Designing a Nursery to Grow Into, Not Out Of

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.

Interior stylist Lesley Myrick's tips on designing a nursery to grow into, not out of

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?

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Interior Style Class This Fall in Waco, Texas

Interior Stylist Lesley Myrick's Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic class at McLennan Community College in Waco TexasIf 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.

A Dreamy Teal, Aqua, and Coral Living Room

A colorful and feminine teal, aqua, and coral living room moodboard by interior stylist Lesley Myrick

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.

Creative Dorm Decorating Ideas for a Hip College Hangout

Creative dorm decorating ideas (including colorful bedding) from interior stylist Lesley Myrick

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:

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A Colorful and Cozy Boston Living Room

A colorful and cozy Boston, MA living room designed by Lesley Myrick Art + Design

Boston. Home of clam chowder, Fenway Park, and this colorful and cozy living room for a rad music-loving couple. Their Colonial Revival home built in 1910 is seriously East Coast cute – but seriously lacking storage. And that just will not do! Plus, a gorgeous black grand piano was a must-have in this space, so I had my creative challenges ahead of me.

Above is a peek at the moodboard with the design plan created during our consultation. Because the piano takes up nearly half of the room – and the couple has their their first baby on the way – I chose a set of ocean blue leather storage ottomans in lieu of a traditional coffee table. The ottomans can float in front of the sofa to create a coffee table; separate to act as extra seating; or push against the window wall to create an open playspace for their forthcoming wee one. (There’s also hidden storage in the hammered metal drum accent table. I love when a room has its fun little storage secrets.)

A plush, deep-tufted sofa was a must – duh, I’m obsessed – as was a perfectly worn-in leather accent chair. I love the pairing of cool deep cobalt blue with warm cognac leather, and the bold colors in the rugs and artwork bring a freshness to this traditional pairing. And can we talk about that rug? Electric orange and hot pink together are totally mind-blowing.

Practical and pulled-together, but colorful and not-so-serious. That’s a winning combo for a livable, delightful, and unexpected home.

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Home Work

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, “Home Work: Harmonizing Opposing Styles in a Shared Home Office”. Read the full article (for free, woot!) at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick's Home Office

Opposing design styles don’t have to live in opposition. Great interiors are all about the mix, and my strength is curating eclectic elements and arranging them from a unique design perspective so the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a given that you and your significant other are not going to see eye to eye on every individual design choice. It’s about knowing your own unique, dynamic preferences and making them work together as a whole. And thankfully, Nate’s a pretty great partner to share an office with, even if he is the one responsible for the floating deer head that appears to be watching over my shoulder while I work…

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Best Waco Home Decor Stores

Lesley Myrick, Waco interior designer shopping at The Findery

I’ve lived in Waco for a full year now, and have been all about seeking out the best home decor stores in the city for my clients. While I often visit the Dallas design district for trade-only shopping, I love being able to support local businesses and build relationships here in town.

Since bajillions of design-loving tourists are visiting Waco due to a certain HGTV show called Fixer Upper (like you haven’t heard of it!) I wanted to share some of my favorite places to shop in Waco. Sure, go to the Magnolia Silos while you’re here. It’s a great place to soak in the show’s vibe and enjoy a coffee and cupcake on their gorgeous lawn. Once you’ve grabbed your #Shiplap t-shirt check out some of these other fab design resources I love.

Wacos best home decor shopping - Honey's Home + Style
Waco's best home decor and furniture - The Findery
Waco's best home decor and furniture - Interior Glow

Honey’s Home + Style, 1700 Austin Ave – You want gorgeous, high-end furniture, lighting, and decor? Honey’s is your place. You’ll find stunning casegoods, colorful abstract art, and the most plush and inviting velvet accent pillows. They’re old-school – don’t expect to be able to take photos to share on Instagram – but have a great eye for luxe design finds.

The Findery, 501 S 8th St – Love love LOVE this place. (I’m hanging out in their light-filled upper level in the top photo.) Not only do they have rad furniture and decor with many of the tables and benches available to customize, they’ve also got great clothing, jewelry, and accessories. I always find something I love here. Located in Waco’s historic Percy Medicine Building, I happen to have insider knowledge that there’s a prohibition-era secret room in the basement. So rad.

Interior Glow, 601 Franklin Ave – Brand new to Waco, Interior Glow opened about a month ago. They’ve got a unique design perspective that I haven’t seen elsewhere in Waco. You’ll find a mix of gorgeous basics (like tufted linen sofas) and unique accent pieces (like the teak root, glass, and brushed steel coffee table in the photo above that I actually just purchased for a client).

