack” and there’s a bunch of similar ones out there. 

      • lauren

        I was going to ask the same thing, so thank you! :)

  • Emily

    These images are GORGEOUS!



  • Kate

    Such a cute space, I love her little settee! 

  • Kristina

    I NEED that gold cowhide rug. NEED NEED NEED. What street corner guy sells a rug like that? Downtown LA? Beautiful! xo.

    • Catherine

      It was a great find! He was on Olympic and La Cienega that day. They sell one here too but it’s a bit pricier.

      • Jessica

        There is also a store called United Leather (downtown LA) that has them… I just saw them the other day and they have a ton. It’s cash and carry.

  • Chelsea

    Beautiful space! Were the garlands homemade or did you purchase them?

  • With Anna

    I`ve followed the Life Styled (blog) for quite a while now and absolutely love her! And now this hometour, Catherine is a huge inspiration and she definitely knows how to style! 

    • Catherine

      That is so sweet, thank you so much for hanging out with me on my blog! So happy you like it. :)

  • Jinelle

    I absolutely love your style! That gold sparkled rug is something I can’t stop thinking about – beautiful!

    • Catherine

      Thank you so much! 

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  • lauren

    Catherine, you are a gem. Your home is absolutely GORGEOUS beyond words. Every image is SO pinworthy. ;) You have totally inspired me to go out and find more vintage treasures and make them my own.


    • Catherine

      Thank you for such nice compliments! Being called pinworthy is an honor. :) Have fun hunting for vintage treasures!

  • Becca

    I love that room! I was wondering what kind of bed spread that was? I’ve been looking for something like that :)

    • Catherine

      Thanks! All the white linens on the bed are from Matteo Home. The duvet is their tat linen line.

      • Becca

         Thank you so much! :)

  • Farial

    Your home is gorgeous! We have very similar style.. and I am in search of a new couch. Where is yours from? xoxo

    • Catherine

      Thank you so much! My couch is from a store in LA called Sofa U Love. There are a couple locations and they do custom furniture as well.

  • Katie

    I LOVE the glass milk carton creamer! Catherine, where did you get it?

    • Catherine

      Thanks! It’s from CB2. :)

  • diane @ a spot of whimsy

    shut up, her place is fantastic!  so many perfect little unique details.  so jealous of the nail polish collection.  and the vanity.  and the tutu skirt!

    • Catherine

      Aww thanks! So glad you love it. I think every girl needs a tutu. :)

  • YellowBigEyes

    I like her down to earth personality that comes through the feature! Lovely home!

    • Catherine

      That’s such a nice compliment, thank you so much. :)

  • Kayleigh

    Oh my! Where did you get those beautiful stick/twig looking lamps in your bedroom?? Must know!! :)

    • Catherine

      Pottery Barn! :)

      • Kayleigh

        Love!!! You have a beautiful home!

  • Miyan

    a beautiful home for sure, so many great styling ideas. thanks for sharing and providing so much inspiration! you are so pretty & have such great taste!

    • Catherine

      thank you so much! you are so sweet. :)

  • Kat

    Love when GG does features on homes. Gives me some ideas/inspiration for later which is nice to have!

  • Lauren M. Ferreira

    I love these features! What a beautiful home.  It looks styled and beautiful but still very much a home!

    • Catherine

      that’s so nice of you to say – that was our goal! thanks so much!

  • Aludwin92

    what is the color on your bedroom wall? love the soft pink with white! 

    • Catherine

      It’s Benjamin Moore “Soft White.” Go figure!

  • KB

    I love your decorating style! From where are your acrylic desk organizers?

    • Catherine

      Russell + Hazel!

  • kristina

    your vanity is great– and the storage next to it! where is this from?

    • Catherine

      Both from Ikea! I swapped out the handles on the vanity for ones from Anthropologie.

  • meghan

    Everything is lovely! Where did you get your bedside tables?

    • Catherine

      They are the Malm line from Ikea. We drilled in holes and added knobs from Anthropologie!

  • Lani

    this is a beautiful, sweet little place! so many little trinkets too…like the little glass cream pourer in the shape of a carton! where did you find that little treasure? it is irresistibly cute!

    • Catherine

      Thank you! It’s from CB2.

