I like things simple, relaxed and natural…
Like most of us, I’m busy at work all day every day and love to come home to my haven. I live a sort of indoor-outdoor barefoot type of life at home, with good food, music and fresh flowers being some of my favorite things. With five kids, three dogs, six chickens, and a couple of pet geese, I do what I can to make my own place as great as possible, but have found that a relaxed attitude towards “perfection” has led me to some serious contentment. A crooked smile, wildflowers from the side of the road, a chip in the good china; I love it when things are slightly off and tell a story, because to me, that’s real life. And it’s beautiful.
I absolutely love working with clients to create beautiful, functional, down-to-earth homes that they can really live in and slow down in… Homes filled with natural materials and meaningful art and objects where the emphasis is on the people not the things.
My husband David- who, by the way, has a crooked smile- and I run our interior design firm and home shop & kitchen showroom. Lauren Liess & Co. in Great Falls, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. With projects ranging across the U.S, I love creating a strong sense of place with architectural character in homes.
I started writing my blog, Pure Style Home, in 2008 and I really love the process of writing about design and figuring out how to live simply and beautifully at home. Since then I’ve written a couple of best-selling books, Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating (Abrams 2015) and Down to Earth: Laid-back Interiors for Modern Living (Abrams 2019) and have a new one on the way Feels Like Home, for Fall 2021.
Our HGTV show, Best House on the Block, which follows us as we design and renovate homes throughout the DC metro area can be seen on HGTV On Demand and on the HGTV Streaming App. My IGTV series, HOMEWORK, can be viewed here.
Having lived in six Lauren Liess Homes, I consider myself a connoisseur. And I can tell you from experience there is nothing like coming home to one. The peace and beauty that surrounds you will elevate your spirits, even on the toughest of days. The thoughtful considerations of every detail down to texture and even smell creature a nuanced experience that I love. The organized simplicity and durable materials leave your mind free to enjoy the people and activities in the home. I never had a passion for homes until I met Lauren but now there is nothing better than executing her ideas and creating the products and lifestyle she envisions.
I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!