Don't forget the bling

Hi all, I’m sharing another client design plan today and this one I think we can all relate to.  Let’s talk about mixing textures.  The word texture can apply to many things.  In this plan it is all about the furniture.  My goal with this plan was to make it feel sophisticated, yet comfy and family friendly.   My client loves neutrals, so there are no bright pops of color with this plan, it’s all about the textures in the space.

Neutral design plan

There’s a gorgeous dark leather sofa that will remain in the space, so I wanted to add lighter finished woods with the media console and cocktail table to lighten things up a bit.  We’re off to a good start with the textures.  Think leather plus bleached, gray toned woods with dark rustic metal hardware.  Looks great, right?  But what’s missing?


via via Pinterest

The bling!  Isn’t this space just TO DIE FOR?!  I seriously want to frame this photo, just so I can look at it all the time.  Obviously, this space has a whole lot of bling, but you get the idea.  Particularly in a neutral space, you need some sparkle.  That’s your pop.



Here’s another look that’s a bit more subdued, but no less beautiful.  Of course, you notice the mirror right away, but what about the acrylic table, the silver floor lamp.  These two things also offer a bit of shine in the space.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be in your face, like my first example above.  For most of us, it would be more subtle.


Neutral design plan

Here’s another look at the design plan.  Can you see my bling?  The hexagon side table in nickel, the mirrored chest and the mercury glass accessories add subtle sparkle to this sophisticated, yet neutral plan.  We now have leather, gray washed wood tones and dark rustic hardware with a pop of bling.  Perfect.

Remember, if you have a neutral space, mixing textures is a must.  Be sure to add in a bit of sparkle and you will be on your way to a beautiful space.














Always have a plan B

I’m not sure how many of you are like me, but I like to be prepared.  I like to have a plan and I like to stick with it.  I’m sure it has something to do with that first born thing, but it’s just the way I am.  I’ve never been a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl and I probably never will be.  But, I have to say, this personality trait serves me well most of the time.  Friday’s presentation was a great example of this and I wanted to share it with you.  Remember my office update?  You can read about it here.

Office design plan

I’ll be honest, I loved this plan.  The beautiful grassy green and graphic black and white Schumacher fabrics pop and create a gorgeous focal point for the space.  This was the first thing I presented to my client on Friday.  She did like it, but I could tell she didn’t love it like I did, so what did I do?  I pulled out plan B, which is also gorgeous and will be an amazing addition to this office space.


plan b

You can see that the rug and paint color remain the same.  We’re still using Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis, but now in citrine with pillows and roman blinds in Camberwell Vase, also by Schumacher.  I love the softness of it.  Add in the textured vases and this is still a stand out plan.

Okay, so I know you’re saying to yourself, that’s great Lori, glad it worked out for you, but what does this mean to me?  Well, I think the rule of plan B applies to all of us, whether you’re decorating for someone else or for your own home.  It’s about flexibility.  When you create a design plan for your home, keep your options open.  This will not only give you more choices, but can also help with your budget and who doesn’t want that?

For example, perhaps you find the perfect piece of artwork for your master bedroom and you’re convinced that only shades of plum will work with it.  Prepare a plan B by also pulling out the shades of green in the artwork that will also work in the room.  Once your out shopping and putting the room together you may find that there are more options in green than plum.  Since you had a plan b in place, you’re prepared to go forward with another option.  You might also find that there are items at better price points in shades of green, so plan B would be more budget friendly as well.

Of course, this is not the only way to design your room, but in my experience, having a plan B can really be a lifesaver in the end.  It’s something I would never be without.

Have a great day and I see you back here on Wednesday!