The Blog at Lauren Corbyn Interiors

High Halloween Style

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on October 30, 2009

You’ve GOTTA check out Style Me Pretty‘s post today about the beautiful Halloween themed rehearsal dinner!  Full discloser, the bride is a friend from high school who recently moved back to OKC from Charleston.  She’s fairly fabulous as you’ll see.  Happy Anniversary Carter and Fred!

Carter's rehearsal dinner

Plane.

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on October 22, 2009

I just wanted to let you know that I’m on a plane.  Blogging.  Reading blogs.  Checking email.  My feelings about flying are changing.  Thank you Delta for the free wifi.  I hope for more on my return flight.

Perfect Numbers.

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on October 20, 2009

So these are kind of perfect house numbers.  From Rocky Mountain Hardware.

Boomer Sooner in Red and White

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on October 12, 2009

It’s a short week for OU fans as the annual trek to Dallas usually begins on Friday morning.  I’m heading down with family for the much anticipated OU vs. Texas game this weekend.  It’s a weekend of football, the State Fair of Texas (beer and ridiculous amounts of fried food), shopping and hopefully a win under the Sooners’ belt.

Our traditions seem to surround restaurant choices with a pre-game Friday night dinner at Nobu (yellowtail sashimi with chilies and ponzu? yes please) and a postgame dinner of crab claws and  mushroom pizza at Campisi’s.  Between dinners we will feast on corndogs at the fairgrounds.  I am determined to try something fried that I’ve never had before, though I will avoid the “deep fried butter” I heard was actually at the fair this year.  Gross.

Anyway, in the spirit of fall and football:  my Boomer Sooner inspired color palette:

A little more restrained.  Love those beams.

I LOVE this image! I fell in love with this when House Beautiful printed it last year.  Completely forgot about it until today.  Fabulous and fresh holiday decorating.  And you could do this in so many color palettes.

Not my favorite as I think it’s starting to look a little dated, but the idea of a red kitchen is fun and I like how vertical it is for a small space:

Is that an Ikea bed all fancied up with a canopy and skirt?

I enjoy this quirky style:

This is what I like in a powder bath: a crazy wallpaper, a little glitz, and a cool pedestal sink.

And I’ll leave you with one of my favorite inspirations, Belgian style:

All images courtesy House Beautiful.

Eventful.

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on October 7, 2009

UPDATE 10/20/09: Sorry about this craptastic post, where all the pictures have disappeared.  I’ll get new ones up soon.

One of my greatest, maybe THE greatest, design feats I have accomplished was for my wedding.  I had a TON of help, a budget that was smallish by national averages (and peer averages), but a clear vision that I wanted something different from the country club weddings I was used to attending.

In full disclosure, I did have a wedding planner.  However, the creative vision was all mine.  She made sure that people got where they needed to be and also came with me to vendor appointments.  She also helped me make decisions when I was feeling flustered.  These were all valuable services.  I definitely needed someone to keep me in line and on schedule as wedding craziness ensued.

Here are some highlights of how everything came together last November.

First off.  My flowers were UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE.  The girls at A Date With Iris outdid themselves.  I thought my bouquet was the most beautiful I had ever seen.  Still do.

Piece of advice #1: When dealing with “creatives” (of which I am one), it helps to talk with images.  I had a folder full of tear outs from the expected bridal magazines to the unexpected Anthropologie catalog.  I think between this Anthro cover and the general feeling of the images I had collected, Kris totally got the feeling I wanted and at a price another florist basically told me was impossible.  Yay Kris!

The ribbons hanging down were beautiful and rumpled and antiquey feeling. They complimented the eggplant color of the bridesmaids’ dresses beautifully.  Yes. I asked my bridesmaids to wear the same dress and yes, it was technically purple satin.  For the record, they all looked beautiful.  Even the pregnant one.  Really.  And they never complained … at least where I could hear them.  We likely have Vera Wang to thank for that.

The entrance to the reception, which was at  City Arts.  Drama with candles, a lit tree, and a gobo made from our wedding invitation.

