I worked on this black and white master bath project a LONG time ago, but I’ve been sharing it on Instagram and remembered that I never shared it here on the blog. Then, my client actually moved out of her home right after we had her first install, so I never got a chance to get professional photos taken OR finish up the last couple of details. It’s a good thing I took decent(ish) photos with my phone, so I can share them with you!
I’ve been googling round mirrors for this corner of my living room for what seems like FOREVER! Searching through At Home (as always), I found this really beautiful round mirrored tray and HAD to have it (even though I didn’t know exactly what I would do with it). If you follow me on Instagram (you should be), you probably already saw a sneak peek of how I styled this tray. Initially, I thought to use it in one of the client projects I’m working on, but I just can’t part with it. Since I don’t have any hard surface in my apartment big enough to fit this tray, I had the idea to hang it on the wall. So, I attached some hanging wire to the back and put it in this corner.
I know you guys have heard me say, “Design rules, what rules?”. So, this post must seem like a total contradiction, I know. But, there are definitely some decorating mistakes you should avoid.
Let me first start off by saying that this is just my opinion, meaning if you think your home already looks awesome, you can just ignore me.
But, if you feel like your home is missing something…
Or, no matter what you buy or how many times you switch things up…
Your home looks, simply stated – OFF?
Then, you might be making some of these simple decorating mistakes:
Decorating Mistake #1 – Using bathroom rugs that fit around the toilet
Many people will probably disagree with this one, but the bath rugs that are shaped to fit the base of a toilet are a NO-NO. It’s a dated look that is slowly (too slowly) phasing out. Not only that, they’re also pretty gross. Instead, opt for a nice rug on the outside of the shower and/or the sink base, if needed. Bottom line – don’t use these rugs, please. Ever.
Here’s a cute design board to inspire your living room design. Last week, I showed you four different ways to style a sofa. I used one of the styles as the inspiration for this room. The look is elegant and fun, while using a mostly neutral color scheme.
The cream and honey brown colors are prominent and the added touches of blue bring in extra color and added interest. My use of these different patterns speak to my eclectic nature and EVERY room needs some black and a touch of metal. The honeycomb print rug is my favorite part of this room!
Styling a sofa is probably one of my favorite things to do (after space planning, of course), so I put together some fun ways to style a sofa with some of my favorite pillows.
If your living room is looking a bit boring and you want to make some changes on a budget, the first thing I always suggest is to change the pillows on the sofa. Update the pillows on your sofa and trust me, you’ll definitely see a difference. Then, the pillows you chose can be the start of a new color scheme and can inspire the decor in the rest of your home.
Here’s some great looks that you can implement in your own living room:
I love animal prints. I don’t have a particular favorite, but leopard and cheetah prints are usually my go-to patterns, because they go with ANY decor scheme! I love the look above, because the print is definitely hot and trendy, while also being a classic pattern that won’t go out of style. The tan, solid velvet pillows match the tan in the leopard print pillows and bring in a touch of glam.
How cute are the pillows above? The entire look screams, “FUN”! By including at least two of the florals on either side of the sofa, we get a balanced base to layer some eclectic pillows in front of. The “Into the Wild” pillow is green, but there’s green in the floral pillows, too. The deer pillow is mostly white and black accented with neon colors. White and black are both in the floral pillows and the “Into the Wild” pillow has white text.
I chose to match the colors on these pillows, but you don’t have to. I usually put a lot of thought into mixing patterns/pillows together, and in this case, I started with the florals. From there, I wanted to add pillows that spoke to my recent infatuation with the outdoors and nature. Both the “Into the Wild” and deer pillows are related to “the wild” and so are flowers. So, even if the colors didn’t match, the theme did. It would have still worked.
As you can see above, all your pillows don’t have to be square shaped. I love these two styles together; the look is so luxe! By using the larger, feather pillows in a square shape and the pebble pillows in a lumbar shape that’s smaller scaled, there’s even more interest to the sofa. The sofa looks extremely welcoming and comfortable, while also looking gorgeous and glam. [I used similar pillows in my living room reveal. Check it out.]
I used a neutral scheme in the above photo with cream and golden-tan. The shimmer of the leaf pillow gives the sofa an ultra glam look, while still being comfy with the large fur pillows in the back. I love how these pillows can easily match with your current decor, but by simply adding a colored pillow into the mix, you can get a different look.
Pillows are one of the most inexpensive ways to upgrade a space. If you’re looking for an update in your home, you can always try out some new pillows. If you don’t like the way they look in your space, most retailers accept refunds!
Feel free to use either of the above ideas in your own space, and if you need any help taking the next steps or getting started, check out my E-Decor services or contact me. I also sell pillow covers in my Etsy shop. Use code TWEETTWEET for 10% off. Check it out!
Which look is your favorite? Have you recently updated the pillows on your sofa?
I’m not ready for Scandal to be over with, which is crazy, because I should be relieved to give my heart some time to heal from all the ups and downs from the show this season!
After tonight I’m going to continually think about what we see tonight and what we saw these past few weeks. I’m going to think up excuses for why Cyrus or Jake did this and that and why I think Quinn is going to do this next and what I believe will be the big “scandals” of next season.
Being a designer, I’m constantly inspired by what I see all around me, including TV shows and movies. Each time I see another scene on Scandal, I’m discovering a new furnishing that makes me say, “Oooh, that’s cute”, “I need to see where that painting comes from”, and “I wonder what color the walls are”. I know, designers are crazy…
Although I love Keri Washington as an actress, I love Olivia Pope more, because I know her, right? (Right?)
Her apartment is also fab. I love how the set designers payed so much attention to detail, from the fabric choices of the window treatments down to the pillows on the sofa. The room has classic, traditional style. The color scheme of neutral browns and creams with pops of ocean blue is one of my favorite combinations.
So… because I love you all and I know you’re looking to get this look in your own home… I’ve created a living room board inspired by Olivia Pope’s apartment. Let me know what you think!
Do you love this Living Room design board? What’s your favorite set on Scandal? Have you been inspired from the show to decorate your own home?
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