Summer 2017 Home Decor Picks

While I’m not one to totally re-decorate my home for the seasons (spare me the cutesy display of starfish and seashells on the coffee table for summer, ugh), it’s always fun to freshen up your accessories as it feels appropriate. My home decor picks for Summer 2017 are all about orange, indigo, concrete, and ceramic. Natural textures, fresh colors, and a little quirk.

Oh, and a pug wearing a bowler hat? Why not.

Summer 2017 home decor picks from interior stylist Lesley Myrick

Indigo Lamp | Beck Hand Sculpture | Edan Verdegris Concrete Stool | Spanish Sino Hand-Knotted RugMod Chap Art on Canvas | Julian Table Lamp | Eatherly End Table | Graffito Pillow

Want to see more of my favorite pieces – stuff I would actually buy for myself and for my clients? Check out my past seasonal decor picks and browse the interior styling archives for oodles of design goodness.

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Flower Power

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, “Flower Power: Good for Your Decor and Your Well-Being”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the article archive here.

We’ve always known flowers and plants bring an element to a tabletop or nightstand that’s both aesthetically appealing and statement-making. Designers especially embrace this fact. Look at any home magazine, and you’ll typically see some sort of organic element in the interior photos of the homes, whether it be a subtle single bloom on a desk or an eye-catching arrangement on a console table. But even more important than looks, it’s proven by university research that these fresh florals introduce a little feel-good mojo.

In addition, psychologists have confirmed flowers can help you reach your goals. Dak Kopec, a design and environmental psychologist says, “Flowers help people measure time and track goals, whether they be fitness goals or career goals, because different flowers are in season at different times and act as a positive symbol of the passage of time.” Be sure to keep your florals fresh and perky because on the flipside, Kopec says wilted flowers subconsciously signal you’ve let time escape you.

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Downtown Waco Masculine Loft

A downtown Waco loft with masculine style by interior designer Lesley Myrick
I’m not typically faced with clients that ask for something super masculine, but when I am, I get really really excited to start sourcing! This living room and dining room project gave me the freedom to head in a slightly different design direction than usual and I was pumped for the challenge. (See? No teal! Well, almost. I snuck just a little bit of my fave color in.) This downtown Waco masculine loft design was inspired by the rad urban vibe of the condo with its concrete floor, exposed brick wall, and open concept. A little industrial distressed flair + a muted color palette + lots of texture = a totally kickass man-cave.

Even when designing a more masculine space, the balance between masculine and feminine elements is crucial. Too much “manliness” (or too much of any one style, really) leads to a boring design, so some more traditionally “feminine” touches like the upholstered dining chairs bring an unexpected element of contrast. But, you know, they’re totally badass upholstered in black suede instead of a more traditional linen or French toile fabric.

You can check out my design picks for the space on Pinterest, and if you’re interested in working together to make manly (or girly, whatever!) magic in your home, let’s talk. 👇

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Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Headboards

What’s an easy way to dress up your bedroom? A totally badass headboard, of course. As the centerpiece of your space, headboards are a rad way to make a BIG impact on your boring ol’ bed. Adding a headboard is a great opportunity to bring a new texture, pattern, or color into your space.

From AllModern to Made Goods, there are dozens of headboard options out there that I totally dig. Jonathan Adler has you covered if you’re looking for something large and traditional, while The Family Love Tree has something for you if you’re looking to bring some vintage vibes into your space (that Peacock headboard!). I’ve picked 10 of the best headboards out there to help give you a jumpstart on getting the bedroom of your dreams.

The 10 best headboard picks from interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Dress up your badass bedroom
  1. 1. AllModern Bowne Headboard | 2. Joss & Main Morgana Headboard | 3. West Elm Patterned Nailhead Headboard | 4. The Family Love Tree Double Peacock Headboard | 5. Kase Custom Reclaimed Wood Headboard | 6. Urban Outfitters Grand Sienna Headboard | 7. Ballard Designs Claudette Headboard | 8. Jonathan Adler Woodhouse Headboard | 9. Made Goods Morgan Headboard | 10. Made Goods Gavin Headboard

“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 Make Affordable Decor Look Like a Million Bucks

How to make affordable decor look like a million bucks | Design tips from Waco's best designer Lesley Myrick

Once the major furniture and lighting pieces are in place, I recommend that clients reserve about 20 to 30% of their overall budget for styling at the end of an interior design project.

