Get the Look of Lena Headey’s Ultra Cool Mid-Century Home
It makes sense to picture Game of Thrones star Lena Headey in a rustic castle, but in reality, her home is the epitome of California-cool, with so many zen vibes that you almost forget her villainous on-screen character. Lena bought the 1950s home for the light and then totally transformed the dated interior into a fresh, modern space that’s packed with eclectic pieces. She said she wanted to feel like she was on holiday when she was at home, and the nature-inspired decor definitely feels part spa, part bungalow. If you’re looking for some mid-century modern ideas for your own home, Lena’s space is a chic example of how to create well-layered living spaces with minimal clutter. Take a peek at Lena’s modern abode on Dwell, then scroll down to see how to get the same look in your home.
Lena was attracted to a mid-century style, but she also loves things that are a little “rough and unfinished.” Her living room isn’t stuffy at all — the overstuffed couches look incredibly comfortable — and the lack of clutter makes the space feel even more open and inviting. The room boasts open shelving full of books, travel momentos and a few succulents, which Lena admits are the only plants she can keep alive.
Capture the same light and bright vibe in your living room by contrasting neutral sofas with a quirky, textured rug. If you love Lena’s use of unfinished materials, incorporate a raw stump side table and a cane rocking chair into the mix. Seal the deal with plenty of cozy throw blankets and pillows.
Lulu & Georgia Elita Pillow ($59+), ARTERIORS Home Keegan 30 Light Chandelier ($5100), H&M Scented Candle in Glass Jar ($6), Urbia Chamcha Wood Stump Stool Table ($300), Roar + Rabbit Jeweled 6-Drawer Dresser ($1299), Woven Accents Colorful Vintage Moroccans (price on request), Chairish Mid-Century Cane Back Rocking Chair ($359), Nate Berkus Striped Tassle Throw Blanket ($35), Magical Thinking Embroidered Eye Pillow ($39), Cobble Hill Brownstone Sofa ($1945)
According to Dwell, Lena’s mostly all-white home was inspired by one of her favorite places: Ibiza, Spain. For the kitchen floor, Lena hunted down blue mosaic-tiles and then installed glass-sliding doors that open directly outside to the pool area. The best part of the kitchen? A mirrored backsplash that practically shines like a disco ball.
You might not want to spend the time tracking down those exotic tiled floors, but you can totally steal the look with a chic floor rug instead. Brighten up your kitchen with white appliances, clear glass and gold pendant lighting and a set of colorful bar chairs.
Progress Lighting Penn 1-Light Natural Brass Large Pendant ($137), Sur La Table Marble Salt Keeper With Acacia Wood Lid ($30), Design Tree Home Bar Stool ($164), Lulu & Georgia Savion Rug ($156+), Danya B Sparkling 9 Wine Bottle Rack ($50), Chantal 2 Quart Vintage Tea Kettle ($50), Williams-Sonoma End-Grain Cutting Board ($170+)
Just like the rest of the house, Lena’s master bedroom is simple and doesn’t feature a lot of furniture. She chose to outfit the space with a stunning upholstered bed and then added unexpected elements, like luxe velvet bedding and rustic shibori throw pillows.
Pair a fancy upholstered headboard with a gold inlay nightstand and gold pendant light to get the full Cersei Lannister experience. Give your bed the royal makeover with a velvet duvet and a couple shibori-dyed throw pillows. Save room on the nightstand with wall mounted gold sconce lights and finish off the look with a scented candle.
Joss & Main Chandler Upholstered Bed ($736), Lulu & Georgia Kennet Pendant ($328), Magical Thinking Shibori Streak Pillow ($29), H&M Velvet Cushion Cover ($10), H&M Velvet Bedspread ($99), Lulu & Georgia Hobnail Hill Vase ($24+), Paddywax Candles Apothecary Collection Jar Candle ($19), Roar + Rabbit Brass Geo Inlay Nightstand ($399), Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. Isaac Plug-In Sconce Brass ($249)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)