Who doesn’t love a good before-and-after? Get ready, because all month long I’m sharing a tour of our Texas home, including the living room, master bedroom, kids bedroom, my office, my husband’s office, and the kitchen. First up: our family-friendly living room with a teal sofa.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa by atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick

Disclosure: Some of the products in this before-and-after were sponsored by brands I use and love for myself and for my clients, including Sherwin-Williams and Lamps Plus. Thanks for your support!

If this living room looks vaguely familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen it before. This is the second makeover of my Waco, Texas living room.

Here’s what the room looked like the day we moved in, way back in 2015.

So. Much. Peach. I couldn’t wait to bust this room out of boring and paint the walls one of my favorite neutrals, Sherwin-Williams Relaxed Khaki.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa

And after I got my designer hands on it, here’s what the space looked like for the first few years we lived in Texas. (You can see the full before-and-after here, if you’d like.)

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa and a gallery wall
Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa and Vintage Bar

She’s cute, right? Funky teal sofa, cute gallery wall, graphic area rug, eclectic furnishings. All is well and that’s the end of the story.

OH BUT WAIT.

After our beloved teal sofa died a slow death, it was time to replace it and give a whole new look to our living room. We did our homework and realized that re-upholstering the existing sofa in leather would be the same investment as buying a brand-new sectional, so we opted for the larger Briar sectional from Joybird to gain more seating.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Texas Living Room with a Teal Sofa by interior designer Lesley Myrick

And while I still have a soft spot for a good gallery wall, I was looking forward to a change and making a big-ass statement above the new sectional.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room with a Teal Sofa in Waco, Texas by interior designer Lesley Myrick

See that oversize framed photo?

No, that is not Elton John (although we’ve had quite a few people ask that!) – that is a picture of my husband Nate when he was about 5 years old. I’m obsessed with everything in this pic: the orange sunglasses, the acid-washed jeans, the stack of VHS tapes in the background, and alllll the 80s goodness. I borrowed the original 3×5 photo from my mother-in-law, scanned it, and blew it up to 60×40 inches. My favorite framer in Waco, Studio Gallery, did a killer job on this oversize brass floating frame.

Nate had no idea I was doing this, by the way. Imagine his shock when he came home to find a giant photo of himself in our living room.

With art, I always say “go big or go home”.

This is how you go big with major personality.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Texas Living Room with Leather Accent Chairs by interior designer Lesley Myrick

We replaced our cute yellow wing chairs with these beautiful custom cognac leather high-backed accent chairs from Bassett. And I scored that cute footstool on a sourcing trip to Las Vegas. The pair of coffee tables, believe it or not, are from Target! I love to mix high and low in the same room – it gives a more eclectic, collected vibe than if everything came from the same kind of store.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Texas Living Room with a Modern Gallery Wall by Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick

I didn’t get rid of the gallery wall entirely –

– just moved it to the wall opposite the sectional. I love collecting original art, and I’m totally into these pieces by Josh Young Design House and Jessica Ruth Freedman.

And every reading nook needs a great lamp. I love the cherry wood and brass surveyor-style floor lamp from Lamps Plus.

Before and After: A Family-Friendly Texas Living Room with a Teal Sofa by Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick

You’ve probably noticed some things have remained from before, including the wall color and the retro bar cabinet. But I’m psyched to have a new rug that’s actually big enough for the room! This pretty vintage-inspired area rug is from Loloi.

I hope you enjoyed taking a tour of my family-friendly living room with a teal sofa – like you expected anything other than teal in my house.


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Love this colorful boy's bedroom with bunk beds! Wall color is Sherwin-Williams Chatroom.

How fun is this colorful boy’s bedroom with bunk beds?

I designed this space for my 5-year-old son Ford, with the intention that his little sister can crash in here too when we have houseguests.

This is what the bedroom looked like before we moved in, from the home’s online listing photos:

Before and After: A Colorful Boy's Bedroom with Bunk Beds

You know I’m down with an accent wall, but I don’t love this blue. Neither did Ford.

Ford has a LOT of opinions about his bedroom decor – I guess that’s what happens when you’re the child of an interior designer! He wanted bright orange walls (!) but knowing that we wanted this to be a room for him to grow into and not have to repaint in a year, I stuck with one of my favorite gray-green neutrals, Sherwin-Williams Chatroom. Instead of orange walls, we chose to use bright pops of orange on the bedding and window treatments.