WHAAAA?

Sounds like a lot, right? But a room that isn’t styled and finished right just feels…unfinished. And who wants to invest many thousands of dollars in beautiful new furnishings just to have the room feel incomplete? Styling is super important, and it is possible to do it on a budget and still get kickass results. Here’s how to make affordable decor look like a million bucks and stretch your decorating dollars even further:


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Hey everyone, I’m Lesley Myrick. I’m an interior stylist, and I transform boring beige spaces into kickass colorful homes with an offbeat edge that are livable, delightful, and a little unexpected.

Today I want to talk with you about how to make inexpensive accessories look like a million bucks.

Accessorizing. This is one of those things that people sort of neglect to understand how important it is to really fully finish out a room with accessories. It’s easy to blow your budget on beautiful furnishings, and rugs, and lighting, and not leave 20 – 30% of your budget for styling. Now, that might sound high, but trust me, rooms suck up things. You want to make sure you have enough room in your budget to buy the great hardcover books, and vases, and pillows and throws, and tableware and things that are really going to make a room feel complete.

You can invest in a beautiful room, but unless you take it to this finished level it’s always going to feel like it’s lacking.

Now, once you get to the styling stage you’ve often invested a great deal in the big, meaty pieces for your home and don’t necessarily want to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on accessories. So what do you do?

I actually have no problem shopping box stores and larger retailers to find great pieces. And here’s the secret: when you do it right, those inexpensive accessories can mix and match with your antiques and your investment pieces and the larger pieces you love, and they can look like a million bucks even though they didn’t cost anywhere near that.

What I like to do to finish out a room is to focus on table lamps and decorative accessories from these lower-end retailers. And it’s not about just getting the cheapest there is – it’s about buying the best quality you can afford but at a lower end.

One thing to avoid is small accessories and decorative items in super bright colors. They tend to look cheap and you can spot them from a mile away. I like to stick with natural materials like brass, wood, or metal, and accessories that are in neutral, white, or black finishes. Those tend to look the most expensive and the most high-end even if the price tag isn’t that.

It’s totally okay to have some inexpensive accessories with a higher-end room.

I think that mixing and matching really gives it character and personality and actually keeps the room from feeling too stale. And as always, look for the best quality you can afford within your budget. It’s not about having the most, it’s about having fewer, better things that you absolutely love.

So there you go! A few styling tips on how to finish out and accessorize a room without breaking the bank.

If you liked this video, I’d so appreciate if you’d share it with someone who would find value in it. And leave a comment on YouTube below this video – I would love to hear from you.

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Project Reveal: A Colorful Mid Century Modern Living Room

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas

Woohoo for a new project reveal! I’m digging how this colorful Mid-Century Modern living room with a touch of French flair turned out. The main goal for this room was to keep the room true to the home’s 1960s architecture while incorporating French-traditional inspired decor that the homeowners love. If that wasn’t enough of a challenge in itself, the space also needed to be toddler-proof. (Which, as the mom of a three year-old I’m basically an expert at. 😂) By brightening up the ceiling beams, sourcing furniture that fit the scale of the room, and revamping the built-in, this room transformed from orange and dingy to light, bright, and totally livable.

Check out the before post of this space to see how a rad concept comes to life.

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas

How lucky is the little girl that gets to play at this stylish marble table with adorable (and comfy) poufs surrounding it?

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas

Sometimes (okay, ALL THE TIME) a designer’s gotta get creative when styling a space. This “tray” isn’t a tray at all – it’s a wall hanging that was the perfect size and style to offset the chunky white coffee table. The details and scale of this piece were so made for this space, it ended up feeling like it was a custom-designed centerpiece.

Here’s the moodboard that inspired it all:

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco TexasAnd one last look at the final product:

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas

I loved sourcing items of such a large scale to give the furniture in this room the oomph it desperately needed. Giving a sweet family the colorful and kid-proof space they deserve is all part of the job (which SO rocks).

