I’m not usually into pastels, but I’m bonkers in love with this blush and grey girls’ bedroom moodboard. (I mean, seriously, that tufted velvet sofa is amazeballs!)
This moodboard was part of a Design Kit for a fave client’s tween daughter and stepdaughter. You might have noticed on the Pinterest board below that the selections are from online retailers you’re probably already familiar with. With a DIY Design Kit we stick with retail vendors to make it easy for our clients to shop the selections on their own; and for our Design Comprehensive clients we source a lot more trade-only and custom pieces since we handle all the ordering.
I love being able to equip my cool clients with everything they need to create a kickass room – a design plan, moodboard, shopping links, floor plans, elevation drawings, and swatches. It takes the fear and guesswork out of design. You already know it’s gonna look stellar before you buy a single pillow!
It’s a good thing I really love my home office. Because if I weren’t so crazy about it, I would totally be stealing every single design element in this warm and modern home office with dark teal walls. Yes. You heard me. DARK. TEAL. WALLS.
Ugggh. This space is going to look so good when it all comes together!
This home office design is a Design Kit
created for a cool client here in Waco. She currently works from home with beige walls, beige carpet, and a queen-size bed jammed into her modest office space. Not exactly great for space planning or productivity, right?
The first order of business
was to remove the bulky queen bed and install a space-saving wall bed instead. This way, the room can be converted into a guest space on rare occasions, but has so much more room to function primarily as an office.
To jazz up the bookshelves with a metallic pop
I selected my favorite metallic wallpaper for the back of the shelves. I love the way a fun pattern makes a basic bookshelf feel complete and well-styled with minimal effort.
It’s not shown in the moodboard above,
but we selected a lot of cool art for the space, ranging from limited-edition framed art prints to a hilarious illustration of various breeds of dogs wearing glasses. Because if you can’t make work fun, it’s going to totally suck to be in that office every day. This room doesn’t have a large footprint but does have 12′ ceilings, so creating a colorful gallery wall above the desk will create a cool focal point and also use the height of the room to our advantage.
I love seeing these DIY Design Kits come to life.
We design, our clients make the magic happen! If you’re interested in your own custom DIY Design Kit you can find out more here.
I gravitate towards interior design that blends and layers contrasting design styles, and this industrial-meets-french-eclectic master bedroom for a client in Houston, TX is no exception. When one half of the couple is into traditional, feminine French furnishings, and the other half prefers a cleaner, industrial look, my job (which I freakin’ love) is to merge and balance the two into one happy design plan.
This bedroom is gigantic and scale was mega-important when making design selections. The king-size bed needed large nightstands to feel balanced (these awesome faceted ones are actually chests of drawers so they’re quite generous in size) and the wing chairs needed some height to feel proportionate to the ultra-high ceilings. While this moodboard might look a little busy at first glance, when these furnishings are placed in the actual room there will be a lot more visual “breathing room” around everything. I can’t wait to see how this space comes together IRL.
Working virtually with clients on a Design Kit is a kickass option if you’re not in the Waco area, as everything is done via email and Zoom video calls. Clients provide measurements and photos of the rooms to be designed and answers to our Design Dossier questionnaire; you’ll receive a digital Design Kit with everything you need (like floor plans, moodboards, paint colors, furnishings selections, and finish samples) to completely transform a room as your time and budget allows.
“Romantic” and “industrial” aren’t typically two design styles that go together – but then again, I’m not your typical designer. I’m all about a quirky but livable mix of vintage and modern, rustic and polished, color and neutrals, masculine and feminine. Matchy-matchy is boring. Let’s have some fun!
This romantic industrial master bedroom moodboard was part of a Design Kit recently completed for a client and I’m digging the end result. The dusty blues and pinks are a little softer than my usual color palette of saturated jewel tones, but don’t worry – there’s still a badass edge with the edgy crank accent table and industrial drapery hardware.Throw in a Mid-Century mirror and Boho accent pillow on the bed and we’re totally in business. Too much of one look is never a good thing (hello, bad decorating catalogs) and it’s all about creating the right balance with different styles and eras. Check out all the details on this project’s Pinterest board.
Seriously. Can we talk about those hand-painted Moroccan terra cotta tiles for the vanity backsplash wall? I’m in love.
This eclectic bathroom design (with totally awesome tiles) was recently completed for a cool client here in Waco, Texas. Her burning desires were for a freestanding pedestal tub and lots of brass, which we delivered. I’m digging the mix of deep teal with antique brass accessories and dark Venetian Bronze fixtures for a graphic pop. And of course, a classic white cast iron tub is the showcase of any master bathroom space.
PS. I’ve got a new interview out this week on the fantastic The Stay Inspired Podcast where I’m sharing about simple design choices that bring joy to your home. Take a listen here for a dose of design inspiration (and maybe a little motivational kick in the pants too).
When your client tells you, “I love teal, aqua, and coral” you listen. Because you love those colors too. And then you create a dreamy living room moodboard that makes you want to move in and curl up on a peacock-blue wing chair with a fuzzy pillow and read a book and savor a cup of tea.
