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Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

Kitchen & Bath Industry Show 2020

To our valued readers and clients, the new year has brought unexpected and uncertain times for us all each day with the outbreak of COVID-19. At Lauren Jacobsen Design, we hope you and your family all remain healthy and safe. Back in January, I attended the 2020 KBIS show just prior to the outbreak, it was one […]

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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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Chinoiserie In History And In Our Homes Today

Chinoiserie - Inspiration for Chinese style in interior design

Chinoiserie In History And In Our Homes Today Porcelain is a ceramic made of a fine clay called kaolin. When mixed with other materials and fired at high temperatures, kaolin produces a hard and durable ceramic. The Chinese began the development of porcelain towards the end of the Han dynasty (25-222 B.C.). Our continued use […]

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Pantone Living Coral

Pantone Colour of the Year 2019 - Living Coral

Announcing Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019 Each year the color experts at Pantone comb the world to find their inspiration for the color that will influence and create color trends for interior design, fashion, homeware, and industrial design, with the culmination resulting in what is called the Pantone Color of the Year. This year […]

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My Favorite Decor Finds For 2018

My Favorite Decor Finds For 2018 Whether you celebrate for religious reasons or as tradition, the Holiday season is truly a special time of year.  It is time to celebrate the season and enjoy the spirit of it all, even those ugly sweaters. Well, maybe not the sweaters. With all the holiday decorating I have been doing […]

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Craftsman and Artisan Sculpted Furnishings

Craftsman & Artisan Sculpted Furnishings. Why they make a difference. At LJID, we look for the best quality furnishings for our clients. It is a delight to commission a handmade piece that is designed specially for the homeowner. We want the furniture we put into each client’s home to last.  A work of art, lighting, or a […]

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Prices Are Going Up

prices are going up

KITCHEN APPLIANCE AND FURNITURE PRICES ON THE RISE! If you’re considering purchasing new furniture or remodeling your kitchen, you may want to act sooner than later. President Trump has recently applied new tariffs on the steel and aluminum suppliers overseas.  The 10% tariff on aluminum and 25% tariff on steel will affect manufacturers who utilize […]

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Interior Design Trends for 2018. What’s in, and now out.

Design Trends for 2018

Interior Design Trends – 2018. What’s in, and now out. As an Interior Designer, I have my own design conceit—and I do not follow trends. I may incorporate things I like and see into my own vocabulary. With that in mind, I put together a quick list of what has been done and what to look foward to […]

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Creating An Environment That Encourages Great Study Skills

Lauren Jacobsen Interior Design Blog

With the new school year in full swing and schedules filled to the brink, you may be thinking about what you can to help your kids get better grades. A personal and effective study space that encourages them to be creative and productive is certainly a positive step. It should reflect their unique personality and be […]

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What To Consider When Hiring An Interior Designer

Asking the right questions can make or break the flow and outcome of a project, in any profession. This month, I would like to address some of those questions and encourage you to organize your thoughts and stimulate ideas behind the questions you should keep in mind when taking the step to hire a professional […]

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It is an emotional time when your kids grow up and leave home.

You might be ready for your child to start their new life or college experience but, an empty room that was full of your child’s spirit and personality is a reminder of what is now missing:  those half-eaten sandwiches, sports paraphernalia, dirty clothes on the floor, and surfaces smothered in unnecessary paper and candy wrappers. It […]

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PAISLEY – Interiors, Fashion and Fun

X I am enjoying the resurgence of paisley in interior design today.  Not only because of the points I touched upon in our June Newsletter but, because the work designers and artisans are creating today offer so many different resources for extending the use of the pattern, such as reversing and mixing them with contemporary styles […]

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GREENERY – Pantone’s Nature-Inspired Choice for Color of the Year

Greenery, is meant to capture the hope and transformation yearned for each Spring.  In this post, I would like to add some of the colors Pantone pairs with their bright and vibrant hue. One of the best things Pantone offers are more palettes from which to pull from when designing around their choice. I have […]

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Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

Introducing Shadow, [2117-30] a member of the aubergine family. This color is dramatic and bold, and it exudes self-confidence. Quite the contrast from last year’s choice of Simply White. It is one of 23 colors in the expansive Benjamin Moore 2017 palette. photos courtesy of benjamin moore   “It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and […]

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Fall Color Forecast From Pantone – Cool

According to the Pantone Color Institute, color trends are taking on well-defined, gender-neutral, and nontraditional tones this fall.  Pantone has released a single color forecast for both men and women and whether in fashion or for the home, their choices are lush and smart.  Blue, yellow and reddish-browns are the dominant story—all in an effort […]

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Art In The Home

Art In The Home

The use of ‘art therapy’ as a profession began in English-speaking and European countries in the mid-20th century and published accounts of that work describe the influence of the aesthetics in psychiatry, psychoanalysis, rehabilitation, early childhood education, and art education.  Art Therapists use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their […]

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A Salute To The Independent Spirit

Independent Spirit in Interior Design

I’d like to stir up your creative juices by sharing a few things that spark mine.   When something catches my eye, I find it exciting and motivating.  From the avant-garde to the conventional, one of the best parts of my job is experiencing the work of others. In previous months, we have looked at things in […]

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Choosing A Table Lamp With Style And Functionality

Selecting a table lamp

Lamps are critical to good interior design and they often support the ‘wow factor’ in a room because they can be ornate, structural, simple, modern, eclectic, you name it—there is a lamp for every style. They are a necessity but not just for looks but for function as well, which makes choosing more difficult.  This […]

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Choosing Interior Paint Color in Your Design

Choosing Interior Paint Color

New paint may be just what is needed to spruce up a room, so let’s do a primer on testing and selecting color for interior walls.  As you may know, light and surrounding colors have the greatest effect on our perception of color.  xx For example, notice the shift in color when placed on different backgrounds; […]

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Interior Design Ideas: The Sofa

The Sofa

Prior to the 17th century, seating in European homes was limited to trunks, benches, and beds.  Then craftsman of the day re-imagined them and sofas in dozens of styles were invented. It is believed that the earliest surviving sofa was made in England in the 1690s, referred to as “double Windsor chairs without a division.” […]

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LED – What is it and why is it getting more popular?

LED Lighting in the Home

Over the last decade, LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology has advanced at light speed.  In addition to their high-efficiency, low radiant heat and long source life, the progress is also giving us more options in their brightness and intensity, they are more resistant to shock and vibration and can be more easily controlled and programmed. […]

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Lauren’s Picks In Interior Design Decor

Lauren's Picks In Interiors

I thought we might have some fun showcasing some beautiful decor and styling in interior design.  This month I am beginning a new ‘feature’ within my Blog posts that we will call Lauren’s Picks.  These posts will give me an opportunity to show you some of the great work being done in home furnishings today.  From fine art, lighting, […]

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More Trends and Style Forecasting for 2016

More Trends and Style Forecasting for 2016

Let’s continue looking at what is being forecast as trends in 2016 for home furnishings.  The best part of being and interior designer is having the privilege to work with fine artists and craftsman who create incredible works of art to put into the home.  It is always amazing to see what they are doing. ARTISTS AND NATURE Fortunately, […]

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Entertaining And Setting A Holiday Table

Entertaining And Setting A Holiday Table

At the end of every project, I thoroughly enjoy adding the finishing touches to the home.  The “styling” phase of the design—adding the clients’ personal items, artwork, new décor and accessories—working collaboratively to perfect the space, is great fun and very satisfying. Giving your home that festive, holiday flare when hosting a meal or having a party is a […]

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