Nigel Barker is a family man. As dad to Jack, 13, and Jasmine, 10, and husband to Cristen, his house is a busy and bustling place full of activity and laughter. Nigel says becoming a parent changed his life in several ways—from commitments to values. It also changed how he approaches design. WGTL blog caught up with Nigel to ask him for his tips on how to design a room for a family.
How has being a dad impacted your home design?
Nigel Barker: All parents would agree that being a parent changes your life as well as your home. Where you might have had something for show, now it’s important to have something that’s more functional. And it’s not just for our children; we have a dog, cat, a three-foot iguana and fish. Our home has to fit the many things we do. I have heavy bags from my photography, so pieces need to hold up to some rough conditions. My wife is a Yogi, and she’s often barefoot. You have to consider how you live when you design where you live.
Do your children impact your color choices?
NB: We don’t shy away from light colors. We think about what we can do to protect our furniture. We have a lot of earth tones as well as cream and white; it feels comfortable and relaxing and I love that blank canvas look and feel. In the right places it also works to soothe the children. You immediately feel an oasis of calm. It’s funny; when you put a child in a calm room, you’ll often find them sitting on the sofa and reading book for an hour.
Is your whole home calming or do you mix things up?
NB: Some areas are calm, while others areas are meant to inspire play. When you walk into my upstate New York home, the first floor has a modern look and feel, with the majority of the pieces from my NB2 collection. It’s very classic, simple and chic with elegant lines and a modern feel, yet not so modern that it feels cold or minimalist. Upstairs, each room is special. And we’re currently renovating the basement. It’s a huge project and it’s going to be predominantly a massive playroom. I’m the biggest kid I know.
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture chosen for your family?
NB: I love when all four of us can curl up on the sofa with our animals and watch a movie after dinner. We also love the daybed—it’s everyone’s favorite. Even the dog likes it. Furniture has to be functional. It has to stand up to real life. We treat the fabric so it repels a spill because that’s what life is like. Furniture has to be able to handle whatever you throw at it.
Nigel certainly knows how to design a room for a family. We’d love to know what changes have you made to your décor since becoming a parent?
You can’t be surprised that Kris Jenner’s holiday décor is over the top.
Her Calabasas home is a whimsical winter wonderland. With a massive evergreen tree in the foyer to the luxurious touches throughout her home, keeping up is pretty impossible. Our favorite part of this tour by Architectural Digest is hearing the insights from Kris and her designer. The use of red is classic, but the execution is totally contemporary. Here are three tips we gleaned that could be used in your home this holiday season:
You can never go wrong with plaid plates for the holidays. The bonus is that you can use them throughout the year when you want a traditional touch. In classic red, they’ll never go out of fashion.
Red and Black Ornaments
We love the idea of mixing red and black ornaments for a naughty but nice holiday look. Black is unexpected; it provides a bit of glamour and drama, letting the classic red feel bold.
From white faux fur stockings to animated fur reindeer, Kris Jenner’s holiday décor features lots of texture. We think she’d love this white faux fur tree. Imagine it as a centerpiece or on a table in your foyer.
What is your favorite part of Kris Jenner’s holiday display?
Nigel Barker is a style icon. He elevates every space with sophistication and attention to detail, whether he’s behind the camera or in front of it. His chic furniture collection, available exclusively at Art Van Furniture, will help elevate your Modern style décor.
“Be Timeless and Chic”
“Like a life well lived, design should be multifaceted and meaningful. I’ve always aspired to be timeless and chic,” says Nigel. “Sleek silhouettes and soothing colors create a calm oasis where you can unwind and recharge. My hope is that you’ll style rooms are meaningful and multifaceted.”
Nigel gets a lot of modern style décor inspiration from in the fashion industry. “Style, fashion, design, and furniture are linked intrinsically at every level,” he says. “Ultimately, when you make a fashion statement, it’s about your personality – it’s about who you are as a person. But when you make a statement about who you are in your home with furniture, you’re making an even larger statement because these are pieces that have to live on past your outfit for that day.”
Create a Nigel-inspired room by carefully selecting each furnishing and accent piece for its beauty and meaning. In addition, clear out the clutter and bring a sense of serenity to your room. While pops of color are always welcome, embrace neutral colors and natural materials, mixing textures and styles. When you design a space with livable luxury, you make every day special.
Designer Tory Burch is known for her impeccable sense of style. Fashion lovers everywhere love her sought-after designs. You can imagine that her 15,000-square-foot Southampton home is ultra stylish, too. Burch’s house is one of the largest homes in the area. Also, the traditional style décor is unusually formal. That’s because most homes in the vacation getaway for the rich boast a casual-but-elegant style.
Take a Quick Tour
This video from Architectural Digest gives you a peek into Burch’s elegant home. First of all, we love the abundance of chintz and botanical prints. Next, notice that traditional-style chairs are everywhere, perfect for entertaining. Finally, the nature-inspired accents mirror Burch’s beautiful garden setting. While you might not be able to move to the Hamptons, if you like Tory’s traditional style décor, we’ve got the look.
Joanna Gaines is the face of farmhouse style décor. She puts the focus of home design on telling the family’s story. Her own home reflects those same values, with an eclectic mix of personal items, old and new, that creates an inviting space for family and friends. If you love Joanna Gaines’ style, here are three of her signature items:
Admit it. None of us knew what shiplap was before Fixer Upper. Now we all want the beautiful reclaimed wood in our homes. From walls to furniture, every room can use a little shiplap.
There’s something nostalgic and beautiful about framing and hanging vintage maps in farmhouse style décor. Whether it’s from your city, your travels or your dreams, framed vintage maps add a sense of adventure to your room.
Most of Joanna’s designs include large kitchen islands, and the way to create a sense of coziness is to anchor them with statement pendant lights. Not only do pendants provide task lighting; they underscore the design of the home.
What do you think of Joanna Gaines’ farmhouse style décor?