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, 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.

How to work with interior stylist Lesley Myrick

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