Category Archives: Before and After

How To Refresh Your Home Decor After The Holidays

January 4, 2017

Now that the ball has officially dropped on a New Year, it’s time to sweep up the confetti and pack away the holiday decorations until next season. All the pinecones, holly wreaths, stockings and bows bring a special joy and excitement to your home in December, which can leave your space feeling empty or bare […]

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My Updated Fireplace & Reclaimed Wood Mantel

July 21, 2016

When we bought our new to us home, I knew I had a big job ahead of me.  The house hadn’t been painted in at least 15 years and was very dark and needed a major update.   Below is a before photo of the family room.  It worked for the family that lived there, […]

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Inside Look: Northshore Estate Master Bathroom

February 8, 2016

It’s a marvelous Monday here in the Carolinas! Did you have a good weekend? We had a great one full of birthday parties AND watched the Super Bowl (but of course). Have you taken a look at any of the Northshore Estate Inside Looks? Make sure to check them out here: Kitchen Family Room Dining […]

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Before and After: My Mom’s Office

January 18, 2016

Hey y’all and happy Monday! Today, my mom is sharing her office makeover from start to finish. Get ready for photo overload in the best way possible. Take it over, Linda! Okay. Here is the before of my office. Clearly, no space was defined and this space was really a drop zone for everything I […]

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Preparing Your Home to Sell: The Kitchen

November 9, 2015

We’re back with Part 3 in our Preparing Your Home to Sell! Here’s a look at Part 1 and Part 2. The Front Porch The Living Room Kitchens can be one of the hardest rooms to stage for selling because: we spend so much time in it! Almost all families truly gather in the kitchen […]

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Inside Look: Longview Estate Family Room

August 26, 2015

We’re back with the last inside look at one of our favorite projects: Longview Estate. For pictures of the entire project, visit our portfolio here. Love love! For the other inside looks: Master Bedroom Suite Living Room Office Kitchen Now, it’s time to chat about this comfortable-chic family room! This family room is not a […]

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Accessorizing Your Built-in Shelves

June 3, 2015

One of my Mom’s favorite activities: ACCESSORIZING. She has been dubbed the Official Accessory Queen. Recently, we went to a client’s house to help accessorize her built-in shelves and mantle. As always: it was a lot of fun. AND we came out of it with a few tips to share with y’all! Before: Now, you […]

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Before and After: Living Room

May 29, 2015

Is it just me or has this week has completely flown by?  It’s Friday and that means let’s party by showing you one of our favorite room transformations! This living room room is not terribly large in size but we had a lot of boxes to check on this family’s list. Additionally, this room is […]

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A Piano Room Transformation: Before and After

May 13, 2015

I love a good transformation, don’t you? I think we all do! Here’s the back story… My client worked out of this space with her team, consisting of her brother and two daughters. Like most things, it worked for a little while. But then she realized she missed using this room to entertaining her guests […]

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A Beautiful Dining Room Transformation

May 1, 2015

One of my favorite rooms to transform: dining rooms. I love designing rooms where families gather! Who am I kidding? I love designing and transforming all rooms. When I first got started on this project, I knew that we would be using faux leather on the chairs. She had two small children and knew for […]

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My Husband’s Office: Before and After

March 30, 2015

My husband, Chris, works from home most of the time, so I knew designing his office would be very important. It had to be functional and masculine, without looking out of place in our home. You can see the “before” picture below. We moved in to builder beige walls but immediately painted it Benjamin Moore’s […]

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Paint on the Ceiling!

March 15, 2015

One way to quickly and easily enhance your space is to address your ceiling. A lot of ceilings will have at least crown molding separating them from the walls, which is the perfect separation to do something different and interesting on the ceiling, like paint or wallpaper. And if you have a tray or coffered […]

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Designing My Dining Room

December 31, 2014

Another room makeover alert, this time at my home! Like most homes, my dining room is one of the first rooms that you see when you enter through the front door so it’s important to make a design impression right away. Of course, I wanted a formal space for holiday dinners and entertaining but also […]

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The Deets for a Perfect Guest Room Suite

December 30, 2014

A guest room should be a space where your visitors feel welcome and relaxed. It’s actually really simple to create a chic space for guests to be relaxed and make their stay with you even more enjoyable! I’m excited to take you through a guest room makeover that you can easily mimic with a few […]

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Accessorizing with Artwork

December 18, 2014

So they say bigger is always better, right? My design opinion is 100 percent dependent upon the space you’re decorating. This week’s challenge was accessorizing a family’s living room with a lot of blank wall space and extremely tall ceilings and mantel. We obviously needed a large, tall piece of art to fill the white […]

