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Ben and Lauren's Home After Hollywood
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell may have started their love story inside The Bachelor’s grandiose mansion, but their living situation has since changed from upscale fantasy suites to a cozy home in Denver, Colorado. When Bushnell, 26, first moved into the one-bedroom, one-bathroom property, it was “definitely Ben’s house,” she tells PEOPLE. “Which it should be. He was living here alone. He was a bachelor. It made perfect sense.” But Higgins, 28, wanted the space to feel welcoming for his new fiancé. “All I really want is for Lauren to have the joy of living here with me,” Higgins says. So the couple sought guidance from Joss & Main style director Donna Garlough, who helped transform the bare-bones pad into a stylish spot that’s perfect for two (shop the look here!).
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“Ben would be happy with just a couch and a TV,” Bushnell says of Higgins, who recently shared with PEOPLE that they aren’t in any rush to get to the alter. Their redecorated gathering space does have Higgins’ necessities, but with an added dose of style to suit Bushnell’s tastes. “I love the living room,” she says. “It’s where we spend most of our time together and it’s relaxing and homey.”
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Warm and Welcoming
“Lauren fell hard for an asymmetric gold mirror on Joss & Main, so we made it a focal point above a sleek gray hall chest,” Garlough says of the chic catchall nook by the front door. “It’s now the prettiest place to set your mail and keys!”
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Details on Display
Combining their sentimental items and tossing a few, ahem, less chic pieces, was a particularly important task for Bushnell and Higgins. “We’re in the next chapter of our relationship,” Bushnell told Joss & Main. “That means getting rid of things from when we were a bachelor or bachelorette. And I think that’s okay, because it’s the memories that count.” Higgins adds, “I’ve gotten used to the idea that I can get rid of things, as long as she’s happy with this house.”
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Lauren’s “must-have item,” according to Garlough was the beaded chandelier that boasts a boho-chic aesthetic. “The one we chose has a sort of weathered romance to it,” she says.
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Higgins, however, has a different favorite feature of their redesigned home: “Can I add how cool the bar cart is, too?” he says. Bushnell agrees. “That was really for you,” she says.
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Although Higgins admits he “did try to stay out of it,” when it came to decorating their cozy bungalow, Bushnell still wanted to keep the home somewhat masculine. “I needed that safe place, that home base that I could walk into at the end of the day,” Bushnell tells PEOPLE. “But I also wanted to be respectful of Ben and make it his home, too. So I tried to keep that in mind and not make it too girly.”
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Blah to Beautiful
Garlough adds, "Lauren was so thoughtful about wanting both of their personalities reflected in their home’s design, and she wanted him to be happy with the end result, too." One element that had to go, though, was Higgins's previous dark bedroom. "It was all brown, and his bedding was brown. Everything was brown," Bushnell says. Higgins jokes, "I'm more of a rustic man."
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Now the newly designed nest is a bright, white slate for the couple to start their new lives, post-Bachelor. “Making this home ours is one of the last steps we needed to make sure everything flows in unison,” Higgins says.
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