Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Home Tour: Lizzie Carney

Lizzie Carney, a stylist/designer for the import firm Euro Trash, dramatically transformed her 1,000-square-foot home by breaking the rules and making up her own. Dark walls and dramatic pieces of furniture mixed with vintage finds are what make this small home feel much larger than it really is.  Read on for some fabulous tips on how Lizzie made the most of every square inch of her home, leaving no room or area untouched. "If you love a piece of furniture, find a way to make it work," says Lizzie.  I couldn't agree more! What do you think of her fabulous home?! (Design tips and info via  Country Living: Decorating Ideas for a Small Space). {P.S. - read below for details on tomorrow's giveaway!}

Old Rule: White walls are a must when square footage is limited.
New Rule: Dark colors create the illusion of depth in small rooms.

Old Rule: Cramped quarters call for clean lines.  
New Rule: Ornate, embellished details give even the tightest spots a sense of grandeur.

 Old Rule: Hidden storage is key to keeping a tiny house tidy. 
New Rule: Don't waste space; kill two birds with one stone.

Old Rule: Small places require small furniture. 
New Rule: Bitsy is busy. Instead, opt for fewer, larger pieces. 
Old Rule: Have a guest room double as an office or den. 
New Rule: Turn the room into a single indulgence, like a walk-in closet.
P.S. Yesterday I mentioned that I'll be hosting some fun giveaways this week to celebrate the one-year anniversary of my online store! Get ready to enter the first giveaway tomorrow (Wednesday 10/20), which is worth $195!!! I'll be posting two more giveaways on Thursday and Friday as well, so you'll have three chances to win some exciting stuff! xoxo


  1. Shutters. They get me EVERY time, I swear. Love her space, esp. the chic grey hues. Thanks for sharing it, Julie! xo

  2. Some great rules - and illustrated so well too!

  3. gosh that looks like my perfect house!!! a girl can dream :(

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  5. How ironic - we have 2 extra rooms in our new place and I was thinking to make one of them my walk in closet!!! :))

  6. Thank you for this! My own bedroom has dark orange walls and I'm SO SICK of reading again and again that bedrooms should use light cool colors! Thanks for making it OK to break the rules.

  7. I love her kitchen- the heavy island and delicate chandelier are fantastic together. I also LOVE the dining room surrounded by wine in the basement- so chic! The dressing room is of course, to die for..what I wouldn't give for a dressing room:)
    Thanks for sharing- gorgeous pics!

  8. her home has such a sense of charm to it! love her unique style.

  9. The dining room/wine cellar in the basement is such a fantastic idea! Where is she based out of? Is it warm enough in the basement to eat in the winter? And the walk in closet is ridiculous. I'll take 2. One for clothes and one for shoes and bags.

  10. I want her kitchen! Excited for the giveaways :).

  11. Beautiful! Love the thoughts on dark walls creating the illusion of depth!
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  12. I LOVE all of these spaces. That wine cellar/dining room, DIE!! That is such a creative decor option.

    The walk in closet/room, gorgeous but that certainly goes without saying.

    Loving the grays..so chic. Can you provide the names of the paint colors?

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. I saw this in Country Living and loved the grey walls. I just absolutely HAVE to paint one of my rooms grey now!

  14. ohhhh I LOVE her place!! hmmm. thinking I should dump the play room and turn IT into a dressing room! Yes! Kids will love the idea, I am sure~

    Just painted my studio grey.....now thinking I should have gone a little darker...but not re-doing it with 13 foot vaulted ceilings!

  15. * Have always loved old shutters~ ANYplace! Looks like she has created a very personal space that suits her needs & I applaud that... am sure her cocktail/dinner parties are fun, too!

    Linda in AZ *

  16. Loving the master bedroom and that walk-in (to-die-for) closet! LOVE IT!!!!

    Shopper Gal

  17. This is such a beautiful post!

  18. GREAT post. Full of inspiration, and who doesn't love breaking rules?! One of the most inspiring design posts I've read in awhile, actually.

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    Thank you for this! My own bedroom has dark orange walls and I'm SO SICK of reading again and again that bedrooms should use light cool colors! Thanks for making it OK to break the rules.


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