I'm Chelsey. Wife. Mama to two. Interior Designer. Passionate about all the details that make life beautiful. Hope you have a nice stay!

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Designer look for less

Designer look for less

Today we have a new guest post from a talented designer that is based right here in LA.  Kate Lester is the owner of Kate Lester Interiors and she has been practicing residential and commercial design for over 10 years.  That's a lot of experience!  She has worked with lots of high-end clients such as professional athletes, people in the entertainment industry, and the hollywood elite so she has lots of experience creating beautiful high-end looks.  So today we have a special treat because she is sharing how to get the look of one of her clients high-end master bedroom suites for look-alike items at affordable prices.  We all love that right?!

When you hire an interior designer, it's easy to put together a stunning look replete with unique accents in any space.  The trick is to accomplish that same effect when you're on a tight budget - or when you simply don't want to break the bank decorating a vacation house, guest room or a home office yourself.  Today I'm going to show you how to get the luxury, stylized look for less while staying true to the original design concept.

The original design concept was for this bedroom to be feminine and soft, without being over the top girlish.  The goal was to create a serene space where the client could relax and get a little work done, while still keeping the space luxurious and unique.


| BED |

The bed is the focal point of this room.  It is a custom Kate Lester design, and is upholstered in imported Belgian linen.  Serena & Lily have since come out with a headboard that is very similar, and can be upholstered in various fabric options.


Storage was important to our client to help keep clutter at bay on her nightstand.  A 3-drawer chest does this, and makes a more dramatic impact than a small nightstand.

| DESK |

We often break the rules when it comes to bedroom design.  Two nightstands can be boring, and sometimes a desk is more functional and unique.  This reclaimed wood desk anchors the other side of the bed and enables our client to get a little work done early in the morning or late at night.


With the two larger wood pieces flanking the bed, it was important to bring in some softness.  An upholstered chair with a curved back adds character and gives the look a bit more formality than a standard desk chair would.


Blue, grooved ceramic lamps add depth and break up the smooth lines of the linen headboard and bedding.  They add a fun pop of color and texture.

| ART |

Our client already had the art piece, so we decided to incorporate it into the design, but leaned it against the wall instead of hanging it to create a casual feel.


With windows and a balcony that have a direct ocean view, we decided to reflect that view with a dynamic hand crafted mirror.  The texture is inspired by a shell and adds some movement and visual interest to that side of the room.

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