Design Agony Is Back! But This Time It’s All About Picking Out The Right Decor For Your Room


We all know higher than anybody that whenever you’ve been pulling your hair attempting to design an area by yourself, there comes a degree the place you simply want another person would are available and current you with choices which can be inside your price range. Particularly on the subject of decor. What couch will look good? What ought to I do with this large empty wall? Are there ACTUALLY NICE LOOKING recliners? It may be maddening and actually, I’m having just a few moments of these myself proper now. However isn’t it by some means a lot simpler to assist different individuals?? Far much less of an emotional attachment…aka design freedom! So since I like scouring the web, and lovely issues, and avoiding my very own points, I assumed I might perform a little private purchasing for y’all. We did a name out asking strictly for decor agonies solely (Sorry for these of you who despatched in format questions. Subsequent time!). I, sadly, couldn’t do all of them however hopefully, these could be useful to a number of you:) So let’s soar proper on in!

The Agony: A Multifunctional Workplace Credenza

From Beth: “Hello, Emily. I share a house workplace with my husband (and our canine and cats), and whereas it’s practical sufficient, it’s sort of blah design-wise. I simply bought a ravishing aspect desk from Anthropologie that’s inspiring me. The ache level is discovering a brand new credenza. I’d like one thing with drawers (ideally a file drawer), a shelf, and a few closed cupboard house, with room on prime for my cats to nap. It will go below the 2 home windows and exchange the piece that’s there now. If it’s sufficiently big to cover the recycle bin and the paper shredder, all the higher. The home has a contemporary eclectic vibe, and one thing with fluting or easy trim could be fairly. I’m open to wooden or steel. Dimension-wise, roughly 60 inches large, 25 inches excessive, and 18 inches deep would work. I’d prefer to spend lower than $1,000.”

Hourglass Indoor/Outside Aspect Desk

Above is the lovable aspect desk she purchased and is impressed by! Beth has had a number of issues to contemplate so I get why this wasn’t an excellent straightforward search. I gave her 4 choices which can be all miraculously below price range! And since there’s some room within the price range, I additionally assume an workplace chair-friendly rug would look nice and elevate the house much more:) Nevertheless, for now, let’s discuss these credenzas.

The Price range: $1000

1. Marc Espresso Wooden And Pure Rattan Media Stand: Sadly, not one of the credenzas I discovered had an precise submitting cupboard, had been fairly, and had been inside Beth’s price range. Nevertheless, I LOVE the rattan on this one and there’s open and closed storage. Sadly no drawer however you may forgo one or two of the cabinets (it has three sections) and simply use file packing containers. It’s additionally 3″ over the measurements she gave but when that’s not a dealbreaker I believe it’s an awesome choice.
2. Altavista 62.9” Huge 3 Drawer Sideboard: First off, you may beat that worth, it additionally is available in white, has a ton of storage, and will perhaps match a paper shredder together with a file field. For the cons, zero open storage, would wish to make use of file packing containers, and it’s additionally 3″ over the requested for size.
3. Vladlena 58” Huge Sideboard: This one is drawerless, is available in a darker coloration, however does have open and closed storage. From my calculations, a standard-sized file field will match within the cupboards. Additionally, this one is 2″ below the requested for size!
4. Wembley Medium TV Stand: This one is one other winner for me! It’s 8″ below the requested for size however is the deepest of the bunch at 16.77″. I additionally actually love the bottom:)

The Agony: Overhead Lighting Pairing

From Ashley: “We reside in a conventional 1959 ranch within the Midwest and are slowly however certainly updating the home from its not-so-awesome 70s and 90s poor patch-ups. I’m ending up our primary residing/eating house and am at a complete deadlock on lighting fixtures to swimsuit the wants of a room that does each. The present solely ceiling gentle is the outdated brass chandelier over the eating space and there’s nary one other gentle fixture in sight so we’ll be a reasonably clean canvas. We now have 8ft ceilings so I’m pondering we’ll need to go along with a semi-flush mount within the residing space and will get slightly extra dangly above the beautiful 8 ft reside edge eating desk made by my father. OH EM GEE ASHLEY GET TO THE POINT. I’m in search of lighting fixtures that complement one another however aren’t a part of a “set”, one thing in brass/black or each that isn’t tremendous mod, extra conventional/classic even slightly quirky. No California informal right here in Missouri. We’re constructing a large wall of built-ins too so there’s the potential of some library lighting too.”

