We recently sat down with Lauren DeLoach of Lauren DeLoach Interiors to chat about her design approach, her favorites and a little bit of this and that. You might recognize her work as it's currently filling the pages of the latest Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles issue. If you haven't yet, be sure to grab a copy!
An Atlanta native, Lauren DeLoach embraces timeless Southern design with a fresh approach. Finding inspiration in architecture, antiques, and art, Lauren combines comfortable with classic to bring her updated traditional style to residences across the South. A sense of history in a home is a key element in Lauren’s philosophy. Read on to learn more about Lauren:
What first sparked your interest in interior design and how did your career take off?
I don’t remember ever NOT designing in some way in my life. Growing up, I was always drawing, painting, moving furniture and making things. I majored in interior design at UGA and worked in hospitality design and art consulting before deciding to start my own residential design business in 2002. My husband is a builder and I began working a lot with his clients to select their building finishes. Those projects naturally moved into decorating, which is how I ended up where I am today. One of our homes ended up beingpublished in Traditional Home Magazinein 2012 and I have been very fortunate to have wonderful clients who trust me and let me be creative.
How would you define your design aesthetic or style? Any trends you're loving - or not loving - right now?
I call my style ‘fresh traditional’. I love the look of layered antiques and family pieces with soft, pretty fabrics and maybe a few unexpected pieces of art or accessories. Doing this grounds the spaces with some history but keeps them current as well. I am loving the resurgence of hand-block print fabrics!
Where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere! I look at a lot of magazines, books and pictures. The more you see, the more you have to pull from when designing.
One piece you think every room needs?
I think every room needs a few pieces of brown furniture, preferably a great antique.
I'm dying to do a low-country residence. I attended College of Charleston for my first two years of college where I fell in love with that area!
Three designers you’d love to lunch with:
I'd love to lunch with Furlow Gatewood, Dan Carithers and Charles Faudree. My style has very much been shaped by the work of all three men. Plus, I think it would be a really fun lunch!
Fabric: Too many to name! Fabrics are my favorite part of design. Here are just a few:
- Checks: I adore Chelsea Textiles and Romo
- Block prints: Lee Jofa 'Chinese Lantern' is a long time favorite
- Florals: Always love Cowtan & Tout and I'm loving Jean Monro chintz right now too
Artist: Again, there are too many to name but I love Nancy Franke. I also love antique paintings and etchings.
Piece of Furniture: You can never have too many chairs!
Room: The ones that are the most layered, collected and say something about the people who live in them.
Scent: Jo Malone 'English Pear and Freesia'
This or That...
Beach or mountains?
Room service or café down the street?
Text or Call?
Book or Magazine?
- Books and Magazines - for different reasons!
Champagne or Vodka?
Sneakers or Heels?
Shopping on-line or in-store?
- I love shopping in person, but lately, with three busy kids, online is winning
Facebook or Instagram?
Podcasts or Playlists?
Thanks so much for chatting with us, Lauren! If you want to see more of her fabulous work check it out here and be sure to follow her on Instagram.
Ta ta for now!