Peachy the Magazine May June 2015 - Page 16

HAPPILY EVER AFTER Designer Lauren Liess Creates a Beautiful Interior Story for a Young Family in Oakton, Virginia F For Washington, DC, designer Lauren Liess, home is where the heart is. She thrives on unique details that take an interior from conventional to deeply personal, reflecting the personality of her client. She explains, “Details that make you smile or go ‘aahh’ when you walk through the door or sit down to eat at a table. These moments are different for all of us, and I love figuring out what’s right for my home and for my clients’ homes. Perfection is not really my thing. I’m much more interested in reality and charm. Fresh flowers from the garden over long-stemmed roses any day—I love it when things are slightly off and tell a story.” Liess employed her storytelling ability along with her relaxed aesthetic to create a stunning home for a young family. The client and designer hit it off immediately after meeting through Jenny Komenda of the popular design blog Little Green Notebook. “I was looking for something youthful, fresh and clean,” the client says. “I wanted everything to be family-friendly, informal and livable.” Room by room, they decorated the home using mementoes from the family’s collection with a soothing palette of soft blues, silvers and neutrals with warm accents. WRITTEN BY Cathy Austin INTERIOR DESIGN BY Lauren Liess PHOTOGRAPHY BY 14 PEACHYTHEMAGAZINE.COM Helen Norman