As part of our Design Spotlight series, we sat down with Lauren Lerner of Living with Lolo. Based in Cave Creek, Arizona, Lauren has used several of our fabrics and wallpapers in recent projects. With a gorgeous home office, incredible eye for pattern and projects in the works for a handful of professional athletes, this designer has a lot to brag about. Join us in giving Lauren, aka Lolo, a warm welcome!
What is your design philosophy?
We love designing spaces that are both timeless and have a little pop of something unexpected.
"I love clean lines, mixing metals, bright and open spaces, pops of color, and showcasing timeless pieces that will never go out of style."
-Lauren, Living with Lolo
You've designed homes for several professional athletes. Can you tell us a little bit more about how the design process is different when working with clients like this?
The design process is a bit different when working with professional athletes because often you may only meet with them at the initial meeting and then you will be working through the design process with their assistant/manager. Decisions usually don't happen as quickly and they have a lot on their plate, so it is important to help move the process along with timely communication. Lastly, many of these players move every few years so what they are purchasing won't likely be in their life forever.
What is your process like to select pieces for a space?
When selecting pieces for a space, we always start with either a work of art, a rug, a great fabric or wallpaper to anchor the space. From there, we design the rest of the room to complement that focal point.
What inspired you to become an Interior Designer?
Three years ago, I took a leap of faith and quit my career in sales to follow my passion of becoming an interior designer. I enjoy being able to be creative, meet so many great new people, and help our clients fall in love with their homes.
"Look for things that compliment each other but are not too matchy-matchy."
-Lauren, Living with Lolo
Balancing color and texture in a space is harder than it looks. What advice do you have for someone trying to accomplish that in their own home?
When trying to balance color and texture in your home, look for things that compliment each other but that are not too matchy-matchy. Use items that have a contrasting effect.
What's your favorite project you've done to date?
We love our Trailside View project where we used Caroline's beautiful textiles!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from all over! I love finding inspiration on Instagram and also from my travels.
FAVORITE: fabric from our collection?
FAVORITE: way to use textiles?
Drapery and pillows.
FAVORITE: style of drapery & why?
Pinch pleats because they are timeless and let the fabric shine.
FAVORITE: style of pillow (knife edge, flange, self-welt, contrast piping, etc) and why?
I love knife edge because we usually choose fun prints so we like to keep our pillows simple.
What new projects do you have coming up? We'd love to hear about it!
We have so many exciting projects coming up! We are working on a home for one of the Phoenix Suns + have a great new project in Paradise Valley. We are thankful to be booked through the end of the year!
I hope you enjoyed learning about Lauren! To see more of her work, visit livingwithlolo.com. To purchase a sample of the fabric and wallpaper shown above, click here for our BRIDGE / Black Oyster fabric and click here for our VARAS / Black wallpaper. And finally, if you're in the mood to read more Design Spotlight features you can browse past posts here. If you've used our products in your interiors and would like to be considered for a future Design Spotlight feature, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.