How to Wow Your Home Office

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 function really is paramount!

The home office is also a place of self expression. This could come from using your favorite colors~

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Or displaying some of your favorite accessories~

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And creating your own retreat~

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I am working on a plan for my husband’s home office. Right now it is painted and has a desk against the back wall and is the holding place for all of my family photos that I am waiting to use in my stairwell gallery wall….after I finally pick a color to paint our foyer!


We will be keeping the wall color, using Chris’ leather accent chair, adding a window treatment that has yet to be determined and these other pieces~

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I am really excited to get the height and the storage and display for this space. Chris needs a place to have his awards, photos of our girls, and other pieces that motivate and inspire him. There will actually be two of these bookcases against the back wall. And since he does work from this office everyday helping him to stay organized is a must. And why not make it stylish and handsome?!

I am excited! And I hope he is too as he hasn’t seen this yet! Surprise honey!

Thank you!

Everyday I get the privilege of working with my wonderful clients and I am always so honored that they have welcomed me into their homes and shared their decorating and lifestyle challenges with me. I take so seriously the functional plus the stylistic value of a project that when a project is coming to a close and I hear how much the transformation has impacted a client and their family, it means so much to me!

I so enjoyed receiving this email earlier this week from a very special client of mine:

Dear Lauren and all of her wonderful staff,

This morning I took a moment to walk into my library and enjoy the beautiful new look in both it and the adjacent living room.  Thank you for creating a look that does not deny the formality of the rooms but also feels relaxed and welcoming.  I wanted the feel of a country manor house, and that is exactly the ambience of the two rooms.  They are perfection!

Thank you again for not only the amazing creativity that your poured into my little project, but also the time and effort that was taken to coordinate all the details.

So I thought I would take a moment and say THANK YOU to all of my clients and supporters for allowing me into your lives and homes and to make a difference with my creativity and hard work. I absolutely love what I do and look forward to more exciting opportunities in the future.

And a special thank you to the amazing author of the kind note above. You know who you are!

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Awaken Your Home!

Spring. Is. Here! I love this time of year as everything is in bloom and fresh and the colors are so soothing and uplifting. Spring is also a time of new beginnings. This can mean all kinds of different things for you, your children, your garden, or your home. I was recently asked to write a piece for a wonderful local publication, Today’s Charlotte Woman, all about how to freshen up your home for Spring. For my local followers please pick up a copy! And for my non local readers I have included the digital version of the magazine here. And a big thank you to the magazine for such a gorgeous display of my work!
To find some of these accessories and other pieces for your home that could freshen things up using some of the above decorating tips please visit me at Lila HOME!

Equestrian Style

Your Style. Your Home.

What does that mean to you? We all have our own tastes and likes/dislikes and certain colors or styles that speak to us. For me, one of those styles is the Equestrian Style. My 25+ year love of horses will always be in my blood and I am looking to infuse some of it into our new home.

I recently found some really great ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and thought I would share some of my fabulous finds.









I would just like to thank all of the contributors on Pinterest as this particular search holds so much meaning to me and to gain insight into such amazing ideas is just incredible. Pinterest can certainly add to our everyday push to be ‘everything to everyone’ but there is definitely good in the creativity and inspiration that Pinterest brings to all of us.

And it has definitely put me in touch with my DIY side!

Giddy up!

BEST of Charlotte Smarty Pants WINNER!

We are SO excited to announce that Lauren Nicole Designs was voted Best of Charlotte Interior Designer by the amazing Charlotte Smarty Pants team. THANK YOU CSP!

I love creating beautifully functional spaces for my fellow Charlotte families and to receive such an honor is just incredible! Cheers to 2014 and many more fabulous Charlotte room makeovers to come!

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And to my fellow Charlotte mamas please check out the other incredible winners of the Best of awards on Charlotte Smarty Pants!

Happy Spring Y’all!

Celebrating SPRING!

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 that I wanted to do something fun on such a big wall and since we spend a good amount of time in this area, I thought a chalk wall would allow for a great uplifting message wall. For example, I imagine this chalk wall to display positive words and sayings, song lyrics, maybe even menu items for the week, reminders and a fun place for our girls to get creative. I also knew that I wanted to frame out the chalked area to give it more depth and dimension.

So here is the evolution of our chalk board wall~ (and yes those are Halloween pails and yes I have been working on this since October!)




After the 2 coats of chalk paint were dry we were ready to select a mirror frame to finish off the space. Here is what I selected~


I have a lot of bronze fixtures and hardware in my house but I needed something light enough to contrast with the chalk paint but rich enough not to fight with my fixtures. So I selected this pewter like frame that is rich in color and nice and thick to match up to the size of this 10′ wall.

