The best design advice for DIY-ers to bust out of a boring home during COVID-19 social distancing and shelter-in-place.

The best design advice for DIY-ers

It’s a strange time in the world right now – we’re all staying home in a much-needed effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. “Normal” life is on pause for a while, and as the working mom of kids who are suddenly at home full-time (!) I am living through this incredibly challenging season right alongside you. But you know what?

I think it’s an awesome blessing. Because being at home means you can really WORK on your home, unapologetically! I mean, what else are you going to do?

The best design advice for DIY-ers to bust out of a boring home during COVID-19 social distancing and shelter-in-place.

This is an awesome time to tackle DIY projects around the house (or call a design professional for a virtual consultation) and I want to share with you the best design advice I have for DIY-ers:

Trust your gut when decorating.

Confidence is key, baby. And you’re probably more capable of tackling that wallpaper installation project or choosing a new sofa than you think.

You know that little “nudge” you get sometimes? That little feeling that tells you when something feels right (even if you can’t explain it) or wrong (even if you can’t explain it)? THAT is the magic stuff when it comes to interior design. For me, it’s a feeling of peaceful excitement when I know I’ve made the right decision, and also this little bit of uneasiness when something isn’t quite right.

The best design advice for DIY-ers to bust out of a boring home during COVID-19 social distancing and shelter-in-place.

The best design advice for DIY-ers isn’t really design advice at all. It’s all about listening to your intuition, and saying yes when you get that peaceful excited feeling (even if you’re not sure why!) and saying no when something feels inexplicably “off”.

I’m a big believer that “useful and beautiful are all you need” at home. It’s kind of along the same lines as Marie Kondo urging us to tune into what sparks joy. For me, I only want things that are useful (like the new tortilla warmer that just arrived from Amazon) or beautiful (like the set of two paintings my kids made that are framed in my entryway) or both (my teal sofa!).

The best design advice for DIY-ers to bust out of a boring home during COVID-19 social distancing and shelter-in-place.

If this idea of listening to your intuition (aka. trusting your gut) is new to you, it might take time before you’re able to tune into those feelings that can help guide your design decision-making. And that’s okay! My motto is “helping people bust out of a boring home” and I want to help you bust out of boring, regardless of what that looks like. If you’d like to book a complimentary call with me to learn how we work and discover the best (virtual!) design package for you, I’m still available during social distancing. You can schedule a call right here.

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. Today: our two home offices.

Before and After: A Husband And Wife's Home Offices in Waco, Texas

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 Metrie. Thanks for your support!

Yes – we needed two home offices. (This is why our kids had to share a bedroom – ha!) For the first few years in Texas, Nate and I shared one large office space, which you might remember looking like this.

But as the need for a quiet workspace increased for my husband as he worked on his PhD, my business was growing – and getting much louder with video calls, contractor meetings, and part-time staff schedules. It became pretty apparent that our open-concept office wasn’t working for him, so he moved his workspace into the extra bedroom.

Here’s Nate’s office, before:

This boring white bedroom was transformed into a stunning home office by interior designer Lesley Myrick
This boring white bedroom was transformed into a stunning home office by interior designer Lesley Myrick

Yup, it’s another white box. Thankfully it has decent-sized windows and two large closets with mirrored doors, but that’s about all that’s going for it.

And Nate’s office, after:

As you can probably guess, we replaced the old carpet with vinyl plank flooring, added Metrie crown molding (my favorite!) and painted the walls a deeper color.

Whoa! Check out the before and after of this home office / guest bedroom space.

Oh, and did I mention that Nate’s office also had to function as a guest room? We installed this awesome Bestar wall bed with shelves so that we’d have a queen-size bed at the ready when family and friends came to stay. I love that it just looks like a built-in cabinet when not in use.

Whoa! Check out the before and after of this home office space.

We loved this wall color so much (it’s Sherwin-Williams Chatroom, by the way) that we’ve painted the living room in our new house the same color. It’s a lovely, livable green-grey that looks great with wood tones.

Before and After: A Husband And Wife's Home Offices in Waco, Texas

The most important part of this space for Nate was the door. He desperately needed a quiet workspace to think and write, and I love the classic single panel design of this solid wood door from Metrie. And of course, I had to include that beautiful brass door hardware throughout the house.

