Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Tile

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in the blog business this long without dedicating an entire post to tile. I brag on accent walls all of the time so it’s only fair that I finally give tile floors (and backsplashes) the attention that they deserve.

Now, am I suggesting that you cover the entirety of your floor in these gorgeous patterns and colors? Not exactly. What I am saying is that if you were to put one of these patterns up on the wall behind your master vanity or on the floor of your hallway bathroom, you’d stun everyone with your bold style choices. These tiles let you bring a bit of unexpected color into your home while making a BIG impact. Here are 10 of my favorite tile picks for any project you may have.

10 best tile - hip patterned tile picks from interior stylist Lesley Myrick
  1. 1. Cigar Shop Cle Tile | 2. Colonial Doble Cement Tile Shop | 3. Casablanca Green Cement Tile Shop | 4. Loft Flame Penny Round Tile Bar | 5. Iridescent Mardi Gras Squares Tile Bar | 6. Coral Bell Matte Diamond Fireclay Tile |  7. Prussian Blue Chaine Femme Fireclay Tile
    | 8. Hex Pick Up Sticks Popham Design  | 9. Plus Plus Popham Design  | 10. Maize Sabine Hill

“Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best” are roundups of my favorite home products in a range of prices. Check out the complete “10 Best” archives here, and find more furniture, home decor, and lighting I love on Pinterest.

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How to Pick The Perfect Paint Color, Hang a Gallery Wall, and More

Want to look like a badass design expert? I’ve got your back. Here are a few of my favorite YouTube how-to’s, so if you’ve been wanting to know how to mix offbeat decor into your home, or confidently hang a gallery wall, or what my must-have styling secret is in any room, it’s all here.

How to pick the perfect paint color (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

We all know choosing paint colors is suuuper tricky. (Even after twelve years in the design business, it’s still something that doesn’t flow as easy as other design decisions for me and takes a great deal of careful consideration.) There’s one major trick I keep in mind when choosing wall colors, and that’s always to spec a more greyed-down, desaturated version of the colors I’m looking for. Bright, saturated hues can look great in artwork or on accent pieces, but are often just too overwhelming on a large expanse of wall.

How to hang a gallery wall, the super easy way (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

It’s all about planning your layout carefully on the floor, taking useful reference photos, and trusting your eyeballs to make it look right. Is it less accurate than measuring properly, or blocking out the arrangement with craft paper? Sure. But for an informal, eclectic gallery wall, this way works beautifully.

My favorite styling secret (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

If there’s one thing I always bring to a photoshoot (besides hardcover books with awesome spines and pretty little green plants), it’s a lush sheepskin throw. Oops, secret is out! I’m telling you, that sucker works in almost every room and adds interest, texture, and a little luxury. Put a sheepskin on it.

How to mix cool and offbeat decor into your home (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

Yes, that fantastically weird sculpture you picked up in India or that framed Polaroid you bought on the streets of Manhattan can totally work in your home, even if your home isn’t decorated in “that style”. If you want to incorporate something offbeat and awesome into your decor, it’s all about balance and proportion.

How to work with a virtual interior designer (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

I love working with clients virtually – it means that I can create design magic with awesome people all over the US, Canada, and beyond. But obviously design projects look a little different when a designer can’t be there in person. It can seem intimidating to a client to have to take on tasks like photographing and measuring a space, but it’s not nearly as challenging as it seems. I’ve got an insider look at the process of working long-distance with a designer.

Got a design question that I didn’t answer here? Join me this Thursday night at 8pmCT/6pmPT for my first Facebook Live Q+A, where I’ll be answering your design questions and chatting about current design trends that I love (and some that I kinda don’t love). Come on over to Facebook and say hi!

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The New Neutrals

As the home columnist for Wacoan magazine, I’m psyched to share my insights and ideas about interior design and home decor each month. Here’s an excerpt from my current column, “The New Neutrals: Form Takes Center Stage When Color is Absent”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

I’ve got a confession to make:
 
While I adore color, I don’t hate beige as much as you may think. My website proudly states that I “transform boring beige spaces into kickass colorful homes that are livable, delightful, and unexpected.” My newest free downloadable guide is filled with tips to banish beige and create a colorful, personality-filled home. And yet, I’m the first to acknowledge that beige certainly does have its place. White walls can be a thing of minimalist beauty. And neutrals, when used correctly, are anything but boring. In fact, they can be sophisticated, cozy and just plain chic.

