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I'm on the cover! Thank you Little Black Dress/Little Red Wagon!

photography by Jennifer Harris

A few months back, Elizabeth, the managing editor of one of our most popular local magazines, asked me if I’d be willing to be photographed for their fall home and garden issue.  I said no…just kidding, I jumped at the chance.  I’ve been a huge fan of Little Black Dress/Little Red Wagon for a long time now.

Here is their mission statement.  “Little Black Dress/Little Red Wagon seeks to inspire women to lead whole, authentic lives, balancing the creativity, playfulness and unabashed love of being a mom with the individuality, femininity and strength of being a woman. We believe that joy comes from both pulling that little red wagon, donning that little black dress…and all the moments in between.”

Don’t you love that last part?  It really does speak to me and I know it will to many of you as well.  I am completely honored to be a small part of this publication.  Now, on to the best part.

photography by Jennifer Harris

The back cover of the issue is me and my girls!  I know I’m totally biased, but aren’t they the cutest?

 

photography by Jennifer Harris

They even let Eric get in on the fun.

 

photography by Jennifer Harris

Love this one.  They’re each telling me a secret.

 

photography by Jennifer Harris

If you’d like to read the article, feel free to click over to LBD/LRW.  I discuss my appearance on HGTV’s Design Wars, my non profit work with Room Service Atlanta and offer a few design tips as well.  Believe it or not, there are a few more photos as well, if you’re not too tired of looking at my mug yet!!

 

I’ve got one more trick up my sleeve today.  Remember this?

 

How about this?

This is our fabulous blogger getaway to the Cashiers, NC show house last year.  The 1st photo is the breathtaking view from Angela’s gorgeous cottage in nearby Waynesville.  Now, for the good part.  A stay at the cottage and a trip to this year’s show house can be yours as well.  Click here to view the dates and special pricing.  Get the girls together and take a trip.  You won’t regret it!

 

 

A family room reveal

I know this one’s been a long time coming, but I promise it’s worth it.  I started working with this family several months ago to give them a family room that was more grown up.  A space that felt finished.  Don’t we all feel that way?  There always seems to be that space that’s just not quite finished.  Let’s start at the beginning, so that you can get a real feel for how far this space has come.

This is the before.  It’s a gorgeous home.  It was just missing those final touches that would pull it all together.

 

And the after.  I love how the space came to life.  Moving the chairs from in front of the fireplace opened up the room and made the mantle the focal point instead of the chairs.

 

Here’s the other side of the room before.

 

And a closeup of the same wall after.  This a great example of how to use favorite photos of places and not just family.  These were tiny photos of the small town in Spain where my client’s mother was born.  I love how they turned out.  This is a great way to fill a large wall.  The photos can be of a favorite vacation or from a beautiful calendar that you want to save.  The key to this look is the frame.  I used a 16 x 20 frame with a large white mat.  It makes the images feel more special and important.  Hang them close together and the look is one large piece of art.

 

Another shot of the gallery wall.

 

A closeup of the mantle.  We chose to place the faux turtle shell here, because my client’s never use their fireplace.  The turtle shell was a great way to add texture and also act as a secondary focal point.  Remember that a fireplace screen is not always the best solution.  You can place a large platter on a stand or even artwork in front of an unused fireplace.

 

The sparkle of the mercury glass and silver adds another level of texture to some of the more rustic pieces in the room.

 

A look at the chairs.  These were existing pieces.  I added the throws and custom pillows to give them a new look.

 

Remember to add some black to your spaces.  If we had not added it in this space, it would have felt less grounded.  It makes the light colors in the room stand out even more.

 

I’m a huge fan of adding a modern touch to all of the spaces that I design.  My client had one ghost chair, so we added another to create symmetry on either side of the media cabinet.

 

 

A look into the family room from the kitchen.

 

One final look at the finished space.

If you would like my help creating a home you love, please contact me at lori@lorimayinteriors.com.

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