Of course, the after photos:

Love this colorful boy's bedroom with bunk beds! Great decorating ideas for kids.

The bunk bed is new, as is the adorable metallic gold star bedding, but the other furnishings and decor were “recycled” from other spaces in our Texas home. The chevron loveseat was custom upholstered for our master bedroom; the curtains were in Ford’s previous bedroom; and the black and white area rug has been in pretty much every room in our home over the years. (Thank you, IKEA!)

Love this fun teal chevron sofa in a kids bedroom.

I love that Ford has added his own touches to the room,

including a Paw Patrol poster on the gallery wall. (I have to say, he did a pretty good job of placing it without my help.) While I like to get the foundation of the room in place, I love that he takes ownership and wants to help create a bedroom that’s unique to him.

Love this fun teal chevron sofa  and fur pillow in a kids bedroom.

I wanted him to have a bedroom that was colorful, comfortable, restful, and fun. We’ve used a lot of bold color – burnt orange, moss green, and teal – but it’s balanced with black, white, and neutral textures like rattan and galvanized metal.

Love this colorful boy's bedroom with bunk beds and pops of orange, green, and teal.

In case you’re curious about storage,

Ford does have a dresser that fits inside the closet. We wanted to leave as much floor space open as possible since it’s a pretty modest-sized room, so we’ve maximized the closet storage space.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking the before and after of this colorful boy’s bedroom (with bunk beds!) and a couple of other rooms in our Atlanta home too. In case you missed it, here’s the dining room and my office.


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How to Work With a Virtual Interior Designer - tips from Atlanta designer Lesley Myrick

Even though Lesley Myrick Art + Design is based in Atlanta, Georgia, we have rad clients all over the US and Canada including California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Ontario. I love to travel to be hands-on with my design projects, but when budget or time doesn’t allow for that, there IS another way to work together. The internet is a magical thing that allows me to collaborate with clients regardless of location as a virtual interior designer. We meet using Zoom or similar video chat software and the design process happens totally online.

Pretty badass, right?

Love this master bedroom moodboard designed by Lesley Myrick! (She's also got great tips on how to work with an interior designer virtually).

A Design Kit is a virtual interior design package for people who prefer to DIY from a custom design plan. Lesley Myrick Art + Design creates a gorgeous personalized Design Kit package that includes a moodboard (like the bedroom seen above), space plan, fabric and finish samples, and shopping list; then all the shopping is done online by the client (that’s you!).

The Design Kit arrives by mail and is THE FUNNEST package to open as it’s full of beautiful things chosen just for you and your home. Grab a glass of wine and make it an event to unbox it!

Love this colorful great room moodboard designed by Lesley Myrick! (She's also got great tips on how to work with an interior designer virtually).

If it’s time to hire a design pro for your home (here’s how you can tell you’re ready) and you need design guidance but want to handle the ordering and implementation yourself, virtual design may be the way to go. Here are a few tips on how to work with a virtual interior designer for a kickass outcome:

How to Work With a Virtual Interior Designer - tips from Atlanta designer Lesley Myrick

How to Work With a Virtual Interior Designer

Come prepared with inspiration and ideas.

You don’t need to know how to pull all your random ideas together into a cohesive design – that’s why we’re here! But a picture is not just worth a thousand words, it’s worth A ZILLION during this process. Having a Pinterest board or Houzz Ideabook with interior images that you like is a valuable foundation in the virtual interior design process to allow your designer to get to know you, your style, and preferences quickly.

Understand that you’ll be doing some of the work – but we’ll walk you through it.

Since a virtual designer can’t be there in person to measure the space, take photos, and look closely at architectural details, we rely on our clients to do this. It may sound overwhelming at first, but I’ve got tools and resources to guide you and make the process easy-peasy. If you’re willing to follow instructions and put in a little legwork the outcome will be totally awesome.

Love this colorful office moodboard designed by Lesley Myrick! (She's also got great tips on how to work with an interior designer virtually).

Follow the design plan through to completion.

Your Design Kit is a whole-room plan, from furniture layout to paint colors to accent decor selections lighting. To get the best result possible it’s important you see the plan through to completion. By only proceeding with select elements you’ll get a piecemeal result that won’t feel like the full room transformation you’re hungry for.

Trust your designer.