Best Waco home decor and furniture shopping - Wildland Supply Co
Waco's best home decor shopping - Spice Village
Waco's best home decor and furniture shopping - Cameron Trading Co

Wildland Supply Co., 721 Washington Ave – Currently in the process of moving to a larger space on Washington Ave, Wildland Supply Co is temporarily closed. But it’ll be worth the wait, because Wildland’s curated collection of clothing, decor, and furniture makes you feel like you’re in the pages of a hip magazine. Plus, adorable owner Kate knows how to rock an Instagram feed.

Spice Village, 2nd St at Franklin Ave – A collection of shops, Spice has dozens of vendors selling everything from clothing to candles to decor. While you won’t find large furniture pieces here, it’s a great place to shop tabletop items, party decor, and gifts.

Cameron Trading Co., 618 Austin Ave –  36,000 sq. ft. of random antique goodness. As with any antique mall, it’s hit-or-miss. But you’ll find little gems like handcrafted accent furniture made from raw wood or hair-on-hide; refinished antique furniture; and weird little odds and ends that just make a room freakin’ fabulous.

If you’re a Wacoan – or just a devoted Fixer Upper fan obsessed with this city – I’d love to hear your go-to Waco home and decor stores. Pop over to the Lesley Myrick Art + Design Facebook page (and “like” us while you’re there) to let me know your favorite shopping sources.

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Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Area Rugs

The cheesy, slightly cliched phrase is true; area rugs really are “art for the fifth wall.” If you’re neglecting your floors when decorating, you’re missing a major opportunity to introduce pattern, texture, color and warmth to really make a space feel finished.

A vibrant rug can completely transform a neutral room, and a graphic black and white rug totally makes everything feel pulled together. Here are the 10 best area rugs rocking my world, from the super affordable and ubiquitous IKEA Stockholm rug, to the stunningly unique rug of my dreams by Marc Phillips, Splash #4.

Interior Stylist Lesley Myrick's favorite area rugs
  1. 1. IKEA Stockholm | 2. RugsUSA Zebra Cowhide | 3. Surya Zeus | 4. Surya Skyline | 5. Anthropologie Whipstitch, Dark Turquoise | 6. Safavieh Monaco Multi |  7. West Elm Kite Wool Kilim, Horizon | 8. Madeline Weinrib Bellini Silk Gemma | 9. Maryam Montague Moroccan Azilal | 10. Marc Phillips Splash #4

“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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Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Contemporary Artists

Stating that these are the “10 best contemporary artists” is pretty bold – but these are definitely my favorites as of late. If you’ve been looking for some uh-ma-zing colorful art to adorn your walls, check out these talented peeps who are currently rocking the art world. I’ve selected a piece I love from each abstract painter, mixed media artist, and collage artist to give you a taste of what they’re all about.

Clearly, I’m into modern abstract art right now – large swathes of hot pink and teal and mustard yellow. Yum. Whether an oversize original, framed and matted paper print, or gallery-wrap canvas print, this is the kind of wall decor that brings all the feels. I’m drawn to art that elicits a certain feeling or emotion, even if I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Also, don’t these just make you want to grab a paintbrush and smear some paint around? #weekendgoals

Interior stylist Lesley Myrick's 10 favorite contemporary artists | Abstract art, collage art, and mixed media for home decor1. Lola Donoghue | 2. Michelle Armas | 3. Martina Furlong | 4. Britt Bass Turner | 5. Mary Wangerin |  6. Jennifer Flannigan | 7. Marcelo Monreal (you may remember his work from my foyer) | 8. Christina Baker | 9. Alexis Walter | 10. Belinda Marshall

“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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The Great Outdoors, Indoors

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 Great Outdoors, Indoors: Natural Elements Help a Home Feel Complete”. Read the full article (for free, woot!) at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

Lesley Myrick's Ideal Home column for Wacoan magazine, July 2016

I’ve always been drawn to indoor spaces that feature an impressive potted tree or collection of lush ferns or perfectly imperfect floral trimmings set in a gorgeous vessel. Even in college I was sure to include some sort of greenery in my residential design projects. In fact, my family still teases me about a tree I included in the living room of a loft design. I was a bit generous when adding this feature to my scaled floor plan, and what I had intended to be a modest indoor fiddle-leaf fig tree would have needed an epic custom support system to handle its massive roots and soaring height. I accidentally drew it far too large on the plan, and since this was the era of using permanent ink on Mylar, there was no turning back. Whoops.

I’m happy to say that my sense of scale and my knowledge of computer-assisted drafting programs allowing the editing of poorly scaled potted trees has improved greatly since the early 2000s…

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