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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A French-Meets-Mid-Century Living Room (Why Not?)

A French-meets-MidCentury great room | Moodboard + design by Lesley Myrick
Mixing design styles is totally my jam. So when my cool new clients came to me with a style challenge, I readily accepted. The great room in their 1960s bungalow had a seriously Mid-Century vibe, but their aesthetic preferences leaned more towards French country. My task? Design a French-Meets-MidCentury Living Room, where feminine French elements live happily ever after with the masculine Mid-Century architecture of their Waco home.
A French-meets-MidCentury great room | Floor plan + design by Lesley Myrick

The great room is nice and spacious – as you can see the in floor plan above, a floating 12×15 area rug still leaves plenty of breathing room. I chose a sleek waxed grey leather sectional with clean design lines as the foundation piece, and brought in a little elegance with a pair of weathered grey bergère chairs upholstered in classic French linen to sit opposite the sectional. Of course, a Lesley Myrick designed room would not be complete without something teal (duh) so the sexy overdyed area rug is a gorgeous anchor in the seating area.

A French-meets-MidCentury great room | Pinterest board + design by Lesley Myrick

I’m dying over that faceted brass accent stool – I love the contemporary contrast it brings. Every room needs a mix of masculine and feminine, rustic and polished, smooth and textured, modern and vintage – it’s the juxtaposition that makes things interesting.

Can’t wait to photograph this French-Meets-Mid-Century living room when all the elements are in place. In the meantime, follow along with what I’m pinning for clients on Pinterest.

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How to Mix Offbeat Decor into Your Home

How to mix offbeat decor into your home - design tips from Interior Stylist Lesley Myrick

Found something weird and wonderful that you totally love, but have NO IDEA how to incorporate it into your interior if it doesn’t match your style? Here’s how to mix offbeat decor into your home like a pro:

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Having something in a room that doesn’t match isn’t a bad thing – in fact, this contrast is what creates interest and excitement in a space! Making it work is all about the proportion of design elements. Whether you consider the 80/20 rule in the video or take it a step further with my favorite 60/30/10 guideline, getting the balance right between the main vibe of your room and the offbeat accents is key.

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An Eclectic Bathroom Design (With Totally Awesome Tiles)

A fresh and eclectic bathroom design moodboard by Interior Stylist Lesley Myrick
Seriously. Can we talk about those hand-painted Moroccan terra cotta tiles for the vanity backsplash wall? I’m in love.

This eclectic bathroom design (with totally awesome tiles) was recently completed for a cool client here in Waco, Texas. Her burning desires were for a freestanding pedestal tub and lots of brass, which we delivered. I’m digging the mix of deep teal with antique brass accessories and dark Venetian Bronze fixtures for a graphic pop. And of course, a classic white cast iron tub is the showcase of any master bathroom space.

Renovation starts soon and I can’t wait to see this beauty come to life! Expect to see sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes clips on my Instagram stories.

PS. I’ve got a new interview out this week on the fantastic The Stay Inspired Podcast where I’m sharing about simple design choices that bring joy to your home. Take a listen here for a dose of design inspiration (and maybe a little motivational kick in the pants too). 

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Bathing Beauty: Create a Stunning Bathroom Sanctuary

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, “Bathing Beauty: Create Your Version of a Stunning Bathroom Sanctuary”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

How to create a stunning bathroom sanctuary | Design tips and ideas from interior stylist Lesley Myrick

The bathroom, as cliché as it sounds, is a sanctuary that sets the tone for the rhythm of your daily life. It’s where you get ready to face the world every morning and where you wash off the day before retiring for the evening. If you’ve got kids, it’s one of the few spaces where you can close the door and savor a few moments to yourself. (Unless you have a precocious toddler with no respect for personal space who has figured out how to operate door handles. In which case, you’re screwed.)

A sanctuary does not have to mean a spa-like space with river rocks and decorative bamboo. A sanctuary is simply defined as “a place of refuge or safety.” Your sanctuary may look like a sparse and elegant wellness spa. Or it may look like a lush Moroccan souk, bursting with color and pattern. Or it may look like a retro throwback with black-and-white checkerboard flooring and a kitschy pink bathtub. Your home, your definition, your sanctuary.


How to Work With a Virtual Interior Designer

How to work with a virtual interior designer - tips from Lesley Myrick

Even though I’m based in Waco, Texas, I have rad clients all over the US and Canada including California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Ontario. I love to travel to be hands-on with my design projects (like on my recent trip to Boston), but when budget or time doesn’t allow for that, there IS another way to work together. The internet is a magical thing that allows me to collaborate with clients regardless of location as a virtual interior designer. We meet using FaceTime or similar video chat software and the design process happens totally online.