The pieces a designer specifies are for a reason – we can envision the end result of the space as a whole and understand the importance of each element in the design plan. Some aesthetic choices may feel like they’re out of your design comfort zone, and that’s okay. In fact, that’s probably why you hired a designer in the first place! We’ll push you a bit to create a livable, delightful, and unexpected finished space that will give you heart-flutters of happiness. (But ultimately, you get to make the final decisions on what’s included in your home.)

Want your very own Design Kit?

I mean, I would too! Book a complimentary Consultation Call with Lesley where we’ll chat in more detail about what you’re looking for and see if a Design Kit is the right fit for you.


WHAT DOES IT REALLY COST TO DECORATE A HOUSE?

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The Complete Beginner's Guide to Working with an Interior Designer! Take a look at what really goes into a design project.

Unless you’ve previously worked with an interior designer, you might not have any idea what the process looks like. So, here’s the complete beginner’s guide to working with an interior designer.

I totally understand when people are hesitant to invest in a design pro – after all, there’s so much work that goes on behind the scenes that it’s easy to be unsure of where your money is going. What does an interior designer do, anyway? How long does it take? And what does the process look like along the way?

Here’s what the 10-step process with Lesley Myrick Art + Design looks like from start to finish for a full-service project (we call this our “Design Comprehensive” package). Of course, each client and project is different and we’ve got different design packages for different needs and budgets; but this is generally what to expect.

Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick shares the (totally free!) Complete Beginner's Guide to Working with an Interior Designer. Take a look at what really goes into a design project.

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Working with An Interior Designer

Step 0: Complimentary Phone Consultation

This is the pre-game: we want to get to know you and your project! This free 20-minute call with yours truly is a chance for you to make sure that Lesley Myrick Art + Design is an awesome fit for you. We’ll ask you to share a little about your project with us, we’ll recommend the best design package for you, and you’ll be able to get all of your questions answered. Working together should totally jive and feel great – the complimentary phone consultation is like our “first date”.

Step 1a: Design Jumpstart session

A 2-hour design consultation called a Design Jumpstart will kick off your project. We’ll review your existing floor plan, recommend a new plan (if needed), discuss what type of furniture to purchase, talk about window treatments and finishes, help create a livable budget, come up with a design direction and vision, and answer your design and project questions. The Design Jumpstart is the launching point for you to gather expert advice and resources to continue on your own, or it sets the foundation for our work together.

Step 1b: Signing of Agreement and Payment of Design Fees

At the end of our Design Jumpstart session, a signed Professional Services Agreement and payment for initial design fees will officially kick off your project. Huzzah!

Step 2: On-Site Measurements and Photos

Lesley Myrick Art + Design will take detailed measurements of your home, as well as thorough reference photos. This is also the time that we’ll invite your contractors into your space to take their own photos and measurements and discuss the scope of the project.

Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick shares the (totally free!) Complete Beginner's Guide to Working with an Interior Designer. Get an insider look at what really goes into a design project.

Step 3: Design Planning + Concept Meeting

We’ll take all the information discussed in the Design Jumpstart and use it to design your floor plan; choose furnishings, fabrics, and finishes; select appliances and light fixtures; and create cost estimates for every necessary aspect of your design. This is the part of the process where a TON is done behind the scenes, and the client sees very little immediate results. We know it sucks to wait, but it takes time to do this right and make sure every last detail is covered.

Once we have a design direction and some initial selections made, we’ll schedule a meeting to present our Design Concept and get your feedback on where things are headed before buttoning up all the details.

Step 4: Design Proposal Presentation and Collection of Payment

After all the behind the scenes planning is done, we’ll present your design plan and proposal. Payment for all the goods you approve is due and we’ll get busy procuring your items!

Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick shares the (totally free!) Complete Beginner's Guide to Working with an Interior Designer. Get an insider look at what really goes into the 10 steps of a full-service design project.

Step 5: Procurement

We’ll place all of the orders for furniture, fabrics, appliances – you name it. We manage allllll the tedium of ordering, tracking, receiving, and inspecting your furniture and decor.

Step 6: Construction + Site Visits

It’s go time! This is when your contractors will get started with their work. We’ll pop in for site visits (usually weekly) and be available via phone and email to discuss the project with your contractors and answer their questions. This part of the design project can take a number of weeks – or months – depending on the scope of the project.

Step 7: Furniture Installation + Styling

Contractors are done doing their thing, and now the pretty stuff will arrive! Once everything has been delivered on-site, our team will arrange and style everything for the big reveal. Your home will go from construction zone to finished magazine-worthy space practically overnight.

