Lauren Liess Interiors
luxury interior designer

As a decorator & a textile designer, this is my place to muse... Reality and charm fascinate me; perfection isn't really my thing. Fresh floppy flowers from the garden over long-stemmed roses any day, I love it when things are slightly off and tell a story.



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It's Spring and time for a little sale over here!   Our new house is so different (both size & stylewise) from our last house that not everything fit and/or worked so I'm saying goodbye to some really great things!  We also have a bunch of new and almost-new things from our showroom floor on sale right now for really low prices.   The items from our showroom will be sold at these low prices for a limited time only (wow, that sounds like an awful commercial) so wanted to give you that heads up.  Most of the pieces have only been sat in a handful of times and are GORGEOUS!!!   


We're excited to be partnering with Chairish, a new website (& app) that makes it possible for design lovers to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another.  It was really easy to use (we did it all on our iphone... the app is SO easy!!) and if you're looking to sell or buy, I can't recommend checking it out enough!!  It's sort of like 1st dibs meets craigslist in a user-friendly and pretty interface.  You can view our sale here.

 We're selling our dining room furniture:

{Pedestal Table With Leaf, Slipcovered Chairs & Japanese Tansu/ Console}


{A Square Wood & Iron Coffee Table from our last family room}


{A Hammered Zinc Table/ Desk...  In our last house we used two of them in our office as desks.  In our new house, I only have room for one and use it as a dining room table so there's an extra!}


{My little aqua writing desk}


{The quirky Chalkboard in Our Kitchen made from architectural salvage}


I also wanted to share a few pics of the showroom pieces!


{Some of our chairs and the ivory slipcovered sofa, which is machine washable}

{A leather ottoman and an oatmeal colored linen slipcovered sofa with extra slipcover in a slightly different linen... machine washable}

{Another super-comfy slipcovered sofa with gray washable slipcover}


All of the chairs and sofas are insanely comfortable with down-wrapped seat cushions.  


{The Morroccan Lantern we hung in the window of our room at the DC Design House}

... So anyway, if you or anyone you know is looking for any of this, definitely check out the sale at Chairish!  Thanks!!

Click here to shop!

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.
For general questions, please write to me at mail@laurenliess.com.


{image via shutterstock}

When I first stumbled across Get Off My Internets, I couldn't stop reading.  (It's sort of that train wreck fascination thing...  I definitely laughed when I shouldn't have and then prayed they'd never find me.)

For real.  I really didn't want them to find me.

Get Off My Internets is basically a website that makes fun of other bloggers, talking about blogging "news" and random happenings in bloggers' lives that they've posted on.  Pretty much making fun of them and belittling what they do, pointing out stupid things they've said and in general hating on people.  The main writer is actually hysterical.  Honestly, laugh out loud funny...  Witty and biting...  Which is why I never wanted her to find me!! I never wanted to be on the receiving end of what she was dishing out.  In one post a while back she said something about bloggers loving to give each other "rainbow enemas," which my husband and I just about died over.   Yes, it's true, we bloggers love to compliment & support one another.  Whenever I've had a rough day, my husband asks me if I need a rainbow enema.  And sometimes I do. ;)


There are also forums in it where snarkers/ maybe called cats, can post about things that bother them about bloggers.  And then hundreds of people write comments (if the initial thread was juicy enough) back.  

I figured it was just a matter of time before they found me (My terribly boring neutral interiors had been mentioned once or twice in threads but no really bad bashing to speak of) and this morning,  I saw a post on me.  (Mind you, I'm over a month late to the party...  It's been going on since March 8th and continued on into April, but better late than never!)

The post was started by an Expert Hammycat being in shock over the listed price of a blanket on my bed in the Domino spread.  ($5K apparently!)  

It really upset and shocked many of the hammycats and some went on to say that I should have only spent $1k on a single blanket and done something better with the other four thousand dollars, like donating it to charity.  




Now, the throw blanket on my bed didn't cost $5K.  Nowhere near that...  and a store actually loaned it to me for the photoshoot because I wanted it to look prettier than my usual camel wool one.       

