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Lauren Liess Great Falls, VA

Interview with Lauren Liess of Lauren Liess & Co.

Welcome to a brand new series of Designer Spotlights, focusing on the group of top designers who will bring to life the Diamonds of Design Vignette Exhibition at AmericasMart beginning in January 2017. In celebration of AmericasMart’s sixtieth anniversary, this select group of designers will bring to life their most inspiring design moments, eras and lifestyles of the last 60 years using their favorite finds from the market. The next one of our designers to be featured is…Lauren Liess! This dynamic designer runs her interior design firm and textiles company out of a studio in Great Falls, VA (just outside of Washington, D.C.), while taking on projects ranging up and down the East Coast and out to Los Angeles. Lauren loves creating a strong sense of place with architectural character in homes, and this fall saw the publication of her first book, Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating. REstyleSOURCE recently chatted with Lauren, in a brief Q&A which will not only give our readers some background on her design philosophy, but also what they can expect to see from her Diamonds of Design Vignette at AmericasMart Atlanta in January…


Photo c/o Lauren Liess & Co

How did you get started in the world of interior design? I was in PR and doing my first apartment after cllege and realized that I loved it so much more than my job, so I decided to make the switch!

What inspires your creativity? Nature.


Photo c/o Lauren Liess & Co

Lauren’s Favorite Quote…”There’s something to love in every day.”

Norman_12004LL_030_Master_webPhoto c/o Lauren Liess & Co

LL vignette previewDesigner Notes: Inspiration

Diamonds of Design will focus on style standouts of the last 60 years. Which design icon, style or era from the last 60 years particularly inspires you? 

I’ve always been drawn to the effortless chic of the 1970s. To me, the 70s call to mind earth tones and denim, brown leather, and casual-cool style; boho-chic and a fearlessness with mixing patterns and textures are just right for this look.

What was the inspiration behind your vignette? Which vendors and products did you go with to create this look?

I created a salon-style gallery wall out of quirky, earth-toned pieces from Natural Curiosities. The back wall will be covered in Lauren Liess Textiles’ “Gisele’s Web”–a bold white & charcoal floral–and the floor will be laid with actual moss for an unexpected outdoor vibe. Currey and Company’s indigo denim Boho Chandelier (reminiscent of 70s denim) will hang over the sculptural concrete table by Accent Décor, which will also be accented by camel leather chairs from LEE Industries.

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Lauren’s Must-See AmericasMart Showrooms?

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BoBo Intriguing Objects | Natural CuriositiesVagabond Vintage | CODARUS

Designer Tips on shopping the market?

“This will be my first time at AmericasMart Atlanta! When shopping markets, I usually have to race through, so I snap photos of items I’m interested in along with a photo of the exhibitor name; this way when I get home I can open accounts, purchase etc.”

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cheese plateFinally, any fun entertaining tips for us?

  • Have a signature drink for each event. It feels more festive and guests come to expect it & love it.
  • Forage outside for relaxed, seasonal arrangements.
  • Keep your basic entertaining staples around (for me it’s cheese, drinks & olives) and in stock at home so you can host fairly effortlessly last-minute.
Photo c/o Honestly Yum

ConnillyPhoto c/o Lauren Liess & Co

Up Close & Personal With the Designer

Coffee or Tea? Tea  /  Salty or Sweet? Salty  /  Beach or Mountains? Beach  /  City or Country? Country  /  Text or Phone Call?  Phone Call  /  Night Owl or Early Riser? Early Riser  /  Yoga or Salsa Dancing? Both  /  Cats or Dogs? Both!


Read the Book or See the Movie? Book  /  Kindle or Hardcover? Hardcover  /  Luxury Hotel or Camping Trip? Luxury Hotel  /  Home Cooked Meal or Fancy Restaurant? Home Cooked Meal

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