Step 8: The Big Reveal + Walk-Through

TA-DA! At the end of the day you’ll walk in the door to see your home completely finished. (Cue angels singing.) All your patience will have paid off when you see the incredible transformation! Your home will feel totally amazing. And it’s all yours to enjoy. We’ll also do a detailed walk-through with you and create a punch-list of deficiencies that need to be addressed.

There are always going to be a few minor things to take care of – this is totally normal. Sometimes furniture arrives damaged, or an issue arises with work that’s been done. This is the time to fix those pesky problems and ensure you’re over the moon with your new home.

Check out this (totally free!) Complete Beginner's Guide to Working with an Interior Designer. Get an insider look at what really goes into the 10 steps of a full-service design project.

Step 9: Professional Photography

Your stunning space deserves a moment in the limelight! Right after the big reveal when your home is perfectly styled (usually the next day) we’ll bring in our rockstar photographer.

Step 10: Resolving Deficiencies + Project Wrap-Up

When all deficiencies and problems have been resolved, we’ll officially wrap. Clients will receive a project binder which includes fabric swatches, paint colors, and other useful information to have on hand. And of course, a little thank-you gift from us.

Do you have a question about working with a designer that wasn’t answered here?

This complete beginner’s guide to working with an interior designer is just scratching the surface. If you have a question or are you’re interested in starting a design project (no pressure to marry me, it’s just a first date!) you can book a complimentary consultation call right here.


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It's so easy to feel stuck and stagnant when it comes to your home! These are my 5 favorite ways to help my clients bust out of boring and create kickass homes they love.

5 Ways to Bust Out of Boring

It’s so easy to feel stuck and stagnant when it comes to your home. When you’ve lived in the same space with the same furnishings and decor for a while, it kinda feels like you develop blinders. A grey sofa is all you’ve ever known – how on earth can you make a bold change that makes sense? You’re dying for something different, but feel like you just don’t know where – or how – so start.

These are my 5 favorite ways to help my clients bust out of boring and create kickass homes they love.

My 5 favorite ways to bust out of boring from Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick (including what kind of sofa to buy!)

Invest in a bold, jewel-toned sofa.

Grey sofas, you can suck it. I know I don’t shut up about how much I love bold sofas, but that’s because I REALLY LOVE BOLD SOFAS. A colorful sofa says you’re confident, badass, and you’re totally not messing around. It takes some balls to go bold, but I know you’ve got it in you and it’s dying to get out.

My 5 favorite ways to bust out of boring from Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick (including an awesome wallpaper idea!)

Splash out with a kickass wallpaper.

Stuck with a boring stairwell? NOT ANYMORE. I love the unexpected surprise of turning the corner and seeing a dynamic explosion of color and pattern while you walk down the stairs in the morning. The awesome thing about wallpapering a stairwell is that it’s something fun to experience for a moment, but you won’t spend all day in that space. An entire living room wallpapered like this would be too much, but it’s just right in a transition space like a staircase or hallway.

Get rid of boring stuff.

Sometimes it’s about taking away, not adding. Imagine looking at your home with fresh eyes, like you’re seeing it for the first time. It’s amazing what we get used to when seeing it day in and day out.

It’s time to upgrade your hand-me-downs, leftovers, and uninspiring crap. You shouldn’t be mentally cursing your beat-up coffee table every time you walk past the living room. Life is too short to hate your home and settle for sub-par. Having less is better than more of the wrong stuff.

My 5 favorite ways to bust out of boring from Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick (including tips on how to rock out your windows!)

Rock out your window treatments.

Window treatments – curtains, blinds, valances, and shutters – are so often overlooked when decorating a room. It’s amazing what a great pair of drapes can do to help your room bust out of boring! Custom window treatments are worth every penny and make all the difference. I love a little pattern on the window, but if you prefer plain curtains, I like to dress ’em up with some trim on the leading edge or a contrasting color band on the bottom. No basic windows here, baby.

My 5 favorite ways to bust out of boring from Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick (including why embracing your heritage is key!)

Embrace your heritage.

I’m Canadian with British parents living in the United States. Nothing is more unique to you than telling the story of where you’re from and how that has shaped you now. For some reason, nobody in Texas or Georgia understands my love for the Union Jack. Whatever. It’s me, it’s awesome, and it’s a mega conversation-starter.

You might not feel unique, but trust me – you are. You have a story and quirks and passions and interests that need to be made known in your home!

