Alright guys, it’s time for a little #realtalk about Queer Eye on Netflix. (You’ve seen it, right?) We all love Jonathan’s outrageous personality and Karamo’s cool composure, Tan’s fabulous fashion sense and of course, Antoni’s cooking. (And his pecs, if I’m being totally honest.) But let’s get real for a minute: while their roles and guidance are essential to the show’s success, their workload is NOWHERE NEAR what Bobby has to take on! Here’s why Bobby Berk is the most under-appreciated member of Queer Eye.
Queer Eye is a perfect example of the “HGTV effect”.
The HGTV effect is the way that television shows have made interior design, home renovations, and home flipping look easy, fast, and affordable. And if you’ve ever tried to redo an entire home like Bobby does on each Queer Eye episode, you’ll know that it takes so much longer (and can cost so much more) than television shows would lead you to believe.
For reference, from start to finish,
a living room project at Lesley Myrick Art + Design can take 95 hours, a master bedroom 75 hours, a home office 75 hours, and a kitchen makeover (with no construction, just a refresh) can take 60 hours. I know – those numbers are probably waaaaay beyond what you expected!
Remember, these are the all-in totals: everything from initial client meetings, site measurements, design and specifications, procuring products, supervising construction and installation, sourcing accessories, and – finally – styling the space for a big HGTV-worthy reveal.
The scope of work for Bobby –
– and his team, since he obviously doesn’t do this all by himself – is absolutely massive for a whole-home makeover. And on a tight deadline, no less! I give Bobby major props for pulling together what he does with the limited time and resources he has. It’s no easy feat – and he makes it look easy. Furniture goes out of stock, items arrive damaged, and things can go missing in transit. To get an entire home pulled together in a week is a major accomplishment.
It always makes me laugh
to see what the other Fab Five do as part of their transformation. Cook a few meals, buy a few new clothes, and give a great haircut. Important, yes – but time-consuming, not really.
And then there’s Bobby Berk, the most under-appreciated member of Queer Eye…with barely any camera time because he’s working so hard to pull of total television magic!
So Bobby Berk, I salute you.
You make interior design look easy, but I know it’s not. Thank you for showing us the power of busting out of boring and creating a kickass home you love. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.
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I looooove me a good project reveal! This Waco family-friendly kitchen remodel was such a blast to work on, and any time a client gives the go-ahead for a bright blue island you just KNOW the end result is going to be smashing.
If you remember the “before” photos, my client was trapped in a generic wannabe-farmhouse kitchen with a faux shiplap wall. A sledgehammer took care of our little shiplap problem lickety-split, and the custom-designed massive 11′ long island became a much-deserved focal point. This sweet family has 3 kids under 3 and a large island to seat everyone comfortably was a must-have (as was a low-maintenance quartz countertop).
Mixing metals, layering textures, and playing with color and pattern was key to bring interest to this otherwise neutral space. Black hardware and fixtures are unexpected and fresh, which meant that brass and chrome accents could layer in without being too dominating. (I’m obsessed with those black hexagon drawer pulls!)
The large reclaimed barn door was already in the home, and I love it because warms up the otherwise cool palette in the kitchen. Without warm woods, a blue and white kitchen would feel pretty sterile. Brass + wood = instant warmth and contrast.
You can never go wrong with tea towels that feature animals dressed like humans, right? Even kitchens need a little quirk factor.
And just for fun, while we were busy smashing down shiplap and busting up bad tile floors we did a little makeover of the laundry room and master closet too. The ho-hum laundry room got jazzed up with graphic concrete tiles and a fresh quartz countertop, and we designed a pretty little office nook in the master closet to create a much-needed private home workspace for mama.
I bet they’re going to have a pretty epic Thanksgiving dinner in their new super family-friendly kitchen! (And I hope they invite me, too.)
Photos: Jeff Jones Photography
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.
This Waco family-friendly kitchen remodel is in full swing – we’re about four weeks in to an eight-week renovation. I love designing projects of this scope. A full-scale renovation means there will be an UHHHMAZING reveal at the end and I can’t wait to see it all come together.
Here’s the scoop: my clients weren’t happy with the layout of their kitchen thanks to a weird floating wall and a strangely shaped island, and there was also a “f**king shiplap wall” (their words, not mine – although I find it hilarious!) that they wanted removed. The kitchen was certainly pretty, but totally average. Greige walls, white cabinets, beige granite, beige floor tiles. You know the stuff. Here are a few before photos to give you an idea of just how borrrring this kitchen was:
It’s not shown in these photos, but there was a huge amount of space between the stove and the sink (located on the island), making working in the kitchen pretty impractical. This family has three young kids and they ain’t got time for a badly designed space.
The dining area also left a little to be desired:
So what’s the design plan for this kitchen?
Spoiler alert: it involves teal, funky tile, and some badass pendant lighting.
These are two of the moodboards I presented to the clients to communicate the overall vibe and color palette of the space. The layout and some of the decorative elements have changed a bit during the design and renovation process, but I don’t want to ruin the final reveal so I’ll keep the updates a mystery.
