April 26, 2012

My Room in Better Homes & Gardens Magazine

xoxo, Lauren

April has been a super-busy month so I’m a little late on sharing ,but I am thrilled about the article published in this month’s (April’s) Better Homes & Gardens Magazine!   The photo shoot took place last May in my room, at the 2011 DC Design House and my good friend, photographer Helen Norman took the photos.
{The little aqua “one line a day” book is now mine & I use it to record funny things my kids say & little family stories.}
Here’s a really pretty shot of the window seat we had custom-made by our go-to builders, CarrMichael Construction with custom layered cushions fabricated by Paul David Designs (our workroom, who we absolutely love.)
{The window seat is a mix of fabrics by Peter Dunham Textiles who generously donated their fabrics for the showhouse and some of my new fabrics.  The distressed silver llama sconces were donated by Porta Romana.}
Here’s a shot of most of the room which shows off the grasscloth walls & diamond-patterned sisal rug (by Stark, fabricates by the Carpet Customizer)…
The article is by BHG editor Joanna Linberg {who is one of the kindest & most genuinely sweet people I’ve ever met} and I love how she broke everything down for the article & delved into the concept of “perfectly imperfect .”
She listed a few of the must-haves I like to include when designing a room:
The oversize painting is by my good friend John Matthew Moore and I arranged the leather parsons desk (by Edelman Leather) so that was askew from the painting for a slightly “off” and more casual look.  I tucked the glass lamp with bright green tin shade (donated by Stray Dog Designs) right next to the painting to compensate for the assymetical desk arrangement.  I’m always really awkward in photos by myself and so I curled up in one of my Madhatter Chairs & it made me feel much better.  🙂  The curtains are my Happikat in black & white and the Fabric on the back of the chair is by Michael Smith.
Here’s a page they included at the end of the article about botanicals (which you know I’m pretty much obsessed with) and I’m loving the black backgrounds on a few of the botanicals & that pattern on the journal.  (#3)
The article itself includes all of our resources, but I want to be sure to mention that we borrowed antiques & artwork from some of our favorite local shops:  John Rosselli, Spurgeon Lewis and German Favorite Antiques.  Being a part of the DC Design House, which benefits Children’s Hospital in Georgetown, was really such an amazing experience & through it, I made friends I know I’ll have for life.  The 2012 House is open right now, so if you’re in the area, be sure to go check it out!!
And finally, I turned 30 yesterday!!!!!  My 20s were over & I have to say they did not go out with a bang- 8+ months pregnant just doesn’t put you in the partying mood 😉 – but I will be sure to make up for it when I’m out of Baby #3 haze.

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