Learning to bust out of boring takes time and practice. It’s not about following a set of design rules – it’s about creating your own rules.


WHAT’S YOUR TRUE DESIGN STYLE?

We know you’re not just modern or traditional – you’re way more stylish and interesting than that! So what’s your true design style? Take our fun quiz to learn what your true design style is (and get a shoppable style board to help create a kickass home you love!)

What is the 'bust out of boring' movement all about? Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick shares her tips on creating a home that's authentically you by "busting out of boring" and letting go of Pinterest-perfect.

What is bust out of boring all about?

You hear me say this phrase allllll the time. It’s what I’ve called my weekly Facebook Live and Instagram Live show; it’s the name of this blog; and I’ve shared a little about why I feel so strongly about helping people bust out of boring.

Bust out of boring means…

…not settling for a brown sofa when your heart is set on teal.

….choosing the hot-pink Aztec-inspired rug for your living room because it makes your heart sing (even when you’re afraid your mother-in-law won’t like it).

…appreciating the whitewashed farmhouse trend, but knowing when to courageously add color because all-white isn’t really you.

…that it’s okay to be inspired by interiors you see on Pinterest, but not feel compelled to copy them in order to feel like you’ve done it ‘right’

…saying ‘no’ to anything in your home that you don’t love or you don’t use.

…being willing to ignore trends that don’t feel authentic to you in order to curate a home that does.

…knowing that in order to create the home of your dreams, you might need to enlist the help of an interior designer to cheer you on.

…that nobody else gets to decide what you love, and you have the power to choose what belongs in your home.

What is the 'bust out of boring' movement all about? Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick shares her tips on creating a home that's authentically you by "busting out of boring" and letting go of Pinterest-perfect.

Let’s bust out of boring, baby.

Feeling inspired to get going on your own?

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Feeling inspired but also overwhelmed and kind of need a hug and maybe some wine?

I hear you, sister. And that’s why I’m your secret weapon, design guru, and cheerleader. Let’s talk about working together – book a complimentary call right here.


WHAT’S YOUR TRUE DESIGN STYLE?

We know you’re not just modern or traditional – you’re way more stylish and interesting than that! So what’s your true design style? Take our fun quiz to learn what your true design style is (and get a shoppable style board to help create a kickass home you love!)

August – aka. back to school season – is such a fun time to step back and do a bit of a refresh. Since there are a bunch of new followers around here (heyyy!) I wanted to start fresh with y’all and share 10 fun facts about me that you might not know…including the fact that I spent a year on tour as a music missionary. Interior design might be my passion and my career, but there’s more to me than just the pretty interior photos I share on social media.

Get to know Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick with these 10 fun facts (including how tall she is, and something strange she's giving up for a year!)

I grew up doing musical theatre.

From grade 4 pretty much through the end of high school, I was involved in local community theatre. I. LOVED. IT. Even though I was just in the chorus and never had a leading role, I couldn’t get enough of the atmosphere, camaraderie, and excitement of performing. Which is funny, because I also had stage fright! It was easy to be confident as part of the crowd, but as I got older I had to be uncomfortable to get comfortable performing.

My first job was a radio commercial when I was 12.

I recently found a copy of the paycheck from this gig that my dad saved, for a whopping $60. But that’s not bad for a couple hours of work for a 12 year-old! I remember being mortified during recording though, because they asked me to use a boy’s name in the script and I blurted out the name of my crush, Zach. WHOOPS. I was totally outed in front of my parents.

I was president of my high school.

Yup, I was Student Council President in grade 12. My bestie was Vice-President and it was pretty much one of the best years ever. The role came with some cool privileges – like doing morning announcements every day and being excused from being late for math class – but I may have taken advantage of that and nearly failed math that year. Another whoops.

I hate butterflies.

Ugggh. Their wings are so beautiful, BUT THEY ARE JUST BUGS WITH TOO MANY LEGS THAT FLY ERRATICALLY. Big nope from me.

My favorite band is Lifehouse.

Hanging by a Moment” was my favorite song when I was 16…and still is. Lifehouse’s first album, No Name Face, came out in 2000 and changed my life. It was the soundtrack of my late highschool years, and still holds up for me as my favorite album of all time. Lifehouse forever.

(Bonus fun fact: I took a photo of the lead singer, Jason Wade, at the first Lifehouse concert I went to and carried it around in my wallet. I joked that it was “my pocket-sized boyfriend.” It’s still in my wallet today.)

