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This Palmer Weiss designed Presidio Heights Living Room is absolute perfection.  The way she expertly mixes bold color, pattern, and different furniture styles is nothing short of design genius.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that my favorite color is gracing the draperies.  Dark stained wood paneling seems fresh (not masculine)), and I can always appreciate a good furniture layout.  Are you as taken with this room as I am?

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I LOVE the Golden Globes!  It’s the best of TV and Film plus the Tina Fey + Amy Poehler duo is just the best.  I was thrilled to see my “signature color” on the Red Carpet a few times last night!  I just never tire of that perfect shade of yellow/green.  Citron, chartreuse, acid yellow, saffron I love all the shades in that range.

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I was lucky enough to have a daring client commit to my favorite shade for her dramatic Living Room draperies.

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And just because – my girl crush, Emily Blunt rocking my favorite combo of white + turquoise + diamonds + braids.





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I have a lot of Interior Design passions, but one of my top musts for a space is amazing art.  Original art – whether it be  a thrifted vintage landscape, antique book pages framed in a series, or even a DIY canvas absolutely brings a room to life.  One of my favorite artists is New Orleans resident Alexis Walter.  One day I will have the space and own one of her saffron/chartreuse pieces (my signature color).  Check out her portfolio here!   Have a great weekend!





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Happy New Year!  2014 proved to be an eventful year for Lauren Haskett Fine Design in the best way possible – we celebrated great completed projects, amazing press, and the birth of my second baby girl, Emerson Louise in March.  A week after Emerson’s birth we were honored to receive the Paper City Design Award for Best Residential Kitchen (shown above).

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We were also thrilled to learn that a long time client would be published in the 2014 Winter Issue of Trad Home Magazine highlighting her work as Creative Director of High Fashion Home, a Houston institution founded by her parents.  I loved collaborating with her on her beautiful home.

The very first room I assisted her with was the Kitchen when she was building her home.  I drew up the plans and worked with my client and designer, Sara Eliason (who was consulting with her as she built her home),  to take the plans from paper to reality!

 

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After the home had been built and my client was able to live in each space she had a better idea of how she needed each room to function.  I was called in to bring completion and cohesion mainly to the Family Room, Dining Room, and Master Bedroom .

In her Family Room (shown above) she had already purchased her sofa, art above the sofa, tv console and had the pair of  chairs on the right (we had them recovered in the navy Jim Thompson ikat).  The goal was to marry the clean lines of her home with a more comfortable family friendly feel but without sacrificing style (what every family wants!).  The rug was the missing element – once I found inspiration for the pattern, we then worked with Madison Lily Rugs to pick our colors and have the rug custom made.  I am a big believer in custom pillows to finish off the room and of course that Hermes throw doesn’t hurt either!  The agate end table was one of my favorite finds!  The navy and gray colors in the top worked with our scheme perfectly.  The geometric velvet on the lucite based round stools are playful and are a nod to the great clean lined architecture of the home.

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The Master Bedroom’s great bones were accentuated with the custom Velvet Roman Shades with with Greek fret detail, new bedding, lamps, and the recovering of this amazing chair (seen below) in one of my favorite Schumacher fabrics.

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The Dining Room was upgraded with an antiqued mirror wall, new chairs, rug, accessories, and amazing buffet I spotted while shopping at the High Point Market.   amherst-066 amherst-074 amherst-083

{above photos: Max Burkhalter via Lauren Haskett Fine Design}

Hope you enjoyed this update, hoping to be blogging more in 2015!





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Meg & I have had so much fun with our little space at MAI here in Houston.  One of their BEST events is the Holiday Market.  I am pumped!  It is coming up on Thursday, November 14th and features not only all the fabulous booths decked out, but also trunk show vendors.  I am a total sucker for all the jewelry designers and I still dream about the chocolate vendor that was there last time…

This year some of the special vendors include Presmer (I’m a huge fan), a custom pet portrait artist, custom monogramming, and silk ikat pillows just in from Turkey – that’s just to name a few!

Another big draw is 20% off items over $100!  Someone come by that bone inlay chest from me!

