My “Pinch Me” Moment

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 05, 2015 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

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A snapshot of the just some of the beautiful flowers on our photoshoot last week for a national magazine – so exciting!  I can’t wait to share this feature, a real “pinch me” moment.  Lauren Haskett Fine Design has been blessed with so many amazing clients over the past almost five years.  We are wrapping up some great projects and are now accepting clients for Spring/Summer 2015.  Please email me at lauren@laurenhaskett.com to inquire about working with us!  We take on all types of projects – single room, renovations, but I have to say my passion is new construction.  I absolutely love getting in at the very early stages and working with the architect, builder, and client to create the perfect home.  Trust me, it’s never too early to call an Interior Designer when planning your new build!  I can only take on a few new constructions at a time so let me know if you are building and would like to talk to me about working together!





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Mirasol by Matouk

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Mar 02, 2015 | No Comments | Category: Uncategorized

 

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  {my nightstand via instagram}

 I finally splurged and treated myself to “Mirasol” Euro Shams by Matouk and I could not love them more.  Scallops are just one of my favorite details and making my bed isn’t as much of a chore anymore.  I just had to share my favorite bedding with you.

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{Lindsey Lane Design}

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{Ashley Whittaker via House Beautiful}

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Matouk + Hermes – the pefect combo by Kirsten Kelli!





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One of my all time favorite homes (seen above and below)  – the Madrid apartment of Carolina Herrera Baez as seen in Elle Decor

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I seriously never met a small stripe I didn’t like!  So simple, so chic.  It could work in pretty much any room.  Carolina Herrera Baez proves you can even use in multiple rooms of your home.  Walls, furniture, bedding, pillows, the uses are endless!

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Another top favorite home – Ivanka Trump’s old apartment as decorated by Emma Jane Pilkington.  Proof that a small stripe is the perfect compliment to a mix of color and patterns.

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Small pinstripe on this settee as seen in Kate & Andy Spade’s NYC Home.

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Stripes make the perfect slipcover!  (source unknown)

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Simple and chic!  Via Martha Stewart

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Who could resist a tented stripe room by Miles Redd??

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Loveseat by Jenny Komenda  and proof you can do stripe on stripe





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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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{photo credit: Max Burkhalter via Lauren Haskett Fine Design}

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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{Lauren Haskett Fine Design – photo Max Burkhalter}

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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Lauren Haskett Fine Design Kitchen via Material Girls Blog

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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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 {photo credit: Ryann Ford as seen in Trad Home Winter 2014}

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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{photo credit: Max Burkhalter via Lauren Haskett Fine Design}

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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{photo credit: Max Burkhalter via Lauren Haskett Fine Design}

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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{photo credit: Max Burkhalter via Lauren Haskett Fine Design}

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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