I spent a year on tour as a vocalist with a music ministry.

When I was 25, I left a 4-year career in interior design in Toronto to join a music ministry. I was burned out by a very Devil Wears Prada-type boss and needed a change. I quit my job, packed up my apartment, and spent a year in a van touring the US, Canada, and Taiwan sharing the gospel through music, testimony, and ministry. We played concerts at schools, events, prisons, youth retreats and homeless shelters, and spent each night with a new host family. I didn’t become a Christian until I was in college, but now it’s a huge part of who I am, what I do, and how I do it.

I am so grateful for the growth I experienced that year. It was incredibly difficult but insanely rewarding and changed the course of my life completely. It’s also where I met my husband!

I’m 5’8″ tall.

I’m always so curious to know how tall people are! I’m probably taller than you think from photos, which surprises people.

And in heels, I’m eye-to-eye with my husband Nate who’s 6′ tall.

I have 4 tattoos.

My first tattoo was 5 rainbow-colored stars down my spine, which I had wanted since I was 15. I have a stained glass window on my right shoulder which I got while on tour with the music ministry – it’s based on a window in a church from one of our first concerts. My third tattoo is on my left forearm, and it’s a copy of a flash-style tattoo my Granda has – but we put our wedding verse on it, 1 John 4:19. (Nate and I each got the same tattoo as a wedding gift to each other!)

My most recent tattoo is a color wheel on my right calf, that I got on a whim last fall. Nate and I were on an overnight trip to Toronto, and decided impulsively to get tattooed while we were there. Totally crazy, but I love it.

I lost my brother in a motorcycle accident.

Bummer, right? Sorry to drop that one in after all this lighthearted stuff, but it’s important. My only sibling, my brother Malcolm, died at age 26 when he was hit head-on while riding his motorcycle. That’s the kind of stuff that changes your life forever.

It’s a reminder every day to me that Life. Is. Short. I’m not going to waste my one and precious life playing it safe. I’ve taken on entrepreneurship and I’m committed to making my dream of empowering millions to bust out of boring a reality. I think Malcolm would be proud.

I’m giving up ice cream in 2019.

Ice cream is my favorite! I have a serious sweet tooth. But I decided to challenge myself to give it up for an entire year. I haven’t had ice cream since December, and I’m still going strong mid-August.

Your turn!

I’d love to hear from you on Instagram – what’s one cool fact about you that not everyone knows?


WHAT’S YOUR TRUE DESIGN STYLE?

We know you’re not just modern or traditional – you’re way more stylish and interesting than that! So what’s your true design style? Take our fun quiz to learn what your true design style is (and get a shoppable style board to help create a kickass home you love!)

Ever wondered how to become an interior designer?

Why bust out of boring?

I’ve always wanted to be an interior designer. From a young age, I was obsessed with designing spaces (okay, just my bedroom) that looked great, were functional and organized, and made me feel awesome to be in. You know how some places just feel so…GOOD? I wanted that. To create that feeling for myself, and for everyone I knew.

I used to ask my dad to rearrange my bedroom furniture because I was too small to move it myself. And I’ve lost track of how many times I re-painted my bedroom as a teenager. (First it was peach, then sky blue with sponge-painted clouds on the ceiling, then lime green, then deep purple…)

For as long as I can remember

I’ve been rearranging rooms, painting, redecorating and reorganizing. I’m passionate about designing spaces that push past the status quo. People so often settle for safe options when decorating – they’re afraid to make a mistake, and they don’t have the confidence to let their true selves shine. I’m committed to helping people bust out of boring because life is too short to waste it with beige walls!

Loss and grief have motivated me to bust out of boring.

I lost my brother in a motorcycle accident at age 26. That unexpected loss totally rocked me. My dad worked his whole life so that he could enjoy retirement – and now he’s in poor health and unable to do so. I’ve seen so many people, family members included, not get the time or opportunities they hoped for in life. What the hell are you waiting for?

You may not get more time in the future to create a home you love.

You might not be healthy enough to enjoy your home for as long as you’d like. When it comes down to it, why would you listen to anyone else about how you design your home? Screw beige. Screw safe!

If you love teal, embrace it with an incredible teal sofa you love to curl up on with your kids. If you love pattern and color, let’s design a mix of patterns, colors, and styles that feel authentically you. Your home won’t look like every other one on the block, and that’s okay! In fact, I think it’s totally awesome.