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Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Sconces

Sconces are a clever way to add a light to a room while also adding serious style to your walls. You should love your light fixtures as much as the rest of your decor; sconces can be exactly the way to increase a room’s functionality while giving it the edge you’ve been looking for.

I’ve found that the more expensive the sconce, the more it acts as a statement art piece rather than a light. The Arteriors Jiten sconce? Be still my beating heart. If you didn’t buy me a Christmas gift, belated presents in the form of starburst sconces are happily accepted.

Without further ado, here are my 10 picks for best sconces out there (for any budget):

10 best sconces for any budget | Picks by interior stylist Lesley Myrick
  1. 1. Wayfair Klein 1 Light Sconce | 2. Lamps Plus Cloverly Bronze Wall Sconce | 3. Barn Light Electric Lovell Plug-In Wall Sconce | 4. Abigail Ahern Pineapple Wall Sconce | 5. Schoolhouse Electric Princeton Mid Sconce | 6. Lulu & Georgia Midlight Wall Sconce | 7. Wayfair Bennett 1 Light Wall Sconce | 8. Anthropologie Lightbearer Sconce | 9. Arteriors Jiten Sconce | 10. Kelly Wearstler Halcyon Round Sconce

“Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best” are roundups of my favorite home products in a range of prices. Check out the complete “10 Best” archives here, and find more furniture, home decor, and lighting I love on Pinterest.

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Unexpected Colorful Kitchens

I’ve been having some serious kitchen envy recently. (Recently? Just kidding, it’s ALWAYS.) Adding unexpected color into homes is what I do best, so naturally, bold kitchen cabinets sing to me. Here’s some major inspo to motivate you to pick up a paintbrush and splash some color on your old worn-out oak cabinets.

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Do you see the teal cabinets through the doorway? Color is everywhere in this happy home.

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This dual color cabinetry combo is perfect for this space. Also that rug! Enough said.

Unexpected Colorful Kitchens roundup from designer Lesley Myrick | Emerald green kitchen cabintets

Unexpected Colorful Kitchens roundup from designer Lesley Myrick | Teal cabinets with black and white Moroccan tileThe backsplash design? DYING. I have plans to create something similar in my own kitchen.

Unexpected Colorful Kitchens roundup from designer Lesley Myrick | Royal blue kitchen cabinets with Moroccan tile floor

Have these pictures convinced you to take the plunge into the world of colorful cabinetry? If you’re thinking of a dynamic burst of color PLEASE let me know because I’d love to create something this quirky and unexpected with a new client.

Here’s who to thank for this gorgeous kitchen inspiration (from top to bottom): Desire to Inspire, Casa.com/br, Elle Design, Skona Hem, A Lovely Lark, Style Me Pretty, Kenihan Development, Elle Decor

Want more awesome design tips and inspiration to break out of a “blah” home and let your rad self shine? Get my FREE guide, “Bring Personality to a Boring Space” right here. 🤘

Kid-Friendly Decorating That Looks Grown Up

Having kids doesn’t mean you can’t have style. It’s totally possible to decorate a kid-friendly home that’s still grown up and badass! Even with a 3 year-old, I manage to keep my house looking like adults live there, not just a pre-schooler. While part of that has to do with my obsession with decluttering (hello, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up), part of it has to do with making smart decisions when decorating. So what are my secrets to creating a kid-friendly space that still looks grown up? Glad you asked.

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Not in the mood for a video? Here are your quick takeaways:

1. Invest in a sofa upholstered in performance fabric (treated with Crypton, Teflon, or similar), leather, or faux-leather that’s durable and easy to keep clean. Kids drool. Kids spill. Kids bite your furniture (seriously). A sofa that can basically be hosed down and easily cleaned is a total game-changer with kids. And YES – you can even have a white sofa if you invest in great quality performance fabric! Game changer.

2. Find secret opportunities for hidden storage in coffee tables and accent tables. Storage is your best friend. Keep the things you need on the daily, like remotes, within reach but out of sight. Clutter is the quickest way to make a space look totally un-cool and overrun by small humans.

3. Invest in great quality paint that’s washable without showing marks. I loooove velvety matte paint, but it’s known for being rather unforgiving and showing every little mark. Better quality brands have fantastic new paint technology that allows even matte paint to be scrubbable. Hallelujah. My favorite is the Sherwin Williams Emerald paint line. Super dark colors are still a little temperamental and may show some scuffs, but light to medium hues behave beautifully.

