Interior Style Online Course Giveaway | CLOSED

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.)

Interior Style Online Class Giveaway

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! 

Here’s what past rockstar students have to say about Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic:

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.

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. 🤘

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.

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. 🤘


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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Should I Buy a Neutral or Colorful Sofa?

Should I buy a neutral or colorful sofa? Interior Stylist Lesley Myrick has tips on choosing the right sofa and making it work in your home.

It’s the age old design question – should I buy a neutral or colorful sofa? Neutral-colored sofas are so versatile! But a bold, colorful sofa is such a statement! I’ve got some thoughts on which is best…


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So which is better – a neutral sofa or colorful sofa? This is actually kind of a tricky question to answer because there are a lot of variables involved. If you’re someone who likes to change things around a lot and get bored with design, you probably want to stick with a neutral sofa. But if you’re someone that has a favorite color – like mine, teal – and there’s just something that you love and know you’re going to be in this for the long haul, I actually think a colorful sofa can be a fantastic investment that you will not regret.

There’s definitely a temptation to stick with a safer, neutral color. I mean, after all, you can swap out pillows and throw blankets and really change the look. When you commit to a colorful sofa, say a beautiful indigo or teal or even a beautiful rust color, you’re locked in! Sure, you can switch out pillows and accessories around it, but that color is going to be the predominant focal point in your living room for the foreseeable future.

So what if a neutral sofa sounds like a safe idea, but doesn’t feel like you? In that case, I would totally recommend going bold.

I have never regretted my teal sofa, and it is such a major conversation starter. People are always impressed when you’ve got the ‘design balls’ to commit to something as large as a sofa in a really vibrant color.

Whether or not you go with a neutral or colorful sofa, the key is balance. A neutral sofa will become a total snooze-fest if you don’t have some contrasting elements to liven it up. And conversely, a bold colorful sofa is going to feel way too ‘in your face’ if your walls are bright, and your pillows, and your rug, and your accessories and everything just feels too ‘electric’ and there’s no place for your eye to rest.

To make either of these options work, you’ve got to balance them out. If your sofa is neutral then have fun with color on the pillows, or your accent rug, or even your wall color. Let the sofa set the stage and be the backdrop for the other exciting things you have going on in the room.

If you do choose a crazy fun sofa, then that is the star! And you’ll want to have other pieces in the room sit back from it a little bit. So think about incorporating black and white, wood, metals – things that are richly textured but don’t have a lot of color to them. That balance is what’s going to make everything work.

No matter which way you go, it’s all about the balance and mixing and matching color and neutrals in a way that just feels ‘right’ when it’s all put together.

I would love to hear what color your sofa is. I’m always curious to know what people are decorating with in their homes. Hop on over to YouTube and leave a comment under the video.

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. 🤘

Office Space

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, “Office Space”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

Chic and Badass Realtor's Office in Waco Texas by interior stylist Lesley Myrick“I spent four years working in a windowless cubicle with flickering fluorescent lights. I loved driving two hours each day in Los Angeles traffic to type away on a clunky computer in my generic gray corporate box, while overhearing coworkers complain and dwelling in the scent of burnt lunchroom coffee!”

Said no one ever. But that was my situation. (Including the coffee, affectionately referred to as “battery acid.”) My so-called “glamorous” interior styling job in California came with a not-so-glamorous office space that sucked the life out of me. I tried to make it my own, tacking up inspiring interior photos and finding a cute pen cup to corral my obsessive collection of black, fine-tip markers. But at the end of the day, it was lipstick on a pig. I tried halfheartedly to dress up the swine but couldn’t escape the barnyard.

I knew I wasn’t going to be working at that job forever, so I didn’t think it was worth fighting the good fight to create a space I loved. But looking back, four years is a long time in one space, and I wish I’d done more to make it desirable. Maybe I would have been happier with my work if I didn’t hate the space I worked in?

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And hey! If you’re in the Waco, TX area, remember that my seminar Dorm or Teen Room Decorating will be on May 27th from 1-4 PM. If you want to sign up (which I totally know you do), you can find out more info here✌️

Chic and Badass Realtor’s Office in Waco, TX

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick
I am SO excited to finally be able to share these photos with you. If I counted the number of times my junior designer asked about sharing these photos, it would literally be in the hundreds. (She’s mega-enthusiastic and I dig her.) Thank goodness today is the day this gorgeous space is finally being published. 🎉
Here are the before shots of this now chic and badass realtor’s office here in Waco, TX. The lovely client this office was designed for is my favorite type of client: she’s the kind that tells you what she wants and then says, “make it pretty“.  Yes ma’am.

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Gold bookshelf detail
A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley MyrickI would want to be a client of hers just to sit in one of these beautiful chairs. (Just in case you’re wondering, they are as comfortable as they look.)

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Styling detail
A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Sexy desk detail
A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Bar cart detail
When you’re a successful realtor, it’s necessary to have a bar in your office to celebrate with your client when you sell their home or buy one for them. And hey, you might as well make it a beautiful statement piece. That “Booze” decanter was one of the first pieces I sourced for this project and I’m psyched my client went for it.

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Seating area detail
Take a peek at the moodboard that started it all:

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Moodboard
And one final look at the reveal:

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick
What do you think? I am so in love with the result, it’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, this room was a blank canvas without flooring or paint or baseboards. One of my favorite things in the world is seeing the moodboards I create come to life. Though my work is primarily residential interior design, I loved the challenge of getting out of my own comfort zone and tackling a commercial office space for a client who totally 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 looking at these photos and thinking that you need a designer like me in your life ASAP, contact me and we’ll start creating the office (or living room, or kitchen, or bedroom, or whatever room) of your dreams.

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And hey! If you’re in the Waco, TX area, remember that my seminar Dorm or Teen Room Decorating will be on May 27th from 1-4 PM. If you want to sign up (which I totally know you do), you can find out more info here✌️

A Colorful and Luxe Master Bedroom in Austin, Texas


When I started designing this luxe master bedroom for a client in Austin, Texas, I planned to stick with a very neutral color palette –  lots of layers of tan, cream, white and gold. After all, the client already had French grey walls, a pretty upholstered linen headboard, and a beige antelope area rug in place and wanted to build off of that. (Pretty, right?) But apparently the siren song of color and pattern was irresistible to both of us, because – SHOCKER – by the end of our awesome two-hour Design Jumpstart session, the unexpected punches of navy and layered graphic patterns were making us both giddy with delight. (Curious to see where my design selections are from? Check out the Pinterest board here.)

This client definitely had a pull towards the offbeat and just needed someone on her side to give her the confidence to pull the trigger. Even though she thought she wanted a neutral bedroom, deep down she desired something a little more awesome but didn’t know how to get there on her own. My mission is to empower my clients to make confident design decisions and embrace what they love. Mission accomplished here! I’m digging this mix of neutral luxury (like seriously, how good is that metallic gold wallpaper?) with bold color and unapologetic pattern.

Also – my Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic class starts on Tuesday April 4 at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. Get all the details and sign up here. See you in class, cool kids. 😎

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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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