  • Donna

    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos!  What great inspiration! Makes me want to jump up and start cleaning up my house! What color lipstick are you wearing in the tutu picture?

    • Catherine

      MAC’s Morange!

  • Lindsey Chandler

    so inspired by her desk set up and inspiration boards! just pinned them to pinterest and might have to do something like that as a project this weekend!

  • Mandy

    Where are the gold scissors from?  They are so fun.

    • Catherine

      French General in LA. 

  • Kalantirobinson

    I love your inspiration board!!!! I super obsessed with that Rebecca Minkoff jacket!!! What kind of jeans are you wearing with them?

    • Catherine


  • sarah306

    I absolutely love everything, perfection! So inspiring. I think I’m going to attempt to re-create the silver baskets. A little DIY project for the weekend!

  • Brooke Ashley

    Love, love your home! What kind of dogs do you have? So adorable! 

    • Catherine

      Thank you! Kenzie is a mini goldendoodle and Emmy is a cockapoo – or so we think. We’re not exactly sure. 

  • Allison

    An absolutely stunning home. Beautifully decorated. Catherine’s home has so much personality! I wish she lived closer to me! I’d hire her to help me! I love her taste. Fabulous vintage pieces mixed with more modern ones and a touch of whimsy with the collection of colorful nail polish! I love it.

  • Ania

    I really enjoyed seeing the combining of soft/romantic and eclectic/modern pieces. I have a tendency to seek out similar items but then be afraid to pair them together. Clearly, it can be done! Nice natural fiber rug as a base. Catherine’s outfits are perfect – beautiful & easy to wear.

  • Kate {Something Fabulous}

    I just love her style! Her workspace is beautiful. Loved this feature! x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • Vanja

    this is like a girls dream! :) beautiful home! and your dogs are adorable! :)  

  • Kate

    Where did you get the Ribbon Board on page 2?

  • ashleigh @ Jolie Jouel

    This is one of my all-time favorite homes tours! I pinned a zillion images…so inspiring. We just moved into a new house and can’t wait to incorporate some of these fun and feminine touches!

    My jewelry blog:

    • Catherine

      Wow, thank you so much! Glad you found some good inspiration for your house!

  • PS

    Your headboard is so chic yet comfy looking – where is it from?

    • Catherine

      Thanks! It’s from Target!

  • Kim

    Oh my gosh, I am so jealous of the long gold knuckle cage ring you’re wearing in one of the photos, I spotted it on someone else before but have been unable to find it please please please tell me where you got it from?

    • Catherine


  • Miss B

    Oh my goodness, Catherine’s home is utterly dreamy (I want to move in right now!)

    Thank you so much for sharing this one ladies!

    Briony xx

    • Miss B

      P.S. I love that I’m not the only person in the world who has golden dinosaurs on my vanity!!

  • Kristie

    Your home is beautiful!  I love the towels that you have in your bathroom.  Could you tell me where you got them?

    • Catherine

      Thank you! They are from Anthropologie.

  • Rkmurphy0331

    I love your blog and this feature! BEAUTIFUL!! Wondering where you purchased the baskets for your entryway that you DIY’s?

  • Color Me Blue

    Absolutely stunning – I wish my boyfriend would let me make our apartment this feminine and glamorous! So gorgeous!

  • Oliviab16

    I love the golden dinosaurs. Where are those from?

  • Farah Bhayani

    So much eye candy!!  Love this place!

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  • Natasha

    Great post! It sounds like Catherine is a super cool chic, with tons of style :)
    I really enjoyed reading this :) … oh, and the images were fantastic as well, as always, I should say!

  • diana abaroa

    I love this  feature, Catherine Sheppard has such a great style. I really love her home styling. And that tutu and neon tee outfit, it’s amazing.!

    This post made me feel so inspired!

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  • GawgusThings

    What a fabulous home and what an equally fabulous girl! Love her!

  • Bryony

    Love everything! Could you possibly link the furniture that you have in your vanity set up? The table and the draws? I am looking to redo my room and this is exactly what I am looking for and something I can take inspiration from. Thank you!

    • Catherine

      They are both from Ikea!

  • Layne Bordelon

    Please someone tell me the brand and color name of the paint in that last photo of Catherine?

