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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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).
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.
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.
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:
Come 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.
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.
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 Art | Pagoda 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.
Also – get my FREE e-book, 5 Tips to Design a Clean and Colorful Living Room That Totally Kicks Ass, as well as exclusive weekly content by email right here.
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, “Oh, Baby: Designing a Nursery to Grow Into, Not Out Of”. Read the full article (for free, woot!) at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.
Babies. If there’s anything that can make us abandon our typical tastes in favor of overly cutesy blue and pink things, they are it. I totally see the temptation when decorating a baby’s room to embrace the baby look. After all, they’re not little forever, and there’s only a short window of time when wallpaper adorned with mint green bunnies will do. Once the shiny newness of bunny-covered wallpaper fades — likely because it’s been coated with a thin layer of baby puke and new parent tears — you’re left with a room that doesn’t have any staying power. Why invest time, money and energy in designing a room with a style expiration date?
If you’re in on my weekly newsletters, you’ve heard that I’m teaching a rad class this fall at McLennan Community College. (And if you’re not on the mailing list, here’s your chance.)
The Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic class was born from a desire to share my passion for offbeat interiors and empower students (hopefully you!) to embrace what you love and feel empowered to make bold design decisions in your own home.. 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. We’ll also cover practical tips and tricks during an in-depth Q+A session.
Here’s a high-level look into the class from my appearance on Waco’s KWTX TV:
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If you’re local to Waco, I’d love to see you there! You can find the class under the “Arts & Hobbies” section and register online. (We’re over halfway full already so get on it before you miss your chance.) And if you’re not local to Waco, fear not – I’ve got plans to turn this into an online offering in the future so you’ll be able to learn with me virtually. If you’d like to be the first to know when it launches – and get in on a sweeeeet secret bonus – you can sign up here.
Big shout-outs to McLennan Community College’s Continuing Education department and The Findery, my fantastic collaborators and partners-in-crime on my Interior Style class this fall in Waco, Texas.
When your client tells you, “I love teal, aqua, and coral” you listen. Because you love those colors too. And then you create a dreamy living room moodboard that makes you want to move in and curl up on a peacock-blue wing chair with a fuzzy pillow and read a book and savor a cup of tea.
What’s funny about creating moodboards like these is that sometimes we follow the plan exactly and the final space ends up looking so much like the two-dimensional mockup it’s almost uncanny. (The chic and badass realtor’s office is a perfect example. You’ll get a kick out of how close the actual space looks to the moodboard now!) Other times, the client will pick and choose elements she loves – or that currently fit in budget – and move forward in phases with a few select pieces. In this case, the finished room won’t look exactly as pictured, but the moodboard helps guide decision-making for the space as it evolves.
If you’re curious where any of these pieces are from, I’ve got you covered right here. And if you’ve been wanting design guidance for your home, I’ve got flat-rate room design packages (that include a moodboard!) that you’ll totally dig. Get in touch for details and rates and we’re happy to hook you up.
Want more awesome design tips and inspiration? Get my FREE e-book, 5 Tips to Design a Clean and Colorful Living Room That Totally Kicks Ass, as well as exclusive weekly content by email right here.
I’ve done the dorm life thing (albeit over a decade ago). Living in a cinderblock box doesn’t have to suck! I’ve got some creative dorm decorating ideas that can transform even the most bland room into a hip college hangout. Check out my tips on KWTX:
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Here’s the big takeaway: focus on what you can change, not what you can’t. You may not be able to put nail holes in the wall or paint over the hideous bland walls, but you can introduce color, pattern and texture through bedding and area rugs; find temporary solutions for boring walls with removable wallpaper; arrange your books in a stylish and intentional way; and express your aesthetic through accessories and accent furniture. (Or if you’re a little rebellious like me, you can also sneak a colorful pet fish into your space despite the “no pets” rule. But that’s a story for another day.)
A cool dorm room is totally do-able. And if designing it isn’t your jam, I’ve got local and virtual design packages to get you set with a kickass space this school year: