4 FAVORITE WAYS WE LOVE TO MAKE A ROOM COZY

When we initially meet with clients about their future projects, often words out of their mouths are: “I love ‘x’ style, but I really want it to be cozy and approachable.” This is exactly how I came up with our mission Liveable Glamour.

So, I wanted to chat about a few things that I feel make a space cozy for all different types of style!

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1. ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE AREA RUGS

LISA GILMORE DESIGN, SEAMUS PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY

Hands down, no question about it. An antique, vintage (or really good replica) is my favorite way to create coziness in a space! The patterns and handcrafted quality are something you really cannot compare. I also adore the array of rich color palettes you can find. When I say that I do not mean just deep colors, even lighter colorways can have a very rich quality and depth to them.

2. DECORATIVE MILLWORK

LISA GILMORE DESIGN, SEAMUS PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY

Let’s face it. Drywall can be boring. One way to cozy up a space without adding a dramatic color (or wallpaper) is through millwork. It adds such a great dimension without being overwhelming!

3. WALLPAPER

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Come on! Did you really think there would be a blog post without some mention of wallpaper? We all know my love for wallpaper… patterned, textured, bold, simple, all of it - I just love it all! A lot of people have a fear of using wallpaper, just because they cringe thinking of the stuff that was used decades ago. However, technology really has changed when it comes to wallpaper, so rest assured, you can wallpaper to your hearts content!

I really love how wallpaper can transform a room, instant wow factor - and you guessed it: cozy factor.

4. RICH COLOR PALETTE

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I realize that this approach is not for everyone. It’s a very bold move! However, if you can handle it, push yourself out of your comfort zone and go really rich and bold with your color palette. I promise, the way the color wraps around you, creates the most cozy environment you could ever dream!


There are a multitude of ways to make a space feel more cozy, this is just scraping the surface! What approach calls to out to you?

DESIGN PROJECT:: TAKE IT TO THE CEILING

With interior design, people get caught up with the wall color, the area rug, the sofa and art - often they forget about a big element. I’m talking about the ceiling. When you are considering interior design options for your space, don’t be afraid to take it to the ceiling.

Here are some examples of just how we love to do it:

1. GREET YOUR GUESTS WITH SOME WOW

LISA GILMORE DESIGN - HAND PAINTED CEILING IN FOYER

LISA GILMORE DESIGN - HAND PAINTED PALM TREES ON FOYER CEILING ENTRY

What a better way to give your guests some wow than with an unexpected ceiling detail in your foyer? The property of this home used to be a palm tree farm, so we thought it would be perfect to do a beautiful hand painted detail by our friends Tada! Artist - it’s pretty and has a story.


2. TEXTURE THAT MAKES HEADS TURN

LISA GILMORE DESIGN - WOOD AND ROPE CEILING DETAIL

Have an industrial ceiling that you don’t really want fully exposed, but don’t want to lose the height? Get creative! Here we suspended wood and rope basket weaved elements throughout this mancave, it really added depth and is a great conversation starter!


3. TAKE YOUR DINING ROOM UP A NOTCH

LISA GILMORE DESIGN - SOUTHERN GLAMOUR DINING ROOM

This textured blue wallpaper is the perfect companion for the charming southern dining room! It creates the perfect balance to bring your eye up and not overwhelm the space - remember, balance is key!

Are you convinced yet? You can see we are pretty passionate about adding unexpected elements to the ceiling - make sure to follow our social media to see what we have in store for more ceilings in the future!

DESIGN PROJECT | COLOR & PATTERN FILLED TIMELESS ELELGANCE

We have had a very busy spring and summer season here at LGDesign! We have been cooking up lots of really great design projects - so our fall and winter is really shaping up to be a season of many installs on the calendar. One of our residential renovation projects that we have been working on is a great transformation for a lovely ranch house.

This home will have a very timeless elegant feel - but let that not mislead you, nothing about this home will be boring or ordinary! We have been selecting many beautiful furniture pieces featuring clean lines and delicate curves, to be paired with an array of color and pattern, creating a very lively home to spark nothing but joy and sunny happiness!

TIMELESS ELEGANCE INFUSED WITH PATTERN, COLOR & SUNSHINE

Vision board created by Lisa Gilmore Design for Colorful & Pattern Filled Timeless Elegance

 

TIMELESS ELEGANCE + COLOR AND PATTERN STYLE: TRADITIONAL STYLE FURNITURE MIXED WITH CLEAN LINES, DELICATE CURVES AND FINE DETAILS PAIRED WITH AN ARRAY OF COLOR AND LAYERED PATTERNS

 

  • Layering multiple patterns: incorporating the use of different patterns and scales keeps the environment stimulating and detailed.

  • Nostalgic furniture: Using furniture that is older and restyle combined with newer pieces give this space a timeless approach and keeps it from being dated.

  • Fashion influences: think tailored and refined, but popped up a notch with statement necklace or a fun pattern on a blazer.

  • FLORAL!:  always fresh, guaranteed to bring a smile and pairs well with other patterns, you are going to find a lot of floral intertwined throughout this house - and we couldn’t be more excited!


PALETTE FOR THE CUSTOM KITCHEN

PALETTE FOR COLORFUL & LAYERED DINING ROOM

PALETTE FOR COLORFUL & LAYERED FORMAL LIVING ROOM

PALETTE FOR COLORFUL & LAYERED STUDY

PALETTE FOR COLORFUL & LAYERED MASTER BEDROOM

We are so excited to see this space come to life, stay in the know and watch as it unfolds over the coming weeks! Follow our social media @lisagilmoredesign for the most current updates!

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD PAINT YOUR WALLS BLACK

 

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

In an era of bright and white instagramable spaces (yes, we swoon over those too!) - we are think you should paint your walls black. It’s no surprise that I am a fan of dark moody spaces. I try to slide in some saturated color into a project every. single chance I get. So here are our top reasons why you should say yes to that darkest color swatch on the paint color fan deck.


1. MAKE IT COZY

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

A dark room (especially black) has the ability to wrap you in color and create a cozy inviting space that light colors simply can’t achieve. It’s almost like the room is opening its arms to you and pulling you in for a big bear hug.


2. BENEFIT FROM CONTRASTS

Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Other colors will contrast and bounce off like you would’t believe, so the end result is actually bringing more life to the space.


3. BLACK IS SEXY

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

Everyone looks sexy in a black room. A black interior is flatering. Your skin tone will thank you.


4. YOUR ART WILL LOOK PHENOMENAL

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

Your art will look PHENOMENAL. It doesn’t matter if you are an avid fine art collector, pick up art from the thrift store, have only a few key pieces and a massive collection. Your art will sing on the dark moody backdrop.


5. NO NEED TO FEAR

Lisa Gilmore Design | Seamus Payne Photography

It will not feel small, we promise. Okay - so a few factors do come into play with this promise. One, your ceilings really can’t be lower than 8 ft, and if they are, make sure you balance that dark wall with some of the following: light or bright area rugs and drapery OR light and bright furniture, also varying wood tones add interest to a dark space. (really, any space.) Additionally, if you don’t have a lot of natural light in the space, be sure to add ambient lighting through chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps and/or wall sconces

Lisa Gilmore | Roohi Photography

 

GO AHEAD, PULL THE TRIGGER ON THE BLACK PAINT.

There you have it, I rest my case. Hopefully you are now dreaming up which room (or maybe you should just go for it and paint your whole place black!) that you will tackle with this amazing color. And if you get a little scared, don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

With love & design-y dreams,

Lisa Gilmore