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My Summer Internship Experience at Lori Dennis Inc.

August 20th, 2015

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I’m Lauren Daly and I had an amazing internship with Lori Dennis this summer!

 My interest in interior design sparked in middle school when I was able to design my room exactly how I wanted – from paint to carpet to furniture and accessories.  I have since interned with various interior designers to gain experience for when I am an interior designer myself. This summer I had the ultimate internship with Lori Dennis, one of the top celebrity designers in Los Angeles.

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What sets Lori Dennis apart from other designers is that she works closely with a construction company (SoCal Contractor) and a materials company (Lion Windows Doors and More). I saw first-hand the benefits of being a “one stop shop.”

Because all of these trades work as one team they are able to tackle large projects in less time. They also work great together. I saw this cohesive collaboration first hand for one of the projects I worked on. A family needed to move from the east coast into their new Los Angeles home in just a few weeks, and at the same time also needed to freshen up their 25-year old Georgian Colonial home that felt really dated.

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I loved this project because it was exactly my style – Traditional and Classic with lots of blues and whites! I was excited to be in charge of accessories and art – which I learned is more than just “the cherry on top” – it’s essential to give a home a finished look.

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To find these special pieces I traveled with the Lori Dennis team to the Las Vegas Market. Not only was it my first time in Vegas, it was also my first time going to market! I didn’t know what to expect but when I walked up to the World Market Center I saw three huge buildings filled with a seemingly endless amount of showrooms. One of the best parts of these showrooms is that designers can buy these items at wholesale prices, which is more than half the price of the retail price!

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I loved everything at Leftbank Art

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 Can I buy all the lamps at Visual Comfort?

The next day we attended Design Campus, a project Lori started with a fellow designer, to help designers get their CEUs in a fun and convenient way. Although this was a “mini” camp, a half day instead of the normal two full days, I learned a lot from the speakers – including feng shui specialist Ariel Joseph Towne, YouTube expert David Brownstein, and a renowned architect, designer and landscaper William Hefner!

 

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The engaging and informative Feng Shui Guy, Ariel Joseph Towne

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David Brownstein, encouraged us to post short but sweet youtube videos

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The awe-inspiring architect, William Hefner

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A stunning project by William Hefner

Another highlight was going to San Diego to work on a photo shoot of a completed project. We worked hard for two days straight to make this beautiful project absolutely picture perfect. I learned that to get published in a magazine, or to have an impressive portfolio, it’s all about the details.

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How fun is this table setting?

 

 

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 Now I feel like a pro at staging a bookshelf!

But before a designer can have their work photographed, they must always go through “install day” which I learned can be even more exhausting but equally exciting to see the rugs, furniture, paint, accessories, etc. all come together! There’s nothing like seeing a client see their home move in ready for the first time.

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Placing hand painted art above the mantel.

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With my favorite accessory, a blue and white ginger jar

I helped with two installs during my internship along with attending an event with Kathryn Ireland, the “Million Dollar Decorator,” and I created social media content out of sample boards. Oh and did I mention this was all within a month? I told you Lori and her team works fast!

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 Sample Boards I worked on at Lion Windows Doors and More Material Showroom

 This summer was the best of my life and I look forward to working with Lori and her fabulous team in the future!

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Master Architect: William T. Baker

July 29th, 2015

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A building, or a home, becomes an exquisite work of art when special attention has been paid to every detail, everywhere you look.  It’s richly layered and creates a sense of history and permanence in classic styles like French, English and Georgian.  In researching master architects for our Atlanta and Dallas Design Campus Live Events next January, I came across the work of William T. Baker.  His work is magnificent.  Each element, detail and finish is stunning, and I was especially impressed by his rendering – skills taught to him by his furniture designer father at the age of 5.  The concentration it takes in drawing is something I’m sure defined his sense of impeccable taste and quality.

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Here are some images from Bill Baker’s portfolio that I find stunning.

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Baker knows when to show restraint in order to allow a design feature, like this coffered ceiling, to shine.

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Notice architectural details like deep windows ledges, chic arches, dentil molding, and a fantastic stair rail.

 

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Such beautiful cabinets, and check out that hood.  This French Country style is refined yet relaxed.

 

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Bring the eye up with drapery panels to discover a classic ceiling molding detail.

 

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I always love a great bookshelf (and ceiling molding again!)

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A beautiful Georgian Home, classic in white with black windows and doors.  Can you see that entry door?

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Here’s his rendering

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Stunning Staircase

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There are so many delicate details in this fireplace mantel.

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Rich and Regal

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Again, the ceilings, moldings, arched built in bookcases, columns – everywhere you look is delightful.

Architectural Digest featured an Atlanta home by Interior Designer, Suzanne Kasler, who partnered with Bill Baker, that is both elegant and relaxing at the same time, completely without pretension.

 

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Laid back wood paneled walls and molding as a backdrop to fine traditional furniture.  And yes, that fireplace….Oh Yes.

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Even with a more relaxed design, the details are still in the slight curves of the cabinets.

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Nothing too over the top with this warm wood ceiling.

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I can’t get enough of this sweet ceiling.  I’m incredibly inspired.

Having an interior architecture background has helped us bring our client’s homes up to a more elevated level, as shown in a few of our past projects below:

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In learning about other master architects and designers like William T. Baker, we sharpen our eyes, refine our taste and recognize beauty in the fine lines.  It gives us something to aspire to, and for that I am grateful.

Please join us at either Design Campus in Atlanta January 15-17 or Dallas 22-23 where you will have the pleasure of hearing this master William T. Baker speak on his craft.  You won’t want to miss it!

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On Trend for 2015

June 19th, 2015

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We’ve been seeing a lot of exciting styles happening in interior design this year.  It’s almost as if there are no rules – just go for what you love and whatever makes you happy.  Many of these individual styles are often mixed together to make a fun and richly layered home.  Check out the big trends of Blue and White, Trellis, Botanical, Coastal and Boho Chic.  We LOVE them!

 

BLUE and WHITE
The most popular by far is blue and white.  It’s classic, pretty and always in style.

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TRELLIS
Trellis adds texture and dimension to a room and can be used as wallpaper, fabrics or architectural detail.

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ORGANIC BOTANICAL
Feel romantic and get back to nature with flowers, plants and birds.

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COASTAL
We’re always drawn to the ocean for it’s calming comfortable vibe.

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Contemporary Beach House living room

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BOHO CHIC
The tip to creating the boho chic look is to layer, layer, layer – fabrics, materials, textures, lighting and color.

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Whatever style, whatever your personality and whatever you feel drawn to most, just go for it!

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