Meet Michele from April 25th Design and Décor

Michele Stoll is a Houston-based interior decorator and longtime American Blinds customer. She loves using our window coverings and wallpaper and is passionate about helping home owners find a style that keeps their wallet happy. Learn more from Michele about vintage finds, mixing patterns and incorporating the unexpected in your home!
How to Shop Estate and Garage Sales
Have an unlimited design fund? We didn't think so. Decorating on a budget means you can't complete a room by shopping at full price. Get the best bang for your buck by scouring estate sales, garage sales, and auctions.

Take Michele's tips to spot good quality pieces and get the best price possible. See a few of her favorite vintage treasures and how she has incorporated them into her life along with modern accents from American Blinds.
Michele's Vintage Shopping Tips:
  • Shop estate sales early and come back before close to get deep discounts

  • Browse auctions online to keep a level head

  • Buy pieces that speak to you, but don't need extensive repair

Get the look!

Unique pieces are often a steal at garage sales.

These 1960s bamboo style patio chairs will fit in indoor and outdoor spaces.

Place these on each side of a console table for some whimsy.

Find vintage glasses to make your home bar a little more interesting.

How To Style Vintage Finds:
See the potential behind antique pieces the way a designer does. Give your style an unexpected layered look by pairing vintage and investment pieces. Take this look to your windows by pairing formal window shutters with draperies made from vintage fabrics.

Take Michele's advice when you shop in antique stores - learn what's worth splurging for, what's not, how to shop for art and furniture, and always remember- buy anything under $5 if it speaks to your heart.
Michele's tips for Vintage Art:
  • Buy pre-framed pieces.

  • Layer investment art pieces with garage sale finds

  • Display antique pieces as wall art

  • Buy the things you fall in love with

Get the look!

Never pass up hand painted furniture at an antique store.

Brightly colored trays are always a good find.

Chandeliers are one of the most important elements of home décor.

Inexpensive items that speak to you are worth buying.

Decorating with Wallpaper:
Think wallpaper is outdated and tacky? Not the way Michele sees it.

Learn to use bold patterns like flocked damask and grass cloth to create unique, fashion forward spaces in your home. A small entryway will pop in brick and black damask. Give a conventional bathroom a little more shine with mixed metals. Follow Michele's lead by pairing printed wallpaper with contrasting pieces for an adventurous look. But stay true to your personal style in all aspects of your home decorating.
Get the look!

"Flocked" damask wallpaper gives a bold look to small spaces.

Grass cloth wallpaper is a great way to add interest & texture to a room.

Metallic wallpaper creates an updated look with little effort or cost.

Peacock wallpaper with hints of gold will set any space apart.

Michele Stoll Style and Inspiration:
Interior decorating should be a joy, not a daunting task. Michele stresses the importance of filling your home with items that are "talking points."

Do the items that you surround yourself with hold a deeper meaning? If someone asks you about an item do you have a story to tell? Show your personal style by creating a comfortable, lived-in space and don't be afraid to incorporate color with accent walls and windows.
Get the look!

Use a large built-in for storage and to display art.

Interesting accessories really make the space.

Group paintings above a dark mantel to complete an awkward space.

Use old spanish tiles as a table runner.

Personalize Your Design:
Are you willing to take design risks? Take it from Michele: "The safe and reliable road doesn't always lead you to the best path."

When shopping don't take pieces at face value. Go beyond the store set up! Instead, add unique spin to make the look your own. Allow your style to evolve continually and get décor inspiration from the things you enjoy doing most. Browse the wallpaper trends lookbook to see what's sweeping the home design world this season.
Get the look!

Bright colors and unique accessories make this room just divine.

Scour flea markets and resale shops for vintage letters to mix and match.

You can use vintage feedsacks to make pillows or upholster barstool seats

The simplicity of this room is what makes it beautiful.

Shop American Blinds for wallpaper and window coverings on sale that will add some spice to your life. Want to hear more fabulous tips from from Michele? She'll be guest pinning inspiring photos and tips on our board, Michele Stoll Style. Or see her work at April 25th Design and Decor.

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