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Kitchen Design Crush :: Lauren Liess

I’ve loved watching Lauren Liess’ career explode over the past few years. Having had the pleasure of meeting Lauren at a design conference in LA., I can say she is super down-to-earth, approachable and beautiful. Just like her interiors!

Lauren Liess Designs

In the last year Lauren opened Lauren Liess & Co., an interior design studio and home furnishings boutique in Virginia and launched the textile company, Lauren Liess Textiles. She did this all while raising her adorable three young boys (Christian, Justin and one-year-old Luke) and doing a huge renovation on her own home. Can we say super woman?! Her new home graced the pages of the latest Domino Magazine. It’s amazing. The open modern, yet rustic kitchen is a standout and gives you a great peek into the beautiful juxtapositions Lauren achieves so effortlessly in her designs.

open kitchen shelving  - Lauren Liess Design

The rusted iron opening shelving flanking the oven’s hood caught my attention first. They are so unexpected. Love, love, love! She also pairs modern white perimeter base cabinets topped with black soapstone with an island wrapped in reclaimed wood and topped with clean white marble. Although contrasting Lauren achieves a relaxed balance kitchen design that’s pleasing to the eye.

art wall in the kitchen - Lauren Liess Designs

To make the sink area a focal point in the kitchen, Lauren created a whimsical art wall. Daring? Of course! She’s breaking all the “rules” here, but I love the result. Speaking of silly rules, did you notice Lauren didn’t add a backsplash and mixed hardware finishes throughout?

reclaimed lumber and marble kitchen island - Lauren Liess Designs

I mixed  a variety of metals throughout the space for a relaxed collected feel- brass, iron, stainless steel, galvanized steel, bronze and more.  My husband, David, found the antique apothecary drawer pulls on ebay. – Lauren Liess via Pure Style Home Blog

eat-in kitchen by Lauren Liessopen-shelving kitchen by Lauren Liess Designs

To display barware, vases and serving ware, Lauren hung butcher block shelving from Ikea next to the refrigerator. The wood gives the space a little warmth that contrasts nicely with the dark, honed soapstone perimeter countertop

relaxed open kitchen living room - Lauren Liess

Here is a look at the kitchen from the living room that sits right off of it. As you can see, Lauren continues her relaxed, layered approach here to. It’s so friendly, just like Lauren.

happy decorating,

cristin

*Photos by Helen Norman via Pure Style Home

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New Traditional Interior Design by Courtney Giles

This weekend I caught up on reading some of my favorite shelter magazines. There was one house tour featured in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle that caught my eye. Atlanta-based Interior Designer, Courtney Giles transformed the historic 1911 four bedroom house for a young couple. Sticking with a neutral palette for the most part, Giles’ design blends traditional elements with fresh , modern accents – it’s what I refer to as new traditional interior design. The result is inviting, elegant and current.

greek key window treatment - atlanta homesformal living room by Courtney Giles black paneled pocket door - atlanta homes

Love this black and white paneled pocket door, brass elements and chinoiserie wallpaper!

formal dining room with round table - Courtney Gilesnew traditional family room by Courtney Gilesgourmet kitchen with orange barstoolschinoiserie wallpaper in bathroom

The chinoiserie wallpaper in the powder room is dramatic and bold, but a fun choice for this small space.

serene bedroom design by Courtney Gilesmirrored fret door to closetboutique style closet design

The curved window-seat bench in the boutique style walk-in closet is my fave!

elegant bathroom by Courtney Giles

For more images and information about this home, visit Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle.

Happy decorating,

Cristin

*Photo credit: Emily Followill via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle

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Read full story By on January 27, 2014 in Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, chinoiserie, Closets, dining rooms, family rooms, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, mantels, tables, traditional, Uncategorized, wallpaper, window treatments