Style Refresh with West Elm

Take your space from dark and lacking personality to lively and energetic with a few style changes. Start with color changes, play with patterns, accents, textures, or update an entire style. Play with what you already have and fill in new items to enhance and update your look.

My time playing today was with West Elm and some of their items. Design boards are a great way to play with your style and visualize your space. So, style away! I used Olioboard below. You can follow my boards here.

I offer e-Design services if you’d like my help refreshing your space a little or a lot! See service details here or email me at

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6 Tips to Refresh a Drab Living Room

I’m delighted to have Emily from Zillow as a guest on the blog. Zillow has been my go-to site during our recent move and search for a home. If you are buying, selling, or simply want to know the market in your area then check out Zillow. See Zillow Digs for inspiration too!

Enjoy these tips by guest writer Emily Creswick:

Home styling is not typically a high priority for busy families. When schedules are packed, living in outdated or disorganized environments becomes the norm. In turn, this causes unnecessary clutter and household stress that can be avoided with a little effort toward interior design. Making small updates to high-traffic living spaces can dramatically change a home’s atmosphere and the moods of its residents.

Refreshing a drab living room creates a functional and inviting space where families and their visitors can relax and mingle. Even with limited budgets, it’s easy to make a positive impact. Check out these six tips to learn how.

1.      Define the Purpose

It’s common for a living room to become a dumping ground for kid’s belongings, gym bags, shoes and random items after the family comes home from school or work. This causes unnecessary clutter and takes up valuable living space. The first step to update an area is to define the purpose of the room and remove the items that don’t belong. When reducing the purpose from catch-all to family room, be sure to create new homes for the typical overflow items. For instance, add a table, cubbies or shoe rack to the entry hall. Once random clutter is removed it’s much easier to see the entire living space available.

2.      Aim for Open Layout

A common design mistake is to overcrowd the living room with furniture and accessories. Too many items results in clutter and confusion. To refresh, adopt the design notion of “less is more.” Assess whether furniture pieces are required or unnecessary. When it comes to accessories, keep it simple. Adding decorative mirrors and modern, oversized canvas prints on the walls are great ways to create open space while incorporating artistic decoration.

3.      Increase Storage

Storage is essential to keeping the living room tidy. Create dedicated storage spaces for items not in use, such as TV remotes, magazines and books. Lucite and acrylic trays are trendy and modern while functional as storage solutions. Include side tables with decorative coasters for safe placement of beverages when watching TV. Consider using a fashionable trunk with storage space for blankets instead of a coffee table. If the room doubles as a kid’s play area, invest in some durable and attractive baskets to store toys.

image from Zillow Digs

image from Zillow Digs

4.      Eliminate Outdated Pieces

If the living room has a lumpy couch, any faded, floral prints or sun damaged curtains, then it’s time for an update. Do-it-yourself re-upholstery projects are great for reinvigorating furniture while saving money. New curtains are a cost-effective purchase that instantly add vibrancy to a drab living room. If a larger budget allows, splurge on a comfy new couch or durable rug for the high-traffic area.

5.      Get Creative with Color

Painting a bold feature wall can be intimidating. Do some research on Zillow Digs to spark design inspiration. For a lively feel, choose a bold color. Select a muted or lighter color for a classic, softer look. Work in cushions and throws of similar hues for balance.

6.      Keep it Fresh

Rooms are more inviting when they smell fresh and clean. Adding scented candles is a great way to freshen up the room while adding style and ambiance. Another option is to use air-refreshing plugs that discreetly hide in wall outlets. For safety purposes, ensure candles and air fresheners are out of reach of little hands and pets.

A fresher and more inviting living room is only a few easy steps away. For more great style tips and solutions check out staged homes on Zillow.

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Home Decorating with E-Design: Giveaway

Is decorating your home one of your goals this year? Great! I’m delighted to offer an E-Design service for one Simply Savvy blog reader. You’ll provide pictures of the space and a description of what you’re looking for and I’ll create an inspiration board to get you started. If you want to see the potential of a space than E-Design is a great service option.

Here are just some of the reasons to choose E-Design:

  • You love the idea of hiring a professional but have limited access, a limited budget, or prefer to work on your own.
  • You are feeling stuck and need a visual idea of how to address a space.
  • You need inspiration and product ideas that you can easily follow.
  • You need the support of a professional.

e-design giveaway

I offer three package options with my E-Design services plus an a-la-carte option. The winner of this giveaway will receive the PLUS: Package 2 option which provides you with an inspiration board that includes the elements needed for a cohesive decorating solution.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment on this post (see link above post, under title) or on the Facebook post for this giveaway as to what nook, corner, or room you would want help with. If you know of someone that could benefit from this share the post on Facebook or Twitter with them. Winner will be chosen at random on Friday, January 17th and shared on Facebook. I will contact the winner via email or direct message.



