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Masculine, Not Macho

Masculine, Not Macho

When we toured the Designer Showhouse of Westchester in 2009 (read about it here), we fell in love with a room that was designed for a teenage boy.  Given that we are mothers of boys, we were impressed by the how play of color and texture gave this room a masculine feel without being too macho.  We made sure to note the designer’s name: Lara Michelle.

We Spy a Juju on the Wall!

We Spy a Juju on the Wall!

Needless to say, when we met Lara at the showhouse this year, we loved how she can also design a distinctively female environment and her master sitting room did not disappoint!

Lovely Lara Michelle

Lovely Lara Michelle

Lounging and Reading

Lounging and Reading

Primping with Pink

Primping with Pink

As a child, Lara always preffered crayons and paints to dolls or toys and developed her passion for design at Cornell, NYU Tisch School of the Arts and The New York School of Interior Design.  Before launching her own firm in 1995, Lara apprenticed as a design assistant to many of New York’s top designers including Victoria Hagan, Penny Drue Baird and Marjorie Shushan.

Sugar and Spice

Sugar and Spice

If you do get to see Nirvana, stop by and see Lara’s work – she might inspire you to create a little haven for yourself inyour own home!  And if you need a local designer, you know who to call…

Photos from Lara Michelle Beautiful Interiors and yours truly

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  • Reply The Zhush May 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Love the pink primpie touches! Can’t wait to see it all in person!

  • Reply Stephanie May 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I like these spaces a lot! They look like real homes with style, not over-stylized showpieces.

  • Reply Karena May 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Carolyn I adore the color palette. That wonderful reading nook and the chaise are so inviting!

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  • Reply Kate @ Travelmoon May 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I always like learning about designers I haven’t heard of. Her work is beautiful!

  • Reply Stitchfork May 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Like the colors and that they are rooms you can actually live in!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply Stylelinx May 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Great spaces! Especially primping with pink (I usually pimp pink in posts:)
    I’m with her–as a kid, I preferred to draw and color over playing with dolls!!

  • Reply Rhônya Holman May 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Beautiful rooms and the combination of colors are lovely! Great post …

    Have a lovely week! =(^.^)=

  • Reply pretty pink tulips May 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Lara’s work is lovely! I’m always looking for ideas for boys room, so can’t wait to see this in person!!!

    Missed you terribly today!
    xoxo E

  • Reply quintessence May 19, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Lara’s room was lovely!! It was feminine without being saccharine. She created beautiful vignettes and I especially loved the inviting chaise!!

  • Reply Lara Michelle May 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Thank you for the kind feedback and to Carolyn for writing such an amazing piece about my work! Hope to see you all at the designer showhouse where we can chat in person! Best, Lara Michelle

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