Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Nightstands

I’m getting so antsy to show you more of my newly made-over bedroom, but I guess I should hold off for a bit as there’s still a major missing piece of the bedroom puzzle – kickass nightstands. I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect nightstands to complete my total bedroom overhaul, which spurred my search for rad inspo material.

I’m not sure if any of these nightstands are THE nightstand for me, but they’re all worthy of being considered as part of the 10 best nightstands out there (in my humble opinion). From an IKEA bar cart that can be easily repurposed as a nightstand to Modshop’s side table with gorgeous oversized hardware, there is a nightstand that can act as a statement piece for every budget.

  1. The 10 best nightstands - designer picks from interior stylist Lesley Myrick
  2. 1. Ikea Raskog Utility Cart | 2. Anthropologie Geo-Marquetry Nightstand | 3. West Elm Brass Geo Inlay Nightstand | 4. West Elm Bone Inlaid Nightstand | 5. West Elm Audrey Nightstand | 6. Anthropologie Lacquered Regency Nightstand |  7. Greige Design Alexandria Nightstand | 8. Modshop Belize Side Table | 9. Jonathan Adler Antibes Side Table  | 10. Made Goods Alene Nightstand

“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.

Design Project Tour: A Colorful Family-Friendly Great Room

Project tour from interior stylist Lesley Myrick | A colorful family-friendly great room

First things first, since I know you’re gonna notice as soon as you watch the video – I cut my hair! Bye bye, bun. 💇

Now, let’s get to the good stuff: a design project tour of the colorful, family-friendly great room I recently completed here in Waco, Texas. I’ve shared the progress and the after photos previously but dive a little deeper in today’s video:


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Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here. I’m an interior stylist, and I transform boring beige spaces into pretty kickass colorful homes with an offbeat edge that are livable, delightful, and unexpected. Today I’m going to walk you through one of my recently completed design projects from start to finish.

So, this space was a great room for a family here in Waco, Texas. They have young kids, and they needed a space that felt grown up, they could relax in together, and hang out as a family.

Everything had to be stylish and colorful and accessible, but nothing so precious that a toddler could ruin it.

Here’s a peek at the space before. It totally has good bones, great high ceilings, cool architecture – but really stuck in the 60s and not at all in line with the rest of the couple’s home. They had a mix of French traditional, and kind of a softer, more contemporary look, so this really hard retro style was totally not them. They wanted to merge their tastes but still respect the architecture of the home.

Here’s a look at the Pinterest board I put together with design selections initially, and a moodboard showing what the space was going to look like completed. This is my favorite part – to get to pull this together visually and show a client what we’re going to create. But even cooler than that is seeing the end result!

I am so thrilled with how this room turned out. I think it works perfectly for the couple and for their young family. There’s a really adorable play space for their daughter; everything feels chic and grown-up and colorful; there’s some Mid-Century elements to tie in the retro feel of the room; but there’s also some prettier, more feminine elements that work really, really well with the rest of the couple’s home. I love being able to transform spaces from something nobody really wanted to spend time in into a place that the family cannot wait to be together in.

That’s why I do what I do – to empower homeowners to make confident design decisions and create homes that they love.

Whether or not you’re in Waco I would love to work with you on your design project. If you’re looking for a rad “design partner in crime” reach out to me – you can get in touch via my website.

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Summer 2017 Home Decor Picks

While I’m not one to totally re-decorate my home for the seasons (spare me the cutesy display of starfish and seashells on the coffee table for summer, ugh), it’s always fun to freshen up your accessories as it feels appropriate. My home decor picks for Summer 2017 are all about orange, indigo, concrete, and ceramic. Natural textures, fresh colors, and a little quirk.

Oh, and a pug wearing a bowler hat? Why not.

Summer 2017 home decor picks from interior stylist Lesley Myrick

Indigo Lamp | Beck Hand Sculpture | Edan Verdegris Concrete Stool | Spanish Sino Hand-Knotted RugMod Chap Art on Canvas | Julian Table Lamp | Eatherly End Table | Graffito Pillow

Want to see more of my favorite pieces – stuff I would actually buy for myself and for my clients? Check out my past seasonal decor picks and browse the interior styling archives for oodles of design goodness.

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Flower Power

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, “Flower Power: Good for Your Decor and Your Well-Being”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the article archive here.

We’ve always known flowers and plants bring an element to a tabletop or nightstand that’s both aesthetically appealing and statement-making. Designers especially embrace this fact. Look at any home magazine, and you’ll typically see some sort of organic element in the interior photos of the homes, whether it be a subtle single bloom on a desk or an eye-catching arrangement on a console table. But even more important than looks, it’s proven by university research that these fresh florals introduce a little feel-good mojo.

