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“The sun porch is my oasis.
I ’m on I feel like
in my own home when I’m there.”
You might think all interior designers have their favorite décor style
that permeates their projects, especially when it comes to decorating their own home. But that was not the case for interior designer Lauren Wilson when she and her family moved into their new home.
“I’m inspired by all styles, colors, textures and pieces to make my own style,” Lauren of Lily Jace Designs says. So she kept an open mind as she set out to decorate her house in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a suburb of downtown Detroit. The 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath traditional Colonial, built in 1967, appeared to be frozen in time, visually weighed down by old, heavy draperies, and outdated wallpaper and walls—lots of walls. Lauren knew she wanted to have a large open space where her family could gather, so knocking down the walls commenced.
“[The floor plan] was very chopped up with the walls, small kitchen, dining area and living room,” Lauren says. “But I was able to visualize the outcome and know that I can make any space my own, so we created one big, open-concept kitchen/living room/gathering place from the three rooms.” As a result, the family of five—Lauren; her husband, Mike; their two daughters and their son, Jace—can now enjoy each other’s company in the main part of the house without being separated by walls.
“I love the look of a dark
floor in a large space.”
BLACK, WHITE & WOOD
Once the remodeling was done, Lauren was able to focus on flexing her decorating muscles. The open feel of the layout is also reflected in her open approach to feathering her nest. “I shop around; I don’t want my house to look like a catalog,” she says. “I want it to look lived-in and to feel like it’s my own.” She uses the term “eclectic” to describe the varied decorative elements that fill the rooms. However, Lauren does have a tried-and-true formula to create a cohesive eclectic effect.
“I love to use black, white and wood against a neutral background,” she says. So she starts out with a canvas of light-colored walls, then layers in black, white and wood furnishings with pops of color from fabrics and foliage. “I love to bring the outside in with greenery, florals and nature,” she says.
Lauren’s favorite room in the house is the sun porch. “I go there when it’s sunny or when it rains. It’s so relaxing,” she says. “I look out into the woods and see a lot of nature, deer and wildlife. The sun porch is my oasis. I feel like I’m on vacation in my own home when I’m there. It’s my happy place.”
|ABOVE| ECLECTIC ENTRY. Lauren found the barn door and had it fitted to fill the space in the entryway. She painted over the original multicolored floor with white for a bright and welcoming look. She wanted a mirror that wasn’t round, and she liked the odd shape of this mirror. Lauren loves hats and has them on display in the entry as a charming way to welcome guests.