Feature Friday: Lauren Liess Designs

Of all the up and coming designers out on the internet and in magazines these days, Lauren Liess is probably my favorite. It’s been so fun to watch this young designer in the DC area, grow and evolve in the last few years since I’ve been blogging.  She’s a super talented designer and mom of 3 boys and has such a great esthetic in how she designs and decorates a space.  I absolutely LOVE her rooms and now I’m seeing her all over magazines and in the national press.  She’s getting famous and I couldn’t be happier for her!  It’s much deserved.

I asked Lauren if I could share her current contemporary home with all of you and she was happy to agree.  She and her hubby have leaned towards contemporary homes and this is the 2nd one I’ve watched her undertake with renovations.  It turned out fabulous.  Lauren has a bent towards mid century modern, but she is also a vintage girl and loves to mix old and new.  It’s so pleasing to the eye.

Lauren is right in the middle of writing a book and I know it’s going to be spectacular.  You can see her portfolio on her website and you will probably recognize some of the rooms from magazines she’s been featured in.

house before

Their current 70’s contemporary home in Great Falls, VA.  She went bold with the exterior and decided to stain it black.

black exterior

Here’s the after.  Black was a bold move, but it does look striking against the green backdrop.  She does want to replace the roof with a metal roof as soon as she can.

black exterior patio

The back of the house has a great patio area for entertaining.


With 3 active boys, it looks like they have plenty of outdoors to play in as well.  Such cuties they are!

Liess Home

Inside the house, Lauren took out walls and opened up the space to suit the family’s needs.  I love her mix of old and new, along with the modern lighting and those beams.

Liess Home

She took out the wall between the family room and kitchen, making it one big space.  Her kitchen is spectacular.

before kitchen

Here’s the before, which makes me laugh since I had these cabinets in my first house.

Liess Home

She gutted the entire kitchen and turned it into this beautiful space.  So different and unique, but so warm and inviting.  Note her lack of a backsplash.  She decided since room was all open to the living area that she wanted to keep it all clean and crisp.  I adore those black open shelves.

Liess Home

Her love of vintage shines through in the collection of vintage paintings in the kitchen and this rustic reclaimed wood island.  Note the mix of material and colors on the countertops and island top.

Liess Home

More reclaimed wood shelves in a corner of the kitchen.

Liess Home

Her whole kitchen is so pleasing to the eye.


Chairs at the island add extra seating.

Liess Home

The open and spacious breakfast room.

Liess Home

Lauren also designs her own textiles and they are available for anyone to purchase.  Her master bedroom is a carefully collected mix of beautiful things.

Liess Home

She has a love of botanicals which is highlighted in the gallery wall above the bed.

Liess Home

Right outside is a pretty enclosed courtyard which is just stunning.

Liess Home

The upstairs loft area got a window seat added and rows of bookshelves for a library nook.

window seat2

Love this big open window seat with the accordion sconces on either side.

Liess Home

Perfect spot for watching TV with the family.


Lauren does a beautiful job with accessorizing a table top.


They have a studio shop, where she meets with design clients and showcases her fabrics and accessories.  It’s a beautiful space too.

lauren studio

I know her clients love her and the magic that she creates in their homes.

studio ironstone

Ironstone accessories at her shop.

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful tour of Lauren’s current home.  I’m so happy for her with all of her success and she is totally deserving of the accolades and press she is getting.  Much continued success to Lauren and her design career.  I can’t wait to see what is next for her!

Thrifty Treasures party will be back again this Sunday!

- Rhoda


  1. Would you happen to know the name of the climber in the enclosed courtyard photo?

    • Janet, I think that might be a clematis. It looks a lot like a Sweet Autumn Clematis that I used to have at my old house.

  2. The house is beautiful and so original — and I don’t know how she gets anything done with that adorable trio in the house. You could see her personality shining through with the botanical prints and I love the iron stone on those shelves. Well — I really have to say I loved the whole house. Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures.

  3. Lauren’s home is gorgeous and she is such an extremely talented designer…Was just in the area of Great Falls, Va…a beautiful area…love her designs and saw a peek of her fabrics…so beautiful…Love everything about the house from the wonderful beams to the amazing gallery wall in the bedroom…and that kitchen is fabulous…I love that she chose those shelves over wall cabinets…Great feature Rhoda..I so loved her home tour!!..Scrolled up and down many times to take in all of the details!

  4. Wow! Truly magazine-worthy. Great share, Rhoda.

  5. I loved every single thing. I could move right in. Perhaps my favourite of all the homes you’ve showcased.

  6. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for a great post. I’m always envious of people who have enough storage space elsewhere that they don’t have to have upper cabinets in a kitchen. Loved the leather chair in her TV watching room. It’s a shame she doesn’t have a design clone in Denver.

  7. Nice ideas,…but no backsplash? She can’t cook or wash dishes like that..especially with artwork above the sink? And add three boys to that….her walls would be ruined.
    The deer with antlers may look ok on a coffee table , but again…three boys and that? Design without reality is not useful to me.

  8. What an interesting home, it makes a change to see a contemporary exterior with a mix of traditional inside. Actually this style of home is very common in New Zealand, they love dark stained wood exteriors over here. Of course we have a complete mix of architecture but I just wanted to mention this is very similar to some houses in NZ.

    I love the kitchen and those shelves are a unique idea….one I might pinch when I get my kitchen re-done this summer. I am still waiting as I keep chopping and changing ideas. I love Lauren’s style, she has created a home that doesn’t look like a show house, it has that designer touch but feels like a proper family home that is loved and lived in.

    Lee 🙂

  9. Rhoda!! Thank you SO much for including me (and for saying such nice things!!) I really appreciate it. Loved seeing the tour. Big hug,

  10. This house tour is so fabulous. I just love everything Lauren did with her house. I love that she painted it black outside. That patio is awesome. All the rooms looks so great too!!

  11. I must admit when I saw it was a contemporary home I figured it would be nice but not to my taste. Boy was I wrong! What a beautiful home! I just love the bedrooms, kitchen re-do and family room. LOVELY!

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