14 Sep 2016

Living Room Inspiration







Now that summer’s over and we’re all getting back into our groove, I’m ready to get back to blogging! In case you are just tuning in, last week I shared that I found an apartment on the Upper East Side. After three years in Murray Hill and limited space I am so excited for this new little adventure of mine. I officially moved last Thursday and today marks the first night I’ll actually sleep here. How exciting, right?!

Well there is so much I need to do including finish unpacking boxes and getting organized but I am diving straight first into Pinterest and design boards. It’s been a little challenging figuring out “the look” I want to go for in my new apartment. If you guys remember my bedroom in my last apartment, it was very nautical / east coast inspired. I have no doubt that this apartment will have the same elements, however, it will be interesting to see how I mix traditional elements into this new design scheme of mine.

Of course I have been browsing blogs, designer portfolios and Pinterest to see what my eye is going to these days. Utah design firm Studio McGee has provided a wealth of inspiration for me lately. I know I’ve blogged about some of Shae’s projects on here before but I love her sense of style. What I think Shae does exceptionally well is mixing metals and materials. And so far, that’s all I know I will be doing myself. I’ve noticed my eye has been going to a whole lot of natural wood pieces, marble, brass and so forth. I know good design takes time but hey, this girl has zero furniture at the moment and I’d like my place to be somewhat together by Christmas!! More to come later this week… Happy Wednesday, my friends! Xo. Lauren

Images via Studio McGee and Collins Interiors


6 Sep 2016

Uptown Girl

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You guys!!! I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I’m moving!!! Uptown to be exact. After three great years in my current apartment with two different roommates, I have finally pulled the trigger to move into this beautiful one bedroom apartment! I know I’ve mentioned on here and in various interviews but moving in New York City is probably the worst thing you can experience. You basically have to give your life away to sign a new rental. For those of you who aren’t familiar, there are brokers fees, application or co-op approvals, security deposits, and let’s not forget just the general price of what it costs to live alone is this city ($2,500-$3,000 a month). So needless to say, there are a lot of things that go in to deciding to move in New York.

My closest family and friends know how much I debated this summer on whether or not I was going to resign my lease. As many of you know, I had just re-designed my bedroom last November so a lot of hard work and money went in to my current place. With just a little bit more love and attention, I could have taken the fake wall down in the living room and turned that entire space into a very large living room. So as September got closer and closer, I casually looked here and there on StreetEasy for a new apartment. However, I didn’t find anything that I absolutely loved and compared space wise. So quite literally up until last Monday I was planning on resigning my lease.

Then dunn dunn dunnn… I was making lunch last Monday afternoon and a little mouse scurried across the kitchen floor. Of course I screamed bloody murder and ran out of my apartment. Once I gathered myself and returned home, I was like you know what – I know of this building on the Upper East Side that one of my girlfriend’s from Dayton lives in, I’m just going to call and see if they have any units available for a September move in. That same afternoon I went uptown and viewed this gorgeous apartment and instantly knew it had to be mine!!! So I submitted my application that same day. I was approved by Wednesday and I signed the lease on Thursday. Talk about my life being a total whirlwind at the moment!!

It’s kind of hard to tell from these photos I snapped on my iPhone but the apartment is seriously HUGE. It’s a one bedroom apartment with updated amenities in a doorman building. Did I mention it also has 5 closets?! I repeat five. <3

I’m so so excited to document my whole design process on LNDC. I’ll be providing updates – most likely on a weekly basis – showcasing my various mood boards, design layouts, etc. Hopefully I didn’t bore you guys too much with all of these details but all thanks to one little mouse I’m finally moving on up!! Get excited, party people!!!!! :) Xo. Lauren

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31 Aug 2016

Thursday Inspiration: Top Pinned Images This Week

I’m back with more pinspiration! Scroll down to see what images made my top five pins this week and head here for more.

One. Decorating with blue and white is always a good idea. 


Two. Although I’m not a huge fan of red, I love this bold red couch with the fringe skirt. 


Three. This hotel pool makes me want to book a trip, stat. 


Four. Have you heard of the Instagram #Ihavethisthingwithhydrangeas yet?! Add this photo to the feed.


Five. This cozy blue and white bedding would make want to never get out of bed.




30 Aug 2016

Southern Style: Sarah Bartholomew’s Nashville Home

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Sarah Bartholomew residence, family room

Sarah Bartholomew residence, living room

Sarah Bartholomew residence, entryway console table and bone mirror detail

Sarah Bartholomew residence, chair and stool in entryway

Sarah Bartholomew residence, kitchen

Sarah Bartholomew residence, kitchen, built in seating area

Sarah Bartholomew residence,master bedroom

Sarah Bartholomew residence, family room, seating in bay window

Sarah Bartholomew residence,children's bath

Sarah Bartholomew residence, powder bath off kitchen

Sarah Bartholomew residence, dining room

Sarah Bartholomew residence, living room, asian chest and blue containers

After browsing Mark D. Sikes blog, I came across his good friend Sara Bartholomew who is a designer based in Nashville. Sara’s home was recently featured in the latest Southern Living magazine and I had to share with you guys! It’s funny because I normally never pick up Southern Living when I’m at the news stand! My go-to’s primarily comprise of Arch Digest and House Beautiful. Any who, Sara’s feature has me thinking I’m missing out on some major design inspiration within the pages of Southern Living. I loved reading Sara and her family’s story about this home. Her and her family basically purchased this Nashville home before even stepping foot within the house! I think I’m way too OCD to ever do this… They of course did some major gutting of the interiors and totally transformed the home into a bold and classic Georgian style home. Sara did an amazing job mixing beautiful fabrics, whimsical accents and traditional pieces throughout each and every room. To take a peek of the entire feature, head on over to SouthernLiving.com.

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