We’re very excited to partner with 9 other bloggers and debut our first annual Holiday Decor Challenge: #MyHolidayScapes Bloggers: @awelldressedlife, @everychicway, @dwellingsbydevore, @sageandapril, @copycatchic, @sheleavesalittlesparkle, @sarahsofiaproductions, @shegetsitfromhermama, @kelleynan As you know, we love our homes when they are all dressed up for the holidays and we want to see how you bring that holiday magic […]
An Inside Look: Aldie Estate Living Room
We’re back with another Inside Look! This time, with a new project called Aldie Estate. We LOVED this project because the homeowner was a bachelor and a joy to work with. Our client was a new bachelor, recently divorced, with a teenage son. He was only allowed to keep his dining room table from the […]
An Inside Look: Formal Silver Living Room
We’re back with another Inside Look! Do you remember the one from last week? The Gold Dining Room. The living room room we are featuring today is the same home and it’s all about the soft silver accents. You can mix metals fabulously! Let’s start with the wall color: Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray. This is […]
Fashion Friday: Comfortable Chic
Happy Friday to everyone! It’s been a while since we did a Fashion Friday so we’re excited to bring you another one. 🙂 We are featuring both my mom and me this time! Choosing outfits last week for Atlanta Market is always tricky because you have to be comfortable and stylish at the same time. […]
An Inside Look: Lakeside Outdoor Style
How was your holiday weekend? Good, we hope! We came back from our week-long vacation in the Isle of Palms and are gearing up for this week. We are heading to Atlanta for the Gift Market later this week, so stay tuned for LOTS of instagram snaps. Do you follow us yet on Instagram or […]
An Inside Look: Lakeside Master Bedroom
We are so happy you enjoyed last Friday’s “Inside Look” into the beautiful lakeside retreat family room. Today we are showcasing the master bedroom. It’s one of our favorite rooms EVER and let us tell you why… Who would not want to wake up to this beautiful view and light filled room? This lake house […]
An Inside Look: Lakeside Family Great Room
Happy Friday! We are very excited for the weekend, especially because it is my daughter Finley’s 5th birthday party with all of her friends. Stay tuned for more on that later! 🙂 Something else we are excited about? This beautiful Lakeside Home. We had the opportunity to design this house a few months ago and […]
A Beautiful Dining Room Transformation
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 […]
Decorator’s Dictionary, U – W
U Upholstery – The process of fitting furniture, usually seating, with padding, springs, and webbing, with a fabric or leather cover. Ultrasuede – A brand of washable, synthetic, suede-like fabric, like the chocolate sofa below. It is made of polyester microfibers combined with polyurethane foam in a non woven structure. Is soft to the touch and is incredibly durable. […]
Real or Engineered Leather? That is the Question.
It is an age old debate….to leather or not to leather? When I meet with clients I often hear reasons for and against the use of leather on a sofa or sectional. The pros are usually along these lines: *rich and handsome look *more resistant to spills than fabric *classic style Some […]
Our New Series, Design 101
That’s a wrap! I am so excited to announce that filming for our new series on The Design Network is complete. Design 101 is a fun and upbeat show which gives an inside look into tricks of the interior design trade! Wondering how to properly accessorize a bed that matches the work of a designer? Looking […]
The Deets for a Perfect Guest Room Suite
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 […]
Goodbye Christmas Decor Already?
This year I have felt the need to clean up some, not all, of my Christmas decor a little earlier than usual. We will definitely leave some pieces out as we are still loving our time at home with our girls just soaking in as much family time as possible but there are some things […]
Decor is in the Details
Wondering how to get the most impact out of a small room in your home? Whether it’s a powder room, window seat, or in this week’s client install, a guest bathroom, every single detail matters! This bathroom is super small but with a few swaps and fixtures, you only notice the beauty of this space. First things, […]
Accessorizing with Artwork
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 […]
Home Decor Installs Galore
Is it Friday already? This week has flown by with several client installs to prepare for and I’m excited to share photos of the finished results! Neutral chair with nail head trim. An arm chair with a classic shape and minimal print. I just love this light and inviting family room! Round coffee tables are […]
Setting the Color Bar High
I’m constantly looking for ways to be even more creative with my client’s home decor. This living room was a dream come true when it comes to natural lighting and architectural details! What I love most about this room is their gorgeously rich color palette! Your eyes first go to the painted ceilings with large molding. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Patio With a Plan
To top off a great Market, Casual Living magazine has featured one of my recent outdoor spaces in the October Market issue! Seeing my hard work published is something that is always exciting and I will forever cherish the beautiful write up and display of my hard work. Thank you Laurie and Casual Living! Time […]
I am in LOVE with this awesome organizational project that we just installed! My clients just moved into their new home and they immediately picked this big blank wall in their kitchen for their wall of organization. They had a vision for this wall and my carpenter and I had so much fun bringing it […]
A Very Special Makeover
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 […]
It’s a FALL Contest….Your Chance to WIN!!
