The Offbeat Edge

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Cool, Calm and Clutter-Free

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, “Cool, Calm and Clutter-Free: Let Go of the Rest to Focus on the Best”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the article archive here.

If you’re living in a home overrun with stuff, it’s time to make a change.

Not only for the benefits of how your home will look but also how it will feel. A clutter-free home can drastically improve your quality of life.

Here’s proof:

Researchers at UCLA’s Center on the Everyday Lives of Families studied the relationship between 32 California families and the thousands of objects in their homes. One discovery was a high link between cortisol (yup, that’s the stress hormone) in female homeowners and a high density of household objects. Meaning,

the more stuff is in the home, the more stress women feel.

In addition, a study published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin used linguistic analysis software to measure the way 60 people discussed their homes.

“Women who described their living spaces as ‘cluttered’ or full of ‘unfinished projects’ were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than women who described their homes as ‘restful’ and ‘restorative,’” noted Jennifer Snyder, certified professional organizer and owner of Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts here in Waco.

“Spaces without clutter free up our mental energy for things we want to be thinking about. All of the stuff we have sitting around demands our attention and even makes us feel badly about ourselves.”

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One Easy Trick to Get a Designer Look in Your Living Room

One easy trick to get a designer look in your living room (super easy!) from interior stylist Lesley Myrick

There’s a reason rooms created by interior designers have a certain magic to them – we’ve got an arsenal of design tips and tricks that are small but mighty. I’ve got one easy trick to get a designer look in your living room that you can implement ASAP:

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Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here – interior stylist and owner of Lesley Myrick Art + Design where we create interiors with an offbeat edge.

I want to share with you today one quick tip to give a total designer look to your living room. It’s a small thing, but it has a big impact. And here it is:

pull your furniture away from your walls.

You’ll probably notice in first apartments and college dorms – mostly because there’s not a lot of space – everything gets shoved up against the walls. The sofa, the chairs, the table, whatever. It’s a look that subconsciously lends itself to feeling a little less put-together, a little less grown-up, a little less chic.

It’s a subtle but massive change

to be able to pull some furniture pieces away from your walls, float them in the middle of the room, and just give the whole space a grander, more put-together feel.

If you’ve got the massive living room and the space to float a seating arrangement in the middle of your room, awesome! Do it, it’s gonna look fabulous, you’re gonna love it.

But if you live in a smaller space,

how can you get this designer look without being able to pull your sofa away from the wall? Just make sure that wherever you can you have some design elements in the room that are floating and have some breathing room around them.

For example, instead of having an accent chair with the back against the wall, angle it, pull it forward a little bit, give it a little bit of air around it, let it feel like it’s floating a bit in the space. Anchor it on a rug in a seating area, but don’t have it jammed up against the walls like this.

If you don’t even have the space to do that, try buying a small little drum accent table and floating that next to the chair. Anything you can do to bring furniture in the space that’s not pushed against a wall is going to give it that really elevated designer look.

One thing we did in our living room

is add a narrow sofa table behind the sofa. Now, it’s still against the wall, but having that extra 8″ of table pulls our sofa forward, gives it a little bit of breathing room, and adds a little bit of depth and layering to the space.

It’s a subtle change but it can actually have a big impact as to how the room feels.

So there you go –

my one easy trick to get a designer look in your space instantly: float your furniture away from the walls.

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Weird & Wonderful Places to Wallpaper

You know I’m obsessed with wallpaper. It’s gotten so darn cool over the past few years! I’ve blogged about my obsession with wallpaper before, so this is nothing new. But what IS new are some of the creative applications for it. “Wallpaper” is a bit of a misnomer – who says it can only be applied to walls? Here are my favorite weird and wonderful places to wallpaper. (Psst – the trick is to keep it classy and chic with quality wallcoverings in modern styles and finishes – no crazy craft project decoupage here.)

Wallpaper The Ceiling

Yeah, I know – wallpaper on a ceiling ain’t new. But it’s still AMAZING and I want to see more of it! I love the graphic punch of this blue and white wallpapered ceiling, and the dramatic texture of this black wallpapered ceiling. I’ve got plans to wallpaper a dining room ceiling for a client and I can’t wait to show you how it turns out.

Awesome wallpapered ceilings (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick
Awesome wallpapered ceilings (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick

Wallpaper the Fridge

Removable vinyl wallpapers are the bomb-diggity and so easy to apply to a boring basic fridge. I’ve tried this out in my own home and the results are super cool. Of course I dig this black and white Dalmatian dot fridge (it’s the same pattern used in my own foyer) and designer Nick Olsen has really taken color and pattern to the next level in his kitchen.

Awesome wallpapered fridge (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick
Awesome wallpapered fridge (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick

Wallpaper a Closet

Just because it’s a space people don’t see very often doesn’t mean it shouldn’t totally kick ass and make you smile with delight every morning. I love the luxurious touch a wallpapered closet brings. Totally digging this fresh botanical wallpaper and dreamy cloud wallpaper too.

