The Blog at Lauren Corbyn Interiors

Lauren Corbyn Interiors Featured on Ava Living!

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on January 3, 2011

I got a great surprise in my inbox this first workweek of 2011.  Lauren Corbyn Interiors is featured on Ava Living this week!  This is my second feature on Ava Living, a site for both designers and clients.  Thanks Ava!


Here’s a screenshot of my featured project.  The theme on Ava this week is “rustic comfort.”  The living area I designed isn’t super rustic, but has enough texture to qualify.  The fireplace adds to the rustic look with it’s beam mantle and stacked stone facade.  The room was really inspired by Axel Vervoordt’s Belgian style.  We used a lot of linen and natural woods.  The woods can be seen in the rough coffee table (a definite rustic touch) and also the overhead beams.  The sleek dark floors help keep the rustic in check.  Overall, definitely cozy and rustic without being at all country.


Happy New Year to you!  Hopefully I won’t leave you hanging with so few blog posts.  That’s as close as I’m going to get to making any resolutions.  🙂  How about you?

January Ava Living Feature


Some Faves from West Elm

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on June 17, 2010

West Elm is previewing their new fall offerings.  I’ve found a few things worth a second look. (This is not a sponsored post)

Organic Imperial Duvet and Shams

Tufted Headboard! Reasonably priced.

Cooper Slipcovered Sofa

Love this squiggle!

Or a stripe!

Add a shot of texture with a jute cube

I’m a sucker for a black and white kilim.

When used sparingly and in the right place, these pillows rock.

Love a good basket.  Here, with a dash of the graphic.

Nice fall West Elm.

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Garland Galore

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on June 7, 2010

Casa Sugar did a post on these fabulous wedding garlands.  I think they’re just lovely, and could be cool hanging around any old space.  No nuptials needed. Click the link above for more fabulous images.

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Previous Client Work

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on April 15, 2010

Whew.  Things are crazy around here.  More on that at a later date.  😉

In the meantime, check out some client work I did a while ago.  I don’t think I’ve shared this with you before.  The room turned out rather lovely, though we did stray a bit from the original concept.  We ended up going more traditional and a little moodier with the colors.  I ran into the clients the other day, and they’re still happy!  Always like to hear that.

This board started with that fab Jayson Home and Garden sofa.  The Angelica.  Love it.  We followed with a great buy on a Ralph Lauren leather chair, at once manly and feminine.  The side table belonged to the clients already.

Updated tradition.  I like it. What are your thoughts?

Best Beds

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 9, 2009

So I’ve mentioned before that my bedroom is not attractive.  It’s a jumble of furniture waiting for a better home, waiting for a space organized with a little more intention (like, more than hey that headboard is kind of cute and under $100.  I’ll take it.  Why yes, lovely mother-in-law, I’d LOVE to take that tufted chaise off your hands).  Of course, like a lot of decorators, it’s sometimes hard for me to settle on a style.  Do I want a bedroom that’s dark and cozy or light filled and somehow ethereal?  Glamorous or earthy?

For now my own bedroom aspirations are on hold, until the dream house appears from the ether, and we sign a dotted line.  For now I’m thinking client bedrooms and don’t have to decide which style is perfect for me.  That’s why I love my job.  I get to live out your design dreams, without having to commit, myself.

So I’m thinking beds.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Oly’s Ingrid headboard, shown here in raffia with spaced nail heads.  I’m a sucker for a good nailhead trim.

This has made the rounds on plenty of blogs and magazines, nonetheless it’s a great looking bed.  Anthropologie’s Italian campaign canopy bed.

Another lovely Anthro find.  Hello driftwood and nubby grey linen.  Yes please.  Anthropologie Darby Headboard.

You say you want something a little softer?  How about

Williams-Sonoma Home Gramercy Bed.  Upholsterable in many a fabric, and yes quite tailored.

Picture 10Because we wouldn’t be complete without some cozy tufting.  From Neiman Marcus.



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Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on August 30, 2009

This is beautiful.


Leontine Linens Monograms
Leontine Linens Monograms

Just a small sampling of the beautiful monograms available from Leontine Linens.  These are so artful.  It’s the perfect mix of tradition and creativity.


The master bedroom at Casa de Corbyn is beyond sad.  Part of that is because I have a hard time corralling my clothes into the closet.  Part of the problem is the total mish mash of hand me down furniture, a cheap wrought iron headboard and mismatched sheets.  Our bedding is far from grown up and far from purposeful.  We’re actually using a Marimeko comforter I’ve had since the late 80’s.  It kind of looks like an old school composition book.


composition book
composition book

(image credit: flickr, Mike  inbet_1979)


All purchases for house related items are on hold until a new house can be found.  I am sooooo ready for an upgrade.  I think something like this, but in less girly colors, would be fantastico.  I do actually like the color combo; it’s so cheerful! 




At once this satisfies both my orange and linen addictions.  The linen pillows feel a bit puny to me though.


Leontine Orange and Linen

Leontine Orange and Linen

This is subdued and fabulously symmetrical.  Very boy friendly.




Yes, I very much enjoy the fresh take on tradition at Leontine.  What a great way to display my newlywed monogram I’m so enthusiastic about.  I’m going to start saving my pennies.  Here’s one last look at Leontine’s applique monograms.



