Today, we’re catching up with lifestyle-guru Lauren Nelson. She has been working on redesigning her bedroom in just six weeks, and we absolutely love the coastal spin on this finished space. Here, Lauren is sharing with us some of her tips for quickly freshening up a room.
CL: Why did you choose Montauk as your inspiration? Is this where you spend most of your vacation time?
LN: I love the Hamptons, and Montauk in particular for so many reasons. I started spending my weekends in the Hamptons two summers ago when I first moved to New York. I love how the Hamptons provide an escape from the city, and it’s quite easy to hop from town to town – I love shopping at the antiques stores and home decor shops throughout Amagansett and Sag Harbor. I love Montauk in particular because of its quintessential beach town vibe. It’s full of delicious local seafood restaurants, unique coastal boutiques, and surf shops. My girlfriends and I spent a weekend this past summer at the Crow’s Nest which ultimately provided a ton of inspiration for my bedroom as the rooms were full of nautical touches combined with bold, bohemian prints. John Robshaw textiles were everywhere and I’m pretty obsessed with his line. I ended up using a John Robshaw print for my custom x-bench I had made courtesy of this Etsy shop.
CL: What’s one piece of advice you would give to a reader who’s looking to do the same kind of makeover in her space?
LN: If you don’t have Photoshop, create a Pinterest board to help you visualize your space. Invest in pieces that you love. Take your time.
CL: What rules did you follow when styling your desk and chest? What are some good items to use, and what should readers steer away from?
LN: When I styled my desk and chest, I mainly used pieces I already owned. Rather than going out and buying new items, try to re-work prints, frames or accessories you already have in your home. I even surprised myself with how much I loved prints and accessories I already owned by just finding a new place for them.
CL: What was your inspiration behind the collection of hats on the wall?
LN: Honestly, after living in my apartment for 2+ years, I am literally running out of space. Hanging the hats on the wall was mostly to help me save space in my closet! Plus, they look pretty, don’t they?
CL: What’s your advice on blending multiple pieces of artwork in a space?
LN: Blending multiple pieces of artwork in a space is tough. Creating a gallery wall is also very tough. My rule of thumb is to invest in pieces of art you truly love. My gallery wall came together because I focused on prints and photographs that are currently inspiring me – the beach, surfboards, and sailboats. I chose the Gray Malin for above my bed because I am such a fan of his work and truly believe I will be able to look at it for years to come. You can make any piece of art work in your home if you truly love it.
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