Awesome wallpapered closets (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick
Awesome wallpapered closets (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick

Wallpaper Your Furniture

What’s that, wallpaper on a dresser? Why not. Take a totally utilitarian piece and completely personalize it with wallpaper like on this fun chest of drawers and black and white desk. I’d love to see a dining table or desk with a wallpapered top (covered with glass to make it functional, of course).

Awesome wallpapered furniture (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick
Awesome wallpapered furniture (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick

Wallpaper a Door

I have paneled interior doors in my home and I’m scoping out the right wallpaper to apply to the back of the door in my son’s room for a fun, unexpected touch. This pretty paneled door really highlights the wallpaper and treats it as art. Also, those hot pink closet doors? LOVE.

Awesome wallpapered interior doors (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick
Awesome wallpapered closet doors (and other offbeat wallpaper ideas) from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick

So what do you think – would you wallpaper? I’m dying to try out some of these new applications on my cool clients…

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. 🤘

Stuck in a Design Rut?

Stuck in a design rut? Interior stylist Lesley Myrick has 3 tips to help you bust out of a decorating slump.

You know when you’ve been living in a space for a while, things just kinda feel…stale? If you’re stuck in a design rut, here are 3 tips to bust out and start to make your home a place you actually want to be.

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Hey – happy new year! Lesley Myrick here. I’m an interior stylist and owner of Lesley Myrick Art + Design where we create some pretty fantastic interiors with an offbeat edge.

So, it’s a new year and a time for a fresh start for you and your home. But where do you start?

Tip #1: Seek Design Inspiration

When I’m feeling in a design rut I turn to inspiration. I love Pinterest, I love Houzz, I love getting my hands on great design magazines and design books. Sometimes there’s a lot of pressure for us to re-invent the wheel ourselves and come up with all these fresh ideas – and that’s not always possible.

But by seeking inspiration, by finding elements you like, you’ll start to gather a look, a direction you want to be going.

I’m not an advocate for copying anybody’s work, but sometimes looking at what else is out there, what other people are doing, can be a springboard for your own ideas so you can figure out how to translate what you love into your own home.

Tip #2: Start Small with Accessories

So the second step to get out of a design rut, once you’ve looked for some inspiration and kind of have a fresh perspective on your space, is to start small. And by that I mean start with the small items that are easy, quick fixes that are going to give you instant gratification.

Pillows, curtains, textiles, decorative accessories – these are “smaller ticket” items that can more easily be swapped out in a space to give it a bit of a fresh makeover without doing a whole lot of work or renovation.

Tip #3: Freshen Your Paint Colors

Paint color is also another great way to make a change, to make a fresh start in the new year. If you had a room that’s beige for 10 years and suddenly you paint it a beautiful soft blue – BOOM.

It’s going to completely transform how you feel in the space, how you look at the space, and you may not even need any further changes than that to feel like you have a whole fresh space in the new year.

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So what if a little inspiration digging and accessory styling and paint color isn’t enough to make you feel like you’ve got this fresh start to get out of this rut for the new year?

If you are craving something bigger I would love to talk. We can partner together to help create an offbeat design for your home that’s going to feel like you, that’s going to feel authentic, and is really going to set you up for success in this new year.

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. 🤘

10 Awesome Instagram Accounts for Offbeat Decor

Instagram is my favorite. I’ve found some of the coolest design sources for my clients thanks to this awesome social media channel. But I’m keeping them a secret!

Just kidding. Here are 10 awesome Instagram accounts for offbeat decor and art I think you’ll love:

JOSH YOUNG | I’m totally into his “traditional meets modern” thing. Why are everyone’s faces crossed out? I don’t know. But I like.

TIMOROUS BEASTIES | Totally weird and wonderful. Traditional designs mashed up with some graffiti and modern touches. (I’m seriously considering that chair for a client. Dyyying over how good it is.)

AVO | Stunning hand-dyed leather. Of course they do rugs and upholstery, but their unique leather wall tiles are beyond. So good.

DANIELLE KRYSA | Her work is just so damn weird and wonderful. A little collage, a little paint, and whole lotta white space.

MODSHOP | Pretty much everything that is cool about everything. Lotsa velvet, lucite, brass, and funky Art Deco touches.

SCOUT DESIGN STUDIO | A little like ModShop, which is probably why I dig ’em. Love how they lacquer vintage pieces to give them totally new life.

SAZERAC STITCHES | Fun and funky retro-inspired light fixtures with a pop of unexpected color.

THE VINTAGE RUG SHOP | Because one-of-a-kind carpets are way cooler than mass-produced.

ISLE OF PAWS | Super fun and quirky custom pet portraits. If I had a dog I’d totally be hitting her up for a custom piece.

AGAIN & AGAIN | Midcentury and vintage furniture is given new life. Plus, upholstered leopard chairs. Give me a little leopard print any day and I’m good.

I could go on and on – I get totally lost in all the cool stuff flooding my Instagram feed! I’d love to hear your favorite offbeat design sources on Instagram. Share ’em with me @lesleymyrick.

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