After 10 years in the interior design industry,

working in both Toronto, Canada and Los Angeles, California, I launched Lesley Myrick Art + Design in Waco, Texas in 2015 to empower people to embrace what they love and help them bust out of boring homes. Now based in Atlanta, Georgia, I’m committed to empowering millions to bust out of boring.

You heard me. Not just a handful of clients. Not just a few thousand people on social media. Millions.

Life is too short to live with a beige sofa. If you’ve been waiting for a sign to bust out of boring and let your rad self shine at home, this is it.

Let’s bust out of boring, baby. I’ve got your back.


WHAT’S YOUR TRUE DESIGN STYLE?

We know you’re not just modern or traditional – you’re way more stylish and interesting than that! So what’s your true design style? Take our fun quiz to learn what your true design style is (and get a shoppable style board to help create a kickass home you love!)

When I was in high school, I had a procrastination problem. I’d consider getting my homework done but then subconsciously delay it until the very last moment. I always told myself it was because my classes were a total bore and that things would get better in college. (I think I was the only one who was surprised when they didn’t!) When I got to college, even though I was taking classes that I absolutely loved, I still found myself waiting to start until the very last moment.

It turns out that my problem wasn’t procrastination, it was feeling overwhelmed.

See, the real issue was that I had so many ideas and my imagined end goal just seemed so far away that even the thought of starting was exhausting. Thankfully, I’ve gotten pretty good at managing my procrastinator tendencies, especially since my work as an interior designer often involves big, seemingly impossible ideas.

But for those who don’t do this on a daily basis, I totally get that designing the home of your dreams can be a pretty daunting prospect.

Take it from me: the hardest part is starting.

And starting can be a piece of cake if you have a set of concrete steps to take, which can help you focus your thoughts and break down the process into easily digestible pieces. So for those looking for clarity, here are five things you can do to bust out of your rut and onto the path toward a home that you love.

The very first thing you need to do…

…is understand that you are in control and have the power to overcome this “design overwhelm.” Even if it seems like it’ll take years (it won’t), cost an arm and a leg (it doesn’t have to) or force you to waste countless hours scrolling through Pinterest (that one’s on you), remember that you are the one calling the shots and creating the home of your dreams both starts and ends when and where you want it to.

Once you decide to take the leap,

the second thing to do is figure out your style. It is easy to mindlessly appreciate a wide range of styles. After all, the interiors you see online and in magazines are meant to catch your attention no matter the aesthetic. But figuring out what would make your ideal home requires a little more thought.

If you like the look of a minimalist design, for example, but find yourself unable to keep a room tidy for more than a day, you probably won’t get the result you’re looking for. On the other hand, you might appreciate the art deco aesthetic but later realize that it isn’t something you could live with on a daily basis. When thinking about your style, consider the elements that you go for consistently, the colors that you reach for in your wardrobe and decide whether you are of the “less is more” or “more is more” philosophy.

Now that you’ve figured out the style you’re going for,

the third step is to curate and edit what you’ve already got. That’s right, it’s time to go all KonMari on your stuff. (Well, at least when it comes to your decor.) Take a look at all you have in your home, and let go of the things that don’t fit with your aesthetic, needs or lifestyle. This one’s easier said than done for sure, but try not to overthink and just go with your gut instinct. It’s not always about what you add to a room but what you take away.

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After taking inventory of what you have,

step four is to make a list of what’s missing and shop strategically. The key word here being strategically. Think of it like grocery shopping — going into the supermarket on an empty stomach without a list is a recipe for disaster. (And it’s often how I end up with a wedge of Brie and a tray of ready-made sushi to eat in the car on the way home.) Similarly, you want to go shopping with a solid game plan to avoid unnecessary purchases that might lead to clutter. If you see something you like that isn’t on your list, you can revisit it once you’ve finished and see if it still works with your vision.

Last, but not least,

embrace a mix that’s uniquely you. Don’t worry too much about whether you’re mixing and matching styles, incorporating sentimental pieces that “don’t fit” or slowly accumulating items that reflect your changing preferences. In the end, it’s your home, and having a few (or many) things that wouldn’t be caught dead on a showroom floor is probably one of the best ways to show off your personality and really own it.

Consciously designing your home can actually be a super fun process. You can’t afford to stay stuck being overwhelmed when the result is having a home that brings you joy and makes your life all the more awesome!

