Want to Make Your Spaces Look Like Jenna Lyons'? Right This Way...


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It should come as no surprise that Jenna Lyons, Creative Director of J.Crew and undoubted queen of cool, has spaces to match that effortlessly stylish wardrobe. We were bowled over by how her particular aesthetic translates so well into interior design—how discriminating uses of pattern and color, an uncanny ability for mixing masculine and feminine sensibilities, and a taste for modern silhouettes works just as splendidly in rooms as it does in fashion. If you find yourself wondering what her interiors might look like based on her killer eye for modern yet accessible design,and how you would even start to go about recreating them, you've come to the right place. Take a look at the interactive moodboards below we used to recreate her spaces and find out what elements work to make up that style. 

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well-curated dining

One thing to note about this stunning dining space is that, like a lot of great design, the look is about careful, controlled curation. Here, you see a few statement pieces—a jaw-dropping chandelier, a large painting, and mounts on the wall. The rest is kept decidedly more bare to let these pieces shine, and also not to overwhelm the room with too much all at once. The philosophy here is akin to a quote oft-attributed to another fashion maven, Coco Chanel: "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory." The same could be said of an interior made of bold statement pieces—keep track of the big picture and remove anything that'll make it feel too "overdone." 


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controlled chaos desk set-up

Bright colors and eye-catching prints are visually stimulating additions to a workspace, but aren't  overstimulating when featured in furniture in timeless silhouettes. A fully organized office amid a chaos of paperwork is only achievable by exuding careful control over it–a few well-curated pieces of art and stacking loose papers is all you need to take a desk from mess to no-stress.

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black and white and yellow living room

Furniture with a more masculine spin is paired interestingly with more feminine decor—a large chandelier and ballerina painting mix remarkably well with sturdier chairs, while more quirky, unexpected additions like the bright pop of yellow and the cat pillow add that final, whimsical touch. This living room works much like a perfect outfit—start with neutral pieces, move on to statement pieces that display your personal aesthetic, then add an unexpected, eye-catching accessory to finish off the look. 

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eye-catching nursery

First off, J.L.'s impossibly chic nursery pulls off two super trendy design moves at once—a wallpapered ceiling and a black accent wall. We'd say that one is best left to the professional designers, unless you have a really good idea of what you're doing. However, there's still a lot to be learned from this visually-compelling nursery. A rigid palette of black, white and yellow allowed her to go crazy with pattern and texture–it's a good, simple rule for designing in general that, like most of these tips, works just as well in an outfit as it does in a room. It's a rule we can obviously tell Lyons knows like the back of her hand. 

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