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!

 

 

 

My Take on the Future of Interior Design

HGTV. Magnolia. Southern Living. This Old House. Coastal Living. In Style. Instagram. Pinterest. This is my current situation. All of these magazines are neatly stacked on my bed side table, along with my iPhone for nightly check-ins on social media. I, like you, am inundated with all the visual interior design eye-candy my brain can handle. Home Design is having a continued moment and inspiration is EVERYWHERE thanks to social media, DIY television, and online vendors like Wayfair, Joss & Main, and Houzz. How will our insta-gratification, Amazon Prime two- day delivery, DIY, high-tech world change the future of design? Here is what I think….

 

From Omniscient Lead Designer to Collaborator –

Interior Designers are no longer the ONLY source to consider when home owners start thinking about changing paint colors, selecting new furniture, or knocking out that wall that closes the kitchen off from the living room. Gone are the days of a client having “no clue” about what they want in terms of style or a change. I definitely credit our social media frenzied world… AND it is not a bad thing. Back in the day, interior designers would meet with a client, ask a few questions, measure spaces, make all of the choices and purchases, do the installation, and send a bill. Today’s consumer is a lot savvier. A LOT.

Now a home owner can scroll through their feed, get inspired, research, pin, and watch DIY videos on practically any design topic thanks to Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and YouTube. So where does that leave interior designers and home stylists? That’s easy! In my opinion, our job has always been to inspire others using our own creativity. It is our job to help our clients find the style that tells THEIR story. We help them figure out what looks they adore so they can love where they live. And we do this through collaboration.

 

How it Works – 

I still meet with clients in person (unless they are out of state and we FaceTime). I still ask a zillion questions. I still measure spaces. I still create concept boards, BUT I present them using platforms where my client can comment and pin his or her own ideas after seeing mine. I am the spring board. I help pull it all together. I answer questions about furniture placement and contrasting colors and what décor will compliment a space. I still go shopping, but now I ask my client to come along. I am still there on installation day, but as a collaborator with lots of experience. I don’t pull the trigger on purchases, my clients do. My job is to help clients find their own personal style and layer in trends they like, knowing they can easily be replaced later. It is total team work. I form an alliance with my clients and it works like magic.

Embracing the Future –

Collaborator. Design Advice Giver. The Woman with an Eye. The Problem Solver. Partner. Therapist. Inspiration Creator. Cheerleader. Budget Keeper.   I can confidently say these are my titles. I love the thought of marrying the ideas of consumer and stylist to produce beautiful spaces everyone can enjoy. This is what makes me happy.  This is the future of interior design.

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Creating a Farmhouse Powder Room for $155

It has been a super busy summer at Melissa K. Wright Design and I have to tell you, Joanna Gaines has made my job fairly straight forward lately. Unless you have been under a rock for the last few years, you probably know Joanna and Chip from their famous Fixer-Upper franchise. I also have to tell you that I have been fighting the farmhouse trend HARD. Not because I don’t think it looks great or feels homey, I just feel like it is a tad overdone. AND if you have read any of my other blogs, you know I really try to stretch my clients to embrace their own individual style with the mindset that we will layer in trends (and delete them when they have worn out their welcome).

Despite my wariness for Farmhouse, it truly is what most of my clients have been asking for this year. So without further ado, here is my cheat sheet for creating the perfect farmhouse inspired powder room for under $155.00! This design is particularly for those guest powder rooms under a staircase or tucked away past your entrance hall. Think small space, pedestal sink, builder-grade mirror and lighting.

Step one – Make the wall with pedestal sink, mirror, and lighting your statement wall by painting it Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204. You will only need a quart which is not very expensive, BUT if you want a cheaper grade of paint, take this sample to Home Depot and you can grab a quart for about $10-$15.

Step two – Replace the builder grade lighting you currently have with Design House 519892 Galvanized Kimball Reversible 1 Light sconce. It comes with an Edison light bulb and you can get this beauty for $27.41 at Builder.com.

