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Stories: The Effortless Chic

By Kali

Stories: The Effortless Chic

Design: Jen Pinkston // All Images (unless otherwise noted): Katie Jameson

Inspired by her time living in Los Angeles, Jen Pinkston, the lifestyle guru behind The Effortless Chic, was drawn to cool, succulent-inspired blues and greens paired with warm and inviting neutrals for her new home. Her color and pattern combos look right at home in her mid-century modern dwelling, a style that the West Coast does oh-so-well. On today's blog, we're sharing her Story the tiles that make her “Austin Casa” home, plus picks that let you make it your own. Explore her exclusive palette and the secret to her signature lived-in modern style.

Image: Jen Pinkston

Want to make Jen’s Story your own? Try out her inspired West Coast style with The Effortless Chic Sample Pack, which includes 2x4 color samples of Ivory, Mustard Seed, Flagstone, Calcite, Slate Blue, Magnetite, Pewter, and Halite. We're sharing more of the inspiration behind this palette and Jen's home below, but if you'd like to see more, check out the Pinterest Board too!

Design Tips from Jen:

Start with You
“First and foremost, always design for yourself and what makes you happy. I'm sure there are countless decisions we made in our home that people would call impractical, too trendy, or not on trend enough, but they bring me so much joy, so what else matters?!”

Here's Jen's Primary Bathroom:

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Flagstone and Calcite

Here's her kitchen:

Tile Shown: 6" Triangles in Calcite and Daisy with Glazed Thin Brick in White Mountains

Tie the Palette Together
“Whether it's tile or paint, furniture or art, keep the color palette cohesive. Think about what you want your two to three pops of color to be with a supporting cast of neutrals.”

Tile Shown: Glazed Thin Brick in White Mountains

Attention to Detail
“My Story was inspired by the mid-century glass homes that are nestled into the canyons and hillsides and the cool greens and blues of the succulent-filled landscape.”

If you're going for a mid-century vibe like Jen, consider installing your tile in a straight-set pattern, and don't be afraid to go for a pop of color:

Tile Shown: 2x4 in Daffodil // Design: Rick & Cindy Black Architects // Image: Whit Preston Photography

Treat Yourself
“Go big in at least one space. Everyone has a budget, but rather than cutting corners everywhere, choose a space that's most important to you and go big there while finding ways to keep costs down in other rooms.”

Jen first worked us on her LA home's primary bath:

Tile Shown: 8" Hexagons in Slate Blue

Live in the Space
“Whenever possible, live in the space before making every furniture decision. We want to thoughtfully choose pieces that we’re really in love with rather than choosing pieces to fill a void.”

Tile Shown: 6" Triangles in Calcite and Daisy with Glazed Thin Brick in White Mountains

A Handmade Touch
“Here’s the thing that I will say with every room reveal: It’s important to find ways to add warmth and character. One of the easiest ways to do that is by selecting handmade finishes like Fireclay tile.”

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Flagstone

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Calcite

A Sense of Place
“Places make great inspiration. When my oldest daughter was two, we decided it was time to go back to Texas, but Southern California will be forever ingrained in my being. My inspiration for this color palette—and honestly our whole house—is that decade in LA.”

Image: Jen Pinkston

Find Your Hue
“Find unique ways to tie in similar colors from room to room. For example, pops of muted, cool greens can be found throughout our house.”

Brick Shown: White Mountains

Jen chose a recurring blue-green color that pops up throughout her home and makes it feel even more thoughtful and cohesive:

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Flagstone

Anchor with Tile
“Tile lends this very warm and lived-in feeling to a room that would otherwise just be paint and drywall. It becomes the focal point around which everything else is designed.”

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Calcite

Inspired by this palette? Order The Effortless Chic sample pack now. Need some help? Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly.

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