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Pantone Color Of The Year 2023

The Pantone Color Institute has taken this idea to heart in their choice for the Color Of The Year for 2023: Viva Magenta Pantone has been in the business of color science for 60 years, and for twenty-three of those years, they have chosen a specific color each year to represent the attitude and lifestyle […]

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Minimalism Design For Your Home. What to consider.

Minimalism Design For Your Home. What to consider. What is Minimalism on a personal level? Minimalism is not self-denial nor depriving one’s self. What you can bring into your lifestyle has meaning and only adds value.  The rest is stripped away. Read on to find out more about this unique lifestyle. I previously wrote a […]

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A Guide To Selecting The Perfect White Paint

So you want to paint your room white. Great!It’s just that there are about 150,000 shades of white to choose from right now, and that’s just plain torture! How do you know which is the right white? Here is a guide to selecting the perfect white. These are the most popular white and off-white colors at Benjamin Moore. […]

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Luxury Baths

Lauren Jacobsen Design applies extensive customization to today’s luxury bath, but I have narrowed it down to three main elements for a quick overview. We invest quality time in our primary bathrooms, and it is not surprising that the design of this room has become an essential part of a new build or remodel. A bath is […]

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Why Hire A Designer?

Why Hire An Interior Designer? The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) published the results of a survey of homeowners who had hired and worked with an interior designer indicating: Nearly 9 out of 10 said their experience was “Highly Satisfactory.” Almost all revealed they would work with an interior designer again. 8 in 10 […]

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Interior Design“Desert Days” Event in Scottsdale, Arizona

Design Days, Scottsdale AZ

Last month I spent the day at the “Desert Days” event in Scottsdale, Arizona. An all-day event where the showrooms at the Scottsdale Design District host an open house for designers to see the new products for spring 2022. There are lots of presentations, good cheer and what I call “touch opportunities”. These trade events […]

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Lauren Jacobsen Design Welcomes Spring

I am always studying design and products.  I spend time venturing into the marketplace to see what is new and stimulate my creative senses. Doing so is more than just “product research,” it is fun and can also lift your mood. It was what inspired me to create the mood board you see above, in […]

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Global Colour Influences 2022

Welcome to 2022 color influences and expressions This year, color palettes range from earthy, moody, and fantastical to honoring the past of post-modernism. The following colors represent a beautiful, wide variety of what I feel will result in many forms of self-expression for the home. I am loving them and hope you will too. Pantone  […]

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Creative Wallcoverings

Wallcoverings today are not like your grandparent’s wallpaper anymore. Today they are bolder and more expressive, and one of the most prominent statement mediums for the home. The latest trends offer much more than the typical patterns you might have viewed in the wallpaper books at the paint store. Frankly, wallpaper has been having a […]

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Area Rugs

Area Rugs: Soft, Cozy, and Colorful. An area rug is the centerpiece of a room. It creates ambiance and adds a nice warmth while defining a conversation area.  Creating an atmosphere. There are several things to consider when choosing to include a piece of woven art in your home. Area rugs are more than just […]

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Craftsman and Artisan Sculpted Furnishings

Craftsmanship blog post by Lauren Jacobsen Design

Craftsman and Artisan Sculpted Furnishings Why they make a difference At LJID, we look for the best quality furnishings for our clients, and commissioning a handmade piece is a terrific experience. We start by sourcing the finest quality materials and construction for our given budget. This is the kind of collaborative experience that I look […]

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NEW Hanging Artwork Is A Challenge.  And An Art.

  Hanging Artwork Is A Challenge.  As a residential interior designer, I have installed many kinds of art for clients and hire the best installers to ensure that the work is done properly. Have you ever had the experience where you just completed a wall, you step back, and notice that one piece is 1/4″ […]

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5 Easy Ways To Add Color To Your Home

5 Ways To Add Color To The Home

It was Sir Isaac Newton who, in 1666, discovered that when pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into all of the visible colors. He also found that each color is made up of a single wavelength and cannot be separated into other colors.  Given the prevalence of color, the study of its […]

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Creating An Interior That Stimulates The Senses

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Last month we did a primer on the art and philosophy of Biophilic Design. A study unto itself that may have left you asking, what could I do in my house to evoke a similar, visceral response? Let’s look at a few creative ways to realize a ‘green’ space of your own.  After a full […]

