DESIGN TALK 5/14/20
Lindye Galloway’s Tips for Designing a Modern, Approachable Home
Lindye Galloway Living Room
Lindye Galloway is an Orange County designer who creates beautifully modern spaces. We love the timeless, approachable look she brings to every project, her use of negative space, and the elevated pops of black throughout her designs. See how she achieves that organic style.
Lindye Galloway Balboa Counter Stools
Lindye Galloway Balboa Kitchen
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Design is all about balance: balance in the way a room looks, the way that it feels, and the way it functions for our clients.
How would you describe your design philosophy and style?
Design is all about balance: balance in the way a room looks, the way that it feels, and the way it functions for our clients. My style is fresh and contemporary, with a little bit of an organic touch.
Your spaces almost always include pops of black. What do you love most about decorating with that color?
Black can feel opposing to light, bright, and airy, and that’s kind of the point. We want to draw contrast in a room to keep it from falling flat. In the right combinations, black can contribute to a very calming space, capturing the eye and elevating the design.
Design Tips on
Decorating With Black
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Start small with accent furniture like a console or end table.
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Surround your black pieces with bright and airy décor for a stylish contrast.
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Consider black lighting or textiles as a finishing touch.
Lindye Galloway Patterns
What draws you to a more modern style?
I am drawn to the mix of clean lines and organic shapes. And the effortless palette that comes along with a more modern look. But what I love most, is the minimal styling that makes use of negative space. That’s what really lets each room stand out and tell its own story.
How do you make a modern space feel more inviting?
I think a big misconception for a lot of people is that modern means cold and museum-like. Layers of texture – from rugs to furniture to pillows – are what make a room feel really put-together and inviting. People most often forget about these types of accessories, but it’s the little touches that draw you in and create a full, layered look.
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Incorporating negative space is a bit of an art form. The most important thing is to create groupings and then to leave some breathing room in between.
Earlier, you spoke about the importance of negative space. What are some guiding principles for using (or not using) negative space?
Incorporating negative space is a bit of an art form. The most important thing is to create groupings and then to leave some breathing room in between. That especially goes for gallery walls and shelves, which are often too dense. Start small and add as you see fit. When you reach the right balance, you’ll know.
A lot of your projects have gorgeous open floor plans. How do you design for those?
It’s important to make each area feel distinct and like it has a purpose. My go-to is definitely rugs. In an open-concept design, you need a rug that defines the living room and another rug that defines the dining room. The best way to make sure they work together is to find a common theme, whether it’s a color tone or a texture. Being able to carry that little bit of similarity throughout will help connect the whole space.
What are your favorite accents to add to a room?
I love coffee table books. There are so many great coastal ones that can function as tabletop art. The Gray Malin ones are incredible. And they just add that coastal finishing touch. Textured throw pillows are another favorite of mine.
We see a lot of our favorite pieces here! Why do you use Serena & Lily for so many of your projects?
Being in Newport Beach, the style of Serena & Lily pairs really well with our aesthetic and what our clients are drawn to. I would say, it’s the rich textures and also those timeless silhouettes. I love how Serena & Lily does that soft touch of modern so well, where the pieces are clean and really striking, but they also have that unique, handcrafted spin that gives them a warmer appeal. Our clients love that mix, and so do I.
What are the latest Serena & Lily pieces you’ve incorporated into your designs?
We recently used the Balboa Counter Stools in a farmhouse kitchen. They were the perfect textural addition. And, of course, the little brass detail on the foot is a favorite of ours. We also use a lot of the Hanging Rattan Chairs. I personally have one at my house, and my kids love it.
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Images 1-9 courtesy of Chad Mellon.
Images 10, 11 courtesy of Elizabeth Johnson at Pretty Smitten.