I recently read Down to Earth by Lauren Liess. Her relatable and easy decorating style is so good, I’m sharing my favorite go-to design tips from the book.
What I really love about Lauren Liess’ new book are the many simple, easy ideas you can immediately transfer to your own home to make it more beautiful right now.
My friend Lauren and I started blogging around the same time back in 2008! She is a highly talented, so sweet person and Mom of five kids!
Easy Vase Filler
Starting with the easiest one of all.
A branch from a tree, or wildflowers, or anything green will do.
Lauren doesn’t arrive at a photoshoot for one of her projects with her car full of cut flowers from the market. She just walks outside with her clippers.
Decorating with Neutrals
This room brings me to my next point. What do you notice about the colours?
Before I really did a lot of decorating from scratch in my design career, I was literally in 1000 homes in a four year period choosing paint colours (working as a colour consultant out of a paint store). I got really good at being able to tell my clients what was bothering them about the room in question. Or what really had to go because it was holding the room hostage, etc.
For example, a lot of people have expensive antique area rugs that they aren’t willing to part with, and I have often heard comments from my clients like “This rug is from my Grandma, and it’s not going anywhere, but I don’t like red.”
However, most of the time, if you don’t repeat the red in the room again, it just looks like you’re ignoring the rug and that doesn’t work either.
Well, if you keep the rest of the furnishings neutral like this one (above) it won’t look odd if you don’t repeat it again. She does this a lot in her decorating and I think it’s brilliant.
In this dining room, the orange rug is not overtly repeated in fabric or even a vase, but with cognac leather dining chairs which Lauren calls “Glowy browns” that she loves to specify!
Styling with Vintage Ceramic Lamps
Lauren loves the way vintage ceramic lamps add depth and patina to a newer-feeling space.
Lauren has a chapter where she talks about her philosophy on ‘timelessness’ which (of course) I loved:
“It’s possible to find unattractive and out-of-date examples of anything, but that doesn’t mean that the category itself is bad.
Every other year we hear declarations that wallpaper is “in” or “out”, but the reality is that it’s always “in” for those who truly love it, it’s always “out” for those who hate it, and it doesn’t go in or out; it just gets overused in the wrong places, causing people to tire of it.
There is nothing wrong with any authentic metal finish, be it polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze, iron, nickel, copper, or chrome, they can only be used in the wrong places, yet we will all be hearing about what metals are “in”or “out” until the end of our days.”
You can get Lauren’s new book here.
This book is the perfect Christmas gift for the design obsessed and I promise it will inspire you to make your home more beautiful.
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