First off, Ashely, please ship pics when the built-ins are performed! As for lighting, positively maintain an eye fixed out for cool and quirky lights at flea markets and classic retailers (which you would possibly already be doing). That’s the best option to discover one thing actually distinctive and certain on the extra inexpensive aspect! However I believe I got here up with three nice combos that may on the very least provide you with some inspiration:)

The Price range: $1000-$1500

1. Mitzi Elsie Huge Aged Brass Pendant + Henry Flushmount: This combo is essentially the most distinctive in my view! I like the form of the lengthy pendant however FYI it’s not tremendous large so I might take a look at one thing comparable out to see if taking part in with the dimensions works. Now, the semi-flush mount is so fairly and fairly large. With a flooring and a few desk lamps (one may even be within the new shelving unit, I believe this might present sufficient gentle!
2. Maxim Lovell Huge Black 10-Mild LED Pendant + Ray: I’ll at all times love this fashion of chandelier and it is a nice worth! I then thought in the event you needed your flush mount to mix barely in with the ceiling, this brass one is actually lovely. I do know it’s pricier however I 100% stand by Schoolhouse’s high quality. 10/10.
3. Thurston Huge Heat Brass 13-Mild Pendant + Cadence Semi Flush Mount: Naturally, I like this one too. Each are going to offer a ton of sunshine and the distinction in shapes gives you some critical visible curiosity.

P.S. Be happy to combine and match the combos! I believe they’re simply interchangeable:)

The Agony: Combine And Match Eating Chairs

From Crystal: “I need assistance choosing two extra eating chairs for our kitchen. We’ve been engaged on our home eternally (and now we have slightly one) so please excuse the mess. I’ve at all times favored the concept of various eating chairs on the finish of the desk however I can’t work out what would look good with the prevailing eating chairs and the counter stools I’ve. Our price range for that is round $1k for each chairs. Please assist!”

Jess, right here! I additionally love mixing eating chairs! It’s such an “straightforward” and fast manner so as to add additional persona and texture. Additionally, I used to be kidding concerning the “straightforward” half…particularly whenever you even have eating chairs and counter stool to contemplate. However I bought the Emily and EHD group stamp of approval on these puppies so let’s get to it!

The Price range: $1000

1. Misses Chair: This chair brings within the leather-based of your stools and the wooden and light-weight tones of your eating chairs. Plus the form is straightforward but lovely so it doesn’t compete with what you may have:)
2. Amber Lewis for Anthropologie Caillen Eating Chair: The identical thought as the primary choice however this form is fairly darn particular and really vintage-inspired. It’s over price range however I couldn’t assist however so as to add it. It additionally has arms which can be good:)
3. Addison Navy Eating Arm Chair with Flange: Personally, I like the concept of an upholstered chair in a daring however impartial coloration. It provides a ton of depth. Additionally, because it’s solely two of them you don’t have to fret about youngsters as a result of they will simply sit within the rattan chairs. FYI, in the event you don’t have blue anyplace else within the room it would stick out slightly an excessive amount of.
4. Candace Classic Acorn And Seagrass Eating Armchair: Textured, lovely medium tone, and has arms. The trifecta!
5. Arno Black Wooden Aspect Chair: So fairly and surprisingly inexpensive! I additionally love that the black calls to your stool’s legs.
6. Marla Eating Chair: I do know that tremendous gentle material is dicey with youngsters nevertheless it’s one in every of my favourite chairs and the leather-based calls to the stools…but in addition slightly over price range.
7. Ida Eating Arm Chair (Set of two): The identical thought as quantity #5 however has a way more rounded form that works with the chairs and stools.
8. Cylia Eating Chair (Set of two): A basic for a motive and comfy.
9. Landon Print Slipcover Eating Chair: Okay ,so in the event you like the concept of a slipcover chair however the blue was too darkish, that is it. It’s gentle AND patterned (an added enjoyable layer). Extra visible curiosity in the event you ask me:)

