By Lauren Liess

Published on January 29, 2015

Pin It
Photography by Helen Norman
Pin It
Photography by Helen Norman
Pin It
Photography by Helen Norman

I like to create a fully fleshed-out design plan before purchasing a single thing for a space.

Pin It
Photography by Helen Norman

I started
by having the walls inside painted a soft
ivory (Benjamin Moore’s ‘Seashell’) so that
the view could take center stage, and had
the newer vinyl doors painted a warm
black to accentuate the view of the tree
even more. Painting the vinyl doors black
also made them feel more architecturally
interesting and less like vinyl.

Pin It
Photography by Helen Norman

My clients entertain frequently and so their house needed
to work for their small family of three as well as for large cocktail
party crowds and intimate dinner parties.

Pin It
Photography by Helen Norman
Pin It
Photography by Helen Norman

Fabrics played a big part in the change in mood of the row house. I
wanted the fabrics to work with the exposed brick wall in the living
room and with what was going on outside, so I came up with a palette
of orange, olive, naturals, blacks and browns. We added a mix of
textured, patterned and hand block-printed fabrics for a little energy
and interest.

Pin It
Photography by Helen Norman

A big emphasis was placed on bringing in meaningful things that my clients loved, like the metal floor lamp, which is a custom creation by my friend, lighting designer, Rick Singleton.