Category Archives: Design Inspiration

How To Make Any Bathroom Feel More Luxurious

March 10, 2017
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In normal day-to-day life, conversations about the bathroom are often considered taboo, but in the design world it’s one of my absolute favorite topics! The bathroom is typically where you first start your day after crawling out of bed, and where you last end your day before slipping back beneath the sheets. It is a space […]

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Three Major Ways To Bring Color Into Your Home

February 23, 2017
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Spring is right around the corner – or judging by this week’s weather in Charlotte, it’s already here – and nothing highlights the start of the new season like the re-emergence of bright colors! Just like handbags and heels do for your outfit, a pop of color in your home can completely transform the look […]

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Spring Is In The Air! Time To Update Your Outdoor Living Space

February 8, 2017
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It’s early February and we’ve already been able to enjoy several 60+ degree, spring-like days here in Charlotte, NC. I love getting out and enjoying the sunshine on these first few warm days after being cooped up indoors most of December and January. Something else that’s been hibernating this winter? My patio furniture and decor! […]

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How To Refresh Your Home Decor After The Holidays

January 4, 2017
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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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Holiday Seasonal Scape Challenge

December 6, 2016
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It’s the first week of December and the Holidays are HERE! One of my favorite holiday activities? Decking the halls for clients and with my family in our home. I have a very exciting contest and giveaway for you today that involves the holidays! Introducing the Holiday Seasonal Scape Challenge! We’re spreading the Holiday Cheer […]

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My Reclaimed Wood Ceiling

August 24, 2016
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To say I’m a little obsessed with all things reclaimed wood, would be an understatement.  First it was my new mantel and now it’s my tray ceiling in our master bedroom. And so it begins! It all started when I saw this amazing reclaimed barn wood.  I knew I had to use it in my […]

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Porch Ceiling Paint

August 16, 2016
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As many of you know, we have been in MAJOR repainting mode in our house for the last 2 months — and we are finally making it to the outside.  It’s been a crazy time — so much so that my youngest, Campbell, asked me why the painters weren’t in our house this morning.  They […]

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How to: Choose the Perfect Bedding

April 13, 2016
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One of my favorite pieces to design? A beautifully, made bed! There is something so luxurious and home-y about walking into your bedroom and seeing a gorgeous bed. Don’t y’all think so? I’m sharing some of my absolute favorite bedroom designs today AND tips on what to look for when buying your bedding. How to […]

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Seasonal Scapes Spring Challenge

March 7, 2016
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Happy Monday, y’all! Normally Monday is not our favorite day of the week…but this week is different because we’re here to announce something very EXCITING! (P.s. Keep reading because at the end of this post is an awesome giveaway) Seasonal Scapes Challenge With each season, we (me and our beautiful blog friends) will be sharing […]

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Inside Look: Northshore Estate Teen Tiki Room

February 22, 2016
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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Saturday was a busy day at our store for a fun Paint Demo Day where we shared tips and tricks about painting your furniture. Today we are sharing a look inside a fun Teen Tiki Room! Here are the other rooms in this project, Northshore Estate: Kitchen Family Room […]

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Inside Look: Northshore Estate Formal Living Room

January 27, 2016
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Happy Wednesday, friends! We’re here today with one of our favorite formal living rooms. This home has been on our blog quite a bit so far. Here are the other inside looks: Kitchen Family Room Dining Room Annnd…there are more rooms for us to uncover in the coming weeks. Stay tuned because each week we […]

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Inside Look: Northshore Estate Dining Room

January 20, 2016
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It’s a wonderful and chilly Wednesday here in the Carolinas today but we’re here with a smoking hot dining room. 🙂 That will warm us up, right?! Here are the other rooms we’ve shared from this home: Family Room Kitchen Now, it’s time for this beautiful, elegant dining room. This monochromatic, silver dining room is […]

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Inside Look: Northshore Estate Kitchen and Breakfast Area

January 15, 2016
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I am so happy that y’all responded well to our debut post on this project: Northshore Estate. Check it out HERE if you missed it! Today we are sharing the Kitchen and Breakfast Area. As you will notice, it is an open concept floor plan and the family room is right beside the kitchen. This […]

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Inside Look: Lake Wylie Living Room

December 31, 2015
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Happy Monday! We hope all of you had a splendid holiday and enjoyed time spent with family and friends! We are back with our final installment of this Lake Wylie Inside Look! We’ve shared the dining room and the kitchen/breakfast area and today we are giving a peek into their living room. The kitchen, breakfast/dining […]

