shelter in-place: a tour of my home

many of us continue to self-quarantine or are experiencing shelter in-place orders.  needless to say, most of us are at home for an extended period of time.   yesterday, i asked you what you wanted to see over here on the blog to help you pass the time.  i got a lot of feedback, and one of the requests i received most was to give you a tour of my home.  in January, i published a series of posts showcasing my home office, closet, and living room.  so, i thought i’d compile and edit those posts here for those of you who may have missed.  today, we’re talking shelter in-place a tour of my home.  

remember, we’re in this together.  the team here at styleatacertainage is not only committed to bringing you content to help you through these uncertain times, but we’re also rethinking that content so that it’s applicable and relevant to your daily lives.  keep sharing your suggestions in the comments below.  

have a stylish home office 

how to design your home office—or any room in your house—is a totally personal decision and a function of your own aesthetics.  with the advent of Pinterest and other design boards, it’s easy to compile a gallery of inspiration that can serve and guide us on everything from a refresh to a full-blown remodel.

personally, i’m a fan of clean clines and simple design techniques—like contrasting classic and modern design patterns—to create a space i want to be in.  and of course i’m not immune to applying my personal fashion sense to my design one.  animal prints anyone?  if you share similar aesthetics as i do, i’ve compiled several widgets throughout this post of similar home office items like desks and lamps. 

turtleneck | boyfriend jeans | belt | shoes | earrings 

a day in the life of a lifestyle blogger

it may come as a surprise (or it may not), that as a lifestyle blogger, i actually spend most of my day in front of my computer doing everything from scripting photo and video shoots to answering emails from you.  so, most days, i prefer to be relaxed and comfy while i work.  and what’s says “comfort” more than a pair of boyfriend jeans. 

today, i’m featuring a pair of boyfriend jeans from J.Crew.  i’ve been all about J.Crew this winter, and they’re having a great flash sale today.  so head over and see if you can find a good deal and let me know in the comments.  

i’ve paired the jeans with a turtleneck from Everlane.  i’ve been totally obsessed with with turtlenecks this winter. i even posted a how to wear a sweater/turtleneck dress last week in case you missed it. 

closet

on any given day, my closet is where you will find me planning my next outfit for my next blogpost.  this is what my custom closet  looks like today.  i love the antelope pattern we chose for the carpet installation. and an upholstered ottoman adds a touch of boutique style.  but the custom cabinetry and special amenities are what help me most on a day-to-day basis considering I’m a lifestyle blogger.  but guess who loves the closet more than me? Oscar and Ollie hang out here quite a bit.

custom closet

custom closet

custom closet

custom closet

custom closet

custom closet

living room

both my dining and living room have been a work in progress since mr. style and i moved into this house, and i’m thrilled to share it with you now as it has finally come together in the hopes that this will give you some design inspiration for your living room.  we spend a lot of time in the living room; it’s the main point of entry and welcomes people into my home. recently, i turned my formal dining room into my home office.  because the living room has an open floor layout, i can include the dining area there.  i like an open layout that naturally leads from one room to another. but whatever type of layout you have, your home is a reflection of you and should be a comfortable place for everyone to get together and enjoy spending time. 

let your decor reflect who you are 

i lean toward mixing modern and classic design styles. my fashion sense comes through in my home decor – like the paint color in my closet (pink!), or the bold use of color and and animal print in my home office.  in my living room, i mix modern fixtures with classic furniture shapes. i like the juxtaposition of styles. mixing styles is a forgiving way to decorate your home: it lets you choose pieces you like without having to strictly adhere to a specific style.

design inspiration for your living room

if you’ve been following the blog for any length of time, you know i love to read.  in fact, i participate in two different book clubs. (and if you’re not already a member, make sure to join our Facebook group book club with style!) so, it was important to me to have ample space for my books. the dining room built-ins are a perfect spot for my book collection.

 

 

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33 Comments

  1. Phyllis Jones wrote:

    I have asked twice about where you got the black t shirt you wore with a black jacket and white jeans. I haven’t heard back. Please respond.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
    • can you share with me which black t-shirt and which black jacket? thanks. typically when we post an outfit we also share the shopping links to navigate our readers to the brand.

      Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  2. vicki wrote:

    I would love some great reciepes using what you might have in your pantry!
    batch cooking and re-purposing the leftovers.
    cooking for one

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
    • thanks for the suggestion! cooking for one is a challenge. i have sourced an online meal prep called Factor that i use from time-to-time. it’s delicious meal that serves one.

      Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  3. Becky wrote:

    In the closet…. how do you divide up your clothing.. what gets hung and what lays flat? Do you divide by color or by type of clothing..ie… all dresses together lite to dark, all short sleeve tops together light to dark or even everything together(dresses, shirts etc) light to dark.
    Also, when picking your ootd, what drives your decision besides weather?
    Thanks for continuing to be down to earth and moving, moving ahead with life. You are in my thoughts.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  4. Carroll Niesen wrote:

    I am enjoying your daily posts. You have a lovely home!

    Here is my suggestion for a post. Back in the day, our shoes, belt and purse matched. Not any more. Can you give us some logic for putting together different leathers or fabric and looking put together, not mixed up?

    Thanks!

