It’s the new year, we all do it - we think of ways to improve our life, cut back, laugh more, live fully and feel good. There are diets, work out routines and cookbooks, the list goes on!

While you are thinking of all the ways to improve different facets of your life for the new year - don’t leave out your environment! People often underestimate the value of a happy living space, but if you think about it, it is where you spend most of your time, where you get rest, where you have quiet moments, where you dream and where you plan.

So, if a full remodel or decor overhaul isn’t in your plan, here are a few tips to help give new life to your home:


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Ohhh the quick transformation of paint! To me this is one of the best ways for big change with low risk - because guess what, it can always be repainted! Even just painting the same color can help a space stay bright, clean and fresh. This year, we are seeing people gravitate to more saturated colors on their walls, which we couldn’t be more excited about. However, if sticking to a neutral like a calming gray or a refreshing shade of white is more your speed, that’s okay too, there is no wrong answer here, paint your home a color that brings you happiness, calmness and inspires you.


Colorful interior by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Have you been staring at that old area rug for far to long? Yeah. You have. It’s time to refresh your space with some new knots. Area rug knots, that is! I often hear people say they are worried to spend a lot of money on a nice area rug, because of kids, pets and daily life. However, it should really be the opposite! When you invest in a truly well made area rug with a great fiber content (stay away from poly blends) you can easily clean with something as simple as soda water. Another thing to pay attention to - the back of the area rug and the knots per square inch, the more knots per square inch = more durability, so things like spills can’t get through as easily and stains are easier to remove. You can really breathe a ton of new life into a room with a new area rug to ground the space and pull color inspiration for moving forward with other decor elements.

PRO TIP: don’t make your room feel dwarfed with a rug that is to small! We often see people underestimate the power of a larger rug. To make sure the rug size is proportionate to your room, the rug should hit underneath the front legs of all furniture.


Master bedroom by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

There is really nothing like getting into a bed made with fresh crisp sheets, right? Our bedding gets a lot of use, so treat yourself to some new threads for your bed, your dreams will thank you and you will wake up feeling extra refreshed!


Custom throw pillows by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Seasons change, so does your mood. Sometimes it’s nice to switch out your throw pillows for those seasons. Maybe in the winter time you like more cozy, soft and monochromatic throw pillows. While in the summer time you might prefer something with more color, pattern and pop! Either way, dressing up your sofa with a new set of throw pillows for the year (or season) is a great way to refresh any space.


Okay, here’s the deal. I’m a sucker for essential oils. I use them - a lot. I used to burn a lot of candles (and don’t get me wrong, I still use candles) but I have pretty much converted to the use of essential oils in my home (and office). It has such a clean and refreshing impact on your space. I personally love mixing different blends for different moods, seasons and activities. This is an instant refresher for any space and also a mood booster!

What are some of your favorite ways to refresh your space with the new year? Any tips or tricks that you feel must hit the list? Here’s to a happy new year - and an even happier home!

With love & design-y dreams,

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Your home should be your sanctuary.  Your special space.  A safe place from the rigors of every day.  I started to notice things around my house that truly made my house, happy.  And also things in my family and friends homes that were interesting and invoked happiness.  A carefully placed accessory or group of things can personalize a space.  

COLORFUL BOOKS to Fill a Bookshelf or Accessorize a Coffee Table

E.Lawrence Ltd. 

E.Lawrence Ltd. 

A cluster of books on a bookshelf is always interesting.  You can organize them by color or size.  If you do not have your own books for the shelves, you can even purchase faux books with themes or colors like these E. Lawrence Ltd. books. 

Adding fun picture books of your travels or interests are a great way to add happiness to your coffee table.  It is also a great conversation topic starter with friends. 


Lisa Gilmore Design- Old NE Project Photography By: Native Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design- Old NE Project Photography By: Native Photography

Animals make us at LGD happy and we like to use them in our accessorizing.  Beloved pets, magical creatures, and anything in between can be used to style a special spot in your home. Picking up small creatures in your travels or at an antique store can help add a bit of whimsy to any design.

Lisa Gilmore Design- Hoth Project      Photography By: Native Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design- Hoth Project      Photography By: Native Photography


Throw pillows do not have to have just a function of comfort.  They can add a pop of color to a sofa or a chair and can brighten your mood or calm you with the perfect texture.

Lisa Gilmore Design Bold, Bright, Chic Project  Photography: Native Photography

Lisa Gilmore Design Bold, Bright, Chic Project  Photography: Native Photography

Make your home happy by accessorizing for happiness! 

