Stacey's Design Vision: Bold and Tropical

Stacey's Design Vision: Bold and Tropical

Apr 29, 2017
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Stacey Blake (inset) wants to see more color and pattern variety in Julie's apartment.
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We're helping Julie and her family freshen up their living room. The project involves de-cluttering her space — a special challenge when you have a one-year-old — and adding some travel-inspired pops of color and personality.

We've set her up with three style experts, who will each build on what Julie has while adding some fresh inspiration from the TargetStyle Global Collection. Which brings us to design blogger Stacey Blake, editor of Design Addict Mom. We paired her with Julie for her "unabashedly bold" love of color and pattern that she developed growing up in Jamaica. Here's what Stacey suggests...


  • I chose this bar cart to place in the space where Julie and Victor currently have a black mirror. Its scale is great for the spot and it adds more display and storage space as well. I'm leaning toward the hanging succulents for the wall above it, but am open to trying the woven grass wall pieces as well. I love the textural elements that both of them would bring to the space!
  • For accessorizing the bar cart, I would add succulents from their existing plant collection, along with a colorful basket for additional storage.
  • The bare wall on one side of the room is just screaming for something, so I've returned to the woven grass wall baskets. Four of them above the couch make an impact alone, but adding the tropical leaf toss pillow would add a related punch of color.
  • The other couch will be adorned with a lovely striped throw, another tropical leaf toss pillow and the embroidered lumbar pillow. I chose a solid chindi with jute turquoise rug, as the color grounds the space and establishes the color palette. It would be placed in the living room, and possibly layered with Julie's existing rug.
  • Teo's toys will be neatly tucked away in a couple of woven baskets, which add more texture to the design. The blue planter would be great in the dining room or beside the bar cart. They already have plants to fill it with, and it would further extend that color palette.
  • The accessories I chose build on this global vibe and continue the color palette we've established. I especially love the playful factor of the hand-carved animals. We can add these accessories on the window ledges and the entertainment center. It's all cohesive.

My name is Stacey Blake and I am addicted to design. I'm the owner and editor of the website Design Addict Mom, which showcases the latest news, trends, DIYs and home tours, along with providing a glimpse of my own home and design projects. My personal style is unabashedly bold, infused with colors, patterns, travel pieces and lots of plants. I was born in Jamaica, and my childhood there certainly influenced my love for color and nature. I love traveling and am always inspired by the different cultures I encounter, inspiration that is reflected in my own aesthetic. (I have a lot of travel pieces in my own décor.) I believe one's home should be a reflection of one's personality – which probably explains why my home has a bright orange front door.


A world of inspiration is now at Target. Come back on May 16 to see what Julie, Victor, and Teo chose for their After!

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