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

 

My Thanksgiving Dining Area Refresh!

 

What is it about the upcoming holidays that makes me want to jazz up my dining area? Is it because we linger a little longer around the table with our loved ones during the shorter days? Maybe it is knowing that I will soon have family and friends joining us to eat, drink, and be thankful and merry. Whatever the reason, I have put together a full-proof way to give my eat-in nook a little Thanksgiving love! Feel free to borrow any and all of these ideas to spruce up your own home!

Thanksgiving Refresh: Take One…Change out the lighting!

If you follow me at all, you know I believe lighting makes or breaks a room. It is literally the quickest change for maximum impact you can make in decorating. Right now I have a glass school house pendant hanging over my pub height espresso finished table with countertop height stools. It’s a bit dark in the kitchen nook, so to shed some light in this area (pun intended) I am purchasing this gorgeous wood bead chandelier to give the entire space some southern charm!

Thanksgiving Refresh: Take Two… Add a different host and hostess chair to anchor the table!

Nothing will make your husband feel more like a king of his castle then by adding this very fun change to your dining chair situation. It’s as easy as removing your current end chairs and popping in either a different color or style of chair to instantly update your table. Right now, all of my dining table chairs are espresso wood countertop height chairs with backs. I am grabbing these two gorgeous pieces to glam up our eat-in nook AND the cream color will lighten up the space! (Plus the distressed lighter wood will look great with the lighter wood pieces in my entry way… our home is open concept, so it is fun mixing pieces to create separate looks in this huge room).

Thanksgiving Refresh: Take Three… Swap out dark lamps on the buffet for lighter ones!

The buffet behind our dining room table is a gorgeous piece my husband brought to our marriage. It is old-school Tommy Bahama in a wood a little bit lighter than espresso. I currently have a gorgeous gilded mirror hanging above it and have anchored each end of this piece with two retro metal palm tree lamps. The wall behind this furniture is a light cocoa, so we have a LOT of dark on dark. I definitely want to continue my mission of bringing light to this area and cream lamps will definitely do the trick!

Thanksgiving Refresh: Take Four… Add some fun Thanksgiving-style dinnerware and Voilà… You are FINISHED!

I could write a book on all the fun ways to set your holiday dinner table, but I will be super brief today. My favorite way to entertain a large crowd is by having a table top they won’t forget. Start white dinner plates and then pop in some fun Thanksgiving-themed salad plates on top.  The week before Turkey day, grab the kids and hunt fresh pinecones to display on a copper platter in the center of your table and then pop in some tea light candles in various places on the tray. Then leave room for  all the food and fixings… be sure to serve them in beautiful dishes. Gold silverware is a must and don’t forget the good drinking glasses…a mix of your best champagne flutes, highballs, and water goblets will look beautiful twinkling in all that candlelight.

 

 

From my house to yours…. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Melissa

Melissa K. Wright Design

 

 

The Details on this GORGEOUS Dining Room!

I have been blessed with the perfect clients. They are sweet, funny, and have allowed me to help them select almost every stitch of décor and furniture for their amazing new home. We started with a meeting back in February of this year and I was totally excited to find out that the house was literally just concrete and studs.

I won’t lie and say I wasn’t overwhelmed at the thought of making BIG design decisions for this 22 room spectacular. But I was reminded by a dear friend of an old adage that always rings true…. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That saying has helped keep me focused as we made each design choice, from each light fixture to each piece of furniture. It has been my total pleasure to see this house become a home.

So I decided I should blog about each room and share with you the details. Even though we still have tons of projects left, I wanted to begin with the dining room. It all started with a gorgeous farmhouse table. My clients are Scott and Jennifer. His taste leans toward modern and hers is very Joanna, so it was my job to help them see how we could combine the two and find industrial elements to help create a one-of-a- kind look.  I created a design board for the formal dining room and the first thing we decided was the gorgeous Pengrove Dining Table from Wayfair was a must. From there, cream tufted Pompon side chairs for the guests, and the same chair for the host and hostess, but in grey, were purchased. Finally, we all agreed the Weston 6 light chandelier would do the trick for overhead lighting and voilà, the bones of the dining room were complete!  That was the easy part.

Deciding on a sideboard and wall sconces to flank each side of an arched piece of glass that looks into the wine cellar… that took a  bit more time. Scott and Jen found a gorgeous piece in Savannah that would serve as the sideboard and it just so happened to have round gold handles. I instantly fell in love and new we needed some dark paint for the arched niches on either side of the piece and add gold wall sconces. And that’s just what we did! (The paint color for the niches is Storm Cloud by Sherwin Williams and the Mid-Century Retro Wall Sconces can be found at Shades of Light).  Jen found a fabulous gold mirror we had originally decided for the guest bath, but it ended up looking amazing when paired with the sconces and sideboard, so up it went.

Décor for the table and sideboard was easy – I wanted to keep a modern feel, so three gold trays host sets of three metallic candle holders that trail down the center of the table. The décor is low enough to not need to be removed during dinner parties and we can have the candle holders refilled with soy based candles from 7th Apothecary in Tampa each season. For the side board, I popped in a blue bowl with a gold base and Scott added a collection of beloved wine corks. To the right of that, a modern gold decorative sits a top a leather bound wine journal for commenting on those great bottles this couple will surely enjoy with family and friends.

I cannot tell you how much I adore this space, but knowing the fun memories that will be created here just makes my heart happy!

 

 

Let your home tell your story.

I am a self-proclaimed lover of all things design. My eyes literally seek out the art in everyday living! If you think about it, art is EVERYWHERE… from the way you stack your books on your nightstand, to the way the light dances off of your glass of wine. You can find joy in aesthetics, and your home should not only be aesthetically pleasing, it should also tell your story.

What I mean by that is, you should fill your home with items that you LOVE… that tell a story. That tell YOUR story. They should reflect the colors that are soothing to you, or the décor that reminds you of that amazing vacation you took with your family, or remind you of the town you grew up in, or give a nod to the town you live in now. Or better yet, a blending of all of those things! All too many times my clients think of their homes as… dare I write it… THEMED. “I want a beach look,” or “I LOVE Joanna Gaines! Please let’s do shabby chic + Farmhouse.”

Luckily I believe there is no right or wrong way to style your home as long as YOU love it, BUT… and this is a BIG BUT, I prefer a mixed eclectic home that screams REAL PEOPLE LIVE HERE! I prefer a home that lets everyone know these items were carefully selected to make us (and you) feel comfortable and remind us to live in the present, appreciate our surroundings, and never take anything for granted. I prefer a place that sends the message: This house is our home.

You can have your farmhouse look and all the grey paint with white shiplap you can find, but a real home is one where you can mix trends with those family heirlooms, and even add a few modern pieces to achieve your own individual look.

Need help getting your home to tell your story? I know a girl who can help.

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!