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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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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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Ahh I love fall time!  There is just something about the crisp morning air and the warm colors on the trees that just gets me, and I know I’m not alone here.  The leaves changing start to bring about the feeling of coziness that has been missing all summer.

Fall inspired color schemes are really starting to pop up everywhere!  Some colors with that “fall vibe” are coppery reds, pumpkins, burnt yellows, forest greens, and chocolaty browns.  If selecting a paint or accent color from these, be aware of the feeling you are trying to create…

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Design Seeds

Red can be a strong color that evokes energy, but with such a wide range of tones (from cherry, to crimson, to wine) there are lots of options to incorporate the color into any space.   There are tones that you can even be comfortable with year-round.

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A burnt Orange can be warming but a more vibrant shade can be super modern and lively.

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Forest Green is a great way to create an outdoorsy feeling and if accented with other warm fall color will create a “homey” feel as well.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

If a more neutral color is desired for a main color, warm or rich brown will evoke a natural feel of wood or stone.

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A strong note I will make is, do not feel obligated to use all these wonderful fall colors in only one space; Doing this will actually feel very chaotic.  There is a 3 color max rule for interior design and yes, this includes your neutral!

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A way to incorporate these colors is to use them throughout the whole house or floor , and to add hints of the color in accents to create a smooth transition between rooms.  Adding pillows on the sofa and candles on the fireplace mantle, and then artwork on the dining room wall, and a rug in another room is how to create flow in color.

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I hope this guide helps you to create the feeling of whichever aspect of fall you are trying to evoke in your home, whether it be the falling leaves, a forest stroll, or a harvest celebration.

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So what is your favorite time of year?  Does it inspire your color palette?

If you need help defining the color scheme in your own home, contact me!

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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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Not too long ago I had a client, Kelly, come to me who had recently moved from a large suburban home inVirginia into a smaller single family home in DC.   Size wise, this was a pretty big downgrade for Kelly as she lost her formal living room but wanted to keep a dining room to entertain in.

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When I first met Kelly and saw her home, the “Dining Room” was filled with living room furniture (that would eventually all make it down to her cottage home).

Before

Before

Her goal was to transform the room back into a Dining Room where her family could eat dinner every night, but also a room to entertain guests on special occasions and holidays.  Basically, this space needed to be formal, comfortable, yet functional! 

By using fabrics with great graphic detail and rich color around the table, we were able to keep the room feeling fresh and comfortable.  I love how the simple hound’s tooth print on the side chairs lets the floral on the Martha Washington arm chairs pop! The only element that we kept the same in the room were the woven shades she had installed right before our meeting- they look great with the light striped fabric we selected for the custom window treatments.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

We also had to cover the awful radiator under the front window.  Most older DC homes still have radiators and this one completely detracted from the elegance of the design.  The radiator cover we had built was completely custom and looks original to the home!  It turned out perfect. 

The finishing touch was to hang a chandelier over the table which definitely turned this room into a Dining Room.  And with some fun accessories that pull from the colors in the chair fabrics, this room feels like home.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Design by Lauren Racowsky

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