Happy start to Fall y’all!! I know that some of you are already over the pumpkin flavored everything but not me! I could live in Fall all year round! So to kick off this FAB FALL season we are about to embark upon, I decided to do a little giveaway! YOU could be the lucky […]
How to Accessorize a Wall of Shelves
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 […]
How to Create an Oasis in your Bathroom
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 […]
Looking back on my installations from last week I noticed a lot of use of the color BLUE. This color has been making an impact on the design and fashion world over the last few years and I love that I am getting to use it with my […]
Dining Room Makeover!
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 […]
Tips for Beautiful Outdoor Living!
How to Make Your Outdoor Space Feel Like Home Indoor/outdoor living is a lifestyle trend that is here to stay. So how do you create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that has a finished feel and is an extension of your home? Here are a few simple tips! SPACE PLANNING! Consider traffic patterns […]
Everyday I get the privilege of working with my wonderful clients and I am always so honored that they have welcomed me into their homes and shared their decorating and lifestyle challenges with me. I take so seriously the functional plus the stylistic value of a project that when a project is coming to a close […]
Dining Table Bench
A new trend that has seemed to make quite an impact on how our families are seated at the dinner table is the dining table bench. I tried this in our house last year and we are all really liking it! I think with young children it can be a bit easier to get in […]
An Icy Renovation Update!
Despite the icy conditions, I was able to go and check in on one of my client’s projects and I am so excited to share the beautiful progress with you! This renovation project is really unique in that we took the left side of the house and basically just added on to all 3 levels […]
Celebrating 2013 and Looking Forward to 2014
What an incredible year 2013 has been! When I look back it is amazing to me how much we have accomplished! From creating beautiful spaces in Northern Virginia~ To creating a beautiful start in Charlotte, NC~ The Lauren Nicole Designs Team and the Clement Family wish all of YOU, our fabulous supporters, a prosperous New […]
Lovely Living Room Makeover
When I first met my clients below, we started working on their family room as they were brand new to their home and needed a pulled together apace to spend the majority of their time in. I quickly learned that my new client and friend was a big fan of neutrals:) I do believe that […]
Family Room Bookshelf Makeover
I am so excited to share this before and after transformation with you! Often times the accessories, or jewelry of the room, can be the most difficult to do. It takes precision, matching up scale, texture and color as well as placing things so they do not actually look like they were planned but they […]
Nothing Like a Wedding Part 2
Throughout this 3 day installation I was blessed with the most wonderful people on my team to make everything perfect. Poor Paco, I am pretty sure we moved these two incredibly heavy sofas and chairs at least 6 times to get everything in the exact right spot. And thank you Mom for your expert furniture […]
Nothing Like a Wedding Part 1
I was so excited when I first spoke to my client who was truly looking to create her real dream home. She had been preparing for this opportunity throughout her adult life, working very hard to create a successful life for herself, and had finally purchased the house that she had always dreamed of. Successful in […]
Design Photo Shoot Sneak Peek and Outtakes
Today was Day 2 of my Fall photo shoot of some of the rooms that I have completed over the last few months. It is always so much fun to capture a room through the lens of the camera and to play ‘perfect’ for a day. It is true that we don’t always live like […]
Fab Front Porch
As an interior decorator, I am usually so busy on the inside that I loved getting outside on this install day! This classic stone front farm inspired home sits on a beautiful piece of wooded property that is home to many of nature’s four legged friends. So creating a cozy seating area on this front […]
Graphite Grey in Home Decor and Fashion
My one treat to myself that I stick to is getting my nails done every 2-3 weeks. I use my hands so much between my girls and opening boxes in the studio or loading and unloading accessories that I am very hard on my nails and I really cannot stand when they do not all […]
Fun with Floral Arrangements!
Of course as an interior designer creativity comes with the territory. But sometimes our creativity goes beyond putting a beautifully functional room together. For instance, today we were faced with the challenge of….’how would you transport two huge (and BEAUTIFUL) calla lilly and hydrangea arrangements in glass containers 25 minutes down the road?’. Why with […]
Kind Words to Make my Day!
