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Ok, so you have spent tons of time, energy, and money selecting that PERFECT wallpaper that you absolutely cannot live without to transform your drab walls into a something glamorous… and now that it is finally installed and your room is transformed, you are left with all this extra wallpaper that you can’t seem to part with.  (Whew, that was a mouth-full.)  So what now?!  Don’t throw it away!  Here are some great ways to repurpose those wallpaper scraps.

 

1. Create Art

Source: Buzzfeed

Source: Buzzfeed

Source: This Old House

Source: This Old House

Here is some art that I created myself!

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Some inexpensive frames from Ikea, this cost me less than $20!

 

2. Gift Wrap

Source: This Old House

Source: This Old House

Source: Elle- Kelly Wearstler

Source: Elle- Kelly Wearstler

Source: Elle

Source: Elle

I have definitely given gifts wrapped in extra wallpaper I had too, I wish I took pictures!  Regrets.

 

3. Wrap Books

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

*DESIGN TIP: Using a cohesive grouping of books when styling your bookcases, coffee tables, etageres, etc. looks so “designer”!  And its so easy.

 

4. Line your Bookcase

Source: HGTV

Source: HGTV

Design by Marika Meyer

Design by Marika Meyer

I love the pop that a little print and color can bring to an otherwise boring backdrop.

 

5. Other Ideas

Source This Old House

Source This Old House

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Source: fleuravenue.com

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Source: Popsugar

What are some of your creative ways to reuse wallpaper scraps?  Share them with us!

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I just had to share these amazing pillows with you I designed for my client’s Family Room.  I can’t wait to get pictures of them in the actual room, but isn’t this fabric so cool?

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Here is a close up of the fabric… see the snakes?

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Stay tuned for pictures of the room!

If you need help designing your own project or pillows, contact me!

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Source: javacupcakes.com

Source: javacupcakes.com

I have this amazing client who just moved to DC from Jordan!  He owns a cupcake shop in Jordan and plans to open up a branch here in DC too!  … and you all know how much I love cupcakes, I even posted about it here!  Once its open (hopefully this year!), I will definitely share pictures.

Anyway, Fadi contacted me while still living over seas and we pulled this gorgeous design together through tons of phone calls and emails.  Considering we were designing for a space neither of us had actually seen yet, it couldn’t have turned out more perfect!

Floor plan design by Lauren Racowsky

Floor plan design by Lauren Racowsky

Below are some before and afters!

Before

Before

This bright, cheerful, and elegant room reflects his personality perfectly!  What cupcake flavor would I call this?… Definitely not vanilla.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Love this art collage we grouped together above the sofa, such a great focal point!

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

If you need help designing your own space, contact me!

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I recently had a client come to me who needs help designing the family room in her new condo.  Kim has just turned 28, started a new government job, and feels like it is finally time to buy some “big girl furniture” and to get rid of the ol’ Ikea and college hand-me-down junk.

Designed by Julien Macdonald for Graham & Brown

I decided to post about this project because Kim and I have a very similar aesthetic and I really connected with what she has envisioned- “mature”, “sophisticated”, and “elegant” were the three words she said when I asked her to describe what she had envisioned.  In other words, she likes a feminine yet refined look with a modern twist.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Designed by Lauren Racowsky

(I want to point out that she did not want the TV to be the focal point in the room.)

Kim’s Famly Room floor plan

I just love taking traditional pieces but updating them with a modern and graphic fabric and bold paint!

Source: Ethan Allen

I achieved this look by combining clean modern pieces and dark woods with accents (like the floor lamp) that have a more organic shape.

Source: tables and accents-Ethan Allen, sofa-Holly Hunt, chair- Jaxon Home, rug- Fabrica, paint- Ben Moore

What’s your take on modern meets traditional?

If you need help designing your own space, contact me!

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I finally got around to taking pictures of my client, Gina and Chuck’s, new Living Room… and it turned out gorgeous (well I think so anyways)!

If you couldn’t tell by now, purple is clearly one of my favorite colors and it just so happens that this was the accent color they selected!  I promise I didn’t sway them in this direction, they just wanted something unusual and elegant- I think that is what we achieved.  See the finish product below.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

I love the clean taupe and ivory palette we did with the saturated pop of purple!  And how fabolous is the purple zebra print ottoman with the silver nailhead trim?

I know, we are getting around to window treatments soon.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

If you need help with your own interior design project, contact me!

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Source: home-library-design-ideas.blogspot.com

My clients, Kate and Jim, have been building a house in the Friendship Heights part of DC for the last 9 months and are finally ready to move in!  With the “Library” being the first room seen at the front of the house, they wanted this to be the first focus of the project. 

The room is bright with white walls, dark floors, and lots of built-in shelving.  Kate gave me guidelines for this room: she needs a desk to work at, there will need to be a small TV in the room, she wants it to be “fresh”, “airy”, and “WARM”,  but absolutely no seafoam and mineral blues, and she wants a white sofa.

Check!

Color scheme

So my challenge was to select a color palette that is bright and fresh but to avoid greens and blues (which was the color scheme in her old house and she is totally tired of).  Okay, a warm but bright palette that would work with a white sofa, sounds difficult since I usually associate warmer tones with creams and not white.

Source: sofa-Kravet, chairs- Ethan Allen, ottoman- Ballard, casegoods and accents- Ethan Allen

I achieved the look Kate and Jim wanted by finding fabrics with a white base but accents of bright orange and yellow.  I also kept a fresh vibe in the room by combining white-painted wood furniture with natural elements like a raw wood lamp on the desk and the bamboo woven area rug.

Library Floor Plan

I will be sure to post pictures of the finished product when everything is installed so stay tuned in the next few months!

 

If you need help achieving this look or tackling any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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