In case you’re curious, here is the Pinterest board where most of the items in this room can be found. If you’re interested in working with us on your own design project, get in touch! We’d love to help you make your home more livable, delightful, and unexpected. ✌️

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How to Merge Design Styles with a Significant Other

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, “Mixing Without Matching: How to Merge Design Styles with a Significant Other”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the article archive here.

Mixing Without Matching - Lesley Myrick

Last fall I taught a class at McLennan Community College about cultivating your aesthetic. Week after week a recurring concern echoed from the students: “Sure, I’m learning to embrace what my own design style is, but how do I make it work when my husband’s style is the complete opposite of mine?”

Others nodded in agreement, murmuring about clunky brown leather recliners, hunting trophies and other typically “masculine” things that did not go with their newly cultivated, often quite feminine, style. I could see the disappointment wash over their faces after all they’d done to discover their individual styles. How could they possibly design a home they loved when they were stuck living with furniture and decor that didn’t fit their ideal aesthetic but made their partners happy?

Marriage involves a lot of discussion, compromise and collaboration, and this goes for making decorating decisions too. But don’t think that if you’re not married, you’re off the hook. If you’re living with someone else — a significant other, partner, roommate, boyfriend, girlfriend, parent or child — you’re bound to encounter some stylistic conflict along your decorating journey.

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My signature course Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic launches online May 15! 🎉  To celebrate, I’m giving away five spots in the class, including one Premium Edition that includes a private 45-minute design consultation with yours truly. Enter the giveaway here, and sign up by May 14 to receive earlybird awesomeness of 20% off your registration and a sweet freebie. 

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Enter to win one of 5 spots in Lesley Myrick's Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic online course!My signature course Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic launches online May 15! 🎉  To celebrate, I’m giving away five spots in the class, including one Premium Edition that includes a private 45-minute design consultation with yours truly.

Interior design can feel like a mystery. It’s easy to appreciate a beautifully finished room, but where do you even start in your own space? How do you know what goes with what? How do you incorporate an offbeat piece you totally love into your decor when it doesn’t match? When you like a huge range of styles, how do you make confident design decisions?

We’ll cover how to discover your unique design vision, where to find inspiration, how to organize your ideas, and how to design your dream home. All students get access to our Interior Style Rockstar Community on Facebook to dig deeper together, and Premium students also receive a private 45-minute online design consultation with Lesley.


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Learn to embrace what you love and feel empowered to make confident design decisions in your own home. Enter the giveaway below, and sign up by May 14 to receive earlybird awesomeness of 20% off your registration and a sweet freebie. (Don’t worry, if you win the giveaway your class fee will be refunded to you or you can gift your spot to a friend.)

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Can’t view the giveaway widget above? Click here to enter. Giveaway is open until 11:55pmCT on Sunday May 14, 2017. By entering you’re giving us permission to include you on our rad weekly emails. Winners will selected at random and be notified via email on Monday May 15, 2017, so be sure to provide a valid email address when you enter! 

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I’m psyched to launch the class on Monday May 15! Enter the giveaway above for your chance at a free spot, then sign up now and save 20% with code 20STYLE. See you in class and in the private Interior Style Rockstar Facebook community.

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What’s Better…Dark or Light Paint Colors?

It’s tricky knowing whether you should play it safe with paint colors (or even sofa colors), or be more bold with your walls. What’s better…dark or light paint colors? Well, it depends on the room. And lighting. And some other stuff. Here are my thoughts on choosing light or dark paint colors for your walls:


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I hope that this video answers some of the pressing questions you’ve had about paint colors! I get asked all the time, “Should I paint my walls a dark color?” Dark colors are really “in” right now, and I think it’s awesome. I love to see stuff that’s rich and lush and just full of color saturating walls. But – it’s not always the best idea. So let’s talk a little bit about dark walls – when they work, and when they should be avoided.

So, a common misconception is that white and light paint colors equal bright and light in a room, and that’s not true. You can paint a room white and if it doesn’t get great lighting it’s going to look dingy and dull and sad. And by contrast, a dark paint color doesn’t have to mean a room that feels dark and gloomy. In fact, the right dark paint color in the right room can feel rich and warm and comforting and inviting – and can actually be a better option than a light color.