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Designers in the Houston area, are you overwhelmed by all the Social Media outlets you know you SHOULD be doing?  Can you really get a client from Pinterest? Should you start a blog?  I am thrilled to be a part of a panel of Designers discussing relevant social media questions just like these, Wednesday, October 16th at the Decorative Center of Houston’s Fall Market.

The panel will be moderated by a true social media pioneer and expert, Leslie Carothers.  I am honored to be part of the discussion with esteemed designer Sarah Eilers of Lucas/Eilers, Designer BFF Meg Lonergan of LeSueur Interiors, awesome Paloma Contreras of Paloma Contreras Design and La Dolce Vita, and talented Designer and Blogger Samantha Penner who pens The Peak of Tres Chic.  I think we each bring a unique perspective on how we have utilized Social Media outlets to build and propel our businesses.

The Panel Discussion starts at 2 pm.  Make sure to also check out Legendary Designer, Mario Buatta, speaking at the Morning Keynote.  I’m so proud to be a part of such a great Design Community – I hope to see you there!





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My apologies for the lack of creative post title, but it expresses exactly what I want to talk about.  I absolutely love when walls/trim/cabinetry are painting the same paint color, preferably in a high gloss!  Now this isn’t for the faint of heart, and it sure helps if you have very strong architectural “bones” to begin with.  The first designer that comes to mind that does this frequently is Miles Redd, the second is Katie Ridder – probably because I’m obsessed with her use of turquoise.

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A fabulous room by Miles Redd.

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Above two rooms by Katie Ridder.

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Not sure who designed this room but the black walls don’t seem so imposing when you through in a dash of pink!

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If lighter colors make you more comfortable, the above two images show more pastel hues.  I especially like the soft pink room because I have  feeling everyone’s complexion just glows in this space much like in candlelight.

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I also like warm whites or putty tones in spaces of architectural perfection.  The perfect way to highlight beautiful paneling, like in this Dining Room above by Munger Interiors.  

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And then there’s everybody’s “Dream Paris Apartment” look.  Herringbone wood floors and white paneling with intricate detail is something you just can’t fake very well.  Le Sigh.  So would you do it, could you commit to one paint color everywhere?  I sure could!





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I’m so excited to share photos of “Navy,” the booth I share with Designer BFF Meg Lonergan or LeSueur Interiors.  Our booth is small but mighty located in the main building of Houston’s VERY BEST Antique Source, Memorial Antiques & Interiors.   I have absolutely loved shopping for and merchandising this space.   We have one of a kind pillows, furniture, accessories and original art from New Orleans Artists Alexis Walter and Ashton Shaw Despot.  Meg and I are both rug obsessed so of course we had to have a few fabulous rug finds in the space.  We also have tons of gallery wall art options!  Here are a few pictures, but if you are in Houston please come check us out in person (and the rest of the fabulous store).

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Memorial Antiques & Interiors

8719 Katy Freeway

Houston, Texas 77024

10-6pm Monday – Saturday

1-5pm Sunday

www.maihouston.com





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Pots & Patios on my Brain

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 24, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

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I absolutely have patios on my mind.  Between the deck I need to decorate for myself and an outdoor space for a client, I can’t stop thinking about decorating for the outdoors.   I am specifically looking for great pots right now!  The more patina, the better!  Here are some of my favorite pot/patio combinations…

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Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 10, 2013 | 3 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

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I can’t believe Emily and I started Material Girls over 5 years ago! Time flies! In the beginning of the blog I was working for an amazing Kitchen & Bath firm here in Houston learning all the ins and outs of Kitchen & Bath Design. I loved having the blog to keep up with the world of Design since I was pretty focused and specialized in one area. Since that time I have had a baby (who is now 2-1/2! crazy!) and have ventured out on my own to form Lauren Haskett Fine Design. I do all types of Residential Design, but still love taking on Kitchen & Bath projects! I launched my website a few months ago and wanted to share a peak into my portfolio (more pictures on my website). You can also follow me on instagram and twitter: @laurenhaskett where I share lots of sneak peaks into my world! I’m doing my dream job and was so proud to have checked a big life time goal off of my list – to own my own business by the time I was 30!

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If you are interested in our services to create a beautiful functional home please email susan@laurenhaskett.com.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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