Hello from Waco, Texas! The great #MyrickMove has happened and I’m getting settled in my new home – and new home office.
I have an office! With a desk! A desk that’s not squeezed into my bedroom!
We’re unpacked, we’ve bought all the boring-but-essential stuff (lawnmower, I’m talkin’ to you), and now it’s time to get on with the fun – decorating.
We’ll be painting the living room and office this week, and it’s official – choosing paint colors for my own home is THE FUNNEST. Having never owned a home before I’ve either not painted or only painted walls a light color that’s easy to cover, but now, IT’S ON.
Chartreuse ceiling, anyone? (Oh yes. It’s happening.)
Stay tuned on the blog and Instagram for some peeks at the design updates to our sweet little 1950s bungalow. In the meantime, check out this awesome video that the beautiful Erica Marr Films created for Lesley Myrick Art + Design. If you’re curious about my interior design philosophy and how I work, you’ll dig it. And if you’ve been considering hiring me for a design project, this will give you a better sense of what I’m all about and if we’d be a good fit. (You like teal hair? Me too!)
We move to Texas in just one week (follow along with the #myrickmove hashtag on Instagram), so what better way to wrap up my time in SoCal than with my Pasadena, California home tour – FINALLY! We’ve lived in this two bedroom 1960s apartment for two years and were pretty lucky that for a rental, it doesn’t totally suck. It’s not my dream home (because my dream home will have crown molding and ceiling fans that are not ugly) but it’s been a lovely little space for our family of three.
I’ve linked as many sources as possible, but many items are no longer available since I do a lot of custom, secondhand, and clearance sourcing. If you’ve got a question about anything, feel free to email me or send me a tweet.
Living Room Sources: Sofa: The Sofa Company | Sofa Pillows: Custom | Accent Chair: Vintage | Sheepskin: IKEA | Coffee Table: Custom | TV Cabinet: Thrifted | Rug: IKEA | Accent Table: Lamps Plus | Teal Table Lamp Base: Target | Teal Table Lamp Shade: Custom | Clear Table Lamp (similar): Target | Clear Table Lamp Shade (similar): Target | Gramophone: Restoration Hardware | Brass Tray: Target
Ford’s Nursery Sources: Crib: IKEA | Crib Sheets: Giggle | Glider: Giggle | Squirrel Pillow: Target | Dresser/Changing Table: Vintage with Custom Top painted Benjamin Moore Citron | Accent Table: Target | Lamp: Vintage | Rug: IKEA | Curtains: IKEA| MamaRoo: c/o 4Moms | Deer Hook: Marshalls | Mobile: Amazon | Storage Baskets on Bookshelf: The Container Store
Bedroom/Office Sources: Nightstands (similar): IKEA | Lamps on Nightstands: Vintage | Accent Pillows on Bed: Thrifted | White Vase: Jonathan Adler | Bookshelf (with wallpaper added to back): IKEA | Desk: IKEA | Desk Lamp: one of a kind sample from Lamps Plus | Desk Chair: IKEA | Desk Chair Pillow: Lamps Plus | iMac Stand: Z Plan Fab
Now you’ve seen where I work and sleep. It’s kind of like we’re best friends, right?
Starting on Wednesday all of this will be packed up in boxes so I’m taking a minute to appreciate our sweet little home as it currently stands. When we moved to California almost four years ago we had very little money (I didn’t yet have a US work permit and Nate was a master’s student and we were BROKE ASS) so we were forced to decorate on the cheap while we navigated life in a new state as newlyweds. I don’t believe that money buys style, and some of my favorite furniture and decor pieces are ones we found at thrift stores – and waited patiently for a 50% off sale to snag them for even less.
Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my Pasadena, California home! I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got planned for our new house (WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!) in Waco, Texas.
Hurrah, summer’s here!
(Oh wait. I’m moving to Texas in two weeks, land of heat and humidity. I retract that statement.)
At least there’s central air and we can enjoy being indoors, right? Here are a few of my favorite furniture and home decor picks to oomph up your space for the summer season. Because if you’re stuck inside, you might as well enjoy the colorful coral and teal and chartreuse scenery.
My latest design obsession, hands down, is WALLPAPER. (You know, the terrible stuff that you see in older homes that you can’t wait to tear down?) I’m so happy to see that wallpaper has come a long way from the bad 80s prints I remember from childhood, and is now so freakin’ rad that I’m dying to move into our new house and find the perfect opportunity to wallpaper the crap out of it.
The black and white foyer above, designed by Kelly Wearstler, is one of my favorite spaces ever. Her attention to detail on floors and ceilings is like no other. I love that she actually cut apart a simple grey and white striped wallpaper and reconfigured it to create this ceiling look. (PS. That’s a great DIY idea if you’ve got a lonely wall or ceiling that could use some oomph..)
Okay, that wallpapered stairway ceiling above? STOP IT RIGHT NOW. It is absolute perfection and I bow to the designer Rafael de Cardenas. I know the photo’s pretty blurry but it’s just too darn good not to share.
The custom large-scale wallpapers by Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios are absolutely exceptional. Why just paint your foyer when you could have this?
I just discovered Ellie Cashman‘s wallpapers and I’m in love. If you want to feel like you’re being enveloped by a romantic Victorian still-life, this wallpaper is for you.
Another stunning wallpaper pattern by Kelly Wearstler. Her wallpapers are totally not for the faint of heart. BRING IT ON, KELLY.
And finally, Graham & Brown’s Frames wallpaper has had my heart for years. It’s the perfect wallpaper for a kid’s room that mixes “cool wallpaper that mom loves” with “totally not boring for kids”. I love the idea of sticking up photos and drawings in some of the empty “frames”. (And if you have the patience, I see this being another rad DIY idea. Cut out some templates from cardboard and trace with a black paint pen.)
I know my brain lives in this design world where wallpaper is awesome, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Wallpaper – yay or nay? Let me know on Twitter.
Lately I’m totally loving these chartreuse curtains…
…this insanely spacious bathroom with to-die-for details…
…this sophisticated grey kitchen with a pop of chartreuse (my favorite!)…
…and this wild foyer that makes a major color statement.