Designing with Texture

When I asked Decorist to help me design my guest room, I went out of my comfort zone and decided to go with a more white and neutral space. Zero color. Something earthy. I had to put a lot of trust into my interior designer, Ashley Redmond, because for me, this was foreign waters. I was slightly nervous it would turn into a very sterile looking space.

Designing With Texture


Ashley pulled in linen and flax bedding and incorporated sheets with a pebbled pattern. I added in a vintage wedding blanket that weighs a ton! I also gathered up every white and neutral blanket I could find and threw them in a woven basket. She kept a very neutral palette with zero color, yet the room pops. The eye is continuously on the move. Jute, rattan, leather, linen, wood and combo that with brass. It’s a knock it out the park, she gone, home run. All sorts of awesome. Dear Decorist and Ashley, I’m neutrally yours…forever. Thank you so much!

I know you are probably dying to see the final space and I promise, it’s coming! If you missed the sneak peek, you can check it out here. Now that it is finally painted…big shout out to Thomas Paint (…I can finally shoot the grand finale! And if you’re looking for an insanely awesome painter in the Chicagoland area that you’ll want to bear hug when he’s finished…although that is probably creepy… please check him out. You won’t regret it.  Before I wrap up this post, here’s more neutral inspiration that’ll make you want to start designing with texture stat.

Designing with texture is the key to keeping the space feeling cozy and warm, and transformed my space and took it to another level. I’ve started referring to it as French Girl Decorating. Minimally put together perfectly. BTDubs, I’m not sure how french girls do it, but they can make a gray sweatshirt and jeans look like runway material. Do you know what I mean?

Since I’ve been pinning away more and more neutral spaces, I’ve become fascinated with the sophistication and coziness. I’ve also realized I’ve been missing out on some super cool throws, rugs, pillows, juju hats, blankets, chairs…yes, the list just keeps going on and on. I’ve always tried to add in pattern and color over texture.


  1. Alexandria July 28, 2015

    My last room was light grey with bright white trim and all white accents. For some reason I switched this time around and did stark white walls with a dark grey trim and all grey accents. It turned out quite interesting, i’m still not sure which i like more. By the way i love the way the room ended up and all the gold accents you used. I LOVE gold.. also, in love with the photo booth picture collage.

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