The cheeky brand Kate Spade New York is one of our go-tos for fun and beautifully designed clothing and accessories—and now we can turn to them for interesting home décor pieces, too! Last October, Kate Spade New York launched a collection of home furnishings, which includes everything from throw pillows with quirky quotes to elegant table lamps. Our founder, Taylor Sterling, was flattered to be asked to style some of the pieces in her own home, and below she’s sharing two different ways she would use some of her favorites from the collection. Which look is your favorite?
If you’ve been following my journey online for some time, then you already know that I’m a pastel addict. If it’s light pink, mint or pale yellow, I’m all over it. While some people may be afraid to style with pastels thinking that they would appear too “girly” or “young,” I feel like the combo is both fresh and modern. It brings a lightness to any space, and instantly relaxes me.
One rule I like to live by is this: “There are no rules.” Helpful, I know—but what I mean is, when styling a space, listen to your gut. Let the pieces guide you. You will know when something feels off or not. If you like pastels, use a lot of them! This area started with the Kate Spade Elsie Table Lamp in a gorgeous shade of blush pink. It’s the standout piece. From there, I selected things like colorful art and frames that complemented my feminine, pastel color scheme. One of my favorite pieces from the collection is the Tassel Pillow in flaxseed. It suits this cozy corner just perfectly. Plus, who doesn’t love anything with tassels?!
Hate seeing ugly power outlets in styled areas of your home? Me, too. To combat the cliché, I like to lean art in front of those pesky cables, like I did here on the floor with a map of Paris. It’s a little different, but serves a pretty purpose.
Overall, styling a shelf is all about experimentation. Take time adding and removing things and see what sticks. I often like to add personal items like photo strips, Polaroids and little knick-knacks that have meaning to me.
While some people may be afraid to style with pastels thinking that they would appear too “girly” or “young,” I feel like the combo is both fresh and modern. It brings a lightness to any space, and instantly relaxes me.
For my second look, I felt inspired by music and things from the past, but I didn’t want it to feel too retro and old. I wanted to inject a contemporary spin on some of my favorite classics, like a pink record player and vintage photos in an elegant Kate Spade frame. These little details are slightly unexpected, but help make a home feel both interesting and compelling.
Again, the Kate Spade Elsie Table Lamp is the show-stopping piece in my space. It’s not a lamp that you might automatically place within a retro-inspired space, but it works! Ultimately, you just need to have confidence in styling things you love. With that in mind, it will always feel right.
For this alternate look, I wanted to mix black and pale pink together—a combo that feels so chic to me. I incorporated a black-and-white film photograph taken in Paris by my friend Em Scott, more black-and-white photos styled on the shelf, a vintage California interiors book and a favorite record styled on the shelf—all of these little details add that personal touch. It may not be everyone’s taste, but that’s what makes it you. That’s what makes a house a home!
- Rocking chair: The Land of Nod
- Cacti art: The Land of Nod
- Pink throw: Pigment
- Mauve throw pillow: West Elm
- “Rock” throw pillow: Calypso St. Barth
- David Bowie Kokeshi Doll: Sketch.inc
- Alexa Chung book: Amazon
- Record player: Audio-Technica x Urban Outfitters
- Dresser: West Elm
- Rattan magazine holder: vintage
- Agate bookends: West Elm
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