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Design Dish… Lara Michelle

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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How Flowers Finished a Room

A couple of weeks ago we received a panicked phone call from K.C. Williams at Connecticut Cottages & Gardens regarding the Designer Showhouse of Westchester (a magnificent 20-room Georgian mansion on the market for $15 million replete with infinity pool, wine cellar and movie theater) benefiting Cerebral Palsy of Westchester.

11 Sarosca Farm Lane - Purchase, NY

11 Sarosca Farm Lane - Purchase, NY

It seems that the designer for the center hall did not complete the project in time for the gala opening that night and there was nothing to fill an enormous space.  Fortunately, the organizers were able to get a 96″ table and a lovely sideboard delivered by Safavieh (who designed the lower level bar room) but needed accessories to finish the room.  Given that 96″ is a very large center hall table to accessorize, we offered to lend ten of our bestselling designs.  We immediately thought of a composition inspired by Jeff Leatham‘s displays at the George V in Paris (check out his new show, Flowers Uncut, starting November 3rd on TLC).  K.C. picked up quince and hydrangea bouquets that afternoon and the opening gala went off without a hitch.  After seeing our designs in the showhouse last week, we really do believe that flowers finish a room and we hope you do, too!

Center Hall Table with Quince Blossoms and Hydrangea

Center Hall Table with Quince Blossoms and Hydrangea

Side Table with Rose and Peony Bouquet

Side Table with Rose and Peony Bouquet

The showhouse is open through November 8 and we highly recommend the visit  – the rooms are beautifully decorated by 30 of the area’s best known designers and artists.  Visit CP of Westchester for more information.