In addition, psychologists have confirmed flowers can help you reach your goals. Dak Kopec, a design and environmental psychologist says, “Flowers help people measure time and track goals, whether they be fitness goals or career goals, because different flowers are in season at different times and act as a positive symbol of the passage of time.” Be sure to keep your florals fresh and perky because on the flipside, Kopec says wilted flowers subconsciously signal you’ve let time escape you.

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Downtown Waco Masculine Loft

A downtown Waco loft with masculine style by interior designer Lesley Myrick
I’m not typically faced with clients that ask for something super masculine, but when I am, I get really really excited to start sourcing! This living room and dining room project gave me the freedom to head in a slightly different design direction than usual and I was pumped for the challenge. (See? No teal! Well, almost. I snuck just a little bit of my fave color in.) This downtown Waco masculine loft design was inspired by the rad urban vibe of the condo with its concrete floor, exposed brick wall, and open concept. A little industrial distressed flair + a muted color palette + lots of texture = a totally kickass man-cave.

Even when designing a more masculine space, the balance between masculine and feminine elements is crucial. Too much “manliness” (or too much of any one style, really) leads to a boring design, so some more traditionally “feminine” touches like the upholstered dining chairs bring an unexpected element of contrast. But, you know, they’re totally badass upholstered in black suede instead of a more traditional linen or French toile fabric.

You can check out my design picks for the space on Pinterest, and if you’re interested in working together to make manly (or girly, whatever!) magic in your home, let’s talk. 👇

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Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Headboards

What’s an easy way to dress up your bedroom? A totally badass headboard, of course. As the centerpiece of your space, headboards are a rad way to make a BIG impact on your boring ol’ bed. Adding a headboard is a great opportunity to bring a new texture, pattern, or color into your space.

From AllModern to Made Goods, there are dozens of headboard options out there that I totally dig. Jonathan Adler has you covered if you’re looking for something large and traditional, while The Family Love Tree has something for you if you’re looking to bring some vintage vibes into your space (that Peacock headboard!). I’ve picked 10 of the best headboards out there to help give you a jumpstart on getting the bedroom of your dreams.

The 10 best headboard picks from interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Dress up your badass bedroom
  1. 1. AllModern Bowne Headboard | 2. Joss & Main Morgana Headboard | 3. West Elm Patterned Nailhead Headboard | 4. The Family Love Tree Double Peacock Headboard | 5. Kase Custom Reclaimed Wood Headboard | 6. Urban Outfitters Grand Sienna Headboard | 7. Ballard Designs Claudette Headboard | 8. Jonathan Adler Woodhouse Headboard | 9. Made Goods Morgan Headboard | 10. Made Goods Gavin Headboard

“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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How to Make Affordable Decor Look Like a Million Bucks

How to make affordable decor look like a million bucks | Design tips from Waco's best designer Lesley Myrick

Once the major furniture and lighting pieces are in place, I recommend that clients reserve about 20 to 30% of their overall budget for styling at the end of an interior design project.

WHAAAA?

Sounds like a lot, right? But a room that isn’t styled and finished right just feels…unfinished. And who wants to invest many thousands of dollars in beautiful new furnishings just to have the room feel incomplete? Styling is super important, and it is possible to do it on a budget and still get kickass results. Here’s how to make affordable decor look like a million bucks and stretch your decorating dollars even further:


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Hey everyone, I’m Lesley Myrick. I’m an interior stylist, and I transform boring beige spaces into kickass colorful homes with an offbeat edge that are livable, delightful, and a little unexpected.

Today I want to talk with you about how to make inexpensive accessories look like a million bucks.

Accessorizing. This is one of those things that people sort of neglect to understand how important it is to really fully finish out a room with accessories. It’s easy to blow your budget on beautiful furnishings, and rugs, and lighting, and not leave 20 – 30% of your budget for styling. Now, that might sound high, but trust me, rooms suck up things. You want to make sure you have enough room in your budget to buy the great hardcover books, and vases, and pillows and throws, and tableware and things that are really going to make a room feel complete.

You can invest in a beautiful room, but unless you take it to this finished level it’s always going to feel like it’s lacking.

Now, once you get to the styling stage you’ve often invested a great deal in the big, meaty pieces for your home and don’t necessarily want to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on accessories. So what do you do?

I actually have no problem shopping box stores and larger retailers to find great pieces. And here’s the secret: when you do it right, those inexpensive accessories can mix and match with your antiques and your investment pieces and the larger pieces you love, and they can look like a million bucks even though they didn’t cost anywhere near that.

What I like to do to finish out a room is to focus on table lamps and decorative accessories from these lower-end retailers. And it’s not about just getting the cheapest there is – it’s about buying the best quality you can afford but at a lower end.