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My 30A Vacation and Some Retail Therapy to End the Year

I spent the last days of 2013 enjoying a family vacation in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Though I love my beach time I took a day to tour nearby towns on 30A and do some retail exploring. A short drive from Rosemary is Grayton Beach and Beau Interiors.

Beau Interiors has a lovely mixture of unique finds, local artisan creations, and numerous accessories for great styling. (Browse home décor stores for great styling ideas you can use in your home!)

Notice the two styles of chairs. It gives the table a lighter and more casual feel.


Love this table setting – casual and elegant.


Add a little embellishment and sparkle to your pillows. Simply use a beautiful pin like these to change the look of your pillows. Lovely!




Styled perfectly.


This recycled glass art was created by local artist Mary Hong.


Welcome to 2014! I’m kicking off the year with tips and solutions to an organized home. Be sure to subscribe so that you can follow along and share. Love the Space You’re In!

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Day 8: Bargain Shopping for the Holiday

I’m a frequent shopper at HomeGoods and Target. Both stores always have something that catches my attention. Today I am sharing a few favorite finds for the holidays. Happy bargain shopping!


Couldn’t you see a festive pillow, acrylic candlesticks, a stylish storage ottoman, or some holiday china by Lenox being a great gift for yourself!


What decorative goodies have you found while out bargain shopping for the holidays?

In case you missed them: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7.

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Day 7: Inspired by Elegant Holiday Decorating

You may be spending this weekend putting the finishing touches on your holiday decorating. You can’t go wrong with a fun and festive theme but today I’m inspired by elegant holiday décor.



Baby it’s cold (and wet) outside! Enjoy these favorite holiday images and see what ideas you get that may help you finish up your special  holiday touches.


I hope you take in all that remains of the holiday season. Keep your stress low and enjoy each moment!

In case you missed them: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, and Day 6

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A Clean and Organized Home

I am a Decorator so clearly I love people to be surrounded by pretty things that make them feel good in their space. I also organize for clients (amongst other services!) because pretty isn’t possible when all you see is stuff . That might mean that you and your family need to work towards a daily chore chart OR you need better solutions for your belongings. Organizing solutions.

Being unorganized does not mean you are messy. In fact, most homes I have worked in are very clean but need spaces that work better and have storage solutions in place.  Function, flow, and feeling are always the three guidelines I follow when helping clients.

What’s the point of adding the pretty if it’s surrounded by clutter and a feeling that brings chaos to your day?

If you have a place for your belongings but neither you nor your family manage to stick with the plan then it’s not working. Reset your solution and test an alternative idea–or have a do it or else moment!

Before you buy things to make your space feel better consider the items you already have and how you are utilizing them.  Take inventory of each space in your home and write down what’s good, what needs improvement, and what’s making you feel less than great.

You deserve to Love the Space You’re In!


Closet by Elfa

Closet by Elfa





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Decorate with Sculptural Elements

I’ve been seeing more and more spheres and sculptural decorations used in décor and found in some of my favorite shops. It’s a simple decorative item to add to a bookshelf, or place on top of a stack of books styling your coffee table.

I came across these fun options at  Which one is your favorite?

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and these beauties at Plantation ( I’m loving the white ceramic ones too!



Have you added any sculptural elements to your décor? Add special touches that help you Love the Space You’re in!

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Decorating on a Budget

I love searching for budget friendly options for my organizing and decorating clients. If you pair a high-end item with a lower-end find those budget friendly items will have a more expensive look. The real big happy comes when you find top brand names at a discount store and score BIG. It’s like a decorator lottery win.

One of my go-to places is my local HomeGoods store. I check there often for simple styling ideas and containers of all kinds. I always have to give myself more time than planned for those moments when I’ve lost focus.

Take a look at what I came across today. I could decorate an entire room with items at HomeGoods. What fantastic finds have you come across lately?

HomeGoods finds

…and this very cute rug.


I’d love to help you find the right items for your home. My organizing and decorating services include in-home and virtual options. Take a look here and email me.


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Decorating a Guest Retreat

I’ve been busy rebranding my decorating and organizing business in Atlanta. Be sure to check out the new Julie Montgomery Interiors logo and the Simply Savvy blog!

I’m so happy to be in Atlanta and work with clients in this area. If you can’t have me in your house my e-Design services may be a perfect option for you- and there are some flexible a-la-carte options too! Check them out here and reserve your spot.

Getting ready for guest? Here’s a serene retreat.


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