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  5. Teresa McPherson wrote:

    What a beautiful home you have! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  6. Mirjana Bartl Siampos wrote:

    You have a lovely home! Thank you for the tour and for your blog. Stay well.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  7. Marian R. Gillett wrote:

    The best picture is Ollie and Oscar in the closet. Our animal family members so believe that they belong where ever we are. Privacy is unknown to them. They are always a bright spot in today’s world.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
    • Hi Beth
      Writing from Australia! Love seeing your posts. Im interested in Bec’s question about how to arrange the walk in room closet too. Also I need to cull my wardrobe a little so maybe a post on that topic too.
      Thankyou cheers Judy

      Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  8. Thank you so much for your energy so in need now for our nation. It really makes me appreciate my home.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  9. Kathy G. wrote:

    Hi Beth! I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for several years now! And I not only love your fashion but also the lifestyle aspect, your home, recipes etc. but I’m wondering how you do it all. What is a typical day like for you?

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  10. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    Your home looks very nice. We’re all spending lots of time in our homes right now, that’s for sure. Glad to hear you’re self-isolating some. It’s an excellent opportunity for lots of reading, good movies, etc. Stay safe!

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  11. Elizabeth Smith wrote:

    I really like your floral dining chairs, also the large painting of flowers. Colour is so important, especially bright colours, to make you feel more positive, especially at the moment.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  12. Jeni wrote:

    Your post today Beth has cheered me up. You look great in jeans and sweater – simple but chic you rock the look.Home lovely too- we are going to be spending a lot of time at home in the coming weeks. Thank you and best wishes from the Worcestershire countryside.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  13. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, thank you for sharing your home tour it’s beautiful. I love the Hydrangea they are one of my favourite flowers, we don’t get them here in England as cut flowers unfortunately but we get them in pots for the garden. Your home is beautiful. Stay safe xoxo Julie from England

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  14. Deanna wrote:

    Thanks so much for your daily inspiration! I look forward to your emails every day. A plus side of social distancing is now there is plenty of time to catch up on our homes and projects. A simpler way of life in some respects. Stay well, positive, inspiring and beautiful, Beth!

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  15. Patti wrote:

    Good morning Beth,
    Your home is so pretty. Hope you and your family are all well. Have a great day.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  16. Peg Weir wrote:

    Your house is more fabulous than I imagined it would be. Great place to spend social isolation. I am without words for that gorgeous closet.

    Thank you for inviting me into your home. I enjoyed the visit very much.

    Take care,
    Peg

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  17. Monique Wilson wrote:

    Beth, thank you for taking us on a tour of your beautiful home. I read your email everyday as well as follow you on IG. While my figure doesn’t follow yours, and my legs are not as lovely as yours, you offer suggestions and styles that even I can pull off (mostly). Thank you for giving us a peak into your life. It’s been a much needed distraction from all that’s going on in our lives. You are a joy.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  18. Eve wrote:

    I’m absolutely blown away by how beautiful your home is! It is stunning!

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  19. Diane Sargent wrote:

    I love the white Chanel- like jacket on your mannequin ! Is that a bought item or did you have it made? I love it ❤️
    Is it wool ?

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  20. Rory wrote:

    You have a beautiful calm and pleasing home. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  21. Sherry Brown wrote:

    May I ask who did the painting of the two boats over your fireplace? I love it and looking for something like that for our lake house. Can it be purchased or was it custom just for you? Love your blog!!

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  22. Mary C wrote:

    Thank you for sharing your home, Beth. It’s beautiful. I especially love the painting of the 2 boats above the mantle. Our homes are our sanctuaries for the time being. My husband and I are doing some deep cleaning and organizing in ours during this self isolation time. It feels really good.

    Posted 3.19.20 Reply
  23. Shulamit Geva wrote:

    Many thanks for an(other) interesting post.

    Posted 3.20.20 Reply
  24. Carol wrote:

    Wow, Beth, what a beautiful home you have. Your closets are amazing but I always have admired American closets. As a child I slept with my sisters in a room with two large wardrobes. One was dark and brown with a creaking door and our clothes hung in it, high above our heads. The other was painted white and full of spare bed clothes. Up on a high shelf, however, was a box, an old cigar box, and in it were greasepaint sticks, the remains of my father’s early life treading the boards, hopes and dreams!

    Posted 3.20.20 Reply
  25. Joy wrote:

    House looks good!
    Happy and hopeful and colorful like your wardrobe
    Looking forward to Spring front porch and screened patio

    Posted 3.20.20 Reply
  26. Margo Mayo wrote:

    Thank you! What a fun tour! And inspiring too. Lovely home!

    Posted 3.20.20 Reply
  27. Michelle wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    May I ask you to share some ideas of styles for hair cuts? I’ve just turned 45 and am looking for a shorter style to spruce up my look, having had bangs and long hair most of my life. I feel my current look is a bit dated and tend to regularly wear my hair pulled back.
    I’ve recently come to find your Instagram site and now follow your blog posts and have to say I’ve found much inspiration for style ideas, both for work outfits and home touches. Thank you for your thoughtful posts, keep up the great ideas and inspiration!
    Michelle

    Posted 3.21.20 Reply
  28. Kimberly wrote:

    Love ❤️ your closet! Very interested in the Camo tote..who is the designer or where did you purchase it? Stay healthy and safe ! Thanks for the tour it’s a nice break from all the news!

    Posted 3.22.20 Reply
  29. Helen wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    What a beautiful home. I love the way you have blended traditional and neutral with pops of colour. Oscar looks cute as ever with his feline friend. Thank you for your cheery ideas and company!

    Posted 3.23.20 Reply
  30. Dawn wrote:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous house!

    Posted 3.27.20 Reply