Tips for a Dashing Dining Room

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I’m sure your’re all gearing up to host family and friends for a wonderful dinner on Thursday. I’ve put together a few tips on how to successfully decorate your dining room this holiday season, or all year’round!

Dining Room Do’s

  1. Add some greenery. I love the three-tier topiary in the second dining room photo. Think about adding a boxwood type plant or green moss balls to fill that empty vase you have lying around.
  2. Use a floral centerpiece to tie-in with the greenery. A nice vase with colorful flowers instantly adds a formal feel to a dining room. Also try changing out the type of flowers depending on the season.
  3. Think BIG when it comes to area rugs! Wondering just how big? Your area rug should be large enough so that all legs of the dining room chairs stay on the rug when you pull them out.
  4. Proper lighting! Pick a beautiful chandelier and candles to set the mood in the evening. Consider putting your lights on dimmers for a quick and easy upgrade that’s sure to make a dramatic difference.
  5. Wallpaper!!! If there were ever a time to splurge on this it’s here! The neutral color trellis wallpaper in each of these rooms is subtle and adds texture and depth to the space.
  6. Create a focal point by adding a large mirror and/or artwork. Notice how the mirrors instantly make the room appear larger?
  7. Of course, draperies are the icing on the cake!! Bringing in a beautiful material add richness to the dining room. Another tip – it’s best to first select the draperies and then your wallpaper color so it’s easier to match.

After you’ve given your dining room a little face-lift, head over here for some Thanksgiving decor inspiration just in time for Thursday!

Introducing Our Show, Family Redesigned


Are you a fan of any major home and garden network television shows? How would you like to customize what you watch and have access to shows whenever you want, with the click of a button?

We are thrilled to announce that we are officially part of The Design Network family as Family Redesigned! For those of you who might not be familiar, The Design Network is a web-based network where viewers go to receive interior design tips and watch room transformations from designers across America! As they describe it – a home for everything “home.” Compare this to a YouTube for the interior design world. The past month has been super busy juggling filming along with our day-to-day jobs but it’s been a blast! Lauren Nicole Designs will feature 5 episodes of  our latest clients in the Charlotte area! A true first-hand look at the design process from beginning to end.

The first episode of Family Redesigned is scheduled to air in January 2015! Stay tuned for more information and sneak peaks before it airs!


Contest Giveaway!

Subscribe to our TDN channel, here, and you’ll automatically be entered to win a FREE Corkcicle from Lila Home! This hot, new product will keep white wine chilled for an hour and cool red wine to room temperature in just 15 min. Perfect for entertaining for the holidays. The winner will be announced on November 27!


Pin of the Week – Christmas Begins at the Front Door

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The front door hints as to what’s to come inside a home. This first impression is most important during the Christmas season when your front door receives family and friends to celebrate the holidays. Pondering how you’ll decorate? Get excited for today’s Pin of the Week!

Why We Love the Look

  • First off, can we talk about how awesome the front door is?! The dark wood herringbone panels are beautiful against the white door frame and gray paint.
  • Notice how the color scheme is neutral and still makes a statement. The metallic white, gold and silver bows are so beautiful mixed in with the burlap and  greenery!
  • The oversize bows and garland make the porch seem larger. You need fewer decorations if you go with larger pieces.
  • Most importantly, it’s a classic and very neat look that everyone can appreciate.
Design ideas from Pinterest.

A Holly Jolly Home

If you’re familiar with my previous blogs and facebook posts, it’s quite apparent that Lauren Nicole Designs and Lila Home are in full-out Christmas mode! Balsam and cedar scent candles, ornaments, and Christmas wreaths have taken over our retail store for weeks now.

This week, team LND is traveling to Greensboro, NC to help prepare a family’s beautiful home for the holiday season. This is the first time we’ve decorated an entire home for Christmas and boy, we are having an absolute blast!!

Deck the Halls

For the mantel, we went with a rustic holiday theme that paired perfectly with the look of home. These antler stocking holders look awesome lined up against the stone fireplace. The sprays of holly berries and acorns add a touch of color to really make the whole mantel “pop”!



What you can’t see in these photos is the mass amount of stairways and banisters. The garland is the same throughout the home to keep everything cohesive. What I love about this type of garland is its large size, sprigs of holly berries and acorns, and matching burlap bows.



The dining room is one of the first rooms guests see as they enter the home. It’s best to keep the table top decor simple and elegant. “Less is more” is the motto! The white glittered mango leaf trees, metallic acorn vase fillers and antlers work great with our rustic chic holiday theme and are gorgeous on top of the dark table.




No home is complete without a Christmas wreath to greet your guests. You can instantly dress up any holiday wreath by adding a large bow or ribbon, which is inexpensive  and can be found at your local craft store.



Lastly, here’s a peak at some of our favorite Lila Home decor items that are an easy way to transform your home for Christmas.





I hope this has inspired your inner Christmas elf to start decking the halls! Only 35 days until Christmas!!

