When it comes to home design, we love a good mood board, and we’re all for collecting inspirational images on Pinterest, but nothing can replace the ease of working with an interior designer when you want to see a room come together fast (and on a budget!)
Here’s why: our designers have access to the best pricing–thanks to Laurel & Wolf’s longstanding relationships with all the best retailers and wholesalers–and they have years of experience in creating spaces that are deeply personal to their clients.
With this in mind, we asked a few of our favorite designers if they would be willing to spill their best design secrets; the hacks they use time and again, when they want to do a quick room makeover.
Focus on a Focal Wall
Interior designer Lori Evans suggests honing in on one or two areas in your space. Love color? Paint one wall your favorite color and let everything pop! Love texture? Create a statement wall with some appeal. “Wood strips from your local home improvement store, wallpaper with some texture and fake brick paneling can enhance your room and make everything look richer,” she said.
Consider New Coffee Table Accessories
“Pick a great tray that is a different material than the table and fill it with a succulent, coffee table book, and decorative items,” said Rebekah Correll, an interior designer from Charlotte, North Carolina. “Use different heights and textures to give a layered look.”
Slipcovers and Pillows are Your Friends
Your red floral sofa may be too busy for the room and might be throwing everything into disarray. So, Lori suggests opting for a neutral slipcover and injecting personality with fun, colorful pillows. “Pick up on the wall color, the rug or even the artwork,” she said. “Mix patterns and go crazy! My formula is typically a pattern, a solid and a geometric. Keep the colorways somewhat cohesive and you’re in business.”
Create a Professional-Looking Gallery Wall
Rebekah suggests incorporating your art, family photos, and hanging plates and other cute knick-knacks from around the house. “This is a super easy, inexpensive way to fill up a wall,” she added.
Buy a New (And Probably Larger) Rug
One major design mistake is buying a rug that’s too small for your space. Lori said your carpet should go underneath the furniture pieces, at least the front legs. “If it’s floating out in the middle, it’s making the room look smaller and choppy,” she said. “You can ground the space with a nice, new, big rug.” Lori’s favorites: a Seagrass woven look or soft, patterned rug.
Shop Your Home
Gwendolyn Gibbish, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, believes it’s important to take stock of what you already own before making a fresh start. “Take a second look at pieces you might have hidden away in a closet or rearrange pieces from other rooms in a new space to make them feel different and updated,” she said.
If you ask us, the Fourth of July can’t come soon enough! It’s the perfect moment to gather friends and family ’round and enjoy some much needed downtime–while consuming as much barbecue, corn on the cob and apple pie as possible!
With the holiday fast approaching, we’ve rounded up a few easy and budget-friendly ways to add some Fourth of July flair to your home, in case you’ve already volunteered to host the party this year, but haven’t planned it out yet. Don’t worry, we get it (and we’ve got you covered).
How cute are these festive banners? If you’re not a big fan of decorating on a theme (or feeling a little lazy) a banner is an easy way to give the nod to the holiday and can be hung in minutes.
Image via Pottery Barn
Red, White and Blue Mason Jars
Place small bouquets of your favorite summery flowers in homespun Mason jars! Start painting them tonight and they will ready to go by morning.
Image via Vivas Flower Shop
One of our favorite hacks: Place folded red, white and blue linens underneath your plates. Your Insta-worthy table is set!
Image via Southern Living
Americana Bar Cart
No holiday is complete without some tasty refreshments! Set out fresh juices and seasonal fruits and let your guests fix themselves a cocktail or two.
Fringe–the boho-inspired fashion trend beloved by the music festival crowd–is now poised to become one of the hottest home decor trends of the summer. This quirky style has been on the rise ever since it hit the fashion runways in Paris and New York for the Fall 2018 shows.
But, here’s the thing: you don’t have to be a slave to fashion or even nostalgic for the design vibes of the 70s to be on board with fringe at home. There are plenty of easy ways to elevate this look and make it more current than ever, from one-of-a-kind lamps to textured pillows and throws. Take a look!
In Your Bedroom
We love this decorative blanket, which adds an elegant touch while also checking the box on yet another hot style for summer–neutrals. This lightweight throw is an easy piece that can work in your bedroom or living room all season long.
Image via Amazon
In Your Dining Room
When’s the last time you made an update to your dining room? If you can’t remember, it’s been too long. There are so many fun chandelier options right now, but this one is making a strong case for a fringed style. As you can see, it makes a chic statement without totally dominating the space.
Image via Decorpad
In Your Living Room
According to Pinterest, searches for fringe pillows have soared 336% this year! Add a dash of texture to your sofa with a variety of fringe pillows, in colors that will brighten your mood.
Image via Lonny
In Your Backyard
Catch some shade in style this summer underneath a fringe umbrella! This vintage-looking piece is surprisingly versatile and instantly adds a bit of poolside glamour to the backyard.
Image via World Market
If you want an expert’s help with incorporating fringe into your home, just reach out! Our designers can help you incorporate your favorite trends into your home, without going overboard.