One thing to avoid is small accessories and decorative items in super bright colors. They tend to look cheap and you can spot them from a mile away. I like to stick with natural materials like brass, wood, or metal, and accessories that are in neutral, white, or black finishes. Those tend to look the most expensive and the most high-end even if the price tag isn’t that.

It’s totally okay to have some inexpensive accessories with a higher-end room.

I think that mixing and matching really gives it character and personality and actually keeps the room from feeling too stale. And as always, look for the best quality you can afford within your budget. It’s not about having the most, it’s about having fewer, better things that you absolutely love.

So there you go! A few styling tips on how to finish out and accessorize a room without breaking the bank.

If you liked this video, I’d so appreciate if you’d share it with someone who would find value in it. And leave a comment on YouTube below this video – I would love to hear from you.

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Project Reveal: A Colorful Mid Century Modern Living Room

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas

Woohoo for a new project reveal! I’m digging how this colorful Mid-Century Modern living room with a touch of French flair turned out. The main goal for this room was to keep the room true to the home’s 1960s architecture while incorporating French-traditional inspired decor that the homeowners love. If that wasn’t enough of a challenge in itself, the space also needed to be toddler-proof. (Which, as the mom of a three year-old I’m basically an expert at. 😂) By brightening up the ceiling beams, sourcing furniture that fit the scale of the room, and revamping the built-in, this room transformed from orange and dingy to light, bright, and totally livable.

Check out the before post of this space to see how a rad concept comes to life.

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas

How lucky is the little girl that gets to play at this stylish marble table with adorable (and comfy) poufs surrounding it?

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas

Sometimes (okay, ALL THE TIME) a designer’s gotta get creative when styling a space. This “tray” isn’t a tray at all – it’s a wall hanging that was the perfect size and style to offset the chunky white coffee table. The details and scale of this piece were so made for this space, it ended up feeling like it was a custom-designed centerpiece.

Here’s the moodboard that inspired it all:

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco TexasAnd one last look at the final product:

A fresh and colorful great room designed by award winning Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco Texas

I loved sourcing items of such a large scale to give the furniture in this room the oomph it desperately needed. Giving a sweet family the colorful and kid-proof space they deserve is all part of the job (which SO rocks).

In case you’re curious, here is the Pinterest board where most of the items in this room can be found. If you’re interested in working with us on your own design project, get in touch! We’d love to help you make your home more livable, delightful, and unexpected. ✌️

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How to Merge Design Styles with a Significant Other

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, “Mixing Without Matching: How to Merge Design Styles with a Significant Other”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the article archive here.

Mixing Without Matching - Lesley Myrick

Last fall I taught a class at McLennan Community College about cultivating your aesthetic. Week after week a recurring concern echoed from the students: “Sure, I’m learning to embrace what my own design style is, but how do I make it work when my husband’s style is the complete opposite of mine?”

Others nodded in agreement, murmuring about clunky brown leather recliners, hunting trophies and other typically “masculine” things that did not go with their newly cultivated, often quite feminine, style. I could see the disappointment wash over their faces after all they’d done to discover their individual styles. How could they possibly design a home they loved when they were stuck living with furniture and decor that didn’t fit their ideal aesthetic but made their partners happy?

Marriage involves a lot of discussion, compromise and collaboration, and this goes for making decorating decisions too. But don’t think that if you’re not married, you’re off the hook. If you’re living with someone else — a significant other, partner, roommate, boyfriend, girlfriend, parent or child — you’re bound to encounter some stylistic conflict along your decorating journey.

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My signature course Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic launches online May 15! 🎉  To celebrate, I’m giving away five spots in the class, including one Premium Edition that includes a private 45-minute design consultation with yours truly. Enter the giveaway here, and sign up by May 14 to receive earlybird awesomeness of 20% off your registration and a sweet freebie. 

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Enter to win one of 5 spots in Lesley Myrick's Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic online course!My signature course Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic launches online May 15! 🎉  To celebrate, I’m giving away five spots in the class, including one Premium Edition that includes a private 45-minute design consultation with yours truly.

Interior design can feel like a mystery. 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. All students get access to our Interior Style Rockstar Community on Facebook to dig deeper together, and Premium students also receive a private 45-minute online design consultation with Lesley.


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Learn to embrace what you love and feel empowered to make confident design decisions in your own home. Enter the giveaway below, and sign up by May 14 to receive earlybird awesomeness of 20% off your registration and a sweet freebie. (Don’t worry, if you win the giveaway your class fee will be refunded to you or you can gift your spot to a friend.)

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I’m psyched to launch the class on Monday May 15! Enter the giveaway above for your chance at a free spot, then sign up now and save 20% with code 20STYLE. See you in class and in the private Interior Style Rockstar Facebook community.

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