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Simple Tips to Freshen Your Decor by New Orleans Interior Designer, Shaun Smith

Simple Tips to Freshen Your Decor by New Orleans Interior Designer, Shaun Smith

 Shaun Smith, of Shaun Smith Home

Shaun Smith, of Shaun Smith Home

My current home decor needs help.  I knew I needed to call my friend, Shaun Smith, for a professional decorating intervention.  I had a room I called the Peppa Pig dumping zone.  One could vaguely see a sofa, maybe a rug, but mostly it was a dumping ground for ride-on cars, random toys, puzzles, pop-up tents and anything Peppa Pig!  What's worse is that I have an aunt that continues to send more ride-on cars and massive pop-up tents as gifts!  It was time to turn this room into a functional family den.  Shaun to the rescue!  I have known Shaun for years.  I love his aesthetic of mixing high and low priced pieces and modern and antiques to create his signature style that is beautiful AND functional.  After all, I have 3 little kids and a husband (so 4 kids).  I wanted a beautiful space to entertain but also a space where my kids could feel comfortable living in.  In the past, I have attempted to redecorate myself.  I ended up buying random pieces I didn't really love and making poor choices like an all green room.   I remember our first home had forest green wallpaper in the kitchen.  I thought , "Hey, how about a green sofa and dining chairs to match!".   Thank goodness I am in the smile business.  I met with Shaun recently to discuss our project and for a quick interview.  Shaun provided some quick and simple tips that can make a big impact.  

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What is one quick and simple thing someone can do to freshen up their decor?  

SS:  New throw pillows or fresh, crisp bed linens. 

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Any decorating advice for families with young children?

SS:  Rules!  Have rules!  No eating on the sofa.  Use a coaster.  No jumping on the coffee table. etc....  (*Hey, my kids know not to eat outside of the kitchen area.)

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What is the one thing you would recommend splurging on?

SS:  Beautiful wallpaper for a powder room

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What is the one thing your would recommend saving on?

SS:  accent (side) tables

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Any design trends for 2018?

SS:  Mirrored walls!  Yes, a la 1980's!  (*I better let my mother-in-law that she's on trend with HER mirrored wall!)  

What's your favorite local stores?  

SS:  Billy Reid, Perch, Hazelnut

Favorite local restaurant?

SS:  La Petite Grocery

For more information, contact Shaun at Shaun Smith Home

(504) 896-1020

947 MAGAZINE ST

NEW ORLEANS, LA 70115

www.shaunsmithhome.com

 

 

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