If you’re in design overwhelm,

it takes action to get out. Sometimes, that action is following the 5 steps above; other times, it’s admitting that interior design just isn’t your cup of tea and it’s time to call an interior designer. What action will you take today to get unstuck and create a kickass home you love?


WHAT’S YOUR TRUE DESIGN STYLE?

We know you’re not just modern or traditional – you’re way more stylish and interesting than that! So what’s your true design style? Take our fun quiz to learn what your true design style is (and get a shoppable style board to help create a kickass home you love!)

Now, don’t die of shock: 4 of the 6 best paint colors for walls, trim, and cabinets I’ve chosen are neutrals.

That’s right.

Your color-loving designer pal has chosen white, greys, and even BEIGE as her favorites!

There is a method to my madness, I promise. While a dramatic wall color can be awesome in certain rooms (like my Dark Night bedroom below), most of the time your walls are best treated as the backdrop and not the center of attention. Paint is cheap, and is meant to highlight the other amazing parts of a room design. No one wants to invest thousands in gorgeous living room furnishings and decor only for their friends to comment on how much they loooooove that $30 wall color!

So, what are my favorite paint colors? I’m glad you asked.

The best deep, dark, super sexy paint color for walls: Sherwin-Williams Dark Night

Let’s hear it for MY FAVORITE PAINT COLOR EVER, Dark Night. I’m obsessed with this inky peacock blue with just a hint of teal in it. It’s navy with a badass twist. My master bedroom is this color, as are my front door and exterior shutters – what can I say, I really do love it! I’ve also convinced clients to paint with this color too. *insert evil laughter here*

Dark Night is the artsty cool girl in highschool who wears killer eye makeup and oozes confidence, and you just want to be around her and hope some of her cool-factor rubs off on you.

The best livable neutral with a little green in it: Sherwin-Williams Relaxed Khaki

I’ve loved my living room in Relaxed Khaki. Crazy how different it looks in the space than on this color swatch, right? It’s not beige (despite kind of looking like it…shhh!) but is an easy, livable, earthy neutral. In my home it really reads as green, but in other spaces it looks more like a true khaki.

Relaxed Khaki is like that hot dad at the playground – he’s not what you’d usually go for and is more boring and stable than you are, but somehow that’s really attractive.

The best medium-ish gray for cabinetry: Sherwin-Williams Amazing Gray

Anyone else start singing “Aaaamazing graaay, how sweet the sound”…? Amazing Gray is a great medium gray that I’ve used on cabinetry before and loved the results. It’s not too purple or blue, and it pairs really nicely with marble and metallics.

Amazing Gray is kind of cocky (I mean really, that name!) but you can’t argue with the fact that he really is pretty amazing.

The best light grey for walls: Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray

Just like 7Up is the “agreeable soda” – meaning that pretty much everyone will drink it even if it’s not their absolute fave – Agreeable Gray is a pretty safe bet for your walls. It’s light, soft grey that runs just a little on the greige side with a touch of brown in it. I like to design with a LOT of color (hello, have we met?) and Agreeable Gray creates the perfect neutral canvas so that the art, lighting, furnishings, and rugs can take all the attention.

Agreeable Gray is like your boring neighbor that you like just fine, but he’s not the most charismatic guy. But you just like him, you know? Even if you can’t always remember his name.

The best crispy fresh white for alllll the walls and trim: Sherwin-Williams Extra White

I’ve had my fair share of battles with white paint, and I’ve found a hands-down winner – Extra White. It’s not too yellow, not too blue, and really pops against bright and rich colors. All of my interior doors and trim and ceilings are in Extra White. So fresh and so clean.

Extra White is totally the over-achiever (you know: class president, valedictorian, straight-A student) of whites, and no other white even comes close. But he deserves all the accolades, even if you’re a little jealous of his success.

The best chartreuse  for a killer pop of color: Benjamin Moore Citron

Citron is like, THE BEST yellow-green ever. Benjamin Moore says that, “a generous dose of green gives this earthy, organic yellow a mellow, somewhat mysterious quality.” Mysterious? I don’t know about that. But I DO know that this electric chartreuse is my fave for adding a burst of color to a baby change table (which we did in Ford’s nursery), an interior door, or an accent table.

Citron is like biting into a lemon and making a killer sour face, but secretly you really like it and will probably do it again.

And hey – I’d love to hear about your favorite paint colors. Join me LIVE on Facebook every Wednesday at noonCT for the Bust Out Of Boring show and we’ll chat about colors you love (or colors you’ve seen that you totally hate).