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5 Ideas to Upgrade Your Master Bathroom

5 ideas to upgrade your master bathroom from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick

When is it a good idea to upgrade your master bathroom with some cosmetic touches, and when is it time for a total bathroom renovation? If your bathroom totally sucks – both functionally and aesthetically – it’s worth thinking about the value a remodel a will bring. But if your bathroom is kind of okay, and just needs a little lovin’, I’ve got 5 ideas to give your bathroom a fresh outlook on life.

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

Today I want to talk about 5 easy ways to upgrade a bathroom.

Now, if you’ve got a bathroom that is kind of beyond saving it is definitely worth looking into what the investment will be to upgrade it fully with new finishes, new fixtures, and all that good stuff that I love to help my clients with.

But there are times when a simple upgrade will really help transform the space. If your floors are pretty good, and your cabinets are alright, you can paint the space and there’s actually a few other things I suggest to give it a fresh, upgraded look.

So here are my 5 ideas to upgrade your master bathroom – or any bathroom, really.

The first is with new hardware.

This is a quick project that can be done in a couple of hours and there is so much amazing hardware out there you don’t have to be stuck with the 99 cent special from Home Depot.

That alone is going to have a mega-impact on what your cabinetry looks like in the bathroom.

The second way to upgrade your bathroom is with new light fixtures.

If you’ve got one of those boring-ass bars up there, and it’s all, like, metal and arm-y looking, it’s time to replace it with something clean, simple, and beautiful.

You will be blown away with what bringing in a modern light fixture can do to a dated bathroom.

The third way to upgrade your bathroom –

– and this is a little unexpected, not everyone’s into this – is to add an area rug. I think a bathroom is an amazing place to bring in some color, some pattern, and some softness with an area rug.

Now, what you can look for here is an indoor/outdoor rug that you know is going to hold up to some moisture. A good quality rug will hold up just fine in a bathroom if you take care of it.

The fourth way to upgrade your master bathroom is with accessories.

Your perfume bottles and makeup brushes are not accessories. While they might be on the counter, I suggest finding a spot for them tucked away in a basket or in a drawer and use that counter space for something beautiful whether it’s a gorgeous tray, or a candle, or something that just makes the space feel really special and personal to you.

And finally, the last way that I suggest to upgrade your master bathroom

is a little “treat yo-self” moment with flowers. Now, no one else is going to see them; it’s your master bathroom and I think that’s what makes it so special. To have that little something that says, “This space is beautiful, and appreciated, and I want to be in here.”

And if flowers aren’t your jam, maybe a potted plant will work. Or if you’re me, a fake plant that you’re not going to kill.

So there you go. 5 awesome ways to upgrade your master bathroom.

If your bathroom’s already in decent shape these changes are going to have a huge impact on the overall space.

If your bathroom’s a little rough around the edges and the cabinetry’s not so hot and the tile is from the 80s, we need to talk.

Hop on over to my website at lesleymyrick.com where you can book a complimentary Design Discovery Call with me. We will talk through your design needs and make a plan to totally transform your space together.

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The Offbeat Office

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 Offbeat Office: A Fresh Approach to Working from Home”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the article archive here.

The need for home workspaces has increased dramatically in the past couple of decades. In 2016, 43 percent of working Americans spent some time working remotely, according to a Gallup survey of more than 15,000 adults. And in 2015, Inc. magazine reported that “27 million working-age Americans — nearly 14 percent — are starting or running new businesses.” I’m sure that number has only gone up in the past three years.

Since so many of us are working from home, it’s time to create home workspaces and offices we actually want to work in! Whether it’s sitting in bed on a laptop or behind a desk in a full-fledged home office, making a workspace work for you is essential to your productivity, creativity and well-being.

READ MORE…

 

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Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Finds from High Point Market Spring 2018

I must have a horseshoe up my butt or something, because last month I WON a trip to High Point Market. (Thanks again Ivy and Soft Design Lab for this amazing opportunity!) It’s been on my bucket list for years to make the trek to North Carolina and check out market, and a 6 day trip with an incredible group of designers was beyond awesome.

High Point is the place to be for interior designers.

There’s over 10 million square feet of designer-only showrooms and vendors. Needless to say, while I wasn’t able to see everything, 6 days at market meant discovering some incredible new vendors that I can share with you and my clients. If you missed it on Instagram, I’ve got a few behind-the-scenes pics on Instagram – just click the #HPMKT icon.

My eyeballs were constantly on alert for cool offbeat pieces. Check out 10 of the best finds from High Point Market in spring 2018:

10 best picks from High Point Market spring 2018 from Waco interior designer Lesley Myrick

1. Ashlee Shaped Mirror | 2. Avellino Bench | 3. Emerson Laser-Cut Cowhide Pillow | 4. Brass Baby Girl on Stand | 5. Aqua Diva Pendant | 6. Lucia Chair | 7. Seago Bedside Table | 8. Abbado Cabinet | 9. Button Chair | 10. Julius Table Lamp

You guys. SERIOUSLY.