Step three – Take down the builder grade mirror and replace it with this white weathered round one. CTW Dutch Round Wall Mirror 400046 from National Furniture Supply. It retails for $72.20. At 22 inches in diameter, it is perfect for a small powder room.

 

 

Step four – Hang this super cute Wash sign on any empty wall. This one is only $25 from Etsy’s Milk and Cream Signs.

Step five – Add this green vintage style soap pump from Pier 1 to the sink vanity. It retails for $13.60.

Step six: Add this Black Villa Stripe Towel from Cost Plus World Market for $3.99. I love the fringe detailing on the bottom and you can just hang it over the sink or pop it on your hand towel rack if you have one.

As I always say, “It’s all in the details!”  You certainly don’t have to break the bank to create an entire new look for any space in your home, and at this price, you can certainly delete this look when it has passed it’s prime!

Happy Decorating and if you use any of these ideas, please send me some photos and I will post them on my Instagram page!

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The perfect recipe for styling your home.

What does an onion, a piece of plywood, and the movie The Family Stone have in common? LAYERS! I know that is a super weird intro to a blog about home design, but let me explain.

I have written before that I truly have an eye for detail. So much so that it can literally drive me insane. However, when I get lost in a good movie (or even a commercial, for that matter) my eye goes to the silent actors in the room… the furniture, the art on the walls, even the floors and lighting. To me, they all take part in telling the story. For instance, in The Family Stone, you have this coming together of a family at the holidays. They all meet up at their childhood home, but now they are adults. The home reflects the layers of their life – from the family photos on the wall, to the trophies on the bookcase, all the way to the almost untouched childhood bedrooms of the character’s youth. You can see how they adored wallpaper at one time (and what do you know, it has come back around again)! The six-inch wide wooden floor planks are worn by years of coming and going by family and friends in the entrance hall, and all of the cooking and meal sharing in the kitchen can be seen by the marks on the farmhouse table. Every inch of the home tells the story of this family’s life. The home is a beautiful character that never utters a word, but the audience can feel its presence. How powerful is that? This is what I aspire to achieve not only in my own home, but also with my clients and their homes.

So what is the recipe for having a perfectly styled home? Thankfully the answer is there is no one set way to do this. My stock advice will always be: Let your home tell your story. Carefully select things you absolutely love and bring you joy. Layer away! Different textiles and metals can be mixed. Mid-century modern furniture will look fresh when mingled in with some rustic pieces. The best part is you don’t have to break the bank to have a beautiful designer home. All it takes is a little time to move things around and experiment. The old dresser your great-aunt gave you can look brand new and modern if you paint it or apply some wall paper to the front facings. Changing out a light fixture can literally shed new light and style in any room. PAINT is your friend and can be the quick update you always wanted. Experiment. Layer. Love where you live. These are the words to live by. Aspire to make your home a beautiful character.

Great advice: Take your sweet time when styling your house!

Want some great home styling advice? Here’s a total jewel: SLOW DOWN. This advice applies to most things in life. We live in such a fast paced, “I WANT IT YESTERDAY” world that when it comes to building a new house, renovating an existing home, or just decorating your space, you may rush through because that is how you are conditioned. However, my advice is SLOW DOWN. Take a breath. Today’s trends may not be what you love in two years and wouldn’t you hate it if you spent a ton of money on that shiplap wall only to detest it a little bit down the road? (P.S. I am not against shiplap, and if it’s your thing, by all means – pull the trigger). But my advice today is enjoy the ride of home designing and home styling. Go to your local flea markets or shop locally and find that special something that speaks to you. Read blogs, chat with different designers, peruse Pinterest and really hone in on what makes you happy. But don’t rush it.

I have been in more houses than I care to count that physically look like someone watched HGTV at different periods in their life and added a bit of this and a bit of that – to the point that the house looks disorganized and chunky. Don’t make the same costly mistake. Really think about how any design work or new styling will work from an aesthetic standpoint to a functional one too. You don’t have to style your new home in a day. You know what they say about Rome. Take your time. Finish one project at a time and for heaven’s sake, if you need a sounding board or someone to create idea boards for you, reach out to me and let’s set up a time to chat!