luxe interiors + design feature

I'm so honored to be featured in this issue of luxe interiors + design magazine as a "style maker" and I thought you might like to see a little peek at the article. (!! :)   This is the second DC issue so far and I'm really excited to have a new great design magazine for our area.



Photographer Greg Powers came to visit our (mid-construction-contractor-filled) home a couple of months ago to take my portrait in our studio and was soooooo great to work with. Greg took a bunch of pictures that day in various outfits - most way more casual/relaxed than this one ;) ;)  I was pretty uncomfortable at first (as I usually am when getting my picture taken) and so Greg said to think of "your kids" as he was taking the pictures.  And I did.  It really seemed to make a difference in how my eyes looked ("smizing" as they say??) in the photos, although the photo they ended up selecting wasn't one of the "kid-thinking" pics.

The article focuses on my line of textiles, how I got started with them and what inspires the designs.

Part of the interview was about what inspires me (right now I'm really loving following people on instragram), what (or who ;) ;) I wear-- anyone who knows me knows I'm really not big into labels so my response is kind of funny to me (I've had this crazy floral green Badgley Mischka gown hanging in my closet with the tags on for years now that I have nowhere to wear...  Every time we have some sort of industry event my assistant jokes about me wearing it out.)  who I'd love to work with one day (Bobby McAlpine & Greg Tankersley) , projects I'm working on right now, and I what I'd be doing if I weren't designing...

The two fabrics they showed photos of are Thistle in Sepia and Fern Star in yellow, some of my favorites:

(They included a photo of my dream architects' work ;)

...And they also called me a "free spirit" which made me happy.  (And laugh, because I've never thought of myself that way before.  I think it sounds way better than "crazy," which is how I often view myself.)

{The cover}

I have to be really honest with you that reading this article was so cool for me.  I never truly imagined that I'd have a fabric line one day, let alone one that people would take any notice of & so it feels kind of surreal.  For some reason, putting fabric designs out feels like a really vulnerable art form to me...  You're laying it all out there and a lot of the designs I create are really personal, so I feel like part of my story is out there, waiting for judgement.
..But also waiting to be enjoyed and appreciated by others.  I love that people can bring things that I've made into their homes and enjoy them.  It's different from designing homes (which I absolutely love in a totally different way)...  it's a bit more "la dee da" in my head and I do exactly what I want with the designs to get exactly the feeling I want.  Then people can pick what they like from what I've made.

(me, being "free" ;) ;)

Anyway, enough rambling, but if you get the chance, I'd love for you to check out the new issue of luxe!! 
I'm really thankful to have been included. 


If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.
ps- Last photo is by Helen Norman

26 comments:

lemongroveblog.com said...

How cool! Congrats :) The house in the magazine is absolutely amazing! I would die to have a house as sweet looking as that one. Kudos on this awesome accomplishment!

Lauren said...

lemongroveblog- thank you so much but it's not mine!!! :) (It's a house of one of the architects that I mentioned I dream of working with one day!! :)
xoxo,
lauren

Patti Borrelli @BeSoStyle said...

Kudos! I so love that final shot of you. I'm looking forward to checking out Luxe + your textile designs. Congrats!!!

Friske Life said...

Lauren! I love your textiles and rave about them all the time to others. I remember winning the two yards when you first had your line out and was on cloud nine! AND! To this day have order three more yards for our little place :) It's my favorite of all time and I cannot get enough of your lovely textiles. You have amazing design, and I'm constantly inspired by what you do.

Rebecca Gibbs @ gibbgabb said...

Congrats on the article! You look gorgeous as always! Your style is so refreshing, Lauren! I am so drawn to everything that you do and really gain a lot of inspiration from you! Thanks!

Laurie said...

Rock Star! How awesome.

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mcalpinetankersleyblog.com said...

Congratulations of the feature! Ww'd be honored to work with you one day, too.

Danielle said...

Congrats! You are so talented!

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lauren- What a great article and you look fantastic. Congrats!

I see the comment by mcalpinetankersly above, you must be in heaven!

Loretta

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Lauren, I would love to do a post on you. I have been doing a series on designers and bloggers and how they got started. I interviewed Penelope Bianchi last month and Brook next month....Let me know if your interested....

Champagne Macarons said...

Congratulations! That's amazing. I will be sure to check it out.
I love, love, love textiles too and feel a little intimidated to design them.
xoxo, B

Style Inside said...

Brilliant! You deserve it for being so utterly creative and amazingly inspiring! x

Mrs. White said...

My husband and I just bought our first house together and it's a cabin-ey sort of thing (we live in Asheville-most houses are cabin-ey:)and all i can think is how I want to turn it into a mini-version of your house! And I've already decided that I'm going to splurge on some of your thistle fabric for living room curtains because I looooooove it so much.

dervla kelly said...

wow, congrats Lauren! Looking forward to reading Luxe now :)

Velvet and Linen said...

Congratulations my talented and free spirited friend!
Love the fabrics they featured :)

xo
Brooke

Velvet and Linen said...

and that picture of you... gorgeous! xo

kayce hughes said...

So excited for you. I know that very big things are ahead for you. I hope that you enjoy it all.

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Congratulations Lauren! I am so happy that you are being noticed for your amazing talent.

Thanks for sharing and I will need to go out and find a copy!

Liz

upcycledhomeblog.com said...

Amazing! Congrats and BE-YOOteful photos! I am wondering where I can get my hands on this mag, outside of the D.C. area. And I am SO in love with your textiles, thank you so much for "la dee dad-ing" them out into the world. :-)

Lumen Drops said...

Lauren, Congratulations! Love your spirit, style, fabrics, and most of all, your smile!

LindsB said...

CONGRATS!! I wish we got that magazine up here so I could see you on the pages myself- but this little snippet was perfect! xxoo

Lavender said...

Let me lend one more voice to the crowd and say congratulations. How lovely to see success find one so very humble, who keeps it real despite a talent which will soon very quickly come to be recognized in far larger circles than imagined.

Good wishes to your husband who plays his part in your life and your three sons who inspire your lovely spirit.

Bianca

for the love of a house said...

What an honor! Congratulations to you! And, then to have the above comment from McAlpine/Tankersley... double wow!

best,
joan

Burlap Luxe said...

I noticed the beautiful feature at our local book store, amazing honor well deserved. Love the photo of you, in a crazy way! Or better yet a free spirited way.
Xx
Doré

traci zeller designs said...

That is awesome, Lauren! Congrats!!!