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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,


*Photos by Helen Norman via Pure Style Home

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Endless Options :: Wood-Mode Cabinetry

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What do these beautiful kitchens have in common? All of the cabinets are made by Wood-Mode. Based here in the United States, family-owned Wood-Mode has been creating quality custom cabinetry for kitchens, baths, closets and offices for over seventy years. While at KBIS with BlogTour, I had the pleasure of touring the Wood-Mode booth and seeing their craftsmanship first hand. Although known for it’s traditional designs, Wood-Mode also offers contemporary and European styles that are gaining popularity with today’s homeowners. Take a look at just a handful of the many door styles offered:

kitchen cabinet door fronts by Wood-ModeExpanding homeowners options even more, Wood-Mode recently launched 17 designer opaque colors with 14 vintage companion colors to its offering of cabinet finishes. Personally, I love the gray and blue tones – they are a nice departure from all white kitchen and bath trend!

Wood-Mode cabinet color palette

Traditionally, our customers choose the classic colors – wood tones, black, white and off-white, considering a cabinetry purchase should last years, if not decades. Our new designer opaque and vintage colors are subtle yet striking which allows customers to gain a touch of color without committing to a color that may be short-lived trendwise. – John Troxell, Director of Design, Wood-Mode

Wood-Mode drawer organizers - #kitchens and #baths

Wood-Mode is also dedicated to making cabinetry that is not only beautiful on the outside, but highly functional on the inside. The wide-variety of built-in storage and convenience features were having me longing for new kitchen cabinets!

By offering endless options, Wood-Mode’s high functioning, stylish and customized cabinets compliment any architecture and personal style. You’ll have to keep Wood-Mode cabinetry in mind for your next kitchen, bath or closet project!

happy decorating,


*disclosure: this post was sponsored by Wood-Mode through #BlogTourVegasalthough all opinions are my own.

*first image via Houzz

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