Seeing all these products in person is a game-changer! I love attending designer markets like High Point because I get to touch and handle all the things. I’m so excited to have a few new go-to vendors for quality offbeat furniture and decor that I can provide to my kickass clients.

And psst – if you’re interested in any of the items pictured, please contact our office to purchase. Most of these vendors work directly with designers and these products aren’t available to retail consumers. I’m happy to hook you up!

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5 Ideas to Upgrade Your Living Room

5 ideas to upgrade your living room from Waco, TX interior designer Lesley Myrick

If your living room has good bones – great basic furniture pieces you love – but is lacking in personality and style, I’ve got your back. There are a few things you can do to build off your solid foundation and create an awesome living room.

(However, if you’ve had the same furniture since college and need a total living room overhaul, these 5 tips just ain’t gonna do the trick. Let’s talk instead, yo.)

Ready to rock? I’ve got 5 ideas to upgrade your living room and bring personality to a boring space.

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

Today I wanna chat with you about living rooms.

Sometimes just a few little changes can be all you need to kinda reinvigorate your love for a space. So here are 5 ways you can bring a little love to your living room.

Tip #1: Add an Area Rug

The first is with a new area rug. Area rugs are like art, and if yours is too small for the space, if it’s tired looking, if it’s beige and if it’s boring, this is an awesome way to bring some personality, some color, and some interest to your living room.

Measure your room and go as big as you can with the rug, and don’t be afraid to play, especially if you have neutral furniture. A colorful, bright, patterned, fun rug can completely transform a tired living room.

Tip #2: Pimp Out Your Pillows

The second way you can upgrade your living room – once you’ve got the rug nailed down – is with accent pillows. Try to tie in some color and pattern from the rug into your pillows.

New pillows can totally change the look of a sofa. If you’ve been sitting on and seeing the same pillows for years, even this small tweak might have a huge impact on how you feel in your space.

Tip #3: Clear Clutter

The third way to upgrade your living room is actually by getting rid of stuff. Clearing the clutter. You might be surprised to know that even just a couple of things out of place can really affect how you feel about a space.

Take 10 minutes, sweep the room of anything that doesn’t belong there, find a home for it – and if you can’t, and you don’t need it, throw that crap out. That is going to totally change how you feel about your room.

Tip #4: Upgrade Your Window Treatments

Tip number 4 is to upgrade your window treatments. Window treatments are a part of decor that a lot of people overlook. They don’t realize the impact that a really nicely dressed window can have on a space.

Depending on the look you want you could do clean and simple shutters; you could do a sheer roller shade that’s gonna filter light and bring a little bit of softness. I tend to be a fan of beautiful curtain panels – color, pattern, and texture. Something that’s going to soften hard walls and hard lines and really just make the space feel cozy and complete.

Tip #5: Add a Badass Statement Accessory

And finally, the last thing you can do to breathe new life into your living room is to find some totally funky badass statement accessory.

Having that one offbeat piece – it is going to bring character and personality and it’s really gonna show your style in a space that might be feeling a little lackluster.

If your living room’s got a great foundation – you’ve got good furniture pieces you like but it’s feeling like a snooze, a rug, new pillows, curtains and window treatments, get rid of the clutter, and that one “wow” piece are completely going to transform your space.

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. 🤘

A Colorful Kids Craft Room in Waco, Texas: After

There’s nothing better than a satisfying “after” photo, and I’ve been dying to share this colorful kids craft room with you! You may remember the “before” photos from this space in Waco, Texas:

Yup. Snooooooozefest. But don’t worry – some funky wallpaper, chic furnishings, and gorgeous original art has totally transformed this space.

We kept the existing paint color – Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter – since it’s such a classic, pretty grey. And it was the perfect neutral backdrop to allow the bold color and pattern of the wallpaper, art, area rug, and accessories to be the star of the show.

The kids each have their own personalized workspace, complete with adorable desk lamps and industrial-chic bulletin boards to display homework, crafts, and artistic creations.

And lucky mama, who’s an entrepreneur and works primarily from home, gets this UHHMAZING workspace. The brass and white lacquer desk is beyond chic in person, and the original artwork by Lesley Grainger brings such a fun energy to the room and ties in the bright wallpaper and area rug.

And can we please take a moment to savor this incredible custom floral arrangement from Tenfold Floral? Adair and Aelish from Tenfold are flower-loving geniuses who used the moodboards for this project as inspiration to create this stunning centerpiece as a thank-you gift for my client.

I’m so grateful when clients let me play and push the envelope with color, pattern, and design. I think this colorful kids craft room is a smashing success. (And big thanks to my rockstar photographer Jeff Jones for translating this space into these gorgeous photos.)

PS. Interested in starting a design project of your own? Book your complimentary Design Discovery Call and let’s talk. ✌