Category Archives: Our Home

My Reclaimed Wood Ceiling

August 24, 2016

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

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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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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Paint Palette for Our New Home

July 15, 2016

After much thought and looking at every gray there is (and there are a lot of them), the final paint palette for our new home has been selected.  Drum roll please. I chose Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray for all of the main areas — foyer, living room, dining room, family room,  playroom and all hallways. […]

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Packing Tips for Moving

June 8, 2016

OH GOODIE – IT’S TIME TO PACK (SAID NO ONE EVER) As excited as I am about our new home, our new neighborhood and a whole new design plan — I am not so excited about the packing process.  But having moved 6 times in the last 7 years, I’ve come up with a few […]

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Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours

December 23, 2015

We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Each year this holiday sneaks up on us and goes by super quickly. It’s important to stop, take a moment to soak it in and enjoy it. We can all get caught up in the hustle and bustle but Christmas is really all about LOVE. Here […]

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Preparing Your Home to Sell: The Children’s Room

December 11, 2015

Here we are for our last segment with Roby Realty! We’ve had a blast working with Ashley Davis and the Roby Realty team sharing ways you can get your home ready to sell. Did you miss the others? No worries because here they are: Kitchen Front Porch Back Porch Dining/Breakfast Area Master Bedroom Living Room […]

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Preparing Your Home to Sell: The Back Porch

December 4, 2015

We’re back with another part in our Preparing Your Home to Sell! Did you miss the others? Make sure to check them out, especially if you or someone you know is trying to sell their home. We have enjoyed partnering with Ashley Davis from Roby Realty to help give you lots of tips and tricks. […]

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Preparing Your Home to Sell: Master Bedroom

November 25, 2015

We’re back with our video series: Preparing Your Home to Sell! We had a blast working with Roby Realty on these videos and are planning on doing another video series soon with them. Did you see the others? If not, check them out here: The Front Porch The Living Room The Kitchen The Dining/Breakfast Area […]

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My Holiday Mantlescape

November 23, 2015

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 […]

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123 Charlotte: Our Favorite Children’s Book

November 13, 2015

We were so honored to have Christy Berkau Pope in our store last Saturday for a book signing! We had the pleasure of welcoming her last year for the book “ABC Charlotte” and were happy to have her for a second book, “123 Charlotte.” Christy Berkau Pope is the author and Thomas Berkau is the […]

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Preparing Your Home to Sell: The Living Room

November 2, 2015

We’re back with another video in our series: Preparing Your Home to Sell! This time, Ash (from Roby Realty) and I talk about how to get your living room ready for potential buyers to come by and look. This can be the trickiest room to get ready because you typically spend most of your time […]

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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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Our Show on The Design Network

April 27, 2015

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I was the usual chauffeur for the girls–but loved every minute of it. Also, it was my dad’s birthday; so we celebrated with a delicious brunch. Weekends are a great time to catch up with my family and reflect on the crazy week behind me and […]

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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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Around My Home: Easter

March 24, 2015

Have you caught spring fever yet? We sure have! Easter is just next week and we’ve got some great ideas for you and your family. Other than spending time with family, my favorite part of each holiday is to dress my house for the occasion. My girls love to get involved and help me decorate, […]

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Drop Zone Makeover

September 1, 2014

Just in time for school to start, our drop zone got an easy peasy new look! Here is the before~ And the after~ Everything about this area stayed the same functionally but I used Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in color Bauhaus Buff to give it a brighter and happier look. It took 1.5 days […]

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New Artwork Goes Up!

July 30, 2014

I am just like a little kid on Christmas morning when we get deliveries at the shop. My favorite pieces from yesterday are~ I like to call this one Heifer and Hydrangeas The yearling heifer head will be paired with a lamb and a pig in a trio hanging on a wall in my breakfast […]

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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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Pretty Picture Frames!

