ifestyle guru and interior decorator Tamara Styles, 33, maintains a must-read blog (getitgirlstyle.com), an immaculate house and a thriving marriage, all while raising a teen and a tween. Enviable? Indeed. Impossible to emulate? Nope.
Tamara has made it her mission to show you how through her inspirational, photo-laden posts. “Most people aren’t necessarily educated on scaling, which is so important when you’re creating the look of your home,” explains this Dallas native, who lives in DeSoto. “Also, when I was little my grandfather was a pack rat. I know seeing that as a child did have an impact. A crisp, clean look comes naturally to me.”
She also has a knack for incorporating heirloom furniture, antique accessories and vintage finds with more contemporary pieces.
“My husband’s love of antiques has rubbed off on me,” she says. “Our home truly is a partnership, which means I can’t just change something without his opinion.”
Change loomed one weekend in October with a little help from Cortney and Robert Novogratz of HGTV fame. The couple contacted Tamara about using their Novogratz for Stark Paint Collection in an upcoming project. Tamara decided to redo her home office, an award-winning space.
A year ago, she had entered a competition with the furniture store west elm, using the retailer’s Parsons Desk. At the time, the room was avocado green, which made a wall of photos framed in simple black truly sizzle. “I wasn’t a fan of green at the time, but I wanted something a little different and edgy,” she says. The clean-lined room was a winner; a photo of it was displayed at stores around the country.
“I decided this fall that I want something lighter and fresher so I could incorporate more pattern into the room,” she says of her choice of salmon pink. “New paint is the most economical way to change a room.”
Tamara says she started out as a “high-gloss girl” but has recently embraced the simplicity of flat finishes. It helps that her daughter, age 14, and 11-year-old son no longer leave handprints wherever they go.
On a budget-friendly redo of her daughter’s room, she took her teen shopping and treated her like a client. The resulting look is a color-saturated retreat with vivid turquoise walls, a bold black-and-white striped headboard, hand-painted IKEA nightstands with fab hardware and eye-catching art on the walls. Talk about a teenage dream.
“My daughter was finally to the point where she could appreciate her space,” she says with a laugh. “My son, on the other hand, doesn’t quite know what he wants. Let’s just say that his room is a work in progress.”
Not so with the quietly glamorous formal living room, which caught the eye of no less than Nate Berkus this summer. The talk show host’s producer connected with Tamara after seeing posts on the living room, which Tamara designed around a Nate Berkus collection rug for HSN.
“I loved the bold chevron pattern, and the price was great,” she says. It also complemented a reupholstered sofa, an heirloom from her grandmother. She used turquoise accents and interesting accessories (including a HomeGoods ladder) to give the room extra dimension and patina. The Nate Berkus Show had Tamara tape a segment in August. Then they flew her to New York City for an in-studio interview, which aired Sept. 12.
Tamara’s next project? Stay tuned. She promises to keep us posted on her blog!