But alas, the alleged cost of my bedding led to other issues, as any great hammycat post would...  And the posters got to talking about the cost of my sofa, my stove, and my fabric line, my kitchen the size of my bed, why we have so many kids, and how my husband and I have gone from living in a modest split level to a crazy new house.  And how could my husband have afforded to stop teaching and partner with me full time (actually "assisting" me it would seem)  and how could we afford design staff?  How I always talk about how tired and busy I am and how I never really write about client projects so it's doubtful I actually have very many clients at all, so how is this all financially possible?  Some think I get money from blogging, family... or even the lottery.  And of course, there are the dreaded "food"  and "family" posts where I share pictures of food and my kids and food with my kids.  And generally it seems like there are lots of hammycats who liked me when I was struggling to make ends meet when I first started out,  but now, can't really stand me.  I can't leave out that many of the posters were surprisingly complimentary of my work and our business and there were even WKs (not sure what it stands for yet? = my heroes!! i love you!!) who defended me.  I read the posts out loud to my husband this morning and I have to admit, the hammycats are funny.  They had us cracking up about more than a few things.  ("humble food brag posts" anyone??!!! hahah) 




The truth is, no major windfall happened for us, though that would have been nice.  We bought our first fixer-upper low, put a lot of sweat equity into it, and sold it for a profit.  At the same time, while we lived there, we grew our business and saved.  We got our new house- which is by the way, 400 square feet smaller than our old house- for great deal.  It was another fixer-upper, of course, and we've worked on it for a year.  We'd saved up enough that we could afford contractors this time.  Every day, we continue to work hard for our clients and our business.  There's been no magic behind our process...  just goal setting and sweat and an amazing team of people and clients helping and supporting us.  

As for the Domino shoot- the Domino team is AWESOME.  They didn't stage a SINGLE thing in our house and I styled it myself.  Not only are they truly nice people, they're incredibly devoted to showing homes how they really are and I totally respect that about them.  Their magazine's new format is based upon shopping so that's why they list items and their retail prices and if the exact same piece used in the story isn't available, they will list something like it so readers who want to find it, can.   I'm guessing that's where the blanket price came in.  

As for the $5k blanket...  no I didn't spend that much on a blanket, but if I had, am I not free to spend my own money as I see fit?  Would hammycats prefer bloggers leave a list of their charitable contributions on their sidebars to make sure we're giving away enough money to justify what we're buying?  Our family takes giving pretty seriously but it's not something I feel the need to write about on here.  

And as for me...  I can only be myself.  



{I'm Lauren Liess and I can still cure zits with leaves}

A generally happy person who feels overwhelmed every once in a while and who has never been able to keep her mouth shut.  I say "love" and "I'm so excited" a lot and grossly overuse exclamation points and smiley faces.  (I'm actually shocked that didn't really come up from the hammycats!!)  A lot of great things regularly happen in my life, but there are also constant rejections and closed doors.  It all is what it is.  I pretty much trust that things happen the way they do for a reason and when things don't work out, I take another path.

I realized way back that if you tried to please everyone when you wrote a blog or post anything on any form of social media, you'd have nothing to say.  So all I can do is be myself and stay true to writing about what I'm thinking about, working on and excited about.  (Which will continue to be my family, decorating, food & random stuff.)

The last thing I wanted to bring up is that one of the commenters mentioned that she won a giveaway on my blog years ago and sent me an email thanking me and I didn't write her back and it changed her opinion of me.  That's something I feel really badly about.  It's something I struggle with daily.  I literally receive hundreds of emails a day and try to respond to all of them but there are times when emails slip through the cracks and I either accidentally delete them as I'm deleting junk mail or I miss it.  I genuinely care about people and would never purposefully not respond to someone.  I hope anyone reading that at least believes that.  I'm really trying.  

So, now that they've finally found me, I can say that I'm a survivor of Get Off My Internets.  (so far...  Not sure if you're supposed to directly address it or ignore it .)  And I'm not scared of them finding me anymore...  it wasn't so bad after all.  Have a good one!

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.
For general questions, please write to me at mail@laurenliess.com.