    • Catherine

      Benjamin Moore “Soft White” – but it’s totally pink.

  • Rachel Hooper

    LOVE everything about this — makeup, hair, clothes, home… love that you convinced your husband to be ok with the gorgeous blushy walls!

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  • Em1642

    Where are the mercury etched jars from in the photo with your nameplate necklace?

    • Catherine

      Those are from Anthropologie! 

  • ali

    Your place is beautiful — where is your chandelier from? 

  • Amandabg365

    inspired & obsessed!
    where did you find / how did you create the inspiration board? need to do this in my office!

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  • GlamFabChameleon

    Beautiful and super chic lady! Her home is wonderful and such an inspirational space!! Very pretty!!

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  • Jessjg21

    where did you get the side drawers next to your makeup counter?

  • Shawn

    Where did you get the dainty vanity with the round mirror?


    This is my favorite feature!  I love her blog!

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  • DTalksAll

    I love the vanity & matching drawers. Where are they from?

    • Benny Etienne

      The two drawer units on the left and right are Helmer drawer units from Ikea.

      • Tb

        Where did she get the vanity? And what’s the brand name?

  • britwright

    Catherine, where did you get your gold Catherine necklace!? You, and your home, are flawless!

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  • Katie

    I absolutely adore your home!! Where did you get your desk from?

  • Julieann

    Would love to know the source of the settee in your living room? It is the perfect size while still looking comfy! thanks

  • Bethany at Powell Brower Home

    i just love this piece!  she’s GREAT.  i love that her style is funky and quirky.

  • Kayla Reynolds

    Where is the vanity from? I LOVE it!

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  • Ashleigh

    Who makes both the hot pink and light pink lipstick you are wearing? LOVE!

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  • Julie

    absolutely gorgeous home! thanks for sharing!

  • Soleil

    So chic and fab!

  • Maggie

    Where did you get the sparkly pillow on your bed? LOVE IT!

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  • lmantel

    where did you find the inspiration board??

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  • Quynh

    Catherine, can you tell me how you did the lighting on your vanity and where you got it from? This is exactly how I want my vanity area to look like…it’s beautiful!

  • ruby

    i just absolutely fell in love with everything most of all your beauty area. can u please tell me where you got the desk with the mirror on it? i saw that u wrote that it was from ikea i found the drawers on ikea but not the table if its from ikea do u know the name of the table with the mirror?

  • ruby

    Where is your rose gold chain link bracelet from. I love it for much!

  • Adriana Infante

    I have way too many questions for this beautiful home! Where is the silver mirror in the entry way from? And the gold coffee carafe? And the chandelier and the silver chair in your room? BEAUTIFUL.

  • Liz

    where is the console table from?

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  • Kelly Rafferty

    where did you get the acrylic organizers?

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  • Katherine

    This is all so beautiful! Very inspiring!

  • Taylor

    2 Questions: Where is the chair from (silver metallic louis chair)? And where is the pillow on the chair from? I ADORE the whole room!!

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  • eden

    Hi there,

    i just love you page, everything i love and more. However i was wondering in your picture that has this “I used to go out and get my coffee every morning, but lately I’ve been loving making myself a little spread to sit with while I work.” underneath it, there is a glass milk bottle container thing? i wanted to know where you got it from because it is just the coolest thing ever!!!


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  • Treece

    The lamp in the dining room , does it pull down like the lamps of the late 50′s ? Where did you get that ?

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  • Lara

    Beautiful home! Please share how you did the lighting on your vanity!

  • Mel

    I just came across this page! So beautiful, I was wondering if you made your inspiration board yourself, or if you bought it! I was thinking of putting one in my office

  • audrey

    thanks for the tour catherine! your home is lovely. can you please share where your headboard came from?

  • Nikki Renner

    where is the clear coffee table from on page 1??

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  • Rose

    What kind of dog is the one with the curly hair and your shoes beautiful ! Love .

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  • ssanjel

    Beautiful style! Absolutely love it! Could you please tell me the name of the desk and vanity from ikea?

  • Sarah

    what is the paint color on the walls in pink

  • Graci

    Where is your desk/vanity from? I absolutely love it!

  • graci

    Where is your vanity from? I love it!

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