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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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.

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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.

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  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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Keep it Simple: Useful and Beautiful Are All You Need

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, “Keep it Simple: Useful and Beautiful Are All You Need”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

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Physical clutter stresses me out. Piles of papers bring major anxiety. And don’t even get me started on the current trend of open shelving in the kitchen. I think having to stare at crooked stacks of bowls and plates daily would make me hyperventilate. There is nothing more satisfying to me than closing our cupboards to view a streamlined, uniform space. Am I Type A? Absolutely. A control freak? You bet. I know my limits, and open kitchen shelving is far outside my happy zone.

Famed English textile designer William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I do my best to live by these words. The minimalist movement is a popular one right now, and for good reason. Both in fashion and interiors, people are craving fewer, better things.

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Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet hardware is one thing that frequently gets neglected when finishing a room. Whether it’s adding hardware to your existing kitchen cabinets or switching out the knobs on your grandmother’s heirloom dresser, changing the hardware in your home is an easy way to make an impact.

From the Anthropologie Ocean Crater knob I recently sourced for my home office to the Schoolhouse Electric Fairview Crystal knob I’ve specified for clients, here are my 10 picks for the best cabinet hardware out there (in my humble opinion).

10 best cabinet hardware selections from interior stylist Lesley Myrick
  1. 1. World Market Painted Ceramic Knob | 2. World Market Gold Resin Knob | 3. Anthropologie Ocean Crater Knob | 4. Restoration Hardware Grafton Clear Glass Pull | 5. Urban Outfitters Druzy Stone Knob | 6. Anthropologie Wrapped Agate Knob | 7. Schoolhouse Electric Fairview Crystal Knob | 8. Wayfair Stratum Bar Knob | 9. Superfront Wire | 10. Wayfair Pollino Bar Knob

“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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What Does It Look Like to Work with a Virtual Interior Designer?

How to work with a virtual interior designer: tips and guidance from Lesley MyrickIt’s one of those mysterious phrases: “Virtual interior design”. What does that even mean? What does it look like to work with a virtual interior designer? I answered a few frequently asked questions from clients in this blog post, and I’m diving a little deeper in this week’s video:


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I’m a big fan of this new trend in design because it allows me to share my expertise and create kickass spaces for clients not only where I’m located in central Texas, but all over the world. Like, literally all over the world. Choosing a designer to work with is a super personal decision, and location is no longer a factor. Huzzah! If you think we’re a good fit and you’ve been itching for some design guidance – no matter where you live – let’s talk. (And if you’ve been thinking about booking a 2-hour design consultation, get in on my email list where I’m offering a special subscriber rate for the rest of November.)

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Design Obsession: Dark Walls

Lesley Myrick's Design Obsession: Dark WallsWhite walls are great, and certainly have their place (including in my home office). But dark walls? Dark walls really get my design mojo going. Black is a little too intense for me; I gravitate towards deep shades of royal blue, peacock, and hunter green.

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I love deep blue-green walls paired with fuchsia and violet. The contrast is so playful and energetic.

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And then add yellow into the mix? COME ON IT’S TOO GOOD.

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Ugh. These are too good! I can’t even. ALL MY CLIENTS WILL BE GETTING DARK WALLS FROM NOW ON. If you need me, I’ll just be lusting over these photos walls today…

Here are all the people you can thank for these stellar inspirational images: West Elm, Ashe + Leandro, Cup of Jo, DoctorKish, Emily Henderson, Fastighetsbyran, Hi Sugarplum, Elle Decoration, and Design*Sponge.

Accent Walls, I Love You

Accent walls - totally awesome or totally over? Interior stylist Lesley Myrick weighs in.

I’ve written about accent walls before (right here) and while others are kinda over them, I’m still in love. You heard me: ACCENT WALLS, I LOVE YOU. I’m not one to jump on a trend just because it’s a trend, and I’m not one to move on from something I love just because it’s losing popularity. Accent walls can be totally awesome if a few essential design guidelines are followed.

Here’s how to do an accent wall the right way:


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So what’s your take on accent walls? Have you created one that was a total success – or a total bust? Hop on over to Facebook and share your accent wall story.

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