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Fall High Point Market Recap 2015

October 26, 2015
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Alright, y’all, we’ve finally sat down and gone through our hundreds of pictures from High Point Market. 🙂 We were there only 2 days this year, but let’s just say: our feet are tired! We went showroom hopping and as always, had an awesome time. We noticed 3 distinct trends this year: Botanical Prints Floral […]

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An Inside Look: Aldie Estate Living Room

October 7, 2015
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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 […]

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An Inside Look: The Golden Dining Room

September 23, 2015
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It’s been a few weeks since we did an Inside Look, so we’re happy to be back with another one! This time it’s all about GOLD in a beautiful formal dining room. We know the trend lately is open concept for family room, kitchen and dining but we love BOTH formal dining rooms and open […]

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Our Thanksgiving Table at the Southern Ideal Home Show

September 15, 2015
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We just got back from the Southern Ideal Home Show in Charlotte. It was a great event that we were honored to take part of! As the Featured Designer at the Home Show, we were selected to design four tablescapes for the “Ideal Entertaining” spot. It was a lot of hard work but so worth […]

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How to: Create a Fall Mantle

September 8, 2015
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We are in the second week of September and guess what? Our mantle is already Fall-ified! 🙂 Being a southern girl through and through, mason jars have always been a part of my life. Ice cold tea tastes the best out of a mason jar, am I right? Mom and I decided to spray paint […]

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An Inside Look: Longview Estate Living Room

August 12, 2015
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We are back with yet another Inside Look at the Longview Estate! If you can’t tell already, this is definitely one of our favorite projects. We love the way everything turned out AND these clients were the best! 🙂 Did you miss the other posts? Check out the Master Bedroom, Office and Kitchen! It’s time […]

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Looks We Love: Celebrity Closets

July 27, 2015
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I think on the wish-list of almost every girl I know: A great closet. It’s true: a beautiful, spacious closet full of storage is priceless. We couldn’t help but do some celebrity-closet exploring (stalking) on Pinterest. See below for our faves and then tell us your favorite! source Mariah Carey Of course her closet would […]

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How to: Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

July 20, 2015
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With this beautiful summer weather, we’ve spending a lot more time outdoors. We refreshed our porch and outdoor space with new furniture and accessories (post coming soon!), so my family is loving spending our evenings outside. How do you spruce up your outdoor space? How do you accessorize it? I’m here today to give you […]

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Fashion Friday: Comfortable Chic

July 17, 2015
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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. […]

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Latest Obsession: Monograms

July 16, 2015
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Alright, we know that monograms have been around FOREVER. However, we noticed at the Atlanta Gifts Market last week: monograms are even more prevalent now than they were last year. We saw them in about every showroom and especially fashion accessories.Thankfully, we monogram at our store so I can feed my monogram love! Adding a […]

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An Inside Look: Longview Estate Office

July 15, 2015
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We are so happy you liked looking into our last Inside Look: Lakeside Retreat. This time? We’re taking you into a new home called “Longview Estate.” The first stop on the tour: the office. My clients both work from home but they both travel weekly so this is a shared office that gets A LOT […]

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Atlanta Gift Market Summer Recap

July 14, 2015
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Alright friends, we are back from Atlanta Market and we have SO much to show you. Fun fact: Over the course of 2 1/2 days, we shopped over 24 hours. Power shoppers! We wanted to show you our favorite trends spotted at Market and of course, lots of pictures. We Instagrammed bunches this past week […]

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Looks We Love: Celebrity Living Rooms

July 10, 2015
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Since we had so much fun with the last Looks We Love kitchen edition…we are keeping this going! We spend a good amount of time on Pinteret for design inspiration, recipe ideas and crafts for the girls. Pinterest also has a LOT of celebrity homes that we’ve been stalking. Let’s talk a look at our […]

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Charleston Homes

July 8, 2015
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At this time last week, we were vacationing at the Isle of Palms. Beautiful and so relaxing. We decided to spend some time in Charleston while we were there. Our favorite part? The historical homes and breathtaking architecture. We want to share our favorites! It is no secret that I love anything green…it is my […]

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An Inside Look: Lakeside Outdoor Style

July 6, 2015

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 […]

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An Inside Look: Lakeside Guest Room

July 1, 2015

We are excited to share yet another room in this beautiful Lakeside Retreat. We’ve shared the Great Room and Master Bedroom. Now, it’s time for the nautical-chic guest bedroom! Our clients wanted to keep the guest rooms casual and nautical. We couldn’t have been more happy with that! We played off the nautical theme by […]