I love what I do. Can I say that again? I love what I do! I get the privilege of entering someone’s home, their space, and get the honor of designing a space for them that will impact their family’s daily lives. Each project is always new and exciting and full of fun….and hard work. […]
Before and After: Dining Room Tabletop Accessories
Your dining room table is a major focal point not only of that room but of your entire main floor as well. Therefore it is critical to address that large, hard surface space with something soft and pretty. In some cases just a bowl may not be enough and supporting pieces may be necessary. That’s […]
Fall Colors Inside and Out
Like a lot of you, Fall is my favorite season! The warm colors, the amazing smells, the chilly mornings and all of the fun fall activities like apple picking, going to the pumpkin patch and of course going on a hay ride make this the best time of year! And I am excited to learn […]
A Week in the life of Lauren Nicole Designs
It was a FULL week here at LND so here is a little recap! The before and the after~ This neutral dining room will come to life with a few upcoming accessories. This little powder room got a BIG makeover! I went on a little road trip on Friday and fell in love with this view! […]
What We’ve Been Up To
We tend to keep quite busy here at LND so I thought I’d bring y’all up to speed! Yes, my ‘ya’ll’ usage is back in full swing here in Charlotte! We have been busy on lots of installations and deliveries as well as on many new interior design client meetings. The fabrics have been flying […]
It’s for the Birds
With Fall almost on our doorsteps, I decided to give my wardrobe a few new accessories. You can do the same with your home too! But I found a classic design trend in clothing for this season that I have been using in my interior design projects for several seasons now….BIRDS! The trend of nature […]
Before and After
I love the visual impact of a good before and after comparison. I am currently in the process of putting the finishing touches on a great home that I have been working on for the last several months. It is always fun to go back to the before pictures that I took on […]
Fall Colors Are in the Air!
Fall was in the air today and I must say that I loved wearing jeans and a 3/4 sleeve blouse! It made me start to think about Fall fashion and Fall interior design trends. The classic fall color palette is still one that I use quite a bit as I feel a lot of people […]
Classic and Timeless Kitchen Makeover
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 […]
My Favorite Kid’s Spaces
Many of my friends, clients and readers out there know the challenge of creating an organized and whimsical kid’s space in your home. Studies have found that when kids, of all ages, have an organized place to work, play, do homework and projects, that their results are often more productive and grades tend to improve. […]
How to Wow:Paint Color Selection
Ah paint selection….often times I arrive at a client’s home to either see 15 different samples painted on the walls or I hear, ‘I need to paint but I cannot pick a color and I only want to paint ONCE!’ so you out there reading this are not alone! While I always recommend getting samples […]
Loving the Navy!
We have been seeing the color Navy in and around the design world lately and it is seriously making a comeback! Back in the day when it was paired with gold and burgundy or hunter green it was dark and dated. But today we are pairing navy with white, kelly green, grey, orange and even […]
Your Style. Your Home.
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 […]
Fun in the Sun!
Things have been quite busy around here so I thought I would bring y’all up to speed! From client installs: to new client projects: to MAJOR 1900 pound deliveries: we found ourselves needing some fun in the sun! Hope y’all are also enjoying your start to Summer and are taking some time to stop for […]
I have the best clients!
Nothing makes me happier than happy clients! So when I receive notes like this, I get all mushy and I have to take a moment to stop and realize that all of my efforts are not only to bring beauty to a home but to help make a difference in the lives of my clients. […]
Hitting Home Runs!
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 […]
Mix TO Match
After a long Winter…my girls have literally been sick since October…I am hoping that Spring will make it’s appearance here in Northern VA VERY VERY soon. Today, my Finley was channeling the bright colors and bold pattern of Spring style with her new Spring wardrobe. And a few other accessories. But her outfit has actually […]
Before and After Part 2!
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 […]
Before and After— Part 1 of 3
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 […]
All Grown Up!
I love delivery day SO much! And this particular room has been a long time coming, not just for me, but for my clients who have waited their entire adult lives for a ‘grown up’ family room. When I met my clients, they said, that everything they had could go. They were in search of […]
A Day in the Life of LND
A lot of people ask me, “How do you do it all? Two babies under 3 years old and a full plate of design projects!” To be honest with you, there are some days when I feel like this: But then this happens: And this: And then I am on the hunt for the perfect […]
It is no secret to anyone that I am all about FUNCTION+STYLE=SUCCESS. Well today’s rug delivery was the perfect example. My client has twin twelve year old boys who are very active in sports and well, frankly active in being ‘boys’. So it goes without saying that their mudroom, the main entry from the garage, […]
Smile Rooms! You’re on Randy’s camera!
