Spring 2017 Home Decor Picks

Any season where tiny ceramic cacti and plant pots shaped like llamas are in fashion is totally alright with me. Spring 2017 is here and I’m loving the fresh teal and coral palette of my favorite home decor picks. If you’re looking for a seasonal spruce-up after a loooong winter, this is it. A little springtime color, texture, and pattern is coming your way. (Also, LLAMAS.)

Lesley Myrick's Spring 2017 Home Decor Picks - super cute furniture and decor for spring

Tonga Vase | Ceramic Cacti | Caledonia Accent Pillow | Loman Accent Table | Bone Inlay Nightstand | Ceramic Llama Planter | Turkish Retro Shag Rug | Hayden Basket Set

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.

👉 Also: if you’re in the Waco area and want to hang out with me at some awesome design classes, I’m teaching two courses at McLennan Community College this spring. Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic (my signature course) runs Tuesday evenings in April from 7-9pm, and Dorm or Teen Room Decorating will be a kickass Saturday seminar on May 27 from 1-4pm. Get all the details here

Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Dining Chairs

When I’m talking about dining chairs, I’m not only referring to chairs in formal dining rooms that you maybe use once or twice a year. I’m a huge proponent of repurposing spaces in your home that you would never use for their intended purpose. For example, what was my home’s dining room is now my office, and it’s a great fit for our lifestyle and family.

My kitchen table has a mix of eclectic dining chairs surrounding it that I’ve gathered over the years. My chairs are a collection of fun colors and traditional woods, all of which bring work together to bring out my personal style. (No matching chairs for this girl!) No matter what you’re looking for, my 10 best dining chair picks below are a great start to curating the perfect collection of chairs around your kitchen table.

Interior stylist Lesley Myrick's Picks: 10 Best Dining Chairs1. Target Carlisle Metal Dining Chair | 2. World Market Molded Evie Chair | 3. Wayfair Asbury Side Chair | 4. Anthropologie Redsmith Dining Chair | 5. West Elm Mid-Century Dining Chair | 6. Allmodern Louis Ghost Arm Chair | 7. Anthropologie Promena Dining Armchair | 8. Anthropologie Emrys Armchair | 9. Arteriors Zephyr Chair | 10. Made Goods Everett

“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.

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. 🤘

Vintage Mix

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, “Vintage Mix: Creating a Livable Blend of Old and New”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

March 2017 Wacoan article by interior stylist Lesley Myrick - Vintage Mix: Creating a Livable Blend of Old and New

I encounter so many clients who aren’t in love with their homes. They may like elements of it, but there’s an inexplicable something missing or an intangible something that’s just not working. That’s why they call me. I love to play “Design Detective” on our first phone call together to get to the root of this lack of love. Sometimes it’s easy to diagnose where their decorating has gone awry. Often it has to do with playing things too safe for fear of making an expensive mistake. Before they know it, the safe brown leather sofa, tan walls, cream furniture and neutral rug are all perfectly placed in the home, shiny and new, but boring and banal.

I’d rather see someone make bold decisions and fail spectacularly than play it safe and never let their true selves shine. Great interiors are all about the mix — vintage and modern, rustic and polished, color and neutrals, masculine and feminine. Matchy-matchy is mundane. Safe is a snooze. It’s time to bravely step away from safe and have some fun.

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To Follow – Or Not To Follow – Design Trends?

Remember that time that design trend from 10 years ago was still cool 10 years later?

Me neither. And that’s why I’m not one to follow design trends. I’ve got some thoughts on this topic in my latest video:


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As a designer, especially one who embraces being a little offbeat and edgy, people are often surprised that I’m not into trends and that I don’t care about being “in” on what’s happening in the design world. And it’s not that I’m completely ignoring what’s happening – knowing about the best technology in stain-repelling fabrics and energy saving LEDs is super valuable and an asset I love to be able to bring to my clients. Designers get the inside scoop on some amazing advances in home products that seriously make life better. But when it comes to style trends, like the latest finishes (hello, rose gold) or the coolest accessories (macrame wall hangings, anyone?), that’s where I respectfully choose to stay true to my aesthetic.

I’ve never walked into someone’s home and fallen in love with it because it was so “on trend”. In fact, the opposite is true. What I appreciate in an interior is that sense of collectedness, of personality, of totally badass style that’s unique to the person who created it. True style is not about following others, it’s about following you.

Following trends for the sake of being on-trend is a surefire recipe for style disaster. What happens in a few years when your home screams 2017, but it’s 2020 and we’ve all moved on from rose gold and macrame? If you didn’t love those trends to start with, you’re certainly not going to love your choices after they’ve passed from popularity.

If you’ve been waiting for permission to say “I am so over [insert totally trendy thing here]“, then this is it. Who’s with me?

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. 🤘

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.

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. 🤘

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!

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. 🤘

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.

Unexpected Colorful Kitchens roundup from designer Lesley Myrick | Blue cabinets and a killer chandelier Unexpected Colorful Kitchens roundup from designer Lesley Myrick | Red and teal kitchen Unexpected Colorful Kitchens roundup from designer Lesley Myrick | Yellow and teal cabinets

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

Unexpected Colorful Kitchens roundup from designer Lesley Myrick | Black and white mod kitchen Unexpected Colorful Kitchens roundup from designer Lesley Myrick | Aqua and pink kitchen

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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