Pretty badass, right?

Design Kit is a virtual interior decorating package for clients outside of the Waco area or clients who prefer to DIY from a custom design plan. Lesley Myrick Art + Design creates a personalized Design Kit delivered digitally that includes a moodboard, space plan, and shopping list; all shopping is done online by the client.

If it’s time to hire a design pro for your home (here’s how you can tell you’re ready) and you need design guidance but want to handle the ordering and implementation yourself, virtual design may be the way to go. Here are a few tips on how to work with a virtual interior designer for a kickass outcome:

How to work with a virtual interior designer - tips from Lesley MyrickCome prepared with inspiration and ideas. You don’t need to know how to pull all your random ideas together into a cohesive design – that’s what we do best. But a picture is not just worth a thousand words, it’s worth A ZILLION during this process. Having a Pinterest board or Houzz Ideabook with interior images that you like is a valuable foundation for virtual interior design to assist your designer in getting to know you, your style, and preferences quickly.

Understand that you’ll be doing some of the work – but we’ll walk you through it. Since a virtual designer can’t be there in person to measure the space, take photos, and look closely at architectural details, we rely on clients to do this. It may sound overwhelming, but I’ve got tools and resources to guide you. If you’re willing to follow instructions and put in a little legwork the outcome will be totally awesome.

Follow the design plan through to completion. Your Design Kit is a whole-room plan, from furniture layout to paint colors to accent decor and lighting. To get the best result possible it’s important you see the plan through to completion. By only proceeding with select elements you’ll get a piecemeal result that won’t feel like the full room transformation you’re hungry for.

Trust your designer. The pieces a designer specifies are for a reason – we can envision the end result of the space as a whole and understand the importance of each element in the design plan. Some aesthetic choices may feel like they’re out of your design comfort zone, and that’s okay. In fact, that’s probably why you hired a designer in the first place! We’ll push you a bit to create a livable, delightful, and unexpected finished space that will give you heart-flutters of happiness.

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On Designing the Perfect Room

Let’s talk about designing the perfect room. What would a perfect living room look like to you? Would it be eclectic and colorful with a teal chesterfield sofa and offbeat gallery wall? Would it be intimate and cozy, with flocked damask wallpaper and vintage candelabras adorning the walls? Or would it be open and airy with rustic wood accents and picturesque views of lush green acreage?

These are three completely different design directions for a room – all of which could define “perfection” to someone. What makes a room perfect to me (hello, teal sofa) is probably not what makes a room totally perfect to you.

I love this quote from my stellar business coach Kim Kuhteubl in her new book, Branding + Interior Design:

“Expressions of creativity and interpretations of beauty are as diverse as the people on the planet, which means designing the perfect room is impossible. My perfect ten and yours probably aren’t the same. So when it comes to my creative work, instead of asking myself if it’s good, I now ask myself if it’s done.” – Kim Kuhteubl, Branding + Interior Design

MIC DROP. Perfection, like beauty, is all in the eye of the beholder. What’s perfection to one person could look like a total failure to another. Stop playing the comparison game, get on with it, and create an awesome home that speaks to you.

PS. If you’d like to soak up more wisdom and truth-bombs on interior design, creativity, and branding, Kim’s book releases tomorrow.

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Fall 2016 Home Decor Picks

Fall 2016 home decor picks from interior stylist Lesley Myrick

Even though it’s still, like, a bajillion degrees here in Texas, I’m beyond psyched for fall. Pumpkin spice lattes, scarves, and leather jackets are my love language.

When it comes to fashion, I’m a deep autumn through and through. Not only do rich, saturated jewel tones and deep neutrals flatter my skin tone, but they’re also what I’m drawn to for interiors. Peacock, navy, cognac, antique brass – be still my beating heart. If I could give every client a teal leather sofa I would.

If you’re a lover of all things fall, I’m with you. Here are my favorite fall 2016 home decor picks:

Vetrazzo 3″ Seaglass Bar Pull | Bone Inlay Side Table | Jimmy Cooper Buffalo Leather Chair | Mongolian Lamb Pillow in Peacock | “So Much” Wall ArtPagoda Wall Mirror | Marshall Hammered Metal Table | Emerald Isle Accent Cabinet

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.

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