Design Inspiration: France

Paris France Teal Doors | Design Inspiration from @lesleymyrick

You guys.

PARIS FREAKING FRANCE.

Let’s just say for the whole week I was there I had the same gleeful look on my face as Carrie Bradshaw when she saw the Eiffel tower for the first time. I loved exploring a city with such character and history.

While we did do one of those cheesy “hop on hop off” tours to see some of the major tourist sites, we mostly spent our time touring the city with good friends who’ve lived in Paris for a couple of years. I much prefer experiencing a new place this way – living as the locals do. (This included a hilarious midnight adventure to an adult store called the Sexodrome, but that’s a story for another day.)

Eiffel Tower view from Seine River | Design Inspiration from @lesleymyrick

One thing I love about an old city like Paris is the mix of industrial iron, ornate stonework, and gilding. There are pops of gold all over the city which add a magical touch.

Also, can we talk about those oversize teal doors in the first photo? Giant, richly painted doors are everywhere. And the door hardware is so sexy and elaborate I can hardly stand it. It’s been decided – if you become a design client of mine, you’re getting a crazy awesome front door.

Interior Designer Lesley Myrick at the Eiffel Tower | Design Inspiration from @lesleymyrick

Arc de Triomphe | Design Inspiration from @lesleymyrickInstead of getting caught in the overcrowded tourist trap known as Versailles (although it is beautiful and I’d love to see it someday) we traveled about an hour north of Paris by train to visit Château de Pierrefonds, a 14th-century castle. To say that it was breathtaking is an understatement. My little head has a hard time wrapping around the idea that a building has been standing for nearly 800 years. That’s good design, my friends.

Chateau de Pierrefonds, France | Design Inspiration from @lesleymyrick Chateau de Pierrefonds, France | Design Inspiration from @lesleymyrick

Also, if you thought pattern mixing was a new concept, let me just show you some of the ballsy interior design at Château de Pierrefonds. The French are not afraid of making a design statement with color and pattern.

It’s hard to tell from the photo below, but the those striped little creatures on the blue-green wallpaper by the window are hedgehogs. HEDGEHOGS. (Sidenote: anyone know where I can find hedgehog-print wallpaper? Obviously I have to have it.)

Patterned Wallpaper at Chateau de Pierrefonds, France | Design Inspiration from @lesleymyrick Patterned Wallpaper at Chateau de Pierrefonds, France | Design Inspiration from @lesleymyrick

The Louvre was on my must-see list for the architecture. We didn’t go inside (because TOURISTS and the fact that seeing the Mona Lisa in person is incredibly underwhelming) but I love the juxtaposition of the modern glass pyramids with the centuries-old buildings. It reminds me of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto with its modern ‘crystal’ addition.

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Here’s a peek at the view from our 6th-floor flat overlooking Montmartre and the Sacré-Cœur. No big deal. Only the prettiest morning view I’ve ever enjoyed while eating croissants and pain au chocolat.

View of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur, Paris France | Design Inspiration from @lesleymyrick

I’m now back in the US, in our new home in Texas. (I don’t live in California anymore. Remember that time I moved halfway across the country right before a month-long international trip? Yeah, I’ve tried to block that stressful decision from my mind too.) The #myricktravels have ended for now, and it’s time to DECORATE ALL THE THINGS in the new house. We’ve more than doubled our square footage in the new home from our Pasadena apartment, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. In the best possible way.

Bye bye, France. Hello Texas. Let’s do this.

Design Inspiration: England

oxford-england-covered-market-flower-shopContinuing on the great #MyrickTravels of 2015, we’ve flown from Scotland to England. Although we did spend a couple of days in London, we were so tired from traveling that we did nothing in London. NOTHING. Unless you count getting a facial and watching ‘Bridesmaids’ on cable as something.

In Oxford, however, I spent many days wandering through streets and shops and generally being charmed by this lovely place. Of all of the stops on this trip so far – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Oxford, and London – Oxford is the only place that I could see myself living in. Because anywhere that people use creepy doll heads as planter pots has to be good, right?

oxford-england-baby-head-plantersHere’s a look at some of my travels through Oxford, starting with the famed Christ Church Oxford (one of the many locations Harry Potter was filmed at).

oxford-england-christ-church-war-memorial-garden oxford-england-christ-churchOxford has an adorable covered market with cafes, restaurants, florists, and clothing shops. I savored a fresh scone with clotted cream and jam from a bakery at the market just about every afternoon. Shhh.