Just know that I might be sneaking a white llama planter in there somewhere, as seen on this pinboard where I’ve gathered fixture and finish ideas for this remodel.
If you’re curious, this is how the remodel is progressing:
Buy-bye, fake shiplap. That wall is already gone entirely (replaced by a sturdy support beam hidden in the attic) and things are moving quickly on this Waco family-friendly kitchen remodel. Big reveal coming in a few months!
I’m totally breaking my own rule here by asking the question “what’s the one thing that every room needs?” because I hate those listicles that tell you you must have something! My girl Tina Fey said it best in her rad book Bossypants:
“When people say, “You really, really must” do something, it means you don’t really have to. No one ever says, “You really, really must deliver the baby during labor.” When it’s true, it doesn’t need to be said.”
You’re totally right, Tina. So yeah. Take this design advice with a grain of salt. Maybe every room doesn’t need this, but if your space is falling flat, this might be the missing element:
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Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here, interior stylist and owner of Lesley Myrick Art + Design where we create some pretty fantastic interiors with an offbeat edge.
Now, I’m going to do something today that kind of goes against what I believe.
Stick with me on this one! I hate those lists you find that’s like “10 Things Every Woman Needs In Her Wardrobe” or “The One Thing You Need for XY or Z.” I think it’s dumb. I don’t think there’s one one-size-fits-all rule for how you dress or how you live or whatever.
But, there is one thing that I really do believe that every room needs.
Do you know what it is?
I think that what every room needs is something old.
Something vintage, something antique, something with character, something with a story behind it. Something that is a little imperfect, a little irregular, a little beat up, brings a little heart and soul to a space.
Why if you have a whole new room and you’re buying all new furnishings and decor should you put “something old” in there?
Well first, it brings personality.
It has a story behind it. It has something to say in the room. A fresh, clean, beautiful polished room is awesome but bringing something in that has a little bit of grit, a little bit of edge, can make the space feel less like it’s on a magazine page and more like it’s in your home with your story and your history.
Or maybe even someone else’s history if you just find a cool antique piece somewhere.
One-of-a-kind older pieces also bring a ton of personality.
They’re gonna be conversation starters. Not everyone is gonna have the same thing that you have in your living room. And that is really cool.
Introducing something old also layers in this kind of eclectic, funky vibe.
It shows that you’re confident in not just sticking with one literal design style but that you can mix and match. You can incorporate cool, unique pieces.
I love that offbeat mix. I love what that old piece brings to a space. It’s an element of contrast, it’s an attention-getter, and it’s a serious conversation starter.
I’m not going to tell you you “need” something old in a room,
buuuut it’s kind of a good idea and I think it can really elevate a great room into something amazing.
There’s nothing better than a satisfying “after” photo, and I’ve been dying to share this colorful kids craft room with you! You may remember the “before” photos from this space in Waco, Texas:
Yup. Snooooooozefest. But don’t worry – some funky wallpaper, chic furnishings, and gorgeous original art has totally transformed this space.
We kept the existing paint color – Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter – since it’s such a classic, pretty grey. And it was the perfect neutral backdrop to allow the bold color and pattern of the wallpaper, art, area rug, and accessories to be the star of the show.
The kids each have their own personalized workspace, complete with adorable desk lamps and industrial-chic bulletin boards to display homework, crafts, and artistic creations.
And lucky mama, who’s an entrepreneur and works primarily from home, gets this UHHMAZING workspace. The brass and white lacquer desk is beyond chic in person, and the original artwork by Lesley Grainger brings such a fun energy to the room and ties in the bright wallpaper and area rug.
And can we please take a moment to savor this incredible custom floral arrangement from Tenfold Floral? Adair and Aelish from Tenfold are flower-loving geniuses who used the moodboards for this project as inspiration to create this stunning centerpiece as a thank-you gift for my client.
I’m so grateful when clients let me play and push the envelope with color, pattern, and design. I think this colorful kids craft room is a smashing success. (And big thanks to my rockstar photographer Jeff Jones for translating this space into these gorgeous photos.)
Some weeks, you spend more waking hours in your office than at home. Shouldn’t your office totally rock and be a space that supports and inspires your awesome work? I love designing offices because I’m a nerd who is obsessed with office supplies, plus I believe that a “corporate” space doesn’t have to suck.
Let’s go behind the scenes of one of Lesley Myrick Art + Design’s commercial interior design projects and take a tour of this chic and badass Realtor’s office in Waco, Texas. I’ve shared the progress and the after photos previously but dive a little deeper in today’s video:
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Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here.
I’m an interior stylist and owner of Lesley Myrick Art + Design where we create interiors with an offbeat edge.
So at Lesley Myrick Art + Design we mainly do residential design projects.
I love doing people’s houses. It’s been my goal since I was five years old to “make people’s houses pretty.”
But every once in a while…
a commercial project comes our way and they’re usually so much fun there’s no way I can say no.
