Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: 'Lived-In Look' Can Be Achieved without the Clutter

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: 'Lived-In Look' Can Be Achieved without the Clutter

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While we're told time and time again to keep our homes clean and clutter-free, our busy lives often get in the way. But we're here to tell you, there is a happy medium -- a home that embraces both comfort and chic.

This new trend has been dominating our feeds lately, and we're calling it the lived-in look. It's the interior equivalent of French- girl style: cool and completely carefree. It's impeccably styled yet appears like you never lifted a finger.

Just like French-girl outfits, a lived-in home should have a minimal foundation of classic decor within a pared-down color palette, peppered with unusual silhouettes and plenty of statement accessories. The trick is not to fuss over it too much. After all, a home was meant to be lived in.

Ahead we share some of the key elements to recreating a cozy yet chic aesthetic at home.

- Perfect the high/low mix.

If you really want to achieve that perfectly imperfect vibe, you have to master the high/low mix. It's similar to the high-street designer fusion we love in fashion, except this time you're dressing up a room with a luxe and low-cost combo of furniture and decor.

- Embrace the messy bed trend.

If there's one trend that will inspire you to sleep in, it's the messy bed trend. Don't be fooled by a boudoir's undone, nonchalant appearance. Just like the perfectly tousled bed head, it actually takes a lot of work to achieve this "carefree-chic 'I woke up like this' vibe," as our contributing editor Jonathan Steinitz so perfectly articulated.

Despite science backing the bedmakers, we wake up on the creative side of the bed and it feels so good. The key to perfecting this effortless look is investing in quality linen sheets. The stonewash process leaves them with a soft wrinkled appearance that's totally luxe and lovely.

- Mismatch your dining chairs.

Achieving that lived-in aesthetic means ditching fussed-over for the informal. …

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