As you probably already guessed, the key to painting a room with a dark color is great lighting. Now, if you have great natural light, awesome! You are in business and you’ve got a great starting point. But what if you don’t have great natural light but still want a room that has that coziness and that depth and that richness, but doesn’t feel like a cave? Well in that case, you need to add the right lighting.

There are three types of lighting for a room: ambient, which is the main lighting; task lighting, which is specific to doing a task; and then there’s accent lighting, like table lamps, that give a beautiful warm glow but aren’t illuminating the whole room. For a dark paint color to work successfully it’s really important for all three types of lighting to be working in conjunction in a room. Most rooms have some sort of ambient lighting whether it’s pot lights or a ceiling fixture, but it’s the accent lighting I find gets missed a lot.

I’ll also mention that dark paint colors tend to work better in smaller, enclosed rooms – so, a bedroom or powder room. In really large rooms or open plan homes where you can see multiple rooms from one vantage point, a dark color isn’t often the best choice.

I’d love to hear if you’ve been brave enough to go with a dark wall. How did you like it? Leave a comment on YouTube below this video – I would love to hear from you.

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Interior Style online course launches May 15! Get in on earlybird savings + a sweet freebie.Also: my signature course, Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic launches online May 15! Get in on earlybird savings and a rad freebie here, and you’ll hear from me this Thursday with all the details. Here’s what past students have to say about Interior Style:

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Want to Work with Lesley? We’ve Got Kickass New Options

Lesley Myrick Art + Design has gone through a major overhaul in the past few months. We’ve added new design packages, updated our pricing to be simpler and more straightforward, and basically created totally kickass options to work with us to make your home the offbeat and livable space of your dreams. If you’ve been thinking about working together, here’s a quick overview of our revamped designed packages:

DESIGN JUMPSTART. The ultimate kickstart, Design Jumpstart is a jam-packed two-hour working session where we lay down a solid foundation to get your project rocking and rolling. Our best ideas, inspirations, and resources are yours for two full hours. We work either in person or virtually online via a Zoom video call. Most clients use the Jumpstart to launch a project with us; others take the info and ideas gleaned (we provide clients with our detailed notes from the session) to hit the ground running on their own. P.S. A Design Jumpstart makes an awesome gift for relatives, friends, and anyone in your life who’s searching to add a bit of personality into their home.

DESIGN COMPREHENSIVE. This is what our clients go gaga for. We design, we order and track, we supervise renovations, we deliver the goods, we fluff and style – you get an awesome turnkey home with none of the headache. This is the full-service package that has you covered from start to finish. Sounds like a lot, right? That’s because it is, and we love to do it! You’ll get to sit back and relax knowing that your home is in good hands and it’ll be anything but boring.

DESIGN PRESTIGE. Searching for a design experience that is all that AND a bag of chips? This is the package for you. It’s the whole shebang of the Design Comprehensive plus a boutique hotel stay during renovations, periodic and deep cleaning of your home thorough the process, and a luxe spa day so you can chill out while we rock out your home. We offer the Design Prestige to just two clients per year to give your our full attention while we make your home as spectacular as you are. Are you our next Prestige client?

DESIGN KIT. Looking for the genius brains of a designer but want to tackle decorating at your own pace and as budget allows? Think of this as our “a la carte” option. We’ll work with you room by room, creating a custom Design Kit with all the resources you’ll need to make our design vision a reality. We work our design magic; you handle the logistics of ordering and implementation. It’s a kickass partnership for both local and long-distance clients.

DESIGNER FOR A DAY. If you’re in the Dallas, Waco, or Austin areas, we’re yours for either a half day or full day. We’ll shop trade only sources and give you exclusive access to pieces that are only available to designers; restyle your existing pieces; re-evaluate your floor and furniture plans; consult with your builder – it’s totally up to you. If having a one-on-one shopping and design party with one of the coolest designers around sounds appealing, this is what you’re looking for.

DESIGN ESSENTIALS. Simple but effective on a small budget. You’ll get a personalized Pinterest board with a few key design selections and suggested sources to get you started on refreshing a space. Design Essentials is our most affordable package tailored to clients who need some design inspo to start them off, but are confident that they can finish the room and make selections on their own.

Are you ready to take the plunge and hire a designer? Contact us and we’ll hook you up with a totally rad home that’s livable, delightful, and unexpected. Let’s do this. 🤘

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