And now, my office before:

Before and After: A Husband And Wife's Home Offices in Waco, Texas
Before and After: an interior designer's office in Texas

Not a bad starting point, right? It’s a good-sized space with white paneled walls and medium-toned vinyl plank floors. We freshened up the walls with Sherwin-Williams Extra White, and beefed up the wimpy crown and baseboard with more substantial moldings from Metrie.

Once Nate moved out, I had a lot more space to play with – and even added a piano to my office.

Lesley’s office, after:

Before and After: an interior designer's office in Texas

My desk used to be in this built-in nook, but when I realized the piano happened to be the exact same width as the desk, I seized the opportunity to change things up! I tucked the piano into the wall of built-ins and moved the desk to the opposite wall.

(I should clarify – when I say, “I tucked the piano into the wall of buil-ins” I really mean, “My husband shoved that piano into place using Herculean strength because it barely fit.” I totally owe him one.)

Love this before and after transformation of a dining room into a functional and chic home office!

You might remember from a few years ago I shared the tutorial for the DIY built-in bookshelves, using IKEA bookcases and Metrie interior finishings. I was so sad to leave this behind when we moved to Georgia.

Awesome built-in bookshelves in an interior designer's home office

This vintage yellow cabinet on the opposite wall was gifted to me by a family friend, and I’m obsessed. It brings such a warm, quirky vibe to an office space that’s mainly white with clean lines. Plus, it looked awesome next to my custom bulletin board upholstered in a Genevieve Gorder fabric.

I definitely kept the yellow cabinet for use in my new Atlanta office.

Pretty vintage Chinoiserie cabinet in an interior designers's home office
Pretty vintage Chinoiserie cabinet in an interior designers's home office

Even though Nate moved out of my office, the kids moved in. We made room for a “family computer” against the kitchen wall so that my son could have space to play computer games and work on his Pre-K homework. It also doubled as a workspace for my part-time design team. (So I guess we kinda ended up with three home offices?)

A kids' computer workspace

Thanks for following along with my Texas home makeover. The kitchen was one of the biggest transformations, and I can’t wait to share that with you next week.

Before and After: A Husband And Wife's Home Offices in Waco, Texas

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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. This week: the shared kids’ bedroom that my 5 year-old son and 2 year-old daughter loved.

Before and After: A Shared Kids Bedroom in Waco, Texas

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, Lamps Plus, and Metrie. Thanks for your support!

In a 1500 square foot home with two home offices,

we kinda sorta ran out of space for the kiddos. (Whoops!) So once 2- year old Hasley outgrew her nursery that was located in the master closet – yes, in a closet – she moved in with big brother Ford. And let me tell you, they LOVED sharing a room! Especially when it looked awesome.

But it wasn’t such a great space when we moved in. Here’s the kids’ bedroom, before.

Check out the stunning "after" of this shared kids bedroom design!
Here's the "before"...check out the stunning "after" of this shared kids bedroom design.

That wallpaper border, right? We tore that sucker down pretty quickly.

Just like in our master bedroom, the kids’ room was majorly lacking in architectural detail. We added crown molding and panel molding, and also replaced the baseboards with interior finishings from Metrie.

A colorful kids bedroom by interior designer Lesley Myrick, shared by a boy and girl

The wall color?

I know you’re shocked, but yes, it is a neutral! Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray is an easy-to-live-with neutral hue that isn’t beige. Bright colors work best in kids rooms when they’re in small, removable doses. Kids’ color preferences and tastes change so quickly, and it’s much easier to replace some accent pillows and a rug than it is to repaint a room.

Lighting is so important for creating a comfy, cozy kids space, so we included a vintage red lantern table lamp, as well as a vintage-inspired aged brass 3-light floor lamp from Lamps Plus.

Love this bedroom design shared by a boy and a girl

The gallery wall above Ford’s bed included artwork he created at daycare, school photos, and vintage prints. I prefer artwork to be hung lower, but when you’ve got a 5 year-old in the bed below you’ve gotta keep stuff out of reach!

The rug is iconically IKEA (but I bet you figured that out, as this rug has been seen everywhere in the last few years) and the burnt orange curtains are from Half Price Drapes.

You’ll notice that this shared kids bedroom is a lot more budget-friendly than some other spaces we’ve designed, because we knew we weren’t staying in this home forever, and because little kids ruin stuff. Ha.

Cute reading nook in a colorful shared kids bedroom by interior designer Lesley Myrick

This bookshelf is one of my favorite pieces that we’ve moved from California to Texas and now to Georgia. It used to be a store display for Madewell, and thanks to a friend who worked there, we rescued it from the trash. I can’t wait to see my daughter turn it into a dollhouse when she’s a bit older.