**If you are new to this framing concept please note that I mostly use this product to frame out big plate glass mirrors found in most bathrooms. I have over 50 frame styles to chose from and these can go on virtually any mirror to make it look like a gorgeous custom mirror!**

But here is the frame in a different kind of application….and I just love it!

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As perfect as the chalk board looked, it was more important to me to let my little girlies put their creative stamp on it.

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I am so excited to see how many different ways our family will use this great new and fun tool in our house. I am just in love with the color and life that this adds to one of our most used spaces in our home. And it was so easy and inexpensive to create! (and in normal time would have taken less than 2 weeks to complete!)

I hope you and our family are finding ways to celebrate Spring around your home!

eDesign Giveaway!

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Do you have a room in your home that is in need of a new look? Don’t know where to start? Do you want to win a $150 gift card towards your eDesign plan? Then please check out my exciting giveaway on the amazing Emily A. Clark blog!

Click here for all of the info!

Best of luck to you all!

Dining Table Bench

A new trend that has seemed to make quite an impact on how our families are seated at the dinner table is the dining table bench. I tried this in our house last year and we are all really liking it! I think with young children it can be a bit easier to get in and out of and can help sitting at the dinner table a bit more fun and easy. I have seen and implemented this design a couple of different ways. In some cases a dining bench is used on both long sides of the table leaving just the host and hostess chairs and in other cases I have seen and used the host and hostess chairs, two side chairs on a long side and the dining bench on the other side. This style selection will be based on your space and your preference.

One thing to note when deciding if this design selection is right for you, consider how a bench will fit under your table. For example, if you have a trestle table you would need to measure the width between the trestles compared to the desired bench. But this look can be a great one to help keep a space feeling more open, larger and inviting. And you can pile several little ones on one bench for fun family meals with friends!

Here are a few spaces that have made great use out of the dining bench concept~

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This concept is also a great way to create a non ‘matchy matchy’ look in your home. It can certainly be hard for our logical brains to accept several different seating styles around one table but with the proper pieces you will love your new and unique dining space!

How to Make Wall Color Work!

So much of what we see today in home decor magazines and online resources, such as Houzz and Pinterest is neutral, neutral, neutral. Neutral furniture, neutral fabrics and neutral walls.  And while neutral can be gorgeous, it may not be for everyone and every room.

Here is one of my latest rooms that I am just in love with that shows off bold and beautiful wall color.

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Because the wall color makes such a statement, I kept the furnishings of the space fairly neutral and concentrated on textures. The draperies are a light linen blend with a diamond shaped embroidery and I just love how they contrast the wall color. Also, notice how we painted the ceiling instead of leaving it white so that it was a warm blend with the walls and no too stark. The walls are Benjamin Moore HC-159 Philipsburg Blue and the ceiling is Benjamin Moore HC-35 Powell Buff.

This mirror is definitely one of my all time favorites!

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Because this room is very rectangular, with a fireplace smack in the middle and doors leading out to a patio on the left, furniture placement required a precise plan. My client wanted a place to retreat to and read or relax in the abundant sunlight as well as a place to have family game night or a casual meal with friends. So we created two separate but coordinating spaces.

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You can see that the color of these chairs is fairly quiet with a hint of the blue wall color accented with a bold red stripe pillow for a bit of fun. And the rug is a neutral sisal-like field with a leather border. The combination of all of these textures is a nice combination with the rich walls to allow them to stand out without feeling overwhelming.

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I love this medium color wood tone against the Philipsburg Blue. It is rich, rustic and handsome all at the same time. And the pop of color in the artwork keeps this side of the room from being too quiet.

While I do work with a lot of ‘exciting neutrals’ in the beige and grey families, it is so much fun to use a bold and beautiful color on the walls and to focus on the textures and patterns of all of the components in the space.

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Do not be afraid to try this in a room in your home but think about the other rooms that it connects with. For example, some family rooms connect to the foyer and hallways and that would make it difficult to use a splash of color as it is not a contained space. Consider powder rooms, dining rooms or conservatories like this one, to go bold on the walls.

Happy painting!

Best of Houzz 2014!

LAUREN NICOLE DESIGNS of Charlotte, NC Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award


Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals


Charlotte, NC, February 4, 2014 – Lauren Nicole Designs of Charlotte, NC has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 8 year old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhoneapp and Androidapp. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Thank you so very much to the Houzz community and to my fabulous clients for honoring me with this very meaningful award! I am so very appreciative and am ready for more amazing projects in the coming year!”

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Lauren Nicole Designs among our “Best Of” professionals for both customer satisfaction and design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Lauren Nicole Designs but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

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About Lauren Nicole Designs


Since 2006 I have been working closely with my clients to achieve their decorating goals and to create their dream homes. Whether it is designing one window or an entire home, I help to create a design plan that meets the style and functionality of my client’s tastes. Each project reflects the needs of my client so it truly is ALL ABOUT YOU!


About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information,





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