Jocking Val's Style : Design Inspiration from 'VH1's Hit Show Single Ladies'

This could easily fall under the category of "too much time on your hands", but on the contrary, I don't have time for this.  I wish I had time to point out all the amazing details that have gone into the set design of Val's home and boutique on the VH1's new hit sitcom Single Ladies.  Even as I'm writing this, I feel that I'm not doing justice to the rich color palette and the smart blending of modern and traditional furniture, along with fabulous accessories.  I am so in love with the added architectural details of her front doors, that I want to create a post about that alone.  This is a post about living with your personal style.  It's something that I think is truly missing in most people's home's design.  If this were a blog followed only by interior designers, we'd talk until exhaustion about the use of wallpaper, the mixing of art and accessories, and the magnificent way in which Cheryl Adams used painted furniture alongside traditional finishes.  And even to top it off, how she had the nerve to do what I'm pushing my clients to do, which is to embrace velvet.  But since this is for the onlookers, the ones who just enjoy pretty...Lets talk about Val.

Val's character, played by Stacey Dash, is a young recently single lady living in Atlanta.  She's a former personal stylist turned  high-end boutique owner by day and a millionaire-dating, champagne sipping, fashion trendsetter by night.  From the very first scene, you can tell that she loves to mix things up.  One evening she might be joining a guy friend for drinks followed by a spontaneous trip on his private jet and the next, looking for fashion inspiration at a college house party.  There's no putting this glam goddess in a box.  This juxtaposition of style also shows up in her Buckhead condo.  Known for it's ritzy night clubs and as luxury shopping haven, Buckhead is the perfect setting for Val who's in the middle of it all.   

The first comment my sister made as we watched the pilot was how sexy the cast and the set appeared.  Now, this is huge for her because she never notices things like that.  Of course, I notice everything design because that's my job, but when my right-brained, nurse practitioner of a sister is moved by the decor, then you know you're on to something.

My original thought was to identify the things from the show and tell you where to purchase it.  Like this: "The above sofa from her living room is available at Macy's for about $900.00".  I decided against this approach when I started to realize that many of these items are things that walk by every day as you are out shopping. Therefore, what you need is to know why to buy, not where to buy.


The space you create should evoke a mood.  An atmosphere that's a backdrop to a lifestyle that already exists.  It shouldn't be trendy, but instead it should be a natural representation of your personal style.  I showed a guy my portfolio the other day at a party.  When he got to the image of a bachelor pad with a platform bed he asked, "When did you do that one?"  I started to say "2005", but he completed my sentence for me.  It's true.  When I designed that space, my client was a young single doctor living that life.  Now he and the guy looking at my portfolio have both moved on to a different phase of life.  But that's the joy of it all.  The collecting of memories and the evolution of your life.  After a while, you house transforms itself into a home and starts to look like you because it naturally has to. It has to fit in order to function.
So what type of mood is your home setting?  We talk a lot about living with the things that you love.  I'm even using my psychology degree to work to understand where your road blocks are.  I'm here doing my part.  Now, what about you?  Have you stopped looking at how your neighbor lives in their house and started to focus on how you're living in your own home?  Have you stopped wondering what others will like when they come over and started to focus on what you like and will see every day as you move through your home?  Have you given any thought to the set you're living in while you play out the scenes in your own life?  If so, then chime in because I'd love to hear your thoughts.  If not, then there's no time like the present to get those creative juices flowing.  So, let's begin.  Ready. Set. Action!

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  1. Always love your posts - thanks!

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  2. Anonymous27 July, 2011

    Do you have any idea where to find the desk and chair you show above?

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  3. You can find a desk and chair similar to Val's at Henredon or Thomasville. Becasue the style is traditional it is has been replicated by tons of vendors. These are investement pieces so purchase the best quality possible.

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  4. Anonymous27 July, 2011

    Awesome article! Excellent points and yes, I'm a nurse too! LOL!!

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  5. FAB!!! Val does have great style on the show from her fashion sense, her boutique, and her home.

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  6. Anonymous27 July, 2011

    Great article! I absolutely agree that decor on Single Ladies is eye capturing. I know you're going against telling us where we can get these items, but where can we find the gold nesting tables and the pillos....please? They's stunning!

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  7. Find the Gold nesting tables at henredon.com and the pillows at Zgallery.com Good luck!

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  8. Anonymous27 July, 2011

    Great post! Makes me think about what my place say about me... absolutley nothing.

    I've got to do better.

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  9. Anonymous28 July, 2011

    Kimberly, can you please provide the source for the wall mirrors. I have to have them!! Also, is there a full view of the entire apartment online? The rooms are obscured on the show. You can only see bits and pieces. The Living Room and Val's bedroom design are fabulous. Would love to see it all for decorating ideas.

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  10. Anonymous28 July, 2011

    Referring to the bronze & gold wall mirrors in the picture above with Val sitting on the sofa.