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oxford-england-sweet-shopThe architecture on Oxford’s High Street is an absolutely delicious mix of old and new, neutrals and color. I want to be friends with the dude who had the balls to paint his house bright pink in the middle of somewhat tame surroundings.

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oxford-england-st-aldates-street-unique-housesAnd out in the English countryside it’s so charming I could barf. Weathered brick and English Ivy and bright red post boxes and wild lavender everywhere. I expected Hugh Grant to walk out at any moment.

english-cottage-oxford-ripon-cuddesdon rippon-college-cuddesdon-post-boxoxford-england-hydrangeas-flower-gardenWhile I do miss the beauty and character of Oxford, I’m writing this from a breezy top floor Parisian apartment overlooking the Sacré-Cœur while enjoying an assortment of Ladurée macarons, so don’t feel too sorry for me. Back next week with design inspiration from Paris!

Design Inspiration: Scotland

Gorgeous view of #Stonehaven Harbour in #Scotland by @lesleymyrickIf you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed a few photos from the stunningly beautiful country of Scotland. It’s been my dream to visit here – my mom was born and raised in Scotland – and let me tell you, the United Kingdom does not disappoint. Design inspiration is everywhere and I’m totally that tourist stopping every few minutes to photograph something.

The attention to detail in the architecture blows me away. Moldings, columns, mullions, and stonework has been crafted with such intricate care and appreciation for design. Plus, much of the old ironwork (like the studded door to Edinburgh castle, below) is totally badass despite being hundreds of years old. It’s clear how Scotland and England found their punk edge back in the 1960s.

Here are a few photos of Scotland, if you’d like to see, starting with the grand city of Edinburgh in the south.

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After Edinburgh we travelled north by train along the east coast to Aberdeen.

aberdeen-scotland-park aberdeen-scotland-william-wallace-statueWhile up in the highlands we explored the rural countryside of Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, and beyond, thanks to our fantastic tour guides (aka. my extended family whom I’d never met and were absolutely delightful).

The two homes below are where my mom and Grannie grew up, respectively. It’s fascinating to connect with a family heritage that I’ve heard so much about but have never seen. (Also, that front door below is the perfect aqua-green and I MUST figure out what color it is and then PAINT ALL THE THINGS.)

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Sidenote: I am OBSESSED with flocks of sheep in the Scottish countryside. I find them hilarious and adorable. They just stand around being fluffy and cute and totally idyllic.

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While in the north of Scotland,  we visited the ruins of Dunnottar Castle. Let me tell you, the view from the castle does not suck.

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gorgeous-view-of-stonehaven-harbour-scotland-1If I had to sum up Scotland in two words, they would be brown and green. Brown stone and green grass is just about all you’ll see! It makes the occasional pop of color that much more special though. Color is restrained and reserved in what seems to be a deep appreciation for the history and landscape of this breathtaking country.

Thanks for joining me on my journey! Next up on the great Myrick Adventure are Oxford, London, and Paris.

5 Tips to Design a Clean and Colorful Living Room

5 Tips to Design a Clean and Colorful Living Room from @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #livingroomEven though I LOVE color and pattern, I’m a big fan of interiors that feel clean, spacious, and uncluttered. (Physical clutter stresses me out. Seriously.) After posting this photo of my living room on Instagram recently I was asked to give some tips on how to achieve this clean look. What my followers want, my followers get! Here are my top 5 tips to design a clean and colorful living room.

5 Tips to Design a Clean and Colorful Living Room from @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #livingroom

1. Neutrals are your friend. Take away the sofa, pillows, and art from the photo above and you’ll see a lot of…neutrals. Light-toned flooring, beige walls, and reclaimed wood furniture form the foundation of the design. From there it’s easy to add in selected elements that bring personality.

2. Beige walls are where it’s at. I’m a fan of light-colored walls in a living room, unless you’re going for a super dramatic look like this glam living room I styled for 55 Downing Street. Straight-up white can look unfinished unless your walls have cool architectural detail like applied molding, or you live in Scandinavia. (Which I don’t.) I’m all about beige walls to add a little “oomph” that basic white can’t always bring. The right beige is not boring, people! I repeat: the RIGHT beige is not boring!

The walls in my Pasadena apartment were painted Sherwin Williams Relaxed Khaki, and I was freakin’ in love with it. So in love, actually, that I’m going to paint the living room walls in the new house the same color. It had just enough green in it to complement our teal sofa and make it look suh-weet, but wasn’t enough of a “color” to be distracting.

