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Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

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SPACES | Homepolish Featured Our Apartment!

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The built-ins were built by Jack / the porter chair is my favorite seat in the home. 

The built-ins were built by Jack / the porter chair is my favorite seat in the home. 

Back in October I had my apartment photographed by Homepolish's talented photographer Claire Esparros. She spent several hours in my home capturing every nook and cranny, because there are quite a few! We munched on donuts and bonded over being vegetarians. I was excited because this is something I've been working towards for such a long time. I've taken pictures of our home but never had it professionally photographed until now. 

After 4 years of working on the apartment and documenting it here along the way, I can finally say, it feels 'done'. Which is great because we're now in the midst of moving to Seattle. In less than 3 months the entire home will be packed up a shipped and across the country. It's bittersweet, but I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to properly document it. 

my favorite gallery wall in the home that holds my favorite prints / that sofa doubles as a guest bed.

my favorite gallery wall in the home that holds my favorite prints / that sofa doubles as a guest bed.

The Doxie print was a find at Housing Works

The Doxie print was a find at Housing Works

Old New York. It's a style just as much as it is a feeling. Every once in a while, when walking into a Manhattan space, one is overwhelmed with the sense of history. Dark oak-paneled walls, cheetah-print plush carpets, saturated drapery, and antiqued mirrors. All things bright and beautiful from brass to gold are the accents. It's a sense best captured by those ladies who lived through the 60s and 70s, Upper East Side Mad Women. But half a century later and a borough away in Brooklyn, Homepolish designer Lauren Caron has brought that eclectic mix to her 1-bedroom apartment. 

Reading the that intro written by Homepolish's senior editor Matt Powell, gives me chills. It's funny that I didn't intend to have my apartment feel like Old New York, yet it's definitely a compliment considering I'm in love with all the above mentioned.... My goals for the space were for it to be the perfect mix of old and new, collected and curated, and of course to be a reflection of us. 

I think back to my interviews with Bergdorf's when who was soon to be my VP asked, "If you could have your dream home in New York, where would it be and what would it look like?" My answer: An apartment that you might find on Park Avenue, filled with treasures, collections and glamour but set in Brooklyn, so it's not too serious. For this home, I think I've accomplished a hint of that, I'd definitely take one or two more bedrooms and perhaps a dining room, though for the most part it's the perfect mix of what I was dreaming of and what was possible. 

These sorts of projects don't have a start and an end date. Lauren and her husband Jack have lived in the space for four years. Over time, they have amassed a collection of heirlooms and vintage items to fill what was once an empty, blank room. The step back in time begins right upon entry with a wall covered in prancing gilded zebras and arrows. An Indian heritage rug leads you inside to the living room with brass-framed mirrors and a cheetah-upholstered chair. In the kitchen, copper cookware glints a la Julia Child, and farther in the bedroom, a Chinese screen evokes Coco Chanel. It is a perfect reflection of Lauren and Jack, and perhaps of New York life in general. 
The Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper was so worth it! 

The Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper was so worth it! 

Max's favorite hang out spot, especially when he know's Jack is on his way home. 

Max's favorite hang out spot, especially when he know's Jack is on his way home. 

I originally upholstered this chair in a mod floral print, then I went for the Leopard and never turned back. 

I originally upholstered this chair in a mod floral print, then I went for the Leopard and never turned back. 

I recently wrote about how our little table was a late edition. It's the perfect breakfast nook and work space for when my desk is too cluttered. 

I recently wrote about how our little table was a late edition. It's the perfect breakfast nook and work space for when my desk is too cluttered. 

Finding that sideboard has added so much storage to once was a useless bar. 

Finding that sideboard has added so much storage to once was a useless bar. 

A little bit of country influence in the kitchen, and apparently it has a flair of Julia Childs. What a compliment!

A little bit of country influence in the kitchen, and apparently it has a flair of Julia Childs. What a compliment!

It'll be a year in March that I've joined the Homepolish team as a contract designer. It's been a fun ride, taking on a couple dozen clients, remote and local, and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most wonderful people! If you have any questions about Homepolish please feel free to ask! If you'd like to read the whole Homepolish feature about our apartment you can [here].

All photographs were taken by Claire Esparros of Homepolish | Interior design by: Lauren L Caron

LIFE | Say Hello To The Latest Homepolish Designer

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"Deco Dreamland" Design by Homepolish Designer Casey DeBois | Photography by Claire Esparros

"Deco Dreamland" Design by Homepolish Designer Casey DeBois | Photography by Claire Esparros

Wow, two posts in one week! You all are lucky. I'm very excited to announce that I recently have been accepted into the pool of talented Homepolish interior designers! If you're not familiar with Homepolish, here's a quick background on the company [in their words here]. Homepolish is a startup founded by two entrepreneurs Noa and Will. Noa, an interior designer and Will, a techie, founded the company because they saw a lack in the industry for affordable interior design. The company works similarly to a talent agency in that they connect the clients to the designers. There's a bigger community on the back end that is wonderful for the designers, including complimentary photography and publishing. And for the clients, designers are carefully selected and matched up, based on the project needs, budget and design tastes. All of the work is charged on an hourly basis, where clients essentially buy hours based on projected timelines and the designers are paid a set fee based on those hours. Lastly, there are perks with retailers under the program called Swatch. With Swatch clients are able to purchase products from their favorite retailers at a discounted rate. In the end everyone wins! 

To be brought onboard I had to complete a design challenge. The initiative was to design a space (furnishings and paint - no cabinetry or flooring) that included a bedroom, living room, and a kitchen or bathroom for under $30k (design fees not included). My client was a young, fashionable textile buyer, who recently moved to New York from LA. The apartment was a one bedroom, in a pre-war co-op building. She wanted her home to reflect her California roots and love of textiles, with hopes to incorporate a few textile cuts that had been collected on buying trips. I included a few pages from the project. And keep in mind, the client & the story is fictitious...

If you have been following the blog for some time you would understand that my design philosophy centers around the concept that everyone should be able to live in beautiful spaces. Our homes are our canvases to narrate the story of who we are and what we love, so it is important that we can do that. In turn, beauty does not have to be expensive, it just has to be pleasing to the creator. 

I'm really looking forward to my upcoming projects with Homepolish and I hope if any of you are interested in their service, you'll take a look at the site. There's a magazine that also showcases past projects by Homepolish designers. If you don't live in NYC, no worries, Homepolish is in over 12 cities around the country! And if you're interested in working with me, feel free to drop me a line.