Love Your Laundry Room

Sort. Wash. Dry. Fold. Repeat.

Unless you have a live-in laundress or use a laundromat on the daily, you probably spend a good amount of time in your laundry room. Some of us are blessed to have an entire room to use to complete this task, while others of us may be relegated to a closet-sized space. Your laundry may be never-ending, but the place where you perform this chore (no matter what the size of the space) should bring you function, style, and maybe even (dare I say it) JOY!

Here are a few tips for making your laundry room a hip place to be in your house:

  1. Paint the walls a gorgeous color. You can even create a feature wall by using tile or wallpaper.
  2. Give your cabinets an upgrade. Choose a coordinating paint color for your cabinets that will look amazing with your new wall color….and don’t forget to add new hardware.
  3. No cabinets, but you have those wire shelves?? Replace those wire racks with gorgeous floating wood shelves. Add pretty baskets to store all of your laundry supplies.
  4. Replace those old counter tops with something unique like cement counters or even butcher block. Don’t forget to upgrade your sink if you have one.
  5. Add art! My favorite thing to add to the laundry room is a gorgeous acrylic calendar on which everyone in the family can write down their activities… or for smaller spaces, I like to pop in a pretty fabric bulletin board where you can pin family photos, quotes, etc. that make you smile while you are searching for that lost sock!

Here’s a great example of a laundry room renovation I had the pleasure of working on this month. We took the basic builder grade cabinets and had them painted black. We kept the original hardware, but added a new stainless steel sink with swan neck faucet. We also upgraded the flooring from tile squares to pretty tile rectangles with very small light gray grout lines. Finally….and my favorite part…we replaced the Formica counter top with a custom wood butcher block (and we sealed it a zillion times)! We are also having the wire racks removed from above the washer and dryer and installing custom floating salvaged wood shelving AND we are having a built-in constructed for shoe storage…but more on that later.

So how does your laundry area compare? Need some help figuring out where to begin your own upgrades? Let Melissa K. Wright Design help. Give me a call at 615.785.2528 and before you know it, you will have a laundry room to LOVE!

 

 

 

The Power of Wallpaper!

It’s still trending, people…and I could not be happier! I adore wallpaper and I don’t care who knows! It is the perfect way to layer in a little of your personality into a space. It can add texture, movement, and a ton of interest. And the BEST part? It’s so easy to do.

If you wallpapered in the 80’s or 90’s, you will be happy to know that many wall coverings come pre-pasted now. All you have to do is activate it with some water, book it, and let the glue activate…then you are ready to roll (no pun intended)!

To remove it??? Spritz it with water and gently peel it off.

Are you a commitment phobe? Then try a removable kind. They sell these at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, etc. BUT beware if you have an orange peel texture on your walls. This specific kind of removable wallpaper will have a hard time adhering to the wall and your hard work will be for naught. (A quick fix if you are in love with your removable wallpaper print, run to Sherwin Williams and get some wallpaper glue…it will be strong enough to hold up this type of paper and you can also remove it with water later when you are ready).

Here are a few photos of a wallpaper project I finished for a beloved client last week in Lutz, Florida. We made her dream formal dining room come true with this gorgeous print from Graham and Brown. We wanted to do a modern take on art-deco and I do believe we nailed it!

So what are you waiting for??? Give wallpaper a try. It looks best when used as an accent wall or in those nice niches contractors put in the walls. Do you need help selecting your wall covering…and maybe a coordinating paint color? Be sure and give me a call. I would love to help!

Wishing you all the very best,

Melissa

Melissa K. Wright Design,LLC

615.785.2528

 

How to Give Your Front Porch a Savannah, GA Makeover in Only FIVE Steps!

I am literally fresh off of a trip visiting Savannah, Georgia, with my husband and some very precious friends, and my mind is in complete design overload! The gorgeous architecture,  fabulous gas lanterns, luscious green-spaced squares, and delicious food and spirits have inspired me to no end! I took it upon myself to immediately  come right to my desk and begin a front porch design plan for anyone who has ever crushed on this beautiful city… and the best part? You can complete the look in five easy steps!

With a few unique touches, you can bring a little bit of this historical southern town to your very own home. Take a look at the plan and whether you decide to use all five parts or even just one, you will always have a little bit of Savannah at your front door to welcome guests!

Step One…Haint Blue Front Porch Ceiling Paint. 