A built-in bookshelf with wallpaper by interior designer Lesley Myrick

This little built-in shelf tucked behind the door is one of my favorite features of this bedroom. A fresh coat of Sherwin-Williams Extra White paint (my favorite pure, clean white) and a little removable wallpaper jazzed it up nicely.

Now that we’ve moved into a larger home, Ford and Hasley each have their own bedrooms again. (Here’s Ford’s new room if you’d like to see.) I definitely miss this cute shared space, but I’ll be honest – we’re all sleeping better now that the kiddos aren’t within arms reach of each other all night!


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How to Choose Art for Your Home - tips from interior designer Lesley Myrick

Whether you love abstract paintings, landscapes, large statement pieces or gallery-style collections, here’s how to choose art for your home.

Actually, let’s start with how not to choose art for your home: by picking what’s popular that you’re seeing all over Pinterest. It’s so easy to succumb to peer pressure with art. After all, if “they” like it, why shouldn’t you?

I might offend some cactus- and macrame-lovers, but I’m not into either of those trendy art themes. At all.

I know, they’re both having a major moment right now, but really – they’re just not for me. The only reason I would hang either a cactus print or macrame wall-hanging in my home is that I’ve gotten so used to seeing them everywhere that they (almost) feel acceptable to me.

But honestly, they just don’t speak to me personally. They might finish off a wall and look rad for now, but in a few months, I’m going to be totally tired of that dumb cactus.

How to Choose Art for Your Home - look for a common element between pieces of art

So how do you choose the right art for your home?

There’s no magic formula, but trust that you’ll know the right art when you see it. It will connect with you in an unusual way, and will speak to you. You’ll probably find yourself saying something like, “I really dig this piece of art, but I can’t explain why.”

THAT is how to choose art. Figure out what you like, what you’re attracted to, and then hang it on your walls.

“But Lesley,” I can hear you saying,

“what if I love a whole bunch of styles of art that don’t make any sense together?”

Even better, my friend! There is nothing more boring than matchy-matchy art that feels like it was purchased out of a catalog or mass home-decor retailer. I actually love layering art pieces in different mediums and different styles. In the photo above of my dining room there’s an abstract landscape oil painting done by my late Grandmother, a traditional-meets-modern portrait by Josh Young, a Lifehouse album cover, a Depeche Mode concert poster by Tara McPherson, an illustration by Lisa Congdon, and a subway station polaroid I picked up on the streets of New York.

Does any of this logically make sense together? Nope. But is it awesome all together? Yes.

How to Choose Art for Your Home - embrace an eclectic mix

Look for something common between the art pieces you select.

It could be a color (you’ll notice a green-blue color appears in almost every piece above), or maybe the subject matter.

If your art collection really does give off random (and not in a good way) vibes, you can unify the pieces by framing them in the same style or color of frame, or by using the same color of matting.

Great art will last through trends and be with you for a long time.

Trust your gut, listen to what you love (even if it doesn’t make sense!) and embrace the random. No one else has to love the art except you.

Trust your gut. Embrace what you love. That’s how to choose art for your home, and that is what busting out of boring is all about.


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Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE the teal ceiling.

I’m so excited to share the big reveal of our Atlanta interior design office! Let me tell you, I looooove working in this space. It’s not a huge room, but I’ve maximized it with plenty of storage and space to spread out and work.

Here’s what the office space looked like before.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! This boring room was totally transformed into an interior design studio.

When the home was on the market and we did our first walk-through, here’s what we saw. Trust me, it took a lot of imagination to envision this as the new headquarters for Lesley Myrick Art + Design. If you’ve ever thought that “bust out of boring” was just a cute catchphrase, think again – busting out of boring is what I live for. And this room was boring, baby.

And here’s the office, after.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE the teal ceiling.

I’m obsessed with the dark teal ceiling – it’s Sherwin-William Cascades, if you’re curious. I love teal – obviously – but in a north-facing room with its only window obscured by our wraparound porch, my office doesn’t get a lot of natural light. I wanted the punch of dark teal, but I knew it would be too gloomy in there (and terrible for choosing colors for clients!) so instead I opted for a teal ceiling that wraps down onto the walls. The lower portion of the walls are painted in my favorite crisp white, Sherwin-Williams Extra White.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE the teal ceiling.