June 9, 2014

This Sunday I spent some awesome quality time with my girlies! And the fact that it was raining and I had more than one hour at home was the perfect reason to cross off some items on my to do list. The two frames below have sat on a chest in our back hall for […]

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Bye Bye Easter Wreath and Hello……

May 4, 2014

Yes, I still had my Easter Egg wreath on my front door until today. I was sort of waiting until I was ready to replace it with something else but it also kept escaping me each day. We actually use our front door quite a bit as we have a great covered porch with rocking […]

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Campbell LOVES her new….

April 23, 2014

Installation day finally came on Monday for Campbell’s draperies….finally! Even though I install draperies all the time, seeing the dramatic difference that they make in a room gets me every time. And on this installation day my little client was also quite pleased with the addition to her room. I just love her AND her […]

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Sweet Little Chair for a Sweet Little Girl

April 22, 2014

My Finley loves to spend time in her room. It is her own space to read, draw, play, do her ‘make up’ and get lost in her own imagination. I am in the process of painting her room—color and pictures coming soon!—and I recently found a great bookcase that will need painting as well. It […]

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Happy Easter!

April 20, 2014

I am so excited to celebrate Easter this year as our girls are old enough to understand a little but of what this holiday means. In addition to the spiritual aspect, which I will not get into here, is of course the FUN aspect! Now the question is….who has had more fun this year? Mommy? […]

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And the Paint Color is……

April 17, 2014

When we bought our house the builder had already painted every square inch of our house in Benjamin Moore shelburne buff. And of course they used a lovely flat paint that literally shows every fingerprint and speck of dirt that floats near the walls. While this is a great color I have finally selected a […]

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How to Wow Your Home Office

April 15, 2014

Whether you work from home or have a spouse who does or you just need your own space to manage your family from, a home office space is a key room in many homes.  Many builders today are actually creating a larger home office space and eliminating a formal living room altogether. A sign that […]

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Celebrating SPRING!

March 10, 2014

We were lucky enough to experience two beautiful Spring like days in a row this past weekend. And how thankful we were! So thankful that we decided to shout it all over our new framed chalkboard wall! Let me show you what this wall looked like when we moved in this past Summer. I knew […]

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My Favorite Christmas Craft

December 1, 2013

I have completely surprised myself tonight….in a great way! Y’all know by now that I have never claimed to be the most domesticated of ladies. No, I have not mastered the art of cooking but I have become quite the crafty one recently! I think now that my girls are at the age where they […]

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Big Girl Room and Paint GIVEAWAY

October 24, 2013

I hope that you have all been following along this week with Campbell’s big girl room paint selection. And that you have entered to win the $150 Benjamin Moore gift card! I thought that I would give you a more in depth look into the overall plan for her bedroom. For those of you who […]

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Benjamin Moore Giveaway!

October 20, 2013

I had such an overwhelming amount of support and feedback from y’all on my paint selection for my daughter Campbell’s bedroom that it inspired this awesome giveaway from Benjamin Moore! The winner will be drawn on Friday the 25th so be sure to enter soon and share with your friends. Painting starts on Monday in […]

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Fall Fun!

October 19, 2013

Since we moved to Charlotte I am not sure what has gotten into me but I have done two crafty projects in the last 2 weeks! Now they are nothing major and nowhere near spectacular, and really the first one is complete yet….pics to come soon I hope! But for those of you who know […]

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Our Loft Space Progress

October 11, 2013

When we first saw our new Charlotte house this upper loft space was a complete unknown for me. But it quickly became a hot spot of the house. Since our master bedroom is on the main floor, our girls basically have free reign of the upstairs. This loft space is the main hub as it […]

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Charlotte Family Room Design Plan

October 2, 2013

When we moved into our new Charlotte home, I like many of my clients, had to make some tough decisions about how to position some of our current furniture pieces. I have had this sofa for almost 7 years and it was originally a bad shade of green/brown. So in our last home I had […]

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New Charlotte Children’s Room