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Looks We Love: Celebrity Kitchens

June 23, 2015

Hiya! Recently, we’ve spent some time celebrity-stalking. But not like you are thinking…we’ve been stalking their kitchens and homes instead. AND, it’s all been online. 🙂 Take a look at some of our favorite designs and looks from Celebrity Kitchens! Gwyneth Paltow’s open and airy kitchen. Have y’all checked out her lifestyle website? Click here […]

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An Inside Look: Lakeside Master Bedroom

June 22, 2015

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 […]

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An Inside Look: Lakeside Family Great Room

June 12, 2015

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 […]

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Trend: Mixing Dark and Light Wood

May 15, 2015
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One trend we noticed at Spring High Point Market was the mixing of light and dark wood in both furniture pieces and in room designs. And guess what?! We love this look! One of our favorite showroom is always Gabby and this year did not disappoint. Gabby is known for their transitional and eclectic lighting […]

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Our Premiere Episode on The Design Network and a Contest

May 4, 2015

We are so excited to announce our show, Design 101, premieres on The Design Network today! We had a blast filming all of the episodes and consider each one our favorite! 🙂 Except, of course, the premiere episode is DEFINITELY our favorite because it’s featuring my daughter’s bedroom. We want you to hop on over […]

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Spring High Point Market Trends

April 20, 2015

Whew! It’s crazy that High Point Market is already here. Mom, Madison and I got to Market a day early, Friday, to scope out all the latest trends. But first: selfie time. While at Market, we noticed 3 trends: Metallic All About That Base (sing it!) Pops of Color Let’s break down each one and […]

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3 Quick Tips for Pet Friendly Designs

March 8, 2015

My family is the animal saving, animal loving, animal crazy kind. We’re happy to have two cats, Olivia and Elsa, and now three dogs, Zoe, Lucy and Clover. Given our new addition to my family and the Lila Home/Lauren Nicole Designs studio, Clover the 10 week old miniature Australian Shepherd, I’m now thinking again of […]

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Practically Beautiful Family Room

March 5, 2015

What’s practical is beautiful… and suitability always overrules fashion. Billy Baldwin I love designing for a family friendly lifestyle. Most of my clients have growing families with the busy schedules of everyday life and look for their home to be their sanctuary and place to escape. The most common request from clients is that they […]

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Chevron or No Chevron?

March 3, 2015

We can all agree that the chevron print has made a massive impact on modern interior designs. It’s strong geometric print adds instant fun to a more subtle room. Chevron is recognized by its repeating inverted V design. (Visit here to see this print featured in the Decorator’s Dictionary!) Are you shying away from chevron […]

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Rugs That Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

February 26, 2015

The interior design business is all about forming meaningful relationships with clients, fellow designers, and vendors. I’m happy to say that my design circle grew a little larger yesterday after a meeting with the fabulous team of Couture Knots, who specialize in hand-knotted luxury rugs. Lila Home Designs and I were introduced to the owner of […]

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Decorator’s Dictionary, U – W

February 24, 2015

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. […]

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Real or Engineered Leather? That is the Question.

February 22, 2015

      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 […]

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Decorator’s Dictionary, R – T

February 19, 2015

R Rattan – A type of climbing palm with very long and tough stems that are often used in wickerwork. The rattan look is repeated in an engineered format so that it can be used outside and all year round.  This way you keep the woven style in the body but can even accentuate the piece […]

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Perk Up Your Space with Pillows

February 17, 2015

There is not doubt that this freezing weather is keeping everyone indoors. If you have a space that needs some excitement and overall re-vamp, pillows are the solution! Pillows are a super quick and easy way to bring in that needed pop of bright color, pattern and texture in order to completely transform the look […]

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Love is in the Air and Your Home

February 14, 2015

2015 is the year to love your home! Not just on Valentines Day, but every day of the year. How can you love your home? The key is to always make it a reflection of your needs and personality. I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite Valentines day inspired rooms that I hope will inspire […]

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Decorator’s Dictionary, O – Q

February 13, 2015

O Ogee Edge – A decorative S-shaped profile molding. This is most commonly found on counter top surfaces and look great in both kitchens and bathrooms. Opulent – Ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish. This is a particular style or taste in design preference. A touch of opulence can be achieved by simple adding a […]

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Decorator’s Dictionary, L – N

