Remember that time that design trend from 10 years ago was still cool 10 years later?

Me neither. And that’s why I’m not one to follow design trends. I’ve got some thoughts on this topic in my latest video:

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As a designer, especially one who embraces being a little offbeat and edgy, people are often surprised that I’m not into trends and that I don’t care about being “in” on what’s happening in the design world. And it’s not that I’m completely ignoring what’s happening – knowing about the best technology in stain-repelling fabrics and energy saving LEDs is super valuable and an asset I love to be able to bring to my clients. Designers get the inside scoop on some amazing advances in home products that seriously make life better. But when it comes to style trends, like the latest finishes (hello, rose gold) or the coolest accessories (macrame wall hangings, anyone?), that’s where I respectfully choose to stay true to my aesthetic.

I’ve never walked into someone’s home and fallen in love with it because it was so “on trend”. In fact, the opposite is true. What I appreciate in an interior is that sense of collectedness, of personality, of totally badass style that’s unique to the person who created it. True style is not about following others, it’s about following you.

Following trends for the sake of being on-trend is a surefire recipe for style disaster. What happens in a few years when your home screams 2017, but it’s 2020 and we’ve all moved on from rose gold and macrame? If you didn’t love those trends to start with, you’re certainly not going to love your choices after they’ve passed from popularity.

If you’ve been waiting for permission to say “I am so over [insert totally trendy thing here]“, then this is it. Who’s with me?

5 things to get rid of to refresh your living room - tips from Interior Stylist Lesley Myrick
Sometimes, when a room just isn’t looking its best, it’s not about what needs to be added, but what needs to be taken away. You know I’m a huge fan of decluttering, and (spoiler alert) and that’s always the first place to start – but there are a few other things that might be dating your living room. I’ve got a list of 5 things to get rid of to refresh your living room, some of which you might not expect (especially #3):

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Get rid of these 5 things and your living room will be well on its way to a total refresh. Who knows – letting go of what’s not working might be the jumpstart you need to make a major design change.

How to work with a virtual interior designer: tips and guidance from Lesley MyrickIt’s one of those mysterious phrases: “Virtual interior design”. What does that even mean? What does it look like to work with a virtual interior designer? I answered a few frequently asked questions from clients in this blog post, and I’m diving a little deeper in this week’s video:

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I’m a big fan of this new trend in design because it allows me to share my expertise and create kickass spaces for clients not only where I’m located in central Texas, but all over the world. Like, literally all over the world. Choosing a designer to work with is a super personal decision, and location is no longer a factor. Huzzah! If you think we’re a good fit and you’ve been itching for some design guidance – no matter where you live – let’s talk.

Accent walls - totally awesome or totally over? Interior stylist Lesley Myrick weighs in.

I’ve written about accent walls before (right here) and while others are kinda over them, I’m still in love. You heard me: ACCENT WALLS, I LOVE YOU. I’m not one to jump on a trend just because it’s a trend, and I’m not one to move on from something I love just because it’s losing popularity. Accent walls can be totally awesome if a few essential design guidelines are followed.

Here’s how to do an accent wall the right way:

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So what’s your take on accent walls? Have you created one that was a total success – or a total bust? Hop on over to Facebook and share your accent wall story.

5 signs it's time to invest in an interior designer - tips from stylist Lesley MyrickWith all the free design resources out there like Pinterest, Houzz, and design blogs, it’s easy to wonder why someone would invest in an interior designer. I mean, we’re not cheap. And it’s easy for anyone to go shopping and pick a couple of paint colors and be done with it, right?

Well…not exactly. But if you’re down for doing it on your own, go for it! You’re a trooper and I like your hustle.

If you’ve ever approached re-designing a room in your home, you’ll know that it can be time-consuming, challenging, and downright draining to create a design plan, source everything needed within budget and space constraints, make a myriad of design decisions, hire and manage a contractor, have your personal space disrupted for days or weeks, arrange for deliveries, deal with deficiencies, fix problems, and see everything through to the end.

And if you don’t know where to start, are overwhelmed by choice, or don’t have the time to handle all of the minutiae, then this process is anything but enjoyable. In fact, it totally sucks.

Designing and decorating your home should be totally fun and exciting. So let’s work together to make this process more awesome. LESS SUCK, MORE AWESOME. If you’re on the fence about whether hiring design help is the right call, here are 5 signs you should invest in an interior designer:


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You might be surprised that working with a designer is more affordable than you think. And the benefit gained – a kickass home that looks great and feels amazing without stress and struggle – is absolutely worth the investment.

Next week I’ll be sharing the complete beginner’s guide to working with an interior designer. I know it’s foreign territory to a lot of folks to hire a design pro, so I’ll let you know the ins and outs of exactly what it looks like to work with Lesley Myrick Art + Design from start to finish.

My favorite styling secret - a quick design tip from interior stylist Lesley MyrickEvery designer has their favorite interior styling secret when finishing a room – fresh flowers, candles, a decorative tray – and it’s these little details that make a room feel complete and make a photograph look stellar.

Want to know what my favorite styling secret is? (Also, enjoy a hilarious throwback clip from Portlandia.)


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Hint: it’s furry and you can buy it here.

Now that I’ve got some momentum going with this YouTube thing (have you subscribed yet?) I’d love to answer your design questions. Got a design dilemma or want some expert advice on a specific topic? Email me and let me know what’s up. You might see your question answered in a future video.

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrickDrumroll please…my eclectic living room makeover is complete! Remember what this room looked like before? (Hint: PEACH.)

Lesley Myrick - Interior Designer - Living Room Before Photo

Before and after of an eclectic and colorful living room in Waco, Texas

Yeahhhhh. We’ve come a long way, baby. I’m psyched to show you around! To kick off my new YouTube channel, here’s a little video tour of the space:


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And some more photos, if you’d like to see. A lot of the major furniture pieces are from my California apartment, but we’ve spiced things up with some new pieces this time around since we have DOUBLE. THE. SPACE. (Central Texas for the win!) Scroll through to the end for links to sources.

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrick

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrick

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrick

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrick

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrick

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrick

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrick

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrick

An eclectic and colorful living room design by Waco TX interior stylist @lesleymyrick

Here’s where to get the goods. Current sources are linked. If I’ve missed anything that you’d like to know the source of, just ask and I’ll help you out.

Sofa: Custom “Natalie” from The Sofa Company | Sofa Pillows: Custom + Thrifted | Wing Chairs: IKEA | Pillow on Wing Chair: Lamps Plus | Sheepskin on Wing Chair: IKEA | Coffee Table: Custom | Accent Table: Lamps Plus | Yellow Floor Pouf: Target | Rug: IKEA | Teal Glass Table Lamp: Target | Teal Glass Lamp Shade: Custom | Industrial Table Lamp: Kirklands | Floor Lamp: IKEA | Paint: c/o Sherwin Williams (color is SW6149 Relaxed Khaki) | Bowl on Coffee Table: Target | Candle on Coffee Table: Target | Jacks on Coffee Table: Similar at Target | Bar: Thrifted | Mirror Above Bar: World Market | “Bar” Sign: Kohl’s | Metal Tin on Bar: World Market | Globe: Target

Now that the living room is done (hallelujah!) the next space we’re tackling is the foyer. You may have caught a little sneak peek above. I can’t wait to show you the rad DIY project that turned some pretty ugly vintage wallpaper into something awesome. There’s lots more of my home makeover to come, so if you’re not already subscribed you can do so here (and get my free e-book too).