NEW YEARS

DESIGN PROJECT:: 5 WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR SPACE

5 WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR SPACE FOR THE NEW YEAR

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:

PAINT

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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.


NEW AREA RUGS

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.


FRESH BEDDING

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!


THROW PILLOWS

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.


ESSENTIAL OILS

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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THANK YOU, FOR A FABULOUS 2017!

HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS FROM LISA GILMORE DESIGN!

At the end of every year, I really love to reflect on what it has brought to the table. 2017 was truly a great year! Filled with many amazing spaces, people and events. Celebrations, progress and cultivating great relationships. 

Every year I get a little overwhelmed with emotion, just thinking about how lucky I am that my passion has turned into a career and thriving business. To have a team so loyal that loves this as much as I do. I am forever grateful. To our amazing clients who believe in us and are so excited to work with us and create some truly kickass spaces. To our vendors and subcontractors that take those wild ideas and make it happen, it might be a sloppy sketch on a napkin that turns into a beautiful piece of furniture or the perfect fabric to cover the sexiest sofa. Whatever the detail is, large or small, we can't do it without all these valuable team players. 

So here is a little mashup of 2017, some really great moments and spaces that will always be special to us. 

We installed our first boutique hotel, Hotel Cabana Clearwater Beach, this 1950's gem will always have a spot in our hearts and that dreary rainy install will always make me smile. 

We have SO many amazing projects that we finished up, it's so hard to just pick a few images to showcase...

Colorful and eclectic dining room by Lisa Gilmore Design

Colorful and eclectic dining room by Lisa Gilmore Design

The HOTH SEO office lobby in downtown Saint Petersburg

The HOTH SEO office lobby in downtown Saint Petersburg

A chic home theater by Lisa Gilmore Design

A chic home theater by Lisa Gilmore Design

A grand monochromatic family room by Lisa Gilmore Design 

A grand monochromatic family room by Lisa Gilmore Design 

A black art deco master bedroom by Lisa Gilmore Design 

A black art deco master bedroom by Lisa Gilmore Design 

A huddle room at The Penny Hoarder headquarters in downtown Saint Petersburg by Lisa Gilmore Design

A huddle room at The Penny Hoarder headquarters in downtown Saint Petersburg by Lisa Gilmore Design

A cozy master bedroom by Lisa Gilmore Design 

A cozy master bedroom by Lisa Gilmore Design 

SO many fabulous presentations, install days, pattern mixing, events, design brainstorms, conferences throughout the country, fabric stories, oh my goodness the list could go on! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you: clients, vendors, sub contractors, family and friends for all of your continued support. We are so grateful for an amazing 2017 and have no doubt that 2018 has so much more in store, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping make this dream a reality every day! We will see you in the new year! 

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NEW YEARS CHEERS!

Well, where can I begin? 2015 was quite a year. When I look back at the whole year, I can't help but smile and feel so fortunate. It's been a year of great design! 

Thank you, for following our journey, cheering us on, and loving our design and style. After all, it's our amazing clients and followers that keep this dream a running and successful business. 

I am truly grateful and humbled. 

A toast, to 2016!