With less than two weeks to go, the countdown to summer is on! After months spent indoors, it’s time to break out your patio furniture and spruce things up a bit before your first al fresco dinner of the season. We know you have a lot going on (and don’t want to spend a fortune!) so we asked a few of our favorite designers at Laurel & Wolf to provide some quick and budget-friendly tips to update your outdoor space.
Light It Up
“Lighting can set the mood and provide a greater sense of intimacy for larger spaces,” said Andrea Slodowicz, an interior designer based in Miami. “Look for umbrellas with built-in string lights for an easy and quick upgrade, or hang extra-large solar paper lanterns above a conversation area for a fun and simple focal point.”
Image by Simon Upton
Update your plant collection with pedestals and garden stools to create different heights. “Start with tall plants then use the pedestal and garden stool for mid-size plants and, last but not least, place plants that ‘spill’ over the edge of the pot on the floor,” said interior designer Luisa Lashman, who also works out of Miami.
Image via Better Homes and Gardens
In the area where you entertain, make it welcoming by layering in different textures. “A light blanket and pillows add softness while brass lanterns and mirrored trays deliver on that extra oomph,” Andrea added.
Image via Elle Decor
“One thing I have been recommending to clients who like to grill and entertain outside, is to include an outdoor bar cart,” said Rebekah Correll, an interior designer who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. “It is the perfect way to prep your food for the grill or transport food and beverages out to your guests!”
Don’t forget your walls! “Add a vertical herb garden for a touch of greenery,” said Andrea. “If your outdoor area is small, you can use the walls to hang foldable tables and chairs for additional storage space, too.”
Rebekah also suggests incorporating some outdoor artwork on an otherwise unused side of the home. “There are a lot of manufacturers who sell this and people don’t think to hang art outside,” she added.
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“Bring in a fireplace to roast marshmallows and have people gather around all year long,” Andrea suggested. More ideas: a wicker hanging chair, bocce court, oversized lighting and shuffleboard.
At Laurel & Wolf, we believe you’re never too young to get inspired by great design! Creating a functional space for your little one is important but there is also plenty of room during the design process to encourage exploration and create moments that will delight your child’s imagination.
The perfect example of this is Valeria Girimonte and Alexis Bernard‘s new space for their daughter, Camille. With the help of one of our designers, Estie Kessler, they wanted to create a romantic, playful and serene room that wasn’t too babyish or feminine.
Photo by Michelle Kenyon
“When I found the wallpaper, I really fell in love with it and wanted to build the room around it,” Valeria said. “I was traveling back and forth to Asia at the time and the highlight of my 16-hour flight was to see what Estie was coming up with.” Estie agreed, adding the wallpaper was the perfect choice to add a bold accent while still keeping the small space bright.
Estie completed Camille’s room with a patterned rug from Lulu & Georgia, a teepee from AllModern, comfy sheepskin from Pottery Barn and light figure from RH Baby & Child. “Updating a light fixture or adding a fresh coat of paint are great ways to refresh a space but if budget is a concern, just changing to lighter bedding can transform a room for spring and summer,” said Estie.
Photo by Valeria Giramonte
Camille enjoys reading books, so Estie also included a bookshelf from AllModern. “I love to read and wanted my kids to grow up with that same passion,” said Valeria. “Having a bookcase was important and filling it up with the books of amazing role women, including Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Coco Channel, Frida Kahlo, felt great. I wanted to be able to tell bedtime stories with strong female role models.”
From inspiring books to whimsical design, Camille’s new room has it all. If you’re also thinking about redesigning a room or two in your space, get paired with a designer on our platform today!
At Laurel & Wolf, we love a good before and after story. The more dramatic, the better! Most importantly, we believe every home transformation comes down to creating a space that perfectly reflects your style and makes you happy. Check out a few of the most amazing before and afters we’ve completed; maybe they will inspire you to start your own redesign!
Catt, a former E! News host, loves a glam space and asked us to help create an elevated room that was ready for entertaining. “I think my personal style is warm and inviting, but also errs on the minimal side. I despise clutter or too much of anything. I don’t over accessorize when I get dressed, and I certainly don’t want too many knick-knacks in my home,” Catt told us. “Less is more.”
We kept some of Catt’s favorite pieces, including a mid-century modern credenza and added some new pieces, including lucite and gold pieces that dialed up the sophistication.
The Scandal actress was getting ready to welcome a baby into her home and wanted to create a family-friendly space that felt relaxed yet formal. “The night before we moved in, I was crying. There’s something about when you’re growing up, moving from your cool place into a not cool place, deciding to have a family,” Katie said. “We really needed a lot of help trying to get some of our spunk and pizazz back.”
For the formal living room, we offset more traditional materials with modern shapes and incorporated luxe materials like burl wood, velvet and brass.
Joy The Baker (Joy Wilson)
Joy, a New Orleans-based food blogger and cookbook author, loves to collect keepsakes on her travels, so we wanted to blend those treasured collectibles into the room to create a warm space that reflected her personality.
“Function is very important to me,” she told us. “I like things to look pretty, but I also need them to work. I need to be able to toss flour around the kitchen and not worry that an $800 bowl might break.”
