Vintage Mix

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, “Vintage Mix: Creating a Livable Blend of Old and New”. Read the full article over at, and check out the full article archive here.

March 2017 Wacoan article by interior stylist Lesley Myrick - Vintage Mix: Creating a Livable Blend of Old and New

I encounter so many clients who aren’t in love with their homes. They may like elements of it, but there’s an inexplicable something missing or an intangible something that’s just not working. That’s why they call me. I love to play “Design Detective” on our first phone call together to get to the root of this lack of love. Sometimes it’s easy to diagnose where their decorating has gone awry. Often it has to do with playing things too safe for fear of making an expensive mistake. Before they know it, the safe brown leather sofa, tan walls, cream furniture and neutral rug are all perfectly placed in the home, shiny and new, but boring and banal.

I’d rather see someone make bold decisions and fail spectacularly than play it safe and never let their true selves shine. Great interiors are all about the mix — vintage and modern, rustic and polished, color and neutrals, masculine and feminine. Matchy-matchy is mundane. Safe is a snooze. It’s time to bravely step away from safe and have some fun.