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By Amy Elisa Keith
Our friends at ELLE DECOR recently visited the quirky-cool desert abode of graphic designer Jeffrey Kearns. With playful pop accents throughout the house, his retreat has inspired us to amp up the fun in our own homes. Here’s how to do it.
Play Time2 of 16
Who says mobiles are only for nurseries? Instead of hanging a chandelier, suspend one to infuse a bit of whimsy into your space.
SHOP NOW: Themis Mobile by Artecnica, $27
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Low Rider3 of 16
Two-wheelers are back in a major way. If you’ve invested in a great bike, then show it off in your home as Kearns does.
SHOP NOW: Abuelo three-speed bike, $499
Like Clockwork4 of 16
As Madonna says, “Time goes by, so slowly.” However, with this designer shelf clock, you won’t mind watching the minutes pass.
SHOP NOW: Gretel White Unfinished Clock, $49
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Hidden Agenda5 of 16
Conceal odds and ends in this innovative storage solution. A dozen stacked drawers rotate 180-degrees for a spiraling staircase look, then lock in place to form the perfect unsuspecting organizer.
SHOP NOW: Spinny by Jo Columbo, $979
Center Stage6 of 16
Anchoring the room with an all-white sectional not only sets the perfect modular stage for pops of color, but also allows for ample guest seating.
SHOP NOW: Jordan Sectional, $3,695
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Action Packed7 of 16
A stack of books on the coffee table is nice, but it’s so expected. Take a cue from Kearns and add something surprising like action figures. We love Little Giants figurines of Ghandi and Malcom X, and its series on artists like Andy Warhol.
SHOP NOW: Little Giants, from $6.50
Page Turner8 of 16
Kearns is an avid collector of contemporary art, including a portrait in his living room by Kehinde Wiley. Get the artists’ touch at a fraction of the cost with this exhibition book.
Puppy Pad9 of 16
Fido can crash in style with this Marimekko-print lounger. It’s chic and stylish enough to be part of your own decor.
SHOP NOW: Fatboy Marimekko Doggie Lounge, $139
In The Clear10 of 16
To keep the room feeling light and airy, opt for a glass or Lucite coffee table.
SHOP NOW: Pool Coffee Table, from $680
What On Earth?11 of 16
Be worldly with this unique black globe. It makes for a more inventive display than your typical end table decor.
SHOP NOW: Table Globe, $200
Be Seated12 of 16
Folding chairs are so last year. Keep extra seating on hand with a stack of these Kartell Ghost Stools, available in a variety of hues.
SHOP NOW: Charles Ghost Stool, $128
Sit, Stay13 of 16
We loved the polar bear astronaut statue in Jeffrey Kearns home, and these dog statue speakers hit the same note of eccentric cool.
SHOP NOW: Sander Mulder Woofer Speaker System, $1530
Wax On14 of 16
Embrace modern glamour with this baroque candlestick. It’s made up of movable arms, allowing you to create different configurations.
SHOP NOW: The More The Merrier Candlestick in Black, $159
Asian Fusion15 of 16
Don’t be wary of mixing different styles and time periods. The rich hue and polished finish of this Asian-inspired table works in this modern room.
SHOP NOW: Rosewood Qing Hall Table, $495
Gold Rush16 of 16
With a gold leaf lining, this papier-mâché bowl is a step up from your child’s third grade art project. (Of course, both are showoff-worthy!)
SHOP NOW: Large Gold Paper Bowl, $68