We helped Joy turn her home (abandoned since Katrina) into an inviting space to launch her Bakeshop, a spot for entertaining, testing recipes and cooking classes. “Now that the design process is done, I feel like I finally have the confidence and the excitement to invite people in here,” she said.
As the unofficial first day of summer, Memorial Day is the perfect time to get your space ready for those impromptu Saturday evening cocktail parties and lazy evenings spent at home. Before you start shopping and Pinning, check out our summer trend guide to get those design juices flowing!
Woven Hanging Chairs
The boho-chic chair of your dreams is here and it’s less expensive than you probably think! This whimsical piece will take you right back to those summer afternoons spent as a child in your outdoor hammock. Read a book, listen to some music or just swing away. Add a macrame pillow or faux fur throw to complete the look.
Maintaining plants at home can be hard, especially if you travel a lot, so consider adding some green to your space with a selection of fun prints and patterns. A few options: Try a removable wallpaper in a tropical print or palm-leaf pillows on your couch or bed.
Take a page out of your grandmother’s design playbook and embrace chintz! It doesn’t have to be froufrou, though. A chintz-upholstered headboard or living room chair adds a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space without going overboard.
Images via Architectural Digest / Kemble Interiors
As you know, a great rug can serve as the foundation for any room. But that doesn’t mean it has to blend in! A show-stopping rug can also add a much-needed splash of color and texture to your space and instantly brighten up your mood! If you want to make your living room Insta-worthy, a statement rug will quickly do the trick.
Kitchen makeovers are notoriously pricey and so overwhelming that many skip them altogether. From cabinets to flooring to backsplashes, it can be hard to know where to begin!
That’s where Laurel & Wolf comes in. Our interior designers know exactly how to transform a space on a budget. So, when our friends at Good Morning America called us recently, to see if we could quickly remodel the outdated kitchen of one of their viewers, we got to work. See the results here!
As you can see, we got a lot done in just a few days! We started by painting the walls light blue and replaced the old backsplash with a new peel-and-stick backsplash made out of real stone.
We placed faux marble tile flooring on top of the old linoleum (also peel and stick!) and swapped out the stainless steel hardware for bronze pieces. A few of our favorite finishing touches include bright light fixtures and a shiny new porcelain sink.
Feeling inspired? Laurel & Wolf is ready to help you star in your own kitchen makeover. Get started now!
Fashion’s biggest event of the year–the Met Gala–took New York City by storm last night, with Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Kate Moss, Blake Lively and many more stars, models and designers celebrating the grand opening of the exhibition “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
If you like fashion, there is no bigger night to stay home, constantly refresh Instagram and take in all those gorgeous gowns. If home design is more your thing (yes!), the red carpet also happens to serve as the ultimate inspiration for your space.
Images via Getty/Architectural Digest
As we’ve reported, red is a hot color for 2018. Think more Valentino red (bright and bold) as opposed to a more muted shade. If you’re looking for some inspiration, let this beautiful gown serve as your guide!
Make a Statement
Images via Getty/Domino
From a statement ceiling to a bold accent wall, eye-catching pops of color and wallpaper in bold patterns have been embraced like never before! We loved Amal Clooney’s bespoke trouser look, but it was her rose and lily-printed train that got our attention! Could you see this print in your home?
Images via Getty/Luxxu
If you want to instantly add a bit of glamour to your space, go for a gilded bar cart, luxe armchairs or golden light fixtures. After seeing Kate Bosworth’s angelic gown with flecks of gold, we fell in love with this romantic hue all over again.
When it comes to design, mom really does know best. Yes, she’s made a few style mistakes over the years (the 1980s was a tricky decade for all of us!) but, for the most part, she always had an excellent eye for what works and what doesn’t.
So, in honor of Mother’s Day, Laurel & Wolf staffers are sharing the best design lessons learned from their moms. Read on, and then call your mama.
“Your home is your personal refuge. Create a space that makes you happy.”
My mom taught me not to worry about the latest and greatest design trends. “Whatever your personal style is–although it may be different from mine–you should embrace it,” she said. That means choosing colors that make me happy and not being afraid to bling it up a bit, if that brings me joy. She encouraged me to let my personality shine through and create a home that reflects who I am. –Marisa Trichter, Marketing Manager
Images via Old Brand New / Inside Out
“Never be afraid to mix colors and patterns.”
It can add a lot of dimension and liveliness to a room when it’s done right! With that as well, always curate your collection whether it’s pillows, art, or accessories. Editing one or two items in the space can make a huge difference without breaking the bank. –Brittney Morrow, Manager of Client Operations
I think mothers often know best when it comes to their kids and in my case, that’s definitely true. The best advice she’s given me is to be bold and true to yourself. This is actually very reflective of the style and design aesthetic I’ve developed over the years. The design choices I make are the physical form of my personality. –Sarah Raj, UX/UI Designer
“Surround yourself with things you love. It’s OK to splurge every now and then!”
My mom had amazing taste, but when I was little, her approach to design was a little too sophisticated for me (I preferred rainbow-printed wallpaper and Care Bear pillows!) Now, I’ve come to embrace the idea of “investment pieces” and spending a little more on the things I love. –Amy Wicks, Head of Editorial and Community