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 […]
Casual Living Magazine Is Here!
Several months ago I was approached by Casual Living Magazine regarding some of the outdoor spaces that I have had the opportunity to decorate. Outdoor design has become such a hot topic and I was so honored to find out that they wanted to feature some of my work in this popular category! And it […]
Goodbye Christmas Decor……now what??
Happy New Year Y’all! 2013 is sure to be chock full of happiness and prosperity for all. As the new year kicks off, one major holiday event comes to a close, Christmas. Now of course the shopping, baking, crazy family visits and decorating are all over and done with but somehow and someone has to […]
Santa’s Little Helper
Today, I felt like one of Santa’s Elves. I visited 4 clients to make last minute deliveries and installations. It was so much fun! I was able to snap a few before and after shots at my last stop. This opening is jut BIG. It is a beautiful space but also draws you in […]
I am so excited and so honored to share with you all the nicest email that I may have ever received! I have been working on The Butler’s living and dining rooms for the past couple of months and today was the day that most elements of the rooms came together. It was a much […]
What I’ve been Up To!
Since it has been awhile since I have posted, I thought I would show you what I’ve been up to lately. Here is a home that I have been working on for several months, with the main floor being our main priority. I am getting ready to have these rooms and more photographed next week […]
How many of you have a mirror in your house that looks like this? How many of you would like your bathroom mirror to look like this? Or like this? A big difference, right? These amazing mirror frames can fit on any size mirror in any situation. And they come in tons of styles and […]
Room for Thought Part 2
In keeping with the theme of looking ahead into the Fall and beyond (which is code for “getting ready for the holidays”), I thought I would share another dining room makeover from earlier this year. Here are the befores~ These homeowners are long term clients of mine, which makes it so much fun as I already […]
Room for Thought
So Monday was an exciting day for the families of Loudoun County…it was the first day of school! My girls are still years away from this milestone but it was neat to see all of the pictures on Facebook of all of the kiddos starting on a new journey. It seems like this is also […]
Small space, Big difference
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 […]
A comfy corner spot
I just delivered these awesome custom window seat cushions and pillows to a great client who has been in her home for 6 years and had nothing in these spots until now! They had these fabulous window seats made that lift to provide extra storage but they have been unfinished and uncomfortable. And because the […]
Bringing the Outdoors In
It has been a busy time at LND, hence the slow posts! We have been working on several new projects but installing some fantastic rooms as well! One room that we just delivered is a keeping room, a kind of sun room off of a kitchen that has just turned out to be OMG gorgeous! […]
It has been a busy couple of weeks here at Lauren Nicole Designs! Here are a couple of quick pictures of drapery installations that we have completed. Here is a formal living room turned adult lounge/hang out space. We added four chairs to keep the flow of traffic open as there are rooms […]
A Beautiful Day to Install!
This is just one of the many beautiful spaces that we have been creating at my client’s lovely home. I will be pulling in some amazing outdoor accessories to finish off the space. Did you know that there are now fabulous outdoor accessories, artwork and lighting all made to go in our amazing outdoor rooms? […]
Table for Six!
I have been on the go with a bunch of client installs over the past week…VERY EXCITING! Installation day is the most anticipated day for everyone involved. Today we installed this beautiful dining room. I will be delivering a cream rug next week and will post better after pictures then along with the before pictures. […]
A Dream Room in the Making…..
I have worked with many wonderful clients and on many exciting design projects. But I am in the middle of what might be my favorite project with my most fabulous client yet….and my youngest client to date! I have had the pleasure of designing this princess suite for a fabulous young lady and I am […]
WOW with window treatments!
Hello friends! I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks but I am back! We have been working hard to create the new www.laurenclement.com, please check it out! Of course, all feedback is welcome:) I am back and more excited than ever to be documenting my busy life as a full time interior […]
I must say that I feel so lucky to do what I do everyday. The world of interior decorating is a custom realm full of hand selected and hand crafted items that make for beautiful end results. I get to bring to life the wants and needs of my clients and help them create their […]
It was a beautiful day for a delivery! Larry, my wallpaper installer, was in a tee shirt in January! The Decorating Den van was packed full! Britta and I working hard! Now my clients have a great looking AND durable rug for their eat in space. It is custom sized to fit their space with […]