September 26, 2013

When we first found our new Charlotte, NC home, my interior designer wheels were immediately turning with all of the possibilities for each and every room. But I knew I wanted to focus on Finley and Campbell’s rooms early as they are so much fun to do and I also want them to feel special […]

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Fall Colors Inside and Out

September 16, 2013

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 […]

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Weekend Warriors

September 9, 2013

We are finally getting settled in our new home in Charlotte and it has only taken me two weeks to start to get the interior decorating itch. Well, I think that actually started the day we found this house! But over the weekend, in between soccer, gymnastics, WORK, and laundry….I managed to get a few […]

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More from Project Charlotte!

September 1, 2013

After a very long week of unpacking and other moving related activities, I needed a small dose of design for myself in our new digs. Our laundry room is directly off of our mudroom (I also call our mudroom my happy place!) and it is also one entry out onto our deck. I have found […]

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There is No Place Like Home

August 28, 2013

This title is ringing true for me these days. For those who know me well know that I spent the longest stretch of my youth and young adulthood in the Carolinas. So when Chris was offered a position that would take us back to North Carolina, my heart strings were singing! Our girls are young […]

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The Mighty Monogram

June 6, 2013

From bracelets via Pinterest to beach towels via Pinterest monograms are everywhere! Growing up a Southern girl, I had everything monogrammed! So it was no surprise when I used this in my master bedroom: via Lauren Nicole Designs So it got me thinking about other ways in which monograms are used when decorating your home. […]

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December 2, 2012

This fall, my Mom and I met a fabulous lady who takes old antique windows and creates unique works of art. I love finding a local artist and I especially love seeing something old and thrown out given new life and a new home. I bought this LUV YOU scrabble letters window months ago and […]

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My really great find!

September 9, 2012

Today my Mom, Finley and Campbell and I ventured out to fair called Boonsboro Days in Boonsboro, MD. We accidentally took the scenic route to get there but boy was it pretty! And its amazing what a little countryside scenery can do for the soul. Once we finally arrived at our destination, everyone was excited […]

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A Happy Hallway Part Deux

August 20, 2012

If y’all remember back a few months ago I posted this before picture of my front hallway~   I had mentioned in my earlier post that this hallway is very narrow and it is in fact my least favorite thing about our house. We did add bead board a few months ago which helped open […]

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Home office turned craft room….the AFTER

July 14, 2012

Do y’all remember when I posted about my seizing my husband’s home office? Well here is the before to jog your memory~ When my husband started with a new company last year, his home office became a dumping ground for all of our homeless items or those waiting to be donated. It was however, the […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2012

I have found myself with a few minutes thanks to two sleeping babies! And one is napping for the first time in her new big girl bed! I am nervous about her transition from her crib to a bed as she loves her crib and is a great sleeper. So why are we moving her? […]

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A Happy Hallway

May 4, 2012

Anyone who knows me will tell you that my brain is missing the OFF switch. So a couple of weeks ago I decided that I wanted to add beadboard to our entry way and VOILA! It has arrived! My determination and lack of the OFF switch has led to many creative and successful endeavors both […]

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Spring is in the Air! And in the Ground!

April 4, 2012

I am Southern gal so when I can slip on my flip flops and get outside, I am a happy camper. A pair of Rainbows, jeans, and a tee-shirt would be my uniform given the choice:) Which will be the suggested attire for those coming over to check out our latest home project. When we […]

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Husband’s space turned Craft Room….sorry honey!

March 27, 2012

Yes you read that correctly! When we moved into our home this past Summer, Chris was so excited to have his own space. A place for his desk where he could close the doors and make his calls and get his work done. Well, soon after putting the contract on this house, Chris made a […]

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Children’s Rooms

February 13, 2012

Welcome to our home! Chris and I moved into our home in Ashburn, VA in July of 2011. It is no secret that we have moved too many times in the last 2 years, so when we landed here we knew it was time to get comfy. Being a decorator, I did not let too much […]

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