The Agony: Youngsters Shared Room Beds

From Emma: “I’ve two youngsters and I’m attempting to determine methods to transition them into “large child beds” and maintain them sharing the identical room. Their room is small (10 x 13 or so) and darkish. I initially thought bunk beds, however they don’t appear to need them. Or one does and the opposite doesn’t. So my query is: Can I match two twin beds in right here, and in that case, how? The one factor I actually need to maintain on this room is the dresser (I believe it’s from West Elm). This daybed looks like a good suggestion however I’m unsure if it could be bizarre to have two in the identical room. I bought excited and acquired them two of those twin cover covers with pillowcases.

Query: Can I match two twin beds in right here? Price range: Versatile – perhaps $3k on beds complete? 

Bonus query: Ought to I swap the sunshine fixture (presently a boob) to one thing cooler?”

Trundle Daybed | Cover

Okay, so there was an replace after this preliminary electronic mail:

Additionally From Emma: “Replace: I measured and I can’t match two twins in right here in an inexpensive manner. Bunk beds it’s! 
Now methods to discover one thing cool that will get the youngsters excited…”

Naturally, I switched gears and went on a enjoyable bunk mattress (all below price range!)…and a cute flush mount hunt:)

The Price range: $3000

1. Merax Twin Over Twin Home Bunk Mattress with Storage Stairway: What a dream! I had a bunk mattress rising up that I beloved however this might have been SO COOL. I additionally love that there are stairs and it’s not a ladder. Appears slightly safer however I additionally had a ladder and am nonetheless right here. Plus the steps are additionally additional storage. Youngsters and fogeys alike can have their goals come true!
2. Sarah Sherman Samuel Arches Bunk Mattress: This mattress is simply tremendous cool. And why?? Nicely, Sarah Sherman Samuel designed it. I additionally assume that the majority youngsters battle excessive bunk so having the underside bunk really feel like a cool cave as a result of arch can hopefully make everybody completely satisfied.
3. Mid-Century Twin Bunk Mattress: I added this one as a result of it appeared just like the bunk model of the daybeds Emma picked out that I additionally beloved. It’s a complete basic look that design-wise will final them a very long time.
4. Milo Two-Tone Bunk Mattress: Extra trendy however nonetheless tremendous cute and would look nice with the duvets.
5. Nestfair Twin over Full Home Bunk Mattress with Constructed-in Ladder: So enjoyable, manner below price range, and whoever will get the underside bunk will get an even bigger mattress! That is additionally nice for sleepovers:)
6. Keystone Twin Grey Stairway Bunk Mattress with Storage/Trundle Unit: You’ve bought stairs, you’ve bought storage, AND you’ve bought a trundle mattress. The gang’s all right here!

Now onto flush mounts that can look nice with the color and style palette Emma’s going for.

1. Avery 1 Mild Small Flush Mount: It’s a reasonably shade of pink however has an awesome basic form. SO candy.
2. Lily White Scalloped Cloth Pendant Lamp: The scalloped form would look so cute with the duvets however is impartial so it doesn’t distract an excessive amount of. Additionally, that worth!
3. Paige 3 Mild Flush Mount: I used the 9-light chandelier model in my buddy’s bed room makeover and it’s so lovely in particular person. In contrast to my buddy, I are inclined to not go for floral detailing so I used to be shocked how a lot I actually beloved it!
4. Pure Jute Woven Semi Flush Mount Ceiling Mild: You realize we love including texture to a room and this inexpensive flush mount is natural and geometric. This one will simply transition with them as they become old.
5. Moxie 3 Mild Flush Mount: A vintage-inspired BEAUT! I deeply love this one however I’m a sucker for this shade form. It’s timeless.
6. Rattan Pendant: It’s so enjoyable, brings in texture, and is below $100. An amazing choice!