February 5, 2015

L Lauren Nicole Designs – In our opinion, the BEST interior designer with a sophisticated style, and just a touch of southern flair, helping you love your home since 2006. Lacquer – A hard, protective varnish that is applied as a topcoat to furniture. Visit Lila Home Designs to purchase these Amy Howard lacquer paints! Ladder-Back – […]

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The Decorator’s Dictionary, I – K

January 31, 2015

Today’s edition of the Decorator’s Dictionary is packed full of design fun!  I’m excited to share our creative take on letters I – K! I Ikat – Fabric made using an Indonesian decorative technique in which warp or weft threads, or both, are tie-dyed before weaving. Inlay – An ornamentation process whereas to set one […]

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Our New Series, Design 101

January 29, 2015

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 […]

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The Decorator’s Dictionary F – H

January 27, 2015

F Faux Iron – Imitates the look of wrought iron but made from durable wood composite material. Is suitable for both indoor and outdoor and lends itself to custom intricate designs. Finial – A decorative finish hardware of any material, used to cap drapery rods, newel posts, furnishings; used as a crowning ornament for furniture/ architecture […]

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The Decorator’s Dictionary C – E

January 20, 2015

C Chaise Lounge – An upholstered chair of sofa, with or without arms, for reclining. Great for relaxing, these look great in a library space of dressing room. Chevron – A modern print with a retro flare. This print is made of repeated inverted V’s. When used in moderation. touches of chevron can easily update […]

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Farm House Chic

January 15, 2015

Rustic inspired home decor is here to stay. I wanted to share this adorable country inspired home I previously designed because it embodies so many of the currents trends in home decor. The first thing that pops out in this space is the beautiful combination of the textures of the wood and other materials. The […]

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Striking Gold at the Atlanta Market

January 13, 2015

It’s our first full week back after a tiresome but rewarding few days at America’s Mart in Atlanta, GA. Much like our trip to market in High Point last fall, we enjoy taking away a refreshed perspective and finding the upcoming trends in the interior design world. One of the most obvious trends at this year’s […]

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The Decorator’s Dictionary A – B

January 8, 2015

I love sharing my love and knowledge for interior design with others. Welcome to my new blog series, The Decorator’s Dictionary! A Accessory – The finishing touches in a space. The jewelry of the room. Pieces that can be changed to give a room a new look and feel.  Antiquing – To make something resemble an antique by […]

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Home Year, New Decor, New You

January 7, 2015

A fresh mindset is the theme for each new year. To feel fresh and alive in your home is a wonderful quality that will carry over into a positive mindset in life. Mix this theology with the hottest home trends of 2015 and you’re off to a wonderful start. Home Decor Trends of 2015 Infuse […]

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2015, The Year to Love Your Home

January 3, 2015

Happy 2015! A new year brings a fresh start and opportunities for enhancement. Lila Home and I have decided that 2015 is the year to love your home! Over the next twelve months we will be bringing you new design tips and ways to rediscover your home’s greatness. Our first dedication to this year’s mantra is brought […]

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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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Goodbye Christmas Decor Already?

December 27, 2014

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 […]

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Decor is in the Details

December 20, 2014

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, […]

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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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Home Decor Installs Galore

December 12, 2014

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 […]

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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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And the 2015 Color of the Year is…Marsala!

December 5, 2014

Marsala. Your mind might jump to a plate of delicious Italian food or a hearty glass of red wine. This is what most think of. In my designer mind Marsala means rich, earthy tones that add warmth to home decor. Although, at first I wasn’t exactly jumping for joy over this color choice, probably like […]

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Pin of the Week – Bringing the Outdoors, Indoor

December 3, 2014

The cold weather has arrived, keeping many of us inside wishing we could enjoy the beauty of the winter season. Sunrooms are the perfect solution which allow us to appreciate the outdoors without giving up the comforts of home. If you’re looking to update your sunroom or even start from scratch, check out our Pin […]

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Inside My Home for the Holidays

December 1, 2014

Welcome, December! It really is the most wonderful time of year. Christmas officially began in our home as soon as the Thanksgiving dishes were cleaned and put away. After decorating a few of our client’s homes for the holidays, I couldn’t wait to decorate our home for Christmas! Here is an inside look at what […]

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Setting the Color Bar High

November 26, 2014

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. […]

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Tips for a Dashing Dining Room

November 24, 2014

  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 Add some greenery. I love the three-tier topiary in the […]

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Pin of the Week – Christmas Begins at the Front Door

November 20, 2014

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 […]

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