One of the best parts about working with NousDecor on your interior design project is that you get the benefit of working with our talented, experienced in-house design team. We've carefully curated a group of style-savvy interior designers who are not only great at what they do, but also lots of fun to work with. In this new series we'll be introducing you to a few of the folks on the team so you can learn a little more about their backgrounds, influences, and favorite styles.
First up, meet Lauren. She joined us after she and her husband relocated to San Francisco from New York, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her on the team. Read on to find out more about her design aesthetic and what she loves about working at NousDecor.
What inspired to you pursue a career in interior design?
The reason I was interested in interior design in the first place was because my mom loves it and she has always asked for my opinion on how she decorates their home. I feel like I practically grew up at the local Ethan Allen and being able to help with their decor choices over the years inspired me to focus my career on something I really loved doing.
Where did you learn the ropes?
I attended Parsons' Interior Design & Architecture program and then worked for two interior designers in New York. I was exposed to so many aspects of custom interior design, I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I always find you learn more out in the field than in the classroom.
What’s your favorite decor style?
I can't say I have a favorite - I love a bit of everything! However, I would say I lean more toward traditional & contemporary versus modern styles.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I peruse design magazines, watch a lot of HGTV and follow many designers on Instagram. I also always find myself checking out the furniture and decor anywhere I am, whether it's a restaurant, a hotel, or someone else's home. You can find inspiration anywhere!
What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
I enjoy working on all of our projects probably because they all have a challenging aspect or two! It's fun to be able to redecorate someone else's space, regardless if it's your own style or not, and to layout furniture in a way that is functional while bringing a calm feeling to the space.
What’s been your favorite project since joining the NousDecor team?
I worked on a project recently for a woman named Stacey. I felt connected with the style of the design we put together for her living room. It was traditional, but updated, and I just loved everything about it.
What’s your favorite part of working at NousDecor?
Our team! We all bring different skills and experiences to the table that help our designs come out beautifully every time.
What's the best part about working with Mark Cutler?
My favorite part about working with Mark is his decisiveness and confidence. With each room we design he brings great ideas to the table right away, and with each challenge we encounter he has creative solutions ready to go. You know to trust his direction because it's clear he knows what he's talking about, he knows design.
What design tip, rule, or best practice do you see as most essential?
Your furniture doesn't need to hug the walls! Bring it out into the room and enjoy a whole new feel to your space.
Are there any design rules you like to break? If so, explain.
I like to break the rule that says art should be hung at eye level. It all depends on the size of the art, the other items it is hanging with, and everything else in the room. You can totally personalize your space by hanging your art at different levels.
What’s your advice to anyone out there thinking about taking the plunge and redesigning a room in their home?
Trust your designer! You hired them for a reason - they want to help you design the best space for you.
To work with Lauren and the rest of the NousDecor team on a decor project, start by taking our short design quiz here.
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