Signature Style: Fearless Wallpaper

 

For this installment of Signature Style, I'll be discussing Fearless Wallpaper - and what it can do for your space. As you scroll through some of these images, you may be reminded of this post. Well, to be fair, my favorite projects are the ones that include a few of my favorite themes - not just one. 

As a designer, you know your work has themes when strangers slide into your Insta DMs with WOWZA wallpaper pics. Side note, wallpaper fanatics are the only people hitting up those DMs - I'm cool with it. 

So why do I love wallpaper? I truly love a GOOD print. I love something that's totally different and POPS. That said, all wallpaper is not created equal. While I tend to push wallpaper where possible, there are a lot of bad options out there. I like my wallpaper to be totally original, colorful and have a bit of a kick. Think flamingos and birds of paradise. 

While I can find a use for wallpaper in any room, there are a few spaces that I find accept this look well. First and foremost, powder rooms are the perfect places to put paper. Wallpaper is pricier than paint, so using it a small space helps you to cut costs. It's also a room where you aren't matching back to much, so you can go BOLD and have it be its own thing.

I don't care for painted accent walls, but I do like wallpapered ones. Wallpaper works well as an accent in offices or behind headboards. Lining all four of your room's walls requires a lot of commitment. If you are just looking to dip your toes into this theme, just select one wall.

If you are brave enough to go BOLD, gimmie a call. Let's talk paper! 

Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Fearless Wallpaper
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Fearless Wallpaper
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Fearless Wallpaper
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Fearless Wallpaper
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Fearless Wallpaper
 

Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery

 

The goal of my projects is to have them reflect my client's personal style. I want the home to look like them, with my guiding hand. That said, there are a few themes I work into many of my designs. These themes are the what I like to think attract clients to me. They are part of my "signature style."

I'm starting a series that highlights these themes - or trends if you will. I hesitate to call them trends, because I find them to be pretty timeless. For this first round, let's look at velvet upholstery.

To say I am a dedicated fan of this look is an understatement. What I'm really digging is jewel-toned velvet specifically. I enjoy working with clients who share this same sentiment. I've been blessed to work with some amazing clients who have a similar style to mine. It's a match made in heaven when a client comes to me, looking for velvet upholstery. It is a regal look that doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. It can totally transform a space and often becomes the room's star piece.

Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery
Michelle Gage // Signature Style: Velvet Upholstery

I'll continue with this series by talking about other themes you can see within my design work. If there is any trend you've noticed, comment below. 

 

The Importance of Vintage Portraits with Chairish

 

I have been selling vintage goodies on Chairish for about two years now. A few months back, they reached out to me about my love of painted vintage portraits. I jumped at the opportunity to write a post for their blog about my obsession. This story is up on their site now and I'd love it if you would check it out. Head over to their blog to see the rest of the places where I've put portraits

Michelle Gage // The Importance of Vintage Portraits with Chairish
 

Product Round Up: 10 Artfully Bold Rugs + Choosing The Right Size

 
Michelle Gage // Product Round Up: 10 Artfully Bold Rugs + Choosing The Right Size

Let me start by saying, I cannot recommend this rug more! 

While many would argue that paint is the best way to transform your drab room, I tend to disagree. I am a big believer that your rug choice is what matters most. First and foremost, you want a rug that is the right size for your space. A "too tiny rug" can instantly kill the room's vibe.

One common mistake that I see homeowners make is choosing a 5'x8' rug when their room is really in need of an 8'x10' or larger. If you're overcome with rug size shame right now, think of it this way....Say the average room in your home is 12'x15'. If you shrink the furniture foot print to be placed on a 5'x8' rug, you're selling your space short.

Michelle Gage // Product Round Up: 10 Artfully Bold Rugs + Choosing The Right Size

Next, you'll want to pay attention to style. Now, not every room calls for rugs that are so colorful. If you have a seriously saturated or perfectly patterned sofa, you might want to go neutral with your rug. However, if your space is a bit too BLAH, I suggest you kick up the color and pull out a fun pattern. These ten rugs are sure to make an artfully bold impact in any space. Pay attention to price when selecting the right rug. Areas to splurge: living room, master bedroom. Areas to save: dining room, kid's room. Keep in mind, only you determine what is worth it. A $1200 rug is a splurge piece to some and savings to others.

Michelle Gage // Product Round Up: 10 Artfully Bold Rugs + Choosing The Right Size

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So there you have it - size and style are what matter most. Still not convinced? Check out this story to see what the right rug can do for your room! 

 

Trend Watch: Emerald Interiors

 
 source: eclectictrends.com

source: eclectictrends.com

 source: behance.net

source: behance.net

 source: johannabradford.se

source: johannabradford.se

 source: instagram.com/highfashionhome

source: instagram.com/highfashionhome

 source: planete-deco.fr

source: planete-deco.fr

There is no doubt that jewel toned interiors are becoming increasingly popular. These tones read as regal and moody. Emerald is one of those colors that can play double duty. In some settings, this shade can act as a welcomed burst of color. In other spaces, it's seen as more of a neutral. It is safe to say that this color has staying power. 

If you love the look but are a bit cautious about adding such a bold tone into your space, start small. A dark green velvet headboard is sure to make a bold statement in your bedroom. However, you can dip your toes into this trend with some square pillows. In your dining room, invest in a rich green rug rather than a grouping of chairs. Wallpaper is another exciting way to experiment with this trend. Select one that balances the evergreen tone with some neutrals. 

For more inspiration on emerald interiors, check out my articles for Domino, here and here.