DIY the Look: Rachel Bilson’s Boho-Minimalist Home
When celebrity couple Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen decided to redecorate their contemporary, ranch-style home in the LA hills, they had to try and figure out how to seamlessly combine Rachel’s girlie boho taste with Hayden’s love of minimalist design. Lonny Magazine takes us on a tour of their happy abode to see how these two distinct styles combined to create a warm relaxing retreat that truly reflects both personalities. Get ready for great design inspo for you, or if you’re moving in (and compromising design styles) with your boo!
Surprise! Rachel loves flea markets and vintage home decor as much as we do. She and Hayden topped her antique piano with a collection of art that they selected together, mixing up the makeshift mantel with an eclectic mermaid sculpture and a vase of fresh blooms.
The living room features a blue velvet couch, rough hewn coffee table and lots of patterned throw pillows. The couple loves to entertain so they wanted a space that could comfortably host lots of friends and family. A sectional creates an instant sense of closeness versus lots of separate seating arrangements.
A couch this bold needed a coffee table that could stand up to it so the couple had this hefty coffee table made with the request that it looks both antique and vintage. Just in case they need some extra seating, a couple of boho poufs are tucked under the table.
Feeling adventurous enough to try a vibrant velvet couch? Try the above sleeper ($750), and pile it high with boho throw pillows like one in Shibori dye ($29 or get our kit to DIY dye some yourself!) and ombre geometry ($44). If you’re going with a boldly colored couch, try what Rachel did and go with a lighter wood coffee table with lots of texture like this Monastery Coffee Table ($1,000).
To keep the cozy velvet couch the focal point, they painted the fireplace bone white.
The couple opted to go sans window treatments since they love all the natural light their ranch home receives. Sunlight streams unfiltered into the living room, lighting up the colorful items on the glossy white console.
We love the look of glazed ceramics in natural light because you can really appreciate all the color gradients. Check out this Fern Lamp ($198) and patterned ceramic vase ($10). Add some metallic elements to your room with room accessories like these faceted candles ($70).
The clean lines of mid-century furniture anchor the living space, enabling it to take on more textural bohemian elements. Both Bilson and Christensen fell in love with this vintage armchair and had it reupholstered in a navy wool to coordinate with the blue velvet couch. A patterned textured rug keeps the reading nook from feeling stark or uninviting.
A mix of books, flowers in teeny tiny vases and a succulent arrangement sit on the coffee table. Rachel envisioned a very earthy element in the living room so there are lots of live plants in the room. We salute you and your green thumb, Ms. Bilson!
We are pretty infatuated with those tiny vases on Bilson’s coffee table. Instead of trying to talk to your guests over a huge bouquet, keep the blooms close to the table with a low succulent planter or tiny little bud vases. We have lots of succulent inspiration to get you started on your own arrangement. A blue ombre vase ($98) and a handmade glazed set ($98) is the way to go. Colorful agate coasters ($64) add a fun flair, and you can buy a tiny gold bowl ($120) or try making your own!
When a couple moves in together, it can be a challenge mixing personal items and tastes, but Rachel and Hayden pulled it off pretty perfectly. Here, a reading nook was created with a vintage green leather chair and a portrait that Bilson has treasured for years.
Rachel collaborated with interior designer Kishani Perera (pictured above!), who she said got a feel for their style instantly. And looking at this unique blend of midcentury-boho decor, we would have to agree!
What do you think of Rachel Bilson’s boho-midcentury look? Talk to us in the comments below!
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