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Biophilic Design; Integrating Greenery Into The Home For A Naturally Healthy Interior

  Integrating Greenery Into The Home For A Naturally Healthy Interior. The garden—magnificent and restorative—is resplendent when incorporated into the home. The advantages are more than just aesthetic; they provide stress relief and wellness.  In today’s new landscape, the home serves as many things; the workplace, school, a dining establishment, a gym, etc. It must, […]

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PANTONE Color Of The Year 2021

A Marriage Of Color Revealed As Pantone’s “Color Of The Year” 2021 How two contrasting colors can create a dynamic union.   “As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality.”   PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE   The […]

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Let’s look at a few projects by Lauren Jacobsen Design

  Let’s look at a few projects by Lauren Jacobsen Design Kitchen transformations are one of my favorite remodels because they change the lives of every homeowner, every day. Nothing feels better and makes as big of an impact. Nothing. Modern, Minimalist Design This was the before on a recent project with good “architectural bones” […]

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Fun & Festive Holiday Celebrations

Lauren Jacobsen Holiday Celebrations

Odds are, most of you were unable to spend the holidays with families and friends last year. I hope things will be different for you this year. Holiday celebrations and gatherings can be the best way to put the last two years behind. Amen!  Time to fill the holiday season with dining, laughing, and shopping! […]

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The Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 “Classic Blue”

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 - Classic Blue

Every year we take an in-depth look at Pantone’s Color of the Year as they forecast a color that they believe will affect global color trends for products in home furnishings, industrial design, fashion, graphic design, and product packaging. The color experts at the Pantone Color Institute select a distinctive hue using color psychology, trend analysis, and […]

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Telling a Story With Your Holiday Entertaining Tablescape

The Holidays—the time of year many people find strength in their beliefs, gratitude for blessings received, wonder in the beauty of the world around us, and hopefully, peace within self, or at least within the family. LOL! Will you be entertaining this year? With so many holidays to observe, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, etc., […]

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Door Hardware: Making An Entrance

Without question, the use of quality door hardware enhances the style of your home—interior and exterior—design.  It is an item that can uniquely dictate the character of the room and for this designer, one of the more expressive architectural features in interior design. • • • The history of the door handle is somewhat elusive. […]

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11 Must-Haves!

Must-Haves in accessories and furniture

This month we’re going to have some fun with some must-haves in accessories and furniture that are great fun to share. I selected these pieces because they are bold, stand-alone, or, terrific accents. I also chose them because they are all available right now at retail. So yes, you can purchase them yourself, and they’re […]

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We’ve All Heard Of Minimalism, But What Is Maximalism In Interior Design?

We’ve All Heard Of Minimalism, But What Is Maximalism?

We’ve All Heard Of Minimalism, But What Is Maximalism In Interior Design? Basically, you could say it is the exact opposite. In interior design, maximalism design stems from the mindset of “more is better,” creating rooms that are often punctuated with bright colors, numerous patterns, textures, and a sense of luxury. The antithesis of minimalism, […]

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Pantone Color of the Year 2020—Already?

Pantone Color Trends for 2020

You read that right.  We’re talking about the speculation over the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year, in July.  You ask why?  Because it is rumored to be inspired by the ocean, my favorite source of inspiration for all things creative and personal.  A nature-inspired palette. A Footwear News article reported that Laurie Pressman, Vice […]

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The story of a remodel.

“Before and After” projects are always so dramatic, and this one is no exception. This home was a mid-century style located in a nice, quiet residential neighborhood in Los Angeles The entire project started with a very dated kitchen. It reached way back! You can see linoleum floors and Formica countertops.  I think the cabinetry […]

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Modern Freestanding Tubs

The history of the bathtub is a complicated subject. From a 3000-year-old five-foot long tub on a pedestal found on the island of Crete, to self-draining Greek baths, and from Roman bath houses to Victorian clawfoot bathtubs, the origin of the free-standing tub may never be known.  And do we care?  It’s their function and [...]

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A Primer on Testing and Selecting Color for Interior Walls

Choosing the best interior colors for your project can be one of the more personal and challenging decisions you’ll make.  There are many  dynamics and nuances to consider and to apply.  Light and the surrounding colors have the greatest effect on our perception of color.  The base color, texture, and finish will also effect the […]

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