3. Black and white are awesome. I love the Ikea Stockholm rug (who doesn’t?) and it was the perfect anchor for the conversation area. The vintage hostess chair in the foreground is upholstered in a small-scale black and white houndstooth.

You might be thinking, “TWO black and white patterned things? Have you lost your MIND, woman? How is this going to feel clean and uncluttered?” It’s all about scale. The large scale of the rug pattern and the small scale of the chair pattern play well together. Contrast in size is key to layering pattern in a chic, not crazy way.

5 Tips to Design a Clean and Colorful Living Room from @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #livingroom

4. Make color intentional. A brightly-colored sofa might not be everyone’s choice, but it is definitely mine. I love this stupid thing so much I’ve named it – she’s Sophia the Baroness Von Teal – and I’m pretty sure I’d rescue her in a fire after my husband and kid were safe. I love color, but too much can make a room feel cluttered or juvenile. Don’t be afraid to make a selective statement with color. Whether it’s a sofa (I LOVE YOU BARONESS!) and a couple of accent pillows, an oversize piece of art, or a rug, be intentional when including color you love and make it the centerpiece of your living room.

5. Include lots of fur. And white. And metallics. When in doubt and you’re trying to get a designer look, throw a sheepskin on something. The Ikea Rens sheepskin is just $30 and I have a bunch all over my house. And I include one in just about every design project I do. Because they’re awesome. A fuzzy white sheepskin draped over the back of a chair or layered on top of an area rug brings texture and interest without being distracting (it’s more of that good neutral stuff). Plus, fur makes you look super fancy.

White and metallic accents also bring texture to a space, but their unobtrusiveness feels clean and welcoming. See the white succulent pot and hammered brass tray on coffee table? You probably didn’t even notice them. AND THAT’S THE POINT. They just help create an overall feeling of awesome in the room.

5 Tips to Design a Clean and Colorful Living Room from @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #livingroom

There you go! My 5 tips to design a clean and colorful living room. Thanks to all the thoughtful peeps leaving Instagram comments and questions – I love hearing what you have to say and will happily answer your burning design questions! If you’re not already following Lesley Myrick Art + Design on Instagram, I’d love for you to come join me. I blog here about once a week, but Instagram is totally my jam and I’m posting new stuff there daily. (And with my upcoming trip to England, Scotland, and France, you can expect some awesome design inspiration from across the pond.)

Work with Lesley Myrick

New House + New Video

Hello from Waco, Texas! The great #MyrickMove has happened and I’m getting settled in my new home – and new home office.

I have an office! With a desk! A desk that’s not squeezed into my bedroom!

We’re unpacked, we’ve bought all the boring-but-essential stuff (lawnmower, I’m talkin’ to you), and now it’s time to get on with the fun – decorating.

We’ll be painting the living room and office this week, and it’s official – choosing paint colors for my own home is THE FUNNEST. Having never owned a home before I’ve either not painted or only painted walls a light color that’s easy to cover, but now, IT’S ON.

Chartreuse ceiling, anyone? (Oh yes. It’s happening.)

Stay tuned on the blog and Instagram for some peeks at the design updates to our sweet little 1950s bungalow. In the meantime, check out this awesome video that the beautiful Erica Marr Films created for Lesley Myrick Art + Design. If you’re curious about my interior design philosophy and how I work, you’ll dig it. And if you’ve been considering hiring me for a design project, this will give you a better sense of what I’m all about and if we’d be a good fit. (You like teal hair? Me too!)

My Pasadena California Home Tour

Interior stylist Lesley Myrick's Pasadena, California living room | @lesleymyrick
We move to Texas in just one week (follow along with the #myrickmove hashtag on Instagram), so what better way to wrap up my time in SoCal than with my Pasadena, California home tour – FINALLY! We’ve lived in this two bedroom 1960s apartment for two years and were pretty lucky that for a rental, it doesn’t totally suck. It’s not my dream home (because my dream home will have crown molding and ceiling fans that are not ugly) but it’s been a lovely little space for our family of three.

I’ve linked as many sources as possible, but many items are no longer available since I do a lot of custom, secondhand, and clearance sourcing. If you’ve got a question about anything, feel free to email me or send me a tweet.