I was so in love with my wedding invitations from Mr. Boddington’s we made a gobo from the fabulousness.  Looooove that font.  Also a nice little way to reinforce that special element.  I’m the kind of person who saves invitations of all kinds–it kills me to know that people open up invites and immediately toss them.  Ugh.  All that beautiful letterpress!

The amazing hanging treatment above the food table.  This was all Kris at A Date with Iris.  Can you say drama?  Also, more gobo action on the wall in a leaf pattern to warm up all the blank white walls of the art gallery.  We didn’t use these on every wall, and in retrospect, I would’ve actually added a little more.  I was really concerned about overdoing it and using my pennies wisely.

Lee and Tiffany at Mood helped me to achieve the modern yet rustic mix I was going for (and also to fill up the vast white space of the gallery).  They provided furniture in the form of fabulous, rustic farm tables for the food and also comfortable lounge-y furniture for extra seating.  As Lee put it, “I mean, how many people have a zebra wood cocktail table at their wedding?”  In Oklahoma City?  Not many (but you could! Just call Lee and Tiffany!).  It was the perfect bit of rustic warmth mixed with lounge-y modern.

We had two seating areas in addition to the usual banquet tables and chairs.  One was near the dance floor and the other was near a bar.  The one next to the bar was used far more than the one near the dance floor!  We added more gobo action in the form of a thank you for our guests.  It simply said “We are so grateful you are with us. Lauren and Will.”  We added two grey (the obsession with grey has been going strong for a while)  pillows with our C monogram.

Gratuitous foodporn:

I am always hungry at weddings.  Always.  I wanted people to eat and to enjoy what they were eating.  Also, I was not one of those brides who gets to the end of the night and thinks, oh my! I didn’t eat!  That’s just not in my DNA.  Food is all about celebration and so was this wedding.  I wanted a feast-like feeling: all abundance and fallishness.

Also, I believe in chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  So that’s what we served.

A few more images, because I can’t leave out a bit of wedding fashion.

The huge blossoms sealed the deal on this dress.  And below, my something blue (and really dark toenails, because that’s just the kind of girl I am).

Anyway, that’s a taste of what my wedding was all about.  There are approximately 20,000 more photos, but I’ll leave you with this as I’m feeling a little nostalgic as my one year anniversary nears.  It was a fabulous wedding, and it’s been a fabulous first year.  Cheers to that!

P.S. I forgot to mention that Tara Lokey took all the fabulous photographs!

I’m in Love with Lonny

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on October 1, 2009

Picture 15

I’ve realized that the absence of Domino left me a little shaken.  A little less confident.  Yes, there are still lots of design publications, lots of inspiration to flip through, but so much of it is simply that: inspiration, somewhat unattainable and overly stylized.  I’m in the profession of decor, and even I feel like a lot of the images I see in magazines are lofty…or ridiculous.  Domino, even when it showed crazy expensive pieces of furniture, seemed more attainable.  I think it was the sense of personalization.  So frequently in the pages it seemed like a REAL person had created a home, not just decorated a house.  A person created a look through all their personal weirdness and idiosyncrasies. One style wasn’t applied in one fell swoop.  As a decorator, I found that inspiring.  I believe in personal, somewhat quirky, design.

At first glance, it seems that Michelle Adams and Patrick Cline do as well.  Obviously, Michelle is from Domino stock, and that’s a good thing.  Domino had a crazy following but lacked the funds to support itself.  I think these Lonny kids just might be on to something by publishing online.  Bloggers have been behind them pre-launch.  I’m hoping everyone else is feeling as positive as I am.  I haven’t read every word yet, but I think these Lonny-makers are a creative, driven bunch.  There are indeed ads (in addition to clickable articles and images), and I hope those companies emptied their pockets, or at least signed on for multiple issues.

Last, but certainly not least Patrick Cline’s images are BEAUTIFUL.  Nuff said.

I wish Lonny all the success in the world.  I can’t imagine the time and effort that went into this project.  I’m so excited to see what comes next.

P.S. It’s 195 pages!!!!