How To Recreate These Iconic Looks In Your Home

How To Recreate These Iconic Looks In Your Home

The US has always had an influence on the design world – interiors included. Whether you love the laidback California look or the solemnity of a New York brownstone, achieving the look in your own home is easier than you might think. Here are some of the key styles to know and more about the designers who can make your vision a reality.
By Georgina Blaskey

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Let’s be clear, this is not about plaid wallpaper and antler chandeliers – it’s about taking cues from traditional decorating and reinterpreting them for now. That might mean incorporating family heirlooms or referencing certain motifs, such a layered window treatments or darker flooring. 

Bringing symmetry to a room is a hallmark of this style, as is finishing upholstered furniture with ruffles, tassels and piping. Pattern plays a big role in this look too, and works best when layered through wallpaper, flooring and curtains. But despite this busyness, there’s a cosy vibe that instills comfort and remains elegant. These are rooms in which you can relax, where you feel like you’ve been invited into the heart of someone’s home.

The Designers To Know

Heidi Caillier Design

Landed Interiors & Homes

Mark D Sikes  

Whittney Parkinson Design



Californian cool meets Scandi style in this quintessential American look. Centre stage is texture, and the more organic the better, whether that’s woven oversized lampshades, reclaimed wood beams or honed marble worktops. 

Harnessing light sources is the key to creating these sensitive, cocooning spaces that balance warmth with a sense of expansion. Floor-to-ceiling windows, vast sliding doors, clever internal glazing all help to create flow from the indoors out and, naturally, colour schemes are neutral and pared back, with accent colours coming from the materials used. While there’s a definite nod to beach chic, don’t expect a surfboard propped up against the wall – a framed black and white landscape would be more in keeping.

The Designers To Know

Amber Interiors

Becki Owens

Katie Hodges Design 

Pure Salt Interiors



This look is all about the American Dream – bringing a touch of Gatsby glamour and Studio 54 to your living space. In these schemes, designers want to inject plenty of personality and their schemes are ambitious as a result. 

Metallic accents signpost towards an elegant aesthetic, spruced up with sumptuous velvets and plush rugs. Lighting is sculptural, artwork is dramatic, and everything is a device to decorate. Walls are spaces for murals, tiling is an opportunity for pattern and ceilings are there to close an ornate lid on the jewel box design. 

The Designers To Know

Romanek Design Studio 

Hadley Wiggins 

Jenna Lyons

Miles Redd




There’s a quiet power to this style. Combining structure and purpose with warmth and comfort, it’s about striking a carefully calibrated balance between function and form. The secret to creating interest is making plains anything but – the weave of linen, the sheen of silk, the patina of metals and the smoothness of leather. Uniting traditional and modern furniture with highly textured fabrics, these designers value finishes with depth, even on hard surfaces, such as lime wash paint and knotted floorboards. 

Taking the stress of modern life out of the home, ‘slow living’ is the mantra i.e. less is more. Liveable yet luxurious, comfortable yet considered, these are spaces that will evolve using materials that will improve with age.

The Designers To Know

And Studio 

Disc Interiors 

Jake Arnold

Light And Dwell 


Whether you’re partial to warm minimalism or eclectic elegance, all of these designers can be found on The Expert, a global platform where the world’s interiors designers offer one-to-one video consultations.

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