4. Rugs made of natural fibers like jute or wool will clean better and last longer. A cheap and cheerful synthetic rug might look great, but it won’t hold up to serious scrubbing when a toddler goes doodle-happy with a Sharpie. Wool rugs are a worthy investment.

5. Use pretty storage containers, like baskets and decorative boxes, to hide stuff in plain sight. Baskets also introduce texture, pattern, and color into a room to make it more interesting. Concealed storage is your friend when kids are in the picture so you can stash toys and books in a snap.

And pssst…I just released a brand-new FREE guide to help you bring personality to a boring space and create a kickass colorful home! You can download it for free right here

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Color Theory: Embrace the New Year with Bold Color

As the home columnist for Wacoan magazine, I’m psyched to share my insights and ideas about interior design and home decor each month. Here’s an excerpt from my current column, “Color Theory: Embrace the New Year with Bold, Unapologetic Color”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

Color Theory - embrace color in interiors in 2017. Article by Lesley Myrick.

January is all about renewal, revitalization and fresh starts. I think 2017 will be the year that color makes a major comeback in interiors — thank goodness! Neutrals have their place, but it’s time to embrace the colors we love in our homes again this calendar year.

I’ve always been a color lover. When I was old enough to paint my own bedroom, at about age 12, I chose a pale, sky blue for both the walls and ceiling. Given that it was so totally cool at the time, I also sponge-painted a few dreamy clouds for that realistic sky effect. (Spoiler alert: ’90s sponge-painting in no way resembled real clouds.)

I even went the extra mile and purchased matching blue mini blinds, which remain to this day despite the fact the walls haven’t been blue for two decades.

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Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Wallpapers

That’s right: wallpaper. You may have thought that wallpaper went out of style; it’s come a long way since your aunt plastered that horrid pastel pink floral all over her living room in the 70’s. Wallpaper is now easier than ever to use, with many options (including some of the below) that are peel and stick. Easy application means easy removal, so if you’re like me and your design tastes are ever evolving, wallpaper is a great alternative to traditional paint to make your room POP.

Below are 10 of the best wallpapers that are totally inspiring. (You may even recognize Pucker Up Buttercup from my office makeover.) Go ahead, treat yourself. It’s time to get that accent wall(paper) of your dreams.

Lesley Myrick's 10 best wallpaper picks
  1. 1. Chasing Paper Peonies | 2. Chasing Paper Wild  | 3. Amazon Pucker Up Buttercup | 4. Graham & Brown Poppies | 5. Anthropologie Malachite | 6. Genevieve Gorder Brass Belly |  7. Genevieve Gorder Intersections | 8. Kelly Wearstler Crescent Lake | 9. Juju Paper Sisters of the Sun | 10. Jonathan Adler Drip

“Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best” are roundups of my favorite home products in a range of prices. Check out the complete “10 Best” archives here, and find more furniture, home decor, and lighting I love on Pinterest.

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Winter 2016 Home Decor Picks

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It’s finally starting to feel like winter here in Texas. It’s actually cold enough to layer up and wear jackets and scarves without worrying about sweating (cue happy dance).

This winter I’m all about deep blues, gold, and creams. Not going to lie, I already own two of the picks above (the RENS sheepskin and Edison bulb lamp) so you can tell that I’m not lying when I say that I’m head over heels for these items.

Here are my favorite winter 2016 home decor picks:

Goldfinger Lounge Chair | RENS Sheepskin | LIbby Edison Bulb Lamp | Wood and Metal Antler Bottle Opener | Chasing Paper Red/Blue | Alsara Pillow | Statements by J Nesting Tables | Harper Velvet Side Chair

Want to see more of my favorite pieces – stuff I would actually buy for myself and for my clients? Browse the interior styling archives for oodles of design goodness.

FYI: Lesley Myrick Art + Design will be taking next week off for the holidays, so have a rad Christmas and awesome New Year. Cheers to 2017!

5 Things to Get Rid of to Refresh Your Living Room

5 things to get rid of to refresh your living room - tips from Interior Stylist Lesley Myrick
Sometimes, when a room just isn’t looking its best, it’s not about what needs to be added, but what needs to be taken away. You know I’m a huge fan of decluttering, and (spoiler alert) and that’s always the first place to start – but there are a few other things that might be dating your living room. I’ve got a list of 5 things to get rid of to refresh your living room, some of which you might not expect (especially #3):


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Get rid of these 5 things and your living room will be well on its way to a total refresh. Who knows – letting go of what’s not working might be the jumpstart you need to make a major design change.

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