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Living Room Sources: Sofa: The Sofa Company | Sofa Pillows: Custom | Accent Chair: Vintage | Sheepskin: IKEA | Coffee Table: Custom | TV Cabinet: Thrifted | Rug: IKEA | Accent Table: Lamps Plus | Teal Table Lamp Base: Target | Teal Table Lamp Shade: Custom | Clear Table Lamp (similar): Target | Clear Table Lamp Shade (similar): Target | Gramophone: Restoration Hardware | Brass Tray: Target

Interior stylist Lesley Myrick's Pasadena, California dining room | @lesleymyrick

Dining Room Sources:  Table: Pottery Barn | Pendant Light: c/o Del Mar Fans | Yellow Dining Chairs (similar): National Furniture Supply | Other Chairs: Vintage

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Ford’s Nursery Sources: Crib: IKEA | Crib Sheets: Giggle | Glider: Giggle | Squirrel Pillow: Target | Dresser/Changing Table: Vintage with Custom Top painted Benjamin Moore Citron | Accent Table: Target | Lamp: Vintage | Rug: IKEA | Curtains: IKEA| MamaRoo: c/o 4Moms | Deer Hook: Marshalls | Mobile: Amazon | Storage Baskets on Bookshelf: The Container Store

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Bedroom/Office Sources: Nightstands (similar): IKEA | Lamps on Nightstands: Vintage | Accent Pillows on Bed: Thrifted | White Vase: Jonathan Adler | Bookshelf (with wallpaper added to back): IKEA | Desk: IKEA | Desk Lamp: one of a kind sample from Lamps Plus | Desk Chair: IKEA | Desk Chair Pillow: Lamps Plus | iMac Stand: Z Plan Fab

Now you’ve seen where I work and sleep. It’s kind of like we’re best friends, right?

Starting on Wednesday all of this will be packed up in boxes so I’m taking a minute to appreciate our sweet little home as it currently stands. When we moved to California almost four years ago we had very little money (I didn’t yet have a US work permit and Nate was a master’s student and we were BROKE ASS) so we were forced to decorate on the cheap while we navigated life in a new state as newlyweds. I don’t believe that money buys style, and some of my favorite furniture and decor pieces are ones we found at thrift stores – and waited patiently for a 50% off sale to snag them for even less.

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my Pasadena, California home! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got planned for our new house (WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!) in Waco, Texas.

Summer 2015 Home Decor Picks

Summer 2015 home decor picks and trends from interior stylist @lesleymyrick

Hurrah, summer’s here!

(Oh wait. I’m moving to Texas in two weeks, land of heat and humidity. I retract that statement.)

At least there’s central air and we can enjoy being indoors, right? Here are a few of my favorite furniture and home decor picks to oomph up your space for the summer season. Because if you’re stuck inside, you might as well enjoy the colorful coral and teal and chartreuse scenery.

Melange Occasional Table | Capiz Orb Pendant | Round Hands Side Table | Petits Secrets Porcelain Catchall | For Like Ever PrintModern Wall Shelf | Daybed | Love Chair

Find my spring decor picks here, and browse the interior styling archives for oodles of design inspiration. Stay cool, bro.

Design Obsession: Wallpaper

Kelly Wearstler designed wallpapered foyer ceiling featured in Elle Decor | Blogged by #lesleymyrick

My latest design obsession, hands down, is WALLPAPER. (You know, the terrible stuff that you see in older homes that you can’t wait to tear down?) I’m so happy to see that wallpaper has come a long way from the bad 80s prints I remember from childhood, and is now so freakin’ rad that I’m dying to move into our new house and find the perfect opportunity to wallpaper the crap out of it.

The black and white foyer above, designed by Kelly Wearstler, is one of my favorite spaces ever. Her attention to detail on floors and ceilings is like no other. I love that she actually cut apart a simple grey and white striped wallpaper and reconfigured it to create this ceiling look. (PS. That’s a great DIY idea if you’ve got a lonely wall or ceiling that could use some oomph..)

Architectural Digest - amazing ceiling wallpaper | Blogged by #lesleymyrickOkay, that wallpapered stairway ceiling above? STOP IT RIGHT NOW. It is absolute perfection and I bow to the designer Rafael de Cardenas. I know the photo’s pretty blurry but it’s just too darn good not to share.

Blue watercolor wallpaper by Black Crow Studios | Blogged by #lesleymyrick

The custom large-scale wallpapers by Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios are absolutely exceptional. Why just paint your foyer when you could have this?

Ellie Cashman's dark floral wallpaper | Blogged by #lesleymyrick

I just discovered Ellie Cashman‘s wallpapers and I’m in love. If you want to feel like you’re being enveloped by a romantic Victorian still-life, this wallpaper is for you.