The Agony: Dwelling Room Rug

From Jane: “The principle factor that I might love assist with essentially the most is discovering a rug! I’m looking for a 6 x 9 rug. I would like one thing heat and impartial, and with just a few minimal design ingredient(s) to it. For reference/instance, I like Emily’s new rug of their LR!  Additionally, just like the rug in Emily’s BR…(was that perhaps of their outdated lounge sooner or later?)…impartial, and really delicate, however nonetheless slightly one thing/definition to it. Ideally, the rug could be slightly darker…like Emily‘s LR instance… But when it was the fitting choice in different methods, I may go for one thing lighter. I don’t have to think about the rug for certain wanting good with this present sofa… If it did although, that might be nice/a bonus in the interim, after which I may actually simply exchange the sofa at my comfort sooner or later. I’ve actually been wanting (off & on) for a rug for years (like 5). I’ve discovered some once in a while that I’ve favored, however then they’re both manner out of my price range (ex: the 6 x 9 dimension of Emily‘s new LR rug is $2600), or an inexpensive choice doesn’t come within the dimension that I would like (as a substitute solely in 5×7 &/or 8×10). (This can be a first-world downside, I do know, and once more I understand that I’m blessed to also have a dwelling!) As soon as I select a rug and work out what option to go along with the sofa scenario, then I plan on getting the chair reupholstered to go along with the remainder of the room. I might find it irresistible if I may discover one thing that I actually actually like for $500! But when it’s superior and I have to spend $700 or $800, I can. $1000 could be the final word most quantity… And I might must be so in love with it and really feel sure that I’m retaining it eternally (bc actually, yikes, that’s actually greater than I ought to spend).”

photograph by sara ligorria-tramp | from: lounge replace – once more

It was tremendous useful to have Em’s rug as a reference level! I actually hope one in every of these rugs works out so you can begin your journey in ending your room. Rugs sadly have a tendency to simply be dear for a good pile top that additionally isn’t jute (one in every of Jane’s requests). With all that mentioned let’s get to it!

The Price range: $1000

1. Crosshatch Ivory Micro Hooked Wool Rug: Impartial and has a smooth sample.
2. Plush Pile Striations Ivory: A little bit lighter, a bit extra plush, and nearer to the price range.
3. Viscose And Wool Fashionable Brown/Cream: This one is a hotter tone, has a delicate sample, however is on the pricier aspect.
4. Lumini Straightforward Care Rug: This one is allll about texture! It’s additionally an awesome worth level and is available in different colours if this gentle one is just too intimidating! This one isn’t tremendous thick so a rug pad could be a good way to plush issues up:)
5. Niels Latte Woven Wool/Viscose Rug: Love that large texture!! And the colour appears slightly extra forgiving which isn’t a foul factor.
6. CRUSH: $399?? Sure, please! This one additionally feels actually just like Em’s. We are able to additionally attest to Article’s high quality:)

The Agony: A Goodlooking Recliner

From Marcie: “We’re within the very early stage of designing a home. We needed to make some sacrifices in dimension so my husband is giving up his solely want merchandise, a pool desk, however now he desires a recliner as a substitute. Ugh! Which means this recliner would must be in our solely lounge house. He doesn’t like trendy. I attempted to persuade him on a leather-based chair & ottoman, however he actually desires a recliner. Are there any fairly ones on the market?
I hope you may assist.”

The Price range: $1000

Since Marcie and her husband are designing their home, I didn’t get a photograph. However I believe I got here up with just a few choices which can be a mixture of conventional and trendy. Fingers crossed as a result of discovering trendy inexpensive recliners sadly isn’t as straightforward correctly.

1. Maxille Huge Fake Leather-based Guide Customary Recliner: Love the colour and the wood base body base. Plus it nonetheless appears snug!
2. Freese Huge Real Leather-based Guide Recliner: This one is on the extra conventional aspect however the traces are slightly cleaner than say a roll arm. Additionally, the worth could be very proper:)
3. Paxton Upholstered Recliner: Undecided how seen the steel base is but when a softer look is what you need this one may very well be an awesome choice.

Rowland Leather-based Excessive-Again Movement Recliner

In my search, I got here throughout this one and fell in love. Sadly it’s about $2k over price range nevertheless it appears tremendous smooth and comfy and doesn’t even appear like a recliner. Simply needed to ensure the world knew this existed.