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I Need This

Posted in Uncategorized by laurencorbyn on August 28, 2009


Eduard Garza Black Snake Tray

Eduard Garza Black Snake Tray

For sale at One Kings Lane

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My favorite and MY best

Posted in Uncategorized by laurencorbyn on August 26, 2009


Inspired by this post at My Favorite and My Best, a blog I look forward to reading daily, I have decided to flex my decorator muscles and create a Modern Princess room.  I have no desire to be on Design Star.  I don’t even watch Design Star (I have a pretty strict reality TV schedule and my standards are high.  I need fabulousness mixed with a little (or a lot) of crazy.  Design Star hasn’t made the cut yet (I’m not even going to take the time to link to its lameness!).  Rachel Zoe, Flipping Out,  Project Runway… each of these has the requisite amount of fabulous.  And of course, then there’s the Real Housewives.  Whole ‘nother level.


So since it’s a modern *princess* I’m starting with a serious dose of graphic pink from Jonathan Adler.  Holly at decor8 tipped me off to the new custom options at JA, and I’ve gotta say it’s fun.  Of course I’m a little irritated because I NEEDED these options for a client a month ago, but must’ve just missed the new designs.

ANYWAY.  Starting here:


Jonathan Adler Zig Zag Custom Rug

Jonathan Adler Zig Zag Custom Rug

Jonathan Adler “Design  Your Own” Rug $1620 for a 9×6′.  I’d like to use the 9×12′, but at a price over $3000 that eats up too much of the $5000 budget  I am vaguely trying to remember.


Next: a headboard.  I like headboards.  They feel so much more finished, especially if you don’t have massive pillow frouf piled up against your wall.


Tufted Headboard, Target

Tufted Headboard, Target

A mere $299 for queen size!  No the fabric isn’t going to be fabulous, and the shape leaves a little to be desired, but it’s soooo much better than the awfulness that I saw in images from Design Star.



Slideaway Desk, Polished Dove Gray

West Elm Desk in Dove Gray, $199 without the hutch.


Wisteria Venetian Glass Mirror $189.  To be propped on the gray desk for use as fabulous vanity/face making distraction while doing homework.  Of course, the mirror should probably be hung on the wall rather than propped because kids are crazy, and should this modern princess decide to have a Flashdance reenactment/performance in her room, I’d hate for her to get 7 years bad luck.


Wall color:  I kind of like that color behind the Wisteria mirror, however, I was initially thinking a nice pale gray with a touch of blue would be good.  The gray will last longer and fit with more styles as she grows up into the super-fun and not at all obnoxious teen years.


My total thus far (not including paint) is $2307.  Already I feel light years ahead of Design Star in class.  But of course, I am a mere decorator, not a *designer*.  (I think there was a knock on decorators from the guy that designed the terrible princess room, but I’m not sure.  Anyway…


Next up: nightstands.


On one side I’d add a pop of color with one of these garden stools.  It’s just the perfect size to stack a few books or magazines by the bed.  There’s something kind of fabulous about that yellow.  



On the other side of the bed:

This night stand is symmetrical enough to the garden stool that the two sides will feel balanced plus it’s got a nice curve to it and will relate well to 

the vanity/desk chair.  Not so much my style, but its laciness plays up the whole princess vibe.  $199

For windows, how about something fairly tailored, like this:

Domino bedroom, violetAdds a dose of color coordinating with the zig zag rug.  I’ve decided this girl’s mother sews and they found the fabric on sale, so this window treatment only costs $150 (I can cheat. There are no judges here).  


Bedding.  This isn’t exactly what I was thinking, but yay for Dwell Studio for Target, $89 for the bedding $24 for the yellow pillow: 

Can I just note that my total thus far is $3118?  For that price I can go ahead and do custom bedding.  A simple white duvet with pink piping.  Much like this fabulousness from Diane Bergeron as featured in Vogue Living:


Girls' bedroom, rubie green+stripes

Diane Bergeron



I’d like to add in even more pink.  Let’s see what Jonathan Adler can do for us.

We could have a little of this:


Pink Union 1

Front Side



Which flips to a little of that.

We could also add in some of this and this.


Pink Zebra

Pink Zebra

Pink L

Pink L

And woah, it’s getting too pink in here.  I just had so much fun designing the pillows on the Jonathan Adler site!

I would really like that zebra pillow to be black and white.  There definitely needs to be some more black and white in this place.  How about a couple of Ballard Design’s Parsons benches at the foot of the bed?  Maybe in a simple black? 

And one pillow I can’t believe I forgot:


Peace pillow

Peace pillow

So I’m feeling pretty good about this room.  Maybe it’s not princess enough, I don’t know.  

Would the mini roses light from Stray Dog Designs help?

Perhaps with the roses in yellow or pink?  Just an idea to add some flowers.


I would say for artwork that this girl is pretty damn creative and likely has done her own artwork.  If she’s more into soccer than art, let’s travel to Etsy (you can click on the images to head to the artists’ etsy shops): 

For more flowers


Break the Routine

And last but not least, should this girl need a dresser for her clothes, how about a simple painted white dresser (PB Teen has some on sale I think, dressed up with some fun knobs from anthropologie.  I’d go glossy black, or maybe even yellow.  I’m sorry, I don’t know why I’m typing inside this picture box.  I’ll learn how to better use wordpress.  I promise.

Black Glass Knob, Anthro


Yellow Ceramic Knob

Yellow Ceramic Knob

I know.  I stopped counting.  That’s probably the fear of anyone who hires a decorator.  I’m just saying, you could have a FABULOUS room for under $5000.  Much better than the Design Star disaster.