Kelly Wearstler Channels Wallpaper | Blogged by #lesleymyrick

Another stunning wallpaper pattern by Kelly Wearstler. Her wallpapers are totally not for the faint of heart. BRING IT ON, KELLY.

Graham and Brown Frames Wallpaper | Blogged by Lesley Myrick

And finally, Graham & Brown’s Frames wallpaper has had my heart for years. It’s the perfect wallpaper for a kid’s room that mixes “cool wallpaper that mom loves” with “totally not boring for kids”. I love the idea of sticking up photos and drawings in some of the empty “frames”. (And if you have the patience, I see this being another rad DIY idea. Cut out some templates from cardboard and trace with a black paint pen.)

I know my brain lives in this design world where wallpaper is awesome, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Wallpaper – yay or nay? Let me know on Twitter.

Lately I’m Totally Loving / 2

Molly Sims' dining room with chartreuse yellow curtains via @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #interiorstlyling #diningroom
Lately I’m totally loving these chartreuse curtains

Domaine Home modern dining room via @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #interiorstlyling #diningroom #chandelier
…this over-the-top dining room chandelier

House of Honey bathroom via @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #interiorstlyling #bathroom
…this insanely spacious bathroom with to-die-for details…

Chic office and Dalmatian-spotted wallpaper via @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #interiorstlyling #powderroom #office
this chic mix of modern art with traditional furnishings, and this Dalmatian-spotted powder room

Dark grey kitchen cabinets with chartreuse painted accents via @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #interiorstlyling #kitchen
…this sophisticated grey kitchen with a pop of chartreuse (my favorite!)…

Kelly Wearstler's colorful foyer via @lesleymyrick #interiordesign #interiorstlyling #foyer
…and this wild foyer that makes a major color statement.

Find more Lately I’m Totally Loving posts here and follow me on Pinterest for more rad design inspiration. Happy Thursday!

How to Mix Design Styles Like a Pro

A Luxe Moroccan Bohemian bedroom design by @lesleymyrick | #interiordesign #interiorstylist #bedroom #luxe #moroccan #bohemian #losangeles #dallas #waco #austin
Because I can’t pick just one style to design with (I’m all about mixing and matching as you probably know), this eclectic bedroom design recently completed for a client is a gorgeous mashup of Luxe, Moroccan, and Bohemian styles. I’m guessing those are three things you’ve never thought of putting together, right? If you’ve tried to mix design styles in your own home, you know it’s tricky to get it right. An eclectic room can very quickly go from “this is awesome” to “holy crap this is a hot mess”.

So how do you successfully mix design styles like a pro (ie. without looking like a crazy person)?

It’s all about proportion. 

You’ve might have heard of the 80/20 rule in design, where 80% of a space should be decorated in one style, and 20% should be in a contrasting style for interest. (For example, if you’ve got a traditional room, 80% of your furniture and decor should be traditional, and the last 20% could be modern accents to keep the space from feeling too “decorated”.) There’s a reason that the 80/20 rule works, and it’s a good starting point when decorating.

But I’m not big on following well-known decorating rules.

So I’ve made up my own, since mixing two design styles just isn’t enough for me. To really create a room that feels effortless collected over time and not “decorated”, the reality is that your space will include pieces in a variety of styles, colors, patterns, and textures. The magic is in the mix!

And in order to mix styles well, I keep this general guideline of proportion in mind: 60/30/10.

The first 60% is the “base” of a room – the main look or feel. In this case, the room has an overall Luxe look with its elegant upholstered bed, marble-top dresser, and faux fur bench (ugggh I love that stupid thing so much). If this room were a girl from your high school, she’d be the “pretty girl” who all the girls say they hate (but secretly want to be) and all the guys want to be with. 

The next 30% is the secondary style that complements your main look or feel. The Moroccan mirror, scalloped ceiling light, and mosiac-top nighstand complement the Luxe look. The “pretty girl” got a new haircut and perfectly fitting jeans and it’s not fair that she looks even better now.

The final 10% is the weird bits, the wild cards, the fun! A few Bohemian touches in this bedroom like the patterned bedding and quirky brass hand give it serious personality and interest. It’s like finding out your high school “pretty girl” is also smart, well-traveled, and a lot of fun to be around. It just makes her even more attractive and interesting. 

So there you go – my tips on how to mix design styles like a pro. Knowing basic design rules is important, but so is knowing how to break them.

Have you had success – or total failure – with trying to decorate a room in a few different styles? Tell me what worked or what didn’t. I’d love to hear from you on Twitter! Tweet me @lesleymyrick.