The Agony: A Eating Room Desk

From Lauren: “We moved into our home in Atlanta again in January and now we have been in search of a eating desk ever since. We wish one thing spherical however all the pieces feels both too trendy or an excessive amount of prefer it belongs in a citadel or a seaside cottage. We thought of a glass prime desk with a tree trunk base, however the one we discovered was SO heavy and in addition didn’t depart room for our legs. Right here’s an image of the house that includes a desk utilized by the earlier house owners. I really actually find it irresistible however I haven’t been capable of finding something comparable. Assist!”

The Price range: As much as $5000

1. Carmen Eating Desk: This one is an analogous form however is all wood which can or not be what you’re in search of.
2. Magnolia House Belford Eating Desk: Undecided concerning the total fashion of your own home however from the photograph, this may very well be actually fairly with room on your legs:) The bottom form is tremendous distinctive.
3. Cobain Eating Desk: The love the angles of this man! Natural however positively trendy.
4. Parq Oval Eating Desk: This one feels the closest to the one within the photograph by way of the thickness of the highest and the steel on the bottom.
5. Kanji Eating Desk: Tremendous fairly and light-weight!
6. Rattan & Mahogany Eating Desk: This will not work along with your fashion in any respect however I needed to via a wild card in right here:) Could possibly be nice although if it really works with what you may have.

The Agony: Seating For A Slender Stroll-By means of Dwelling Room

From Kirsten: “A couple of photographs are hooked up of my 10-year-old design dilemma. Our home is a 1957 ranch with a basement.  Kitchen/eating/seating space multi functional lengthy room. (Our lounge is separate.)

Our want…a cool and comfy seating space the place we will drink wine in entrance of the hearth, and have visitors sit and chat whereas I’m cooking. The hearth is big & superior. We’ve tried two chairs right here, and it’s “meh.”  Eager about tossing the chairs, outdated ottoman & super-old buffet & beginning over.Rug is 100% momentary as a result of our new pet retains having accidents. We now have a clean slate & I can’t get a great design. I’m caught!”

Jess right here! This can be a robust one. I even requested Em and the gang their opinion and so they sympathized with Kirsten! All of us agreed {that a} small, low-profile couch with legs is the best way to go. Right here’s what we predict may work.

P.S. She didn’t get again to me a few price range so I did my greatest to be cheap!

The Price range: ??

1. Burrard Loveseat: Emily owns the sectional model and loves it. It’s snug and impartial so it doesn’t really feel too overpowering visually. An amazing choice.
2. Hargrove Couch: We’re getting a lighter however this one is a however extra conventional which might additionally look nice.
3. Allisen Couch: The lightest in coloration however has extra of a contemporary really feel. Plus the black steel legs would look nice along with your eating chairs.

1. Stripes: The damaged stripe is a brand new basic that we LOVE and appears contemporary with out being too trendy. This one is a lightweight coloration in order that’s one thing to contemplate with the pup and visitors.
2. Buffalo Plaid Blue & Ivory Rug: It’s washable! And is a basic, basic sample that I believe will look will nice along with your different items.
3. Marrakesh Beige Ivory Rug: One other washable choice! It’s lighter however once more, is washable and the sample feels extra trendy.
4. Harlequin Trellis Pure Navy Re-Jute Rug: A mixture of basic with a touch of recent, is nice for prime visitors and pups (so long as they don’t have gentle fur), and take a look at that worth!
5. Tufted Rug: Additionally an awesome worth and would add a little bit of an natural really feel to the room.
6. Ledges Digital Floral Print Distressed Persian Rug: You may’t beat this worth and feels just like what you may have (and doubtless like).

The Agony: Empty Wall

From Natalie: “This wall has by no means had something on it! What ought to I do right here? I may use lighting at evening however actually need to simply. Do. One thing.”

It’s Jess once more! That is the age-old design query and there are such a lot of choices that it might probably really feel overwhelming. However for her $500 price range, I believe I got here up with some good choices.