Cost Friendly Holiday Home Decor

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is soon upon us and in the blink of an eye, Christmas will be too! Many families will be putting up their Christmas trees after their Thanksgiving meals and decorating the rest of their homes to welcome this beautiful season.

Watch my video, here, to learn some tips and tricks to make decorating for the holidays a breeze utilizing items you probably already have in your home! These tips are both easy to do and easy on your wallet. I hope you enjoy!

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For more adorable holiday decor from Lila Home, hop over here!

Pin of the Week – Pendant Lamps


Do you want a beautiful bathroom where you can relax but the decor still “packs a punch”?  Take note from today’s Pin of the Week!

 Here’s why the decor works.

  • The lighting is unexpected! These pendant lamps are a wonderful alternative to placing horizontal sconces above your mirror.
  • Say goodbye to boring stock mirrors above the sink. Look for mirrors with unique angles and curves to contrast the rectangular counter top. If the mirror is tall enough, try hanging it horizontally. This makes your wall appear larger!
  • The decor is light and bright! You can never go wrong when sticking to neutral, non-fussy color schemes. Just make sure to mix different shades and textures to keep it interesting.

For more pendant lighting design inspiration, visit our Pinterest page!

For help finding the right lighting for you, head over here and I’d be happy to lend my design expertise.

(Design ideas from Pinterest)

HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Nominee!


Happy Monday LND fans! As you might have seen on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, we received the most exciting news last Thursday. Are you ready for this?! Lauren Nicole Designs has been nominated in TWO categories as part of the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design contest! This contest aims to bring recognition to new, upcoming interior designers under 35. I am so honored to be considered for this award and excited to take part with the other talented designers.

Where do y’all come in? We’re rallying the troops to ask for your support and vote for team LND! The contest heavily relies on the public’s vote to determine the winner.

How to Vote:

  • Click HERE to find my bio page and see the rooms I have in the contest.
  • Find the “Most Serene Retreat” and “Most Dramatic Transformation” category links at the top, right of the page and follow the link to vote for each room.
  • You may vote once a day, but can vote twice from your cellphone and other devices like a tablet or desktop computer. Voting ends December 11th.
  • Share the love! Spread the word and ask other friends to vote.

Here is a look at the nominated rooms.



A tremendous “thank you” to all of you who continue to support me on this wonderful journey. Stay tuned for more updates from the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Contest!

Pin of the Week – Interior Black Door

A new home aesthetic trend is on the rise! If you’re familiar with the world that is interior design, I’m sure you’ve seen photos of darker colored interior doors. Most of these doors are a shade of black which look amazing, but we decided to put our own unique spin on it.

One of the rooms we didn’t show in yesterday’s blog of Zach and Erica’s home was their guest house.  Their family recently moved to North Carolina from an apartment in New York City. They were excited to have a space for their guests and family to stay when visiting. We were excited to transform this space and make it unique and different from the main home.

I chose one of my favorite shades by Benjamin Moore to paint the interior doors, called Chelsea gray.

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Why bother painting your interior doors a dark color?

 It’s a great way to fill a void or blank space in the room.

The dark paint can make a stock door look special and more unique to your home. (Like the panel door above.)

It draws your eyes to the architectural details in the home. Zach and Erica’s guest apartment has a dark ceiling so the gray doors compliment this feature nicely!  You can also see that the Chelsea gray also looks great against the neutral shades in the tile flooring.

The ceilings appear taller, making the room larger.

Spark your interest?

Here are more interior black door photos to inspire your next design project.




Now start painting!

 Design ideas from Pinterest.

Behind the Scenes of a LND Home Photoshoot

It’s only Thursday and we already feel so accomplished! This week we are excited to be on-site at a few of our client’s beautiful homes to document the work of Lauren Nicole Designs. The first stop on the photoshoot marathon was at the home of  Zach and Erica. Their  family allowed us to transform the look of their foyer, formal family room, dining room, living room, sun deck and patio! That’s a ton of beauty to capture! Here is an inside look into their home.

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A huge THANK YOU to the outstanding photographer, Randy Foulds for your hard work! For more of his work check out

Stay tuned for other homes we shot this week!

Halloweek at a Glance

Boy was it a busy week! We were so excited to be back in Virginia for a special client’s installation.


This warm and inviting foyer is a perfect example of how to mix modern, neutral patterns and colors into one room.


For the master bedroom, my client’s selected scarlet red as the accent color. This looks amazing mixed with the gold and taupe bedding!


We loved this accent wall in the master bedroom. What a great way to bring in current trends of large photo mats of different sizes.

A little tip -lay out and measure your photos and decor on your floor before nailing it to the wall!


It’s Elsa and Anna from Frozen! My girls are crazy for the movie. They were really excited to wear their costumes from our family trip to Disney on Halloween.

I hope y’all enjoyed your Halloween festivities and have a great week ahead!

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