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Timeless, classic, tailored, detailed and monochromatic are a few words I would choose when describing this space I am about to share. This home is so refreshing and calm. I honestly feel a breathe of fresh air (accompanied by lilies, the homeowners always have fresh lilies on display.) right when I walk through the beautiful set of glass french doors in their foyer. Not to mention the Gardenia tree that greets you with it's magical smell at that perfect time of year.

When I first meet with a potential client, there are always some key things that tell me we will either click well (myself and the client) or we will not click well at all. Sometimes it's small things, like an inspiration photo they have pulled that really speaks to me, or maybe a specific style they are drawn too. The first time I met with these homeowners, it was no different. But first, let me show you a few before images of their home. They had just moved into the house, and had a few pieces placed throughout, but as you can see, it was far from finished. 

Myself and the homeowners were chatting, learning more about each other and what their goals were for their home. Then it happened. You know, that moment that something speaks to me and I know this is going to be the perfect project and relationship...

As they were talking, I couldn't help but keep looking past them a little bit, wondering if what I was seeing hanging on their wall, was really what I thought it was. And it was. It was. 

An original signed Slim Aarons photograph, proudly hanging in their (what would soon be) dining room. I died, just a little. That was the moment, that I knew this would be something fabulous, and oh my, how it was. 

I'm so excited take you, on a photo tour of these beautiful space, a space that we turned into a home full of character, love and amazing design.

Because this property is filled with so many details, I've decided to break it apart into different parts, that way we can touch on all the amazing elements throughout the home. So please enjoy, part I... 

When the homeowners returned from London, they brought back a beautiful book filled with botanical sketches. We selected a few of the sketches and had them framed and hung in the foyer on top of the stunning hand blocked wallpaper. It fits perfectly with the tone of their historic home and is a lovely greeting for guests, complete with a cozy tufted wing chair duo. 

The formal living room was a really fun space to work with. The fireplace is on an angle, so naturally you feel like you should surround your furniture with focus on the fireplace. In this situation we decided to throw that thought out the beautiful french doors. Instead of letting the fireplace be the focus, we decided it should be a supporting role in the layout. 

Heirloom quality furniture choices, slivers of gold and different hues of wood tones contrast perfectly with the white textile choices. We decided to add the custom plaid bolsters on the chairs for a bit of a masculine touch to accompany the graceful curves of the sitting chairs. 

I really love antique area rugs, there is truly nothing that compares to modern day. We got the rest the furniture atop this antique vegetable dyed peace of art. 

Our clients have a love for antiques, beautiful books and items that tell stories. We were able to combine the use of heirloom pieces passed down through their families and pair them with modern accessories of today. All together, they blended lovely. 

Just past the formal living room, the stairway boasts beautiful architectural documents of sailboats along with black and white photography of regatta races. We had a lot of fun coming up with the framing and layout for this area.

In the dining room we chose a large scale chandelier to dance over  the Ralph Lauren dining table and chairs. A collection of photos from travels, family, friends and their beloved furry friend, Franklin give the dining room a more casual feel. Not too stuffy and formal for entertaining. Plus lots of light, lots and lots of sunny Florida natural light. My heart just sings in there.

And of course, Slim Aarons stayed right where he had been all along, we just let him share the wall with a stately wine cabinet.

This brings us to the end of our part I story, but I leave you with the above photo, that just gives you a sliver into the not so monochromatic family room... 


** All professional photography by Native House Photography


Purple, beautiful brilliant purple. The perfect blend of calming blue and the fierce energy of red will get you so many different hues. I'm always amazed, every time I mix the two colors how I can achieve a new shade of purple. 

The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence and magic.

-- that's a lot for this color to live up too!

Let's just dive right into purple and take a big scoop! (Cheesy pun intended)

I think there are many ways we can use purple. It really just depends on the level of intensity (and how much you want to commit) to the bold hue. 

It can say "purple" without jumping at you purple...

Or it can say "HEY! And I'm here to liven up your space!"

Either way you choose to speak the purple color language, is fine, neither is wrong. Its your personal style that counts!

For this specific project, we chose a nice warm eggplant for the walls of this media room, I loved it paired with bright modern colors! (Check out more of this project here)

When we were at  Market, last fall, we saw a lot of purple hues happening. Here is a collection of a few of our favorite things that got our wheels turning. Everything from boxes blinged out with gems, to art, to furniture and whole spaces.

And, well, you know me. I always feel that interior design and fashion intersect...

Some of my favorite purple shoes... and they are velvet. What's not to love?!

So how do you feel about purple? What are some of your favorite pairings for the color? Do tell!