The Price range: $500

1. Image Mild + Layered Paper Diptych: I actually love how easy that is and that artwork is soooo fairly! I believe for this house and with what you already personal, selecting artwork that isn’t closely detailed is essential. There’s already a number of nice sample within the rug and chairs so selecting artwork to distinction them is essential for the attention to be completely satisfied. Then if you need lights these inexpensive image lights are an awesome choice! My solely concern with a diptyque is that it would really feel too same-same with the 2 chairs below them…
2. Image Mild + Blue Summary Triptych Framed Canvas Wall Artwork: …so right here’s a triptyque! The worth is correct for the artwork and right here is one other image gentle choice, however they’d push you slightly past your price range.
3. Arched Wall Mirror + Woven Poster + Summary Seascape Framed Canvas + Sconce Reflector Lamp + Wall Shelf: I like an image ledge so to simply change your artwork with out worrying about making too many holes. A mirror is nice for making an area greater and brighter, the massive canvas coloration palette would look nice in your room, and the smaller piece has a smaller scale sample whereas staying with the colour palette. Stability! Then for some added gentle, it is a nice plug-in sconce that Sara additionally has in her dwelling🙂

The Agony: Entry Storage

From Grace: “Are you able to and the EHD group assist choose some trendy coat and shoe storage for the tiny little nook of our kitchen the place we enter our dwelling on daily basis? The small room up the step is our laundry room and each inch of that’s wanted for laundry, cleansing provides, recycling bins, and so on. You may see now we have just a few coats that we dangle on hooks on the again of the door within the laundry room, however we’d like extra space for hanging coats! We now have a three-year-old and a nine-month-old, in order that’s 4 of us who want a spot to stash coats and sneakers close to the door. We use the blue cabinet on the left considerably commonly so we will’t have something that might intervene with opening these doorways. 
I like this rail with hooks, and am questioning whether or not it could be an excessive amount of to have one at grownup stage and one other at a child stage (and in addition sneakers beneath that!?) This one can be cool, however perhaps greater and busier so would wish to take down the clock. Final, this one shouldn’t be fairly as fairly as the primary nevertheless it’s far more sensible with so many extra hooks! Possibly you’ve bought one thing even higher? Additionally, bought any prettier concepts for shoe storage?”

Jess once more:) First off, I can’t recover from how candy this room is! Take a look at that inbuilt, that door. All so great.

Look that the surface door coloration is inexperienced! Nevertheless, regardless of the cuteness of a house, it doesn’t assure a usable entry. That’s the place hopefully I can assist.

The Price range: $300

Okay, to begin us off I needed to indicate you all what she linked up in her electronic mail.

1. Lusso Hook Rack: She loves this one however is anxious that it may be an excessive amount of visually to have two – one for adults and a decrease one for youths. I believe it could look nice. I did take a look at the evaluations and so they did make me hesitate. However she will at all times attempt them out if she actually loves them, proper?
2. Iron Double Hook Rack: I believe this one could be nice and appears essentially the most sturdy which isn’t to be discounted:)
3. Rattan Coat Hanger Rack: She loves the look of this one however worries it’s too busy and I believe if you need two of them I agree that they may be. However they’re so cute!

These subsequent three are my picks:

1. Amber Lewis for Anthropologie Hook Rack: I like love this one and my coronary heart made me add it. It’s large and busy so I solely advocate it in the event you determine to solely use one. Plus it takes up the entire price range…
2. Weston Indoor/Outside Hook Rack: This one is for indoor/out of doors so it’s made to be sturdy and I like the trendy conventional fashion.
3. French Giant Coat Rack: For a vintage-looking dwelling like this one I needed to advocate a classic coat rack and I like these. Should you’re comfortable with them not matching there are some offers available!

Now a basket might not work for your loved ones however I like my shoe bin and I do know that Emily is SUPER professional shoe basket. Listed here are some large ones:

1. Rattan Trunk: This one is large and has a lid! But when a lid is annoying then it might probably simply be eliminated.
2. Safi Low Rectangular Basket: A lighter-toned however fairly and tall basket. Love the braided element.
3. Rattan Rectangle Basket: Nonetheless an awesome dimension and at an awesome worth.

Y’all! We made it to the top!! Let me say once more that I’m so sorry I couldn’t give strategies to everybody that submitted. We’re at all times so grateful for you and perhaps we will do one other one in every of these quickly. Hopefully, this was useful for extra than simply the individuals I answered right this moment. It was a extremely enjoyable problem! Have nice remainder of your day.

Love you, imply it.

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