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Family Playroom Redesignd

December 16, 2014

I’m so excited to share today’s blog because it’s all about the latest weekend project at my home! As my girls get older we’ve changed their bedroom decor to a “big girl” space and have now transformed our bonus room into the perfect big girl playroom where they can grow and enjoy it for many years […]

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How to Make Neutral Pop

December 10, 2014

Neutral color palettes can be anything but boring! If you desire a look that’s timeless without any of the fuss, follow these tips on how to make a neutral palette transform any room in your home. What I love about this room is how crisp and fresh it looks with clean lines of white, ivory and cream! […]

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A Very Special Makeover

September 4, 2014

I have very exciting news to share!  I was recently contacted by the CBS TV show, The Doctors, to makeover a very special little girl’s nursery. The Hall family is a local Charlotte family who has been through a lot. 2 years ago their daughter, Amy, was born and since  a few days later, she […]

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How to Accessorize a Wall of Shelves

August 27, 2014

This before and after is by far one of my favorites. My client used this conservatory area of her home as her office, where her and her team (made up of her family members) worked on a daily basis. The space is light and bright and very rectangular, so it was the perfect place to […]

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How to Create an Oasis in your Bathroom

August 1, 2014

Do you love taking hot bubble baths? Or feeling like you are in a spa getting the royal treatment? Do you like to make a good impression when friends and family come over? If you answered YES to any of the above then here are a few great tips to help you create an oasis […]

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Fabulous Fabric for my Fabulous Finley

July 11, 2014

 It has almost been a year since we bought our home and we have been slowly working away at some of the projects that we have on our list. And just like I tell my clients…..I needed a PLAN! Unfortunately, I did not heed my best advice in my oldest daughter’s room when I chose […]

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Introducing…..The Design Network

June 25, 2014

I am very excited to announce that Lauren Nicole Designs will be coming to all homes everywhere through the power of The Design Network. I have my very own Channel that will be available 24/7 for your viewing pleasure! The Design Network is an amazing resource for all Home Enthusiasts to customize how and when […]

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Dining Room Makeover!

May 29, 2014

      Yesterday I had the pleasure of installing a brand new dining room for my lovely clients. When I met these homeowners they were ‘stuck’ with how to get the look and functionality in real life that they were seeing in their minds. She was up every night flipping through catalogs and stressing […]

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Classic and Timeless Kitchen Makeover

August 10, 2013

When I met my clients, I was already in love with the bones of their kitchen. But they were looking for a way to spice up their space…enter Me! We all know that I cannot cook an actual meal in a kitchen but I sure can cook up a mean plate of style! Here is […]

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Your Style. Your Home.

June 27, 2013

Every day I am faced with new and exciting challenges in the projects that my clients present me with. I love to walk into a home and learn how I can help make a space look fantastic AND make a difference in how a family lives their day to day lives. Success for me means […]

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Hitting Home Runs!

April 17, 2013

In the spirit of Spring and baseball starting up again—this only excites one member of our household—I thought I’d share some  quick pictures of some client installs that my team and I knocked out of the park! These are all very rough, not staged, and all taken with my iPhone but it is always fun […]

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Before and After Part 2!

March 2, 2013

Happy Weekend Y’all! I thought I would kick it off with a bit of inspiration for you! Following up from my last post on Before and After Part 1, here is the next transformation in this lovely home. This formal living room is actually more of a piano/music room for this family. So we needed […]

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Before and After— Part 1 of 3

February 24, 2013

Twice a year I am fortunate enough to have my interior photographer make the journey from his home in Cape Cod to Loudoun County to photograph my work.  We usually spend 3-5 days together and we laugh 90% of the time! Mr. Randy Foulds is the most talented photographer out there but is such a […]

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Smile Rooms! You’re on Randy’s camera!

January 19, 2013

Every  Spring and Fall I try to schedule a few days with the best photographer on the planet, Randy Foulds, to capture a few of my amazing room transformations. Randy travels from Cape Cod so when we get together we work like mad people to get as much accomplished as we can in a short […]

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Exciting new projects!

August 12, 2012

My first week back from vacation was a busy one! On Thursday I had 2 client presentations! I LOVE presentation day! After we spend countless days and hours pulling out every fabric book in our library, we pull together 3 fabulous design boards. It is SO much fun to put our blood (from the tacks […]

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Small space, Big difference

July 9, 2012

Ah the powder room. I so love when a client asks me to help with their powder room design. It is usually a small space but can always yield huge results. It is a place to have fun with your design. To go bold, which of course means different things to different people, but it […]

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laundry room 1

February 13, 2012


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