Laurel Street Project: The Living Room

Laurel Street Project: The Living Room


The interior design process always seems like a mystery some so I’m happy to drop the veil a little and show you what it’s like to work with Lacey Michalek Interiors! So, without further ado, I’m starting with the living room I completed last year on Laurel Street.

This couple was going from a much smaller 3 bedroom home where all the furniture was left behind to Hurricane Harvey flood victims. We had a completely blank slate to work with. It’s safe to say this family sat on fold out chairs for a hot minute before all of their furniture came in!

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This is the first room to the left when you walk into the house. They had a separate family room where everyone can get cozy and watch TV so we knew we wanted this to be a more formal area for them to chat with friends and have drinks.


We got these great botanical prints from a local retail store, Magpies Gifts. The frames were originally black with a little gold and we used a little rub and buff to make them fully gold. I thought it would play better with the gilded lamp and coffee table. I really wanted this room to be a little jewel box so every touch was thought out, no matter how small.

We searched and searched for some great pink chairs but kept coming up short. We finally decided to recover some existing chairs instead! These chairs are covered in a Crypton fabric which is super stain resistant and bleach cleanable.


It all started with the tufted sofa. We knew wanted it to take center stage but we couldn’t tell online if it was more blue or more gray. IN this instance she just wanted to go for it and sort of plan the room around it so that’s exactly what we did. It definitely came in more gray than what was shown online but we were thrilled with it and pressed on!

Next up we relied on Miss Joana Gaines and her rug line for Loloi for the rug. It’s an updated traditional rug with beautiful gray and blue muted tones. Fun Fact: Did you know some rugs have a dark and a light side? Depending on the way this rug was laid you could choose to see all the details in the rug or have it appear more muted and see mostly the sheen.

Wallpaper was up next! I chose a soft grey grasscloth to give some warmth and texture to this room. It makes the room feel so cozy!


The Ikat printed stools that we had custom made through Ballard have to be my favorite element in the room. The fabric was a frontrunner for pillows at the beginning of the project but it never made the cut. We were saving it for something special and I’m so happy we found a way to incorporate it into this room.

My client already had this beautiful mirrored cabinet so all we needed to do was add a gold round mirror and white gourd lamps to play off the white ceramic stools we used as side tables.

I would say the style of this house is transitional but we went a little more on the modern side with the abstract art we placed opposite the botanicals. The bar cart is the perfect spot for their guests to mix their cocktail before sitting down for a chat!

I love how feminine this room is! With that being said, would you believe me if I told you this is the husband’s favorite room in the house? He definitely wasn’t afraid of a little pink!



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