This week on The Skirted Roundtable we welcome blogger and interior designer Lauren Liess. You probably love her popular blog - Pure Style Home - as much as we do, so be sure to tune in! Lauren is so talented and inventive. She is full of wonderful ideas that you can take with you to use in your own house. We were captivated by the recent renovation of her new house and were full of questions for her.
Her entry is so great! Lauren tells us all about the framed prints she used on the walls.
Another view of her living room, another arrangement. Her husband stenciled the faux fireplace wall. It's phenomenal!
Lauren's dining room with the oversized print. Lauren tells us all about the print and where to order one of your own.
The playroom - Joni tells us how she ordered a lantern just like Lauren's for $89.00 after Lauren sourced it for her. Sweet Lauren!
The kitchen - we talk about Lauren's disastrous episode with painting her appliances stainless steel - it doesn't work, btw.
Where it all started. Before the Liess' moved into their new home, they lived for almost a year in her parents basement. She totally transformed the empty space into an adorable home. Here is her office from those times.
Be sure to tune in to listen to Lauren Liess, our guest this week. You'll be ready to go out and redo your own place too! To check out Lauren's blog, go HERE.
Also, let us know what other bloggers you would like us to interview. We would love to know who you would like to hear! As always, thank you for your support.
And Megan: It sounds like you're a natural born painter. I paint and that's what I do everyday, break down colors into separate components. Let me know if you decide to pick up a brush. :)
I think the lighting was CSN stores http://www.csnstores.com
Here is the url as a link:
Would love to hear from Nick Olsen.
Oh, this was so fun! I've been reading Lauren's lovely blog for two weeks now, and I listened to this as I was finishing an order in my studio. It's so nice to match a voice with her writing. Lauren has such a wonderful sense of style and the transformation of her house is so inspirational. (I actually went backwards and read all her older posts!)Loved the story about the fridge. Now, if Lauren's fridge died tomorrow and she had to buy a new one - would she buy a new stainless steel fridge or a new white one and paint it with chalkboard paint? That's what's so amazing - is what Lauren did in a "make-do" situation the best solution of all?
Yet another great blogger 'introed' to me. Now after
almost an hour listening to you all I want to go trawl through all Lauren's past posts, I'll never get anything done! I loved the honesty of it all.
Megan I'm still waiting to hear about your floor colour...I find my polished concrete hides loads....
( 6 dogs, one cat and grown kids and pals still droppng in each day) maybe a lighter greyish tone?
I'm fascinated about the subject of synesthesia. I don't associate colors with numbers but I do have very, very strong feeling and emotions about certain colors...and they are consistent. Same thing for numbers...strong dislike for certain numbers. I wonder if that is a form of synesthesia? Great roundtable!
The "white floors" discussion was one of my favorite parts of the interview. It was interesting to hear Lauren speak from experience - the white floors look great, but out came the wipes to constantly clean!
I can barely sweep my floors, so this interview made it clear it that white floors are never for me!
I'll make a point of discussing the half life of plutonium or something far more erudite next time.
So glad you did this feature!
I'm LOVING your blog!
As someone who beats a dead horse, I say keep up the white floors! The only thing I notice is sometimes you ladies interrupt/talk on each other but interrupting is my worst habit so I am very concious of it.
Happy Anniversary and keep up the wonderful work!
i AM glad that you seem to have moved from trashing me though. I assume that Linda will be the next victim of your venom.
life is just too short, you know? enjoy it! think positively for once - you might have a better outlook on this one and only chance we get on earth.
The Swifter/Swiffer comment was flat out ridiculous. If you work for SWIFFER or hold stock in Procter & Gamble that manufacturers SWIFFER, we are happily taking advertising. Please inquire about pricing for SWIFFER and you can bet I'll get the pronunciation correct.... if the price is right.
oh and also, I believe you'll find a few other design related podcasts out there that might suit your needs.
Good Luck with that and I hope you find what you're looking for.
And, yes, P&G, if you're listening - sponsors welcome!
And anon, as Joni and Megan have said, just don't listen. Why submit yourself to something that annoys you?
Hope that helps the people who commented that they couldn't find it.
Great interview this week ladies. :)
http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/78619.htm for the medium size for 89
http://www.bellacor.com/productdetail/358120.htm this is for the larger size. 139 i think.
Joni's link is the one for the lanterns and I've been traveling (roadtrip!) Without computer access so am attempting to leave a comment via blckberry.
One question that made me laugh was what would I do if my chalkboard fridge broke tmmrw? Would I a buy a new stainless one or a new white one and paint it with chlkboard paint? ... I would definitely look on craiglist for a supercheap or free old one and break out the chalkboard paint again. We love that thing and are still not in a position to go after one of the white vintage style big chill fridges I lust after ;)
Another great interview girls!
If you have your own blog, then feel free to solicit your own guests, pepper them with one-way questions, and see how far you get. It could be a hit.
ps...Anon, the veil of anonymity sure does make it easy to spew criticism, now doesn't it?!
Anon - you actually sound like the exact kind of listener we want - educated and informed and eager to hear more. So many times we have had guests that are lessor known and we worry that people won't appreciate them as much as the "stars." You seem one who is willing to give them a chance - that's all we ask. That being said - we actually didn't start out having guests at all. It was to be a discussion (15 minutes on design and 15 min on blogging) between the 3 of us - brought together by our disparate locales. Over time, we switched the format without really even realizing it or planning it. The guests though have never been our main focus - but are the icing on the cake. Now, most guests approach us, as opposed to us approaching them. Still, the main focus is on the 3 of us, our personalities, our aesthetics, our sense of humor, etc. And even with guests - it is STILL a dialogue between the 4 of us - not just the guest speaking. How boring would it be just to hear someone talking without any interjection? Plus, I do think we ask questions that drive the conversation onto what the listeners are interested in. Hopefully. We record live, but we do edit it - and there are lots of quiet times between speaking which are edited out and there are lots of times when we talk over each other and interrupt. We have said this before - but we don't see each other and it is extremely hard to know when someone is getting ready to talk without the benefit of visual clues or cues. I sometimes try to alert the other 3 with a clearing of my throat that i want to say something. but sometimes that doesn't happen in the excitement of the conversation.
I must say though, the recent constant criticism of Megan talking about her floors was mean. There were also comments about her appearance, her picture that I posted on my blog. It was mean spirited. If you really want Megan to stop talking about her floors *actually we only talked about them on one shoe, and then it was brought up because Lauren and Megan had written each about them* - then perhaps a private email to MEgan would have been better served? We aren't Oprah, we don't act like or think we are, we are 3 designers who took a gamble and started a podcast. We have no grand illusions. frankly we are shocked (I should say I am) by how successful it has been. I think we all thought it might last a month or two. We are trying to keep it fresh, interesting, and fun. That's why the snark hurts. Although we do have tough skins, it hurts me to see someone dis either Megan or Linda and I will have their back each time. I wouldn't respect myself if I didn't.
All of you ladies do a fabulous job on the SRT and I appreciate how you are able to educate those of us who aren't in the design world on so many subjects, and in such an entertaining way.
It would be so interesting to know how she developed such an amazing eye.
PS: I would really like to hear Celerie Kemble...I LOVE her quote 'dont let the fear of being tacky render you tasteless'.
Joni, I snorted with laughter when you were reading your comment...thanks again for the coffee ladies...it's been a while :)
And...thanks for taking the time Lauren...it was nice to put a voice to the personality :)
Maybe I'll take in the last podcast this afternoon...finally some time to catch up.
Anyway I had never heard of the syndrome Lauren was talking about, but I think I have it. Would you please spell it for me. -Thanks.