What’s funny about creating moodboards like these is that sometimes we follow the plan exactly and the final space ends up looking so much like the two-dimensional mockup it’s almost uncanny. (The chic and badass realtor’s office is a perfect example. You’ll get a kick out of how close the actual space looks to the moodboard now!) Other times, the client will pick and choose elements she loves – or that currently fit in budget – and move forward in phases with a few select pieces. In this case, the finished room won’t look exactly as pictured, but the moodboard helps guide decision-making for the space as it evolves.
If you’re curious where any of these pieces are from, I’ve got you covered right here. And if you’ve been wanting design guidance for your home, I’ve got flat-rate room design packages (that include a moodboard!) that you’ll totally dig. Get in touch for details and rates and we’re happy to hook you up.
Boston. Home of clam chowder, Fenway Park, and this colorful and cozy living room for a rad music-loving couple. Their Colonial Revival home built in 1910 is seriously East Coast cute – but seriously lacking storage. And that just will not do! Plus, a gorgeous black grand piano was a must-have in this space, so I had my creative challenges ahead of me.
Above is a peek at the moodboard with the design plan created during our consultation. Because the piano takes up nearly half of the room – and the couple has their their first baby on the way – I chose a set of ocean blue leather storage ottomans in lieu of a traditional coffee table. The ottomans can float in front of the sofa to create a coffee table; separate to act as extra seating; or push against the window wall to create an open playspace for their forthcoming wee one. (There’s also hidden storage in the hammered metal drum accent table. I love when a room has its fun little storage secrets.)
A plush, deep-tufted sofa was a must – duh, I’m obsessed – as was a perfectly worn-in leather accent chair. I love the pairing of cool deep cobalt blue with warm cognac leather, and the bold colors in the rugs and artwork bring a freshness to this traditional pairing. And can we talk about that rug? Electric orange and hot pink together are totally mind-blowing.
Practical and pulled-together, but colorful and not-so-serious. That’s a winning combo for a livable, delightful, and unexpected home.
“Bohemian” isn’t typically a word I gravitate to in the interior design sense. Full-on Bohemian-style rooms tend to be a little too earthy-crunchy for my taste. But blend some Boho elements with a dreamy tailored cognac leather sofa, an Art Deco-inspired accent chair, and a vintage sunburst mirror and now we’re in my happy place.
My client’s sleek and modern living room in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles needed some warm eclectic touches to contrast with its cool design lines. I’m in heaven when a home’s architecture has a clear point of view – whether it’s Victorian, Mid-Century Modern, or Contemporary – because a home with a strong personality is a great starting point for introducing a rad mix of aesthetic styles.
Modern homes don’t need to be filled with modern furniture. Mid-Century homes can’t only handle MCM furnishings. A little mixing, matching, and layering of great foundation pieces with awesome accents goes a long way to create a space that’s livable, delightful, and unexpected. The key is to know how to mix design styles, colors, patterns, and textures.
Also: I’m like a kid at Christmas when I create a moodboard for a client. I just want to see the space come together in real life already! #thestruggleisreal
You know what’s the funnest? Designing bedrooms for kids. Saturated color? Sure. Offbeat pattern mixing? Why not! Quirky lighting and decor? Bring it on.
I designed this bedroom space for an 8 year-old boy in Waco with the intention of having it transition him into his teenage years. The existing sturdy wood bed, nightstand, and dresser provided a solid neutral starting point to introduce some industrial and masculine elements. There’s a playful vibe, but nothing is too juvenile. And the features that are a little more youthful can easily be switched out as he grows – for example, the funky triangle wall decals behind the dresser can be peeled off and removed if they’re no longer rocking his world in a few years.
While full-service interior design is totally my jam, I love helping homeowners with smaller spaces that need a quick refresh. Sometimes a fresh pair of (well-trained designer) eyes and the right resources are all you need to transform a dull room into something dynamite. If you’ve got a room that needs a mini-makeover, let’s chat.
So, new homes.
What’s the deal with the super awkward spaces some of them have? Like, too-large foyers or weirdly-shaped living rooms or a “den” that’s too small to be a real living space but too large not to furnish?
I recently wrapped a project in California with a cool young client whose new build came with this weird little room just off of the front door. It was about the size of a bedroom – too small to be a living room, but too large not to do something awesome with it. I think it was meant to be an office? A den? Who knows.
Since the home already featured a living room, family room, office, and play area for their two young kiddos, we decided to transform it into a library-meets-coffee-date-with-the-girls space, just for mom. A little retreat where she can spend time with a gal pal and a cup of coffee after the little ones go to bed. Small-scale furniture was the name of the game.
#ClientCoolinCali loved navy, white, and brass with pops of color. (Sidenote: if anyone has a better term than “pops of color” I’d love to hear it. As cliche as it may be, it just works.) Designer #LesleyMyrick also digs these things, so it was a match made in design heaven.
If you’re curious, I often share client projects on Pinterest – including this one – because it’s such an awesome tool for long-distance design collaboration. And yes, virtual long-distance design is a thing! Contact me if you’d like more details about working with Lesley Myrick Art + Design virtually.