Fix Our Design Flop

Fix Our Design Flop

Got a room that’s a little “meh” or not quite what you want it to be? Have any idea what to do?

Nikki & Laura have those rooms but no direction…yet.

Design genius Michael Murphy from Lee Douglas Interiors is in studio with Nikki & Laura on Wednesdays at 8am to answer your design questions.

We get it kicked off today with Nikki & Laura’s rooms and find out WWMMD.

Join us! Submit your room photos and questions to
Laura’s Space:
The Question: How can I make my small apartment bedroom functional for everything I need (sleeping space and office area)?
Michael’s Design Takeaways:
  • Have your bed shake your hand as you walk into the space. Meaning you should see it as you walk into the space versus walking into the side of the bed.
  • If you rent a space for more than a year, consider painting or using repositionable wall paper to personalize the space. You can always paint it back before you leave and paint is the biggest bang for your buck.
  • Keep things that are sentimental. Display them, or integrate them into the space with thought and consideration. The pride flag can be folded and placed in a shadow box. Knowing that someone’s relative built something for them, like Laura’s father building her desk, is special and has the potential of becoming an heirloom piece.
  • Have you desk near a window. With so many Zoom calls, the natural light will help the space look brighter and a little Vitamin D is great for everyone.
Nikki’s Space:
The Question: There’s no cohesive design and the mishmash is driving me crazy. Can a built-in help fix that?
Michael’s Design Takeaways:
  • Built-ins add value, visual interest and potential value to a home.
  • An interim step before built-ins would be to paint the TV wall the same color as the cabinet below. It will help the TV visually disappear.
  • Layering rugs is a great way to define spaces and add softness underfoot.
  • Most of us have a tendency to collect small objects and display them on small shelves, coffee table, end tables…but this “room dandruff” will make the space look and feel cluttered. Be deliberate and bold  with your choices. When in doubt go for larger objects. They have more visual impact.

Have a question about your space for Michael at Lee Douglas? Drop us a note and a picture or two at