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  11. After I finish with my current project on August 15th, I will try my best to put the list together of the items from the show as best I can. I'll try to reach out to Cheryl as well. She may or may not share... they are design secrets. In the mean time, search your local antique shops. You never know. There are no images of the set online. One of my design assistants just so happend to work at one of the filming locations. Even she has no idea what was going on. TOP SECRET STUFF as you can imagine.

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  12. Anonymous28 July, 2011

    Thank you.

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  13. Hey LOVE LOVE the show and your post. Looking for the couch in the window of Val's store with the curved back. Can't find it anywhere. Thank you for this post! So need it.

    T.

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  14. I know just the place for you to get it!

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  15. As everyone has stated before me... The post is AMAZING and much needed. I have been killing myself trying to find that wallpaper in her bedroom!!! I have to have it. Do you know where I could find it.

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  16. Nona Washington15 August, 2011

    Omg, i thought i was the only one that was in love with the set of Single Ladies,I have the sofa which is called Chloe and I only paid 600.00 for it from Macy's (sale) but the exact sofa from the set is at Haverty's for about 900.00 or a little more Vals has the skirt the Chloe does'nt i have had my sofa for about a year now,I love things that look modern and traditional,im so happy with my pieces in my home i love love to decorate,i have a gold mirror similar to the one on the set,but it was my great grandmother's. I have this thing where if I dont love it i dont buy it or do it,even if that means spend the extra money for quality.Im so happy i found this blog.

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  17. Nona... Girl you ROCK! Let me find out, there' s another scene detective out there. That reminds me, I have a funny story. -Never mind. Lets talk wallpaper. I don't know where that one is from. I do have some favorite tone on tone from cole and son that I think are great. Very similar,but not quite exact. What do you think?

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  18. The mirrors are vintage, as far as we know. Nona confirmed my suspensions. Let's everybody keep looking until we figure this out.

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  19. Oh im all late didnt know you responded im excited, yes iam a stalker lol,as far as wall paper i have seen some similar to some in some books at Sherwin Williams and some at Lowes,it is beautiful,and mirrors just keep looking at consignment shops and thrift stores espeacially the consignment shops i love them!

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  20. Sorry the previous comment was from me Nona,the site was having trouble posting comments at the time.

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  21. Hi Kimberly, its now approaching January and I was wondering if you were going to post a list of items from the show? Most importantly, those glasses I've gotta have them. P.s. I love your post its so inspiring. Thanks so much!

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  22. I just found 1 of the mirrors above Vals sofa at Homegoods for $79! I love it and I am looking for 1 more if anyone sees one please let me know. I am definately jocking Vals style!

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  23. When did you find it? OMG.So many people were looking for that!What a great deal! Thanks for sharing.
    Kimberly

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    1. Kimberly, I just found it on Friday Jan. 27th. I saw it and knew it was the same one! So EXCITED!!!

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  24. Who makes the sofa with the cut out in the back that sits in Val's retail store? It reminds me of Marge Carson or Taylor King... Thanks.

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    1. Now, that. I don't know. Gosh, you must spend a lot of time in high end design showrooms. I Love Marge Carson and Taylor King. Just don't use it as much since leaving Texas.

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    2. I actually work in a high-end showroom in Houston, Texas. One of my clients saw the sofa on the show and asked me to find it. So, I'm doing everything I can to get it done. Thanks!

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  25. Do you know who makes the sofa with the cut out that sits in Val's retail store? It looks like Marge Carson or Taylor King. Thanks

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  26. I actually work in a high-end showroom in Texas. A client saw it on the show and asked me to find it. So, I'm doing my beat to figure it out. Thanks!

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  27. Hello Kimberly,
    I am remolding my living room and dining room area, and I love the design on the single ladies set....I was wondering where you got the wallpaper and curtins......must have, this design speaks me.....

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  28. Hello Ladies i too am looking for those intriguing attractive mirrors love love love them got to find them......

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  29. Hello Ladies i'm also looking for those mirrors they are intriguing and attractive i love love love them i have to have them any idea where i can find.............i have even searched ebay

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  30. Hello Ladies i too am looking for those intriguing attractive mirrors love love love them got to find them......

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  31. Where can I find the wall art the hangs on the wall above the dining room table. It is in the picture above. It is colorful vertical stripes (mostly green, blue, white, pink) I need to have it. I looove it! Please tell me where I can find it or one like it.

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    1. Ladies and gents. Please send me your email address. I am trying to arrange a google+ hangout to discuss the decor in the show. just send me a note to kimberly1195@gmail.com

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  32. Where can I find the wall art the hangs on the wall above the dining room table. It is in the picture above. It is colorful vertical stripes (mostly green, blue, white, pink) I need to have it. I looove it! Please tell me where I can find it or one like it.

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    1. Lauren so sorry for the delay. Thay picture is at Zgallarie
      zgallaries.com

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  33. Hi Kim!
    Did you ever do the blog about the doors?

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    1. I did not, but you get get the look with gold leaf/ gold paint and stencils. Send me a picture when it's done.

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