Since I work with so much color every day (think: wallpaper, fabric, tile, paint swatches…) I prefer my workspace to be mainly neutral. But – when you’ve got a fabulous vintage yellow Chinoiserie bookcase you’ve gotta find a kickass home for it. And FINALLY, I GET TO ORGANIZE MY BOOKS IN RAINBOW ORDER AGAIN! My husband’s books have moved to his new office and I get to embrace all the rainbow goodness.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE this vintage yellow bookcase.
Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! Love this oversize chartreuse desk lamp.

This is my favorite little corner of the office where I pin up inspiring interiors, art, and notes from my 5-year-old son. I’d love to tell you that I sit here and actually use this chair, but let’s be real – it’s mostly used by my cat.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! Love this funky inspiration board.

I know you’re curious…

…about what’s in those cabinets. Since this room was just a blank rectangle with no closets, I built in a ton of storage. The cabinets on the window side (pictured below) are home to fabric books and hard samples (like tile, countertops, and flooring), as well as drawing and drafting supplies.

The opposite cabinets store office supplies and files, with a lot of open space for receiving small packages and fabrics for clients. I hate clutter, and nothing bothered me more in my former office than the boxes that would occasionally pile up beside my desk on the floor.

Check out this before-and-after of an Atlanta interior designer's office! LOVE all the fabric storage!

Thanks for taking a peek at our Atlanta interior design office after the makeover! I don’t just talk about busting out of boring, I live and breathe it. If you’d like help busting out of your boring home, here’s how to get started.


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Our Atlanta Interior Design Office: Before! Take a tour of interior designer Lesley Myrick's new office space and see how she's transforming a boxing grey box into a kickass home office.

While moving across the country brings plenty of logistical challenges (including moving a business, two young kids, and one brand new kitten!) it also brings A NEW ATLANTA INTERIOR DESIGN OFFICE for Lesley Myrick Art + Design. Cue alllll the angels singing.

You probably remember our office in Waco, Texas. It was a great space for me and my small team, but given that almost everything was built-in, there was nothing I could take with me to Atlanta.

I know, I know…how terrible for an interior designer to have to re-design a room! I can’t tell you how excited I was for a fresh start and a blank canvas.

My home office is just off of the main entry, with a pair of French doors dividing it from the rest of the house. I love the flexibility of working from home in a space that is connected but truly feels like a separate office space. I can shut the doors at night have clear boundaries between work and family.

Here’s the (underwhelming) space before:

Our Atlanta Interior Design Office: Before! Take a tour of interior designer Lesley Myrick's new office space and see how she's transforming a boxing grey box into a kickass home office.

Yup, a total snooze. It’s basically a rectangular box with dirty grey carpet and a boob light on the ceiling. But thankfully, those barely-visible windows are almost 7′ tall and let in so much light, and a fresh coat of paint does wonders!

There’s no closet or storage of any kind in this room, and building in storage for material samples and catalogs, office supplies, and warehousing small items for clients was essential. Here’s my plan for the office layout:

Our Atlanta Interior Design Office: Before! Take a tour of interior designer Lesley Myrick's new office space and see how she's transforming a boxing grey box into a kickass home office.  Here's the floor plan.

Definitely bigger than it looks in the photo, right? The plan is to create two workspaces (one for me, one for an in-person assistant); a large island with a generous work surface for spreading out samples and working on client projects; and building in wardrobes with customized storage for fabric books, tile and flooring samples, catalogs, and all the other design-related collateral that’s essential to have on-hand.

And here’s the plan for after:

Our Atlanta Interior Design Office: Before! Take a tour of interior designer Lesley Myrick's new office space and see how she's transforming a boxing grey box into a kickass home office.

Aesthetically it’s all about black and white with a dramatic dose of teal on the ceiling and part of the walls. I fell in love with the inspiration image above by Jean Stoffer Design and wanted to re-create the vibe. The walls will mainly be my favorite crisp white, Sherwin-Williams Extra White, but the ceiling and a 2′ band at the top of the walls are gonna be Cascades, the prettiest dark teal. The tall marble-top desks, modern ceiling fan, and center island are what my podcast co-host and designer bestie Kate has in her home office, and I’ve been obsessed since I first saw her space.

The after photos are coming at ‘ya soon! (You can also sneak a peek of the completed Atlanta interior design office each Monday at 9amCT on the Bust Out Of Boring live show on Facebook and Instagram.)


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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.


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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.

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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.


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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).