By Brittany Chevalier

Published on April 16, 2014

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The living room curtains are made from a textile of Lauren Liess’s own design

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Designer Lauren Liess invites us into her family’s Virginia home, where nature and simplicity rule.

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An antique hall tree adds a timeworn touch to the newly renovated foyer

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While browsing the real estate section of her local newspaper in July 2012, designer Lauren Liess happened upon a house that she knew, at once, would be perfect for her growing family.

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In the kitchen, Lauren mixed metals—brass, iron, chrome, galvanized steel, and stainless steel—to achieve a “collected and casual look.

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The designer displays a grouping of her favorite oil paintings, scored at flea markets and garage sales, above the kitchen sink.

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In the breakfast room, an oversize harvest table combines style and function for this growing family.

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The hutch is stocked with serving pieces Lauren has collected over the years.

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“My favorite part of the renovation was picking out the different architectural pieces,” says Lauren, who enlisted a local ironworker to help her design the stair railing

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The loft serves as a library, Lauren’s evening work area, and a media room

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A vintage dresser stands in for a bathroom vanity.

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“My husband found the brass bed on the side of the road a few years ago,” says Lauren. “It’s probably my favorite thing in the house.”

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