Legend has it that evil spirits dare not travel over water, so this blue color has said to ward off any unwanted guests. Other folks tell me this hue is really amazing at keeping dirt-dobbers away. Whatever you choose to believe, nothing says THE SOUTH like a haint blue front porch ceiling. Try Sherwin Williams Top Sail.

 

Step Two: Add a Gorgeous Gas Lantern as Your Porch Light.

Who wouldn’t want to be greeted by the warm glorious glow of a gas lantern? This truly signifies a Savannah home! You will need a natural gas line to make this beauty a reality, but I promise it will be worth every dime. This swoon-worthy piece can be found at the Home Depot for a little over $500. It is the Grand Isle Gas Lantern in Washed Pewter.

Step Three: You Must Add Greenery. 

A fabulous black cast iron urn flanking each side of the front door with a trio of high-medium-low plants spilling over the sides is a glamorous touch to any home, but a must-have in Savannah! If your porch is too small for two urns, then try one. Or you can even do black window boxes from Wayfair. Try the Mayne Inc. Fairfield Self-Watering Window Box for around $79.00. If urns or window boxes are not your thing, then at least add some large hanging ferns to give your front porch the greenery it so desperately deserves. (The featured photo is the Grecian Urn from Ballard Design. It retails for $179.00).

 

Step Four: Hang a Front Porch Swinging Daybed.

Savannah porches are a great place for lazy Sundays. What better way to relax than by reading a book and sipping your favorite cocktail while lying on a swinging daybed? Think of your grandmother’s porch swing, but much swankier. Fill it with lots of colorful outdoor pillows and even add a throw in the fall and you have instantly made yourself a year-round outdoor living space. This piece can be found at ThePorchSwingCompany.Com and retails for $1,380.00.

 

Step Five: Finish Off Your Porch with a Private Seating Area.

If one end of your porch is for the daybed, then the other end can be for a causal seating area. It’s easy to complete with these beautiful Luciana Crown Chairs in black from GrandinRoad. You can score these for $179.00. Pop a pretty striped outdoor area rug underneath and then add a pop of color to each chair by selecting pretty coral and white printed outdoor pillows. Both of which can be found at Waylair.com. (Fan Habit Nantucket Black and White Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug $47.89 AND Hockley Outdoor Boudoir Pillows $32.99)

I love hearing from you, so if you decide to do some Savannah upgrading to your front porch, be sure to send me pictures! And if you ever need help designing your space, be sure and reach out to Melissa K. Wright Design! Be sure and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Happy Decorating,

Melissa

The Palm Leaf Print May Be 2017’s SUPER TREND of the YEAR!

More FREE home styling tips from MKW Design! Here’s another super trend for 2017…the palm leaf print. This gorgeous graphic has inspired many designers and home stylists since it’s debut as wallpaper at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel! This year you will see it EVERYWHERE! From bikinis to shirts and skirts to…you guessed it…home decor! Here are some non-committal ways to work it in your home design as we welcome spring and summer.

1. Throw pillows – toss one of these pretty printed accent pillows onto your couch, chair, or bed for an instant update. (Pillows can be found at Etsy, EBay, Williams Sonoma, and Home Goods).

2. Bring the outside in by clipping Palm or Palmetto plants and tossing them in a vase filled with water. This looks great as table or island centerpieces, placed on sideboards, or tucked on bookshelves or bedside tables. (Plants are readily available here in Florida OR you can purchase fake ones from Pottery Barn or Michael’s).

3. Create an accent wall with the original Martinique wallpaper! This can be purchased online at many reputable dealers. Just Google search the name. This one requires a bit more commitment, but the results will be breathtaking!

Questions about how to work this trend in your home or have other home styling questions? Leave a comment and I will be glad to help you!

 

One of my favorite trends for 2017!

It’s been a very busy first quarter @ Melissa K. Wright Design! From styling A LuLaRoe Showroom, to designing a surprise man cave, to helping select finishes and furniture for clients about to move into their dream homes! I will have lots of before and after photos to share when we these projects are fully completed! Until then, I will be frequently leaving posts right here where you can see my favorite home styling trends for 2017. Up first…mixing metals, baby! Matchy-matchy is definitely a styling no-no. Mix your favorite metals to create a cool vibe (think gold, silver, rose gold, copper, and bronze). This is a fast and fresh way to update your home. Please note – the image you see is a style trend I am following. This is not my work, but reflects an aesthetic I am obsessing over and using in my projects as you read.  Need styling help or have questions about this or other trends? Leave me a message!