A Room-by-Room Guide to Sprucing Up Your Family Home, According to Instagrammers
After more time in our houses than we ever imagined, most of us are ready for a change of scenery, or at least fresh paint and some fun throw pillows. We asked four design-expert moms who have perfected the art of the zhuzh to each tackle one room. Their small changes can make a real difference.
How to Get a Chic Kitchen
With Shavonda Gardner
Shavonda Gardner's blog, SG Style, celebrates small spaces that embrace bold elements and also champions Black and LGBTQ+ voices in the world of home design. Gardner's Sacramento, California, house, shared with her wife, Naomi, and their teens, Bryanna, 18, and Michael, 13, is full of color and pattern. Her approach to kitchen decorating is no different from the rest of her home: She knows that a little DIY-ing (get out that paintbrush), paired with a collection of well-loved, useful things, adds up to a room that feels good to be in.
Sherwin-Williams Hunt Club
Young House Love Metal Convertible Pendant
Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Essential Oven
Benjara Brown and White Marble Top Metal Kitchen Island
Lecci Clay French Linen Kitchen Towel by Harmony
Smeg 2-Slice Toaster
Mosser Glass Cake Stand
Farmhouse Pottery Handmade Ceramic Vintage-Style Crocks
How to Get a Happy Kids Room
With Erin Wheeler
The name of Erin Wheeler's blog captures her decorating style: Sunny Circle Studio is all about cheerful décor. A former graphic designer, Wheeler has carved out a niche designing Pinterest-worthy rooms that stand up to her family's active life in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, David, and their children, Wyatt, 9, and Zora, 6. Her kids' bedrooms, in particular, are a lesson in how to dress up a space that children inhabit. Wheeler's secret is mixing sophisticated furniture with quirky, artful accents.
Rivet Dome-Shaped Table Lamp
Curious Animal Head Wall Decor
Motherly Timeless 6-Drawer Dresser With Changer Topper
Pear printable poster
Diamond Aztec Tufted Flat Weave Area Rug by Drew Barrymore Flower Home
Minnen Bed Frame
Rainbow Nesting Arches
How to Get a Minimalist Living Room
With Emily Henderson
Emily Henderson got her start styling homes for magazines, but it was HGTV's Design Star that made the West Coast stylist a household name. Her blog, Style by Emily Henderson, is beloved for her fun voice and her look that's aspirational yet achievable for folks with young kids— she and her husband, Brian, have Charlie, 7, and Elliot (called Birdie), 5. Her design signature is clean and cool with touches of vintage charm to keep things fresh. It's just what we crave in rooms that double as kid zones and spots for grown-ups to chill.
Visby Teal Textured Round Pouf
Pillowfort Modern Ball Table Lamp
BEHR Eon N370-2
Pillowfort Water Hyacinth and Coiled Rope Storage Bin
How to Get an Eclectic Bedroom
With Justina Blakeney
Rare is the designer who launches a trend that's maximalist in every way yet catches on with the masses. When Justina Blakeney christened her colorful Los Angeles bungalow (and her blog) The Jungalow, popularity followed. Her Jungalow brand embraces a vibrant bohemian look teeming with greenery. While she and her husband, Jason, are proud parents of Ida, 8, Blakeney also calls herself a plant mom. Her latest book, Jungalow: Decorate Wild, is out April 6 and includes ideas like these for giving a grown-up bedroom laid-back glamour.
"Throw out preconceived notions and channel colors that make you feel the way you want to in your bedroom—sleepy! Sexy! Relaxed! Use paint, wallpaper, and textiles to bring your space to life," Blakeney says.
Jamila Santa Fe Rug by Justina Blakeney X Loloi
Roma Cubby Wall Shelf
Snake Plant and Grant Planter
Pei’s Sunrise Throw
Potter’s Clay Lime Wash
Round Cane Accent Table
Casaluna 100% Washed Linen Solid Sheet Set
This article originally appeared in Parents magazine's May 2021 issue as "New Look, Same Home." Want more from the magazine? Sign up for a monthly print subscription here