If Queen Emma Chamberlain is known for anything (other than her down-to-earth personality), it’s her immaculate sense of style. From her taste in beauty brands to her iconic Met Gala looks, Chamberlain is someone with an effortlessly cool style that’s reflected in her clothing and general lifestyle. Now, we’re getting the inside scoop on the aesthetic of Emma Chamberlain’s house.
On Sept. 28, Architectural Digest released a profile on Chamberlain’s “deeply personal” Los Angeles home. This article was complete with stunning photos, shoppable links, and a video house tour led by Chamberlain. To say I’m obsessed with this California-cool, mid-century-modern aesthetic would be an understatement.
However, not all of us can afford a gorgeous house like this — especially the furniture inside of it ($349 on a lamp? Couldn’t be me). However, thanks to some internet finds and a bit of imagination, you can totally get the aesthetic of Emma Chamberlain’s house in your own apartment.
Throw your hair up in a claw clip, grab some wine, and get ready to DIY, babe. Here are 5 ways you can Emma Chamberlain-ify your college apartment.
1. Funky Lighting
Remember the $349 lamp? Don’t get me started on the chandeliers in this home, then. Chamberlain’s house is full of fun and funky lighting pieces that add a bit more interest to her already stunning home. And while you might not be able to install a Trueing chandelier in your on-campus apartment, there are still a ton of fun lamps, table lights, and other fixtures out there — at a reasonable price too.
To get the lighting look, scour the internet, thrift stores, and local estate sales for unique lighting pieces. Whether that’s a floor lamp or a table light, a unique lighting piece is an instant way to get that Emma Chamberlain look on a college-kid budget.
This mushroom light from Anthropologie has the same vibe as Chamberlain’s Crate&Barrell lamp at a fraction of the price. You’re welcome, bestie.
2. Green Marble Accents
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Julianna, are you telling me to install marble countertops in my college apartment? But before you doubt me and my DIY abilities, let me introduce you to a little something called “peel-and-stick laminate.”
If you’re someone who wants to add a bit of interest to your apartment, or cover up those hideous countertops in the kitchen and bathroom, peel-and-stick laminate is basically your best friend. It’s waterproof, durable, and made of vinyl, so it can actually protect your countertops from damage. The best part? With a bit of heat and a scraper, it can be easily removed by the time you move out. Score!
Chamberlain’s kitchen features some breathtaking green marble countertops and, with the help of some peel-and-stick, yours can too! Apply this contact vinyl to your countertops, create a backsplash, and even cover the tops of your side tables to get that Chamberlain-home look.
3. Plants, Plants, And More Plants
Chamberlain’s home has such a cool, fun, and relaxing feel. Aside from the gorgeous furniture and architecture, the house has incredible views of greenery that just add a bit of luxury and comfort to her space. In your apartment, consider heading to your local plant nursery and picking up a few plants to bring the outdoors, in. Not only are they fun to look at and take care of, but having plants can actually benefit your mental health!
However, if you’re like me and cannot keep a plant alive, you can also grab some fake plants to place around your home. Whether that’s above your cabinets, on tops of your shelves, or even sitting pretty on your floor, adding greenery around your home will surely give your space the Emma Chamberlain treatment.
4. Ornate Rugs
Rugs are always a great way to spice up a space. In Chamberlain’s home, she added fun, colorful rugs to bring warmth to her rooms. This is easily achievable in your college space, and it can totally give the impression that you’re some kind of interior design whiz. You can look online and on Facebook marketplace for authentic, vintage rugs, or head to Target for a cheaper and more accessible option!
5. Cool Wall Art
Finally, Chamberlain’s home wouldn’t be complete without some interesting and trendy wall art. In her living room, she has a small gallery wall dedicated to her favorite musicians, magazine covers, and art pieces. Hanging up some dope wall art can be a great way to spice up your space, while also showing off your interests.
Whether it’s a statement art piece or a poster, make sure it has that cool, ’70s-retro flair that Chamberlain’s home is known for. Some of the best places to find vintage-esque posters for cheap are Redbubble, Society6, and local thrifts.
This wall art set from Etsy is great: all you need to do is print ’em out, thrift some old frames, and hang them up on your wall. Voila! Chic, trendy, and Chamberlain-approved.