For a while now, I've been thinking of writing an irregular blog series, called "Gracious People."  In my line of work and in my life, I come across lots of insanely talented and incredible people...  People whose work I admire and drool over.    But there are also those people I come across, whose talents I not only admire, but who's spirit I admire as well.  I'm struck by how kind and open they are.  People who uplift, encourage and inspire.  These people are secure and generous and want the best for those around them.  They're, in a word, gracious.  I could go on forever about how talented these people are, but I'll let the photos I share speak for themselves and tell you of my own personal experiences with them and how they've inspired me to be better. 

 

{Patrick Sutton}

For my first "Gracious People" post, I wanted to tell you about our friend, designer Patrick Sutton.  I met Patrick a few years ago when we both decorated rooms in the DC Design House.  Being one of the newer designers, I was incredibly nervous to be doing a room there.  Patrick Sutton's gorgeous living room was pretty much the star of the show that year, but meeting him, you could see there wasn't an ounce of diva in him.  He was one of the nicest people I'd met, meaningfully commenting on the room others had designed and what he liked about them.  He instantly makes people feel comfortable and never puts on airs.  He's very real though.

 

 

Anytime, we run into Patrick at a party, he's sure to introduce us to those he's chatting with, even mentioning things to them like, "her project is on the cover of this magazine" or "Lauren's a very talented designer."  This may sound normal to you, but in this business, it's not.  So whenever it does happen, I take notice.  (Half the time people are trying to pitch projects or meet so and so or see so and so, and I get that.  But with some people, it's different, and it sets them apart.)   

Patrick is the real deal, as you can see from the few photos of his work I've included:  

 

My husband, David, and I ran into Patrick at this most recent Market and after we chatted with him all night,  I knew it was time to get this blog series going.  Patrick shared lots of insight into the design industry and business with us, along with lots of laughs & wedding pics of his gorgeous wife. 

 

 

What I've learned most from Patrick is that I want to be uplifting to other people around me in the industry and to be sure that if I'm ever in a situation where I can help others make a connection and go places in their careers, that I do.  He's incredibly good at it and I think it's because he's so secure within himself, so gracious. 

To see more of Patrick's work, and read about his (also super sweet!) team check out his website here. 

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.
For general questions, please write to me at mail@laurenliess.com.

 

It's amazing how happy a little flower arrangement can make me.  When we got home from our trip earlier this week, I was thrilled to see our daffodils had bloomed while we were gone.  The previous owners of our house planted so many, that I can cut and cut and not even notice that any are gone!!  (Thank you to them!!)  I get to bring them inside and still have the pleasure of spying a mass of them out the living room window.  Love it.  I meant to plant more this Fall but didn't get around to it.  (I found a few hundred unplanted bulbs in the garage the other day- ah vell) 

The smell of daffodils reminds me of being a kid and walking to school in the Springtime...  picking them and giving them to people.  Do you remember using little makeshift tin foil vases/holders filled with wet paper towels to transport them?? 

Anyway, have a great weekend & hope you get some time to enjoy a pretty little something!

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.
For general questions, please write to me at mail@laurenliess.com.

Sitting to write today, I'm thinking about the recent stabbings at the Pennsylvania school and don't feel much like musing on decorating.  Like most people, I'm left feeling sad, shocked and scared by these school tragedies.  I think about how the victims' families and friends must feel and how the suspect's family must be feeling.  It's unimaginable. 

But this time, it sounds like everyone will be physically okay, and I'm filled with a little bit of hope too.   Hearing how kids and staff members protected each other and literally took wounds for one another is inspiring.  It  reminds me of how good people really are.   There's so much bad out there, but there's so much good too...  so much love, even for strangers.  It inspires me to be better, to try to do more.  I know it doesn't take the pain of what happened away for all of those who were personally affected, but these kids have reminded us all of what it is to really be human, to care, to protect others. 

I try to remind myself that every interaction I have with someone can leave him or her feeling better, worse or the same.  And that's every interaction: talking with a friend, a co-worker, a telemarketer or someone ringing you up at a register.  When I'm tired or off of my game, I know I'm less focused on the person I'm interacting with and might not leave that person feeling better than when I found them. 

When things like this happen, it reminds me that we have no idea what people are going through, and everyone can use some feeling better, all the time.  It reminds me to be better.

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.
For general questions, please write to me at mail@laurenliess.com.


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