We recently wrapped a project with a Realtor’s office here in Waco, Texas, and I want to walk you through the whole design from start to finish.
So you can see the space was a pretty big corporate snooze-fest. Bad ceilings, ugly carpet – the saving grace was the phenomenal walls of windows that this office had.
This Realtor loves turquoise and white,
and feminine, and brass, and just this fresh, pretty vibe and it was so much fun to get to translate her wishes into this space.
So, here’s a look at the Pinterest board where we started pulling together our ideas and selections. And here’s the moodboard to give you an idea of how all those pieces were going to work together in the space.
Doing these moodboards is one of my favorite things for clients because it really starts to give them a sense of proportion. How colors are going to fit together; the scale of furniture pieces; how all these sort of random items are actually going to flow in a room.
And what I love the most is..
seeing the moodboard and then – aaah! The final space.
Even though this is what I do, it is still so cool to me to see when my vision comes to life and looks how I planned it.
I think this office is so chic, and if I were a client of hers I would be so impressed working in this Realtor’s office. It’s fresh, it’s pretty, it’s professional, it’s sleek, it shows she has style and pizzazz – and that’s exactly what we were going for.
Plus – there’s a bar. You can’t argue with having a bar in an office.
This is just one of many design projects that we’ve been working on.
I love what I do and I’d love to do it for you too.
If you’ve been needing an expert eye to guide you through a design project or if you’re just feeling stuck, I would love to talk to you.
You can book your complimentary Design Discovery Call where we’ll get to know each other and start the process of making something awesome together. ✌
In the last What I Wish I’d Known post I shared my experience (and hard-earned knowledge) about choosing white paint colors. But what about the other end of the spectrum – choosing dark paint colors? I’m so psyched to see dark wall colors gaining popularity. They’re beautiful when done right, and not as scary as you might think.
Just because a wall is painted white does not guarantee that the room will have the bright expansive feeling that’s desired. (Bummer, right?) It’s counterintuitive, but in fact, a deep color can often be a better choice and actually make a space feel larger! While white walls bounce light and feel open and airy, dark colors recede. A deep wall color sits back and blurs the boundaries of a room, creating the illusion of a larger space, especially if the walls and ceiling are painted the same dark hue. I do love dark walls, but there are a few things you should know before committing.
What I Wish I’d Known About Choosing Dark Paint Colors
There’s always something to learn when you try something new.
I prefer matte or flat paint for walls
over an eggshell or slightly glossy finish, but it’s a lot trickier painting a dark, matte wall than it looks! The paint store pros actually cautioned me against it.
It took a bit of convincing..
…and several days for them to source the right base paint and have it transferred from a different location before my Dark Night was in hand. Deep paint colors need a special base to tint correctly, and the product I needed was hard to track down.
When I finally got the correct formula, there didn’t seem to be as much forgiveness with the paint, and coverage took more work than with a lighter color or a color with more sheen. Also, while matte paint today is more durable than it once was, there’s a real difference in durability between a medium to light-hued matte paint and a deep, dark hue.
Scuffs, rubs, and water marks (from wiping the walls) do show up a lot more on a dark matte paint than I expected.
Here’s what I wish I’d known about choosing dark paint colors:
Dark paint colors are higher-maintenance, both in application and in day-to-day care. But – it’s totally worth it for the stunning results! The photo above is of my master bedroom and I can’t wait to share the finished space with you. Dark walls transformed this room into a rich and cozy sanctuary and were absolutely the best choice for the space.
I can’t tell you how much I love getting inquiries like this from new clients: “I have a playroom that I would LOVE to transform into a super bright (pinks, golds, oranges), super functional craft/art/office area.”
HELLS TO THE YES. Bright color, bold pattern, and a super-functional organized space? I’m your gal. This colorful kids craft room in Waco is going to be da bomb. 💣 But we’ve got a long way to go. Want to see what the room looks like now?
Yawwwwwn. While it’s definitely a pretty room with a great neutral wall color, classic espresso floors, and gorgeous French doors, it’s not at all where this hip mama and her three rad kids want to hang. Plus – hello, clutter. Nothing has a home or a proper place to be stored. And as a former Professional Organizer/total neat freak, I totally get how mom is dissatisfied with this room as-is.
Okay now, get ready. This space is about to get a totally kickass, colorful makeover. Here’s where we’re going with the design:
Each kiddo is getting a chic white lacquered Parsons desk and unique lamp; Mom’s getting a glam desk with acrylic and brass accents; there’s going to be THE BEST ACCENT WALL EVER (I’m so obsessed with that floral wallpaper!); and that badass hammered brass credenza is going to be the most freakin’ chic storage you’ve ever seen in a kids craft room. Check out our design selections (and some alternate ones too) on the Colorful Waco Kids Craft Room Pinterest board.
We’re still in the early stages of this design project so it’ll be a while before the transformation is complete, but I’ll be sharing sneak-peeks on Facebook and Instagram throughout the process, so be sure to follow along.