You guessed it, its that time of year again!! Time to begin trimming our trees, mailing holiday cards, baking sweets and crossing names off your naughty and nice gift lists.
No need to get your tinsel in a tangle!
Make The Shop at LL&A your first stop on your shop local agenda! We promise not to disappoint and are stocked with on trend home accessories, lamps and pillows – all sure to strike the fancy for anyone on your shopping list. You can also select from a variety of eclectic jewelry, scarves, holiday wine toppers, fun glassware, stockings and sassy candles!
Take a sneak peek at a few of our festive fancies now available…
Stocking Stuffers Hand Sanitizer
Old Fashion Glasses
Doggy Bow Ties
Felt Deer wine topper – $15 each, Velvet wine bag – $16 each, Felt Santa wine topper – $11 each
Festive Funky Candles & Room Scents
We offer free gift wrapping and also gift certificates for the person who has everything on your list. Oh, and don’t forget our interior design consultations are a wonderful option for friends and family!
$250 for an hour consultation with a written list of design observations! Our clients love these!
You have to admit it, nothing says snuggle more than a great pillow or two or three or… (well you get the idea) and lush cozy bedding. We love pillows, blankets, throws and quilts. The trick is layering all of your favorites together to create a look all your own!
Throw them, layer them, toss them wherever your heart desires.
Tips to consider for creating the perfect cozy Fall bed of your dreams.
1. Layering will add options by combining a variety of textures and patterns. Consider mixing any combination of pillows, quilts, blankets, duvet covers, throws and luxurious sheets.
2. Euro and pillow shams sized correctly to your bed. Remember, 3 euro shams for a king bed and 2 euro shams for a queen. Use 2 king size pillow shams for a king bed and 2 queen pillows for a queen bed. Sounds simple, but the wrong size pillows are like wearing the wrong size shoes!
3. Down filled or down alternative pillows offer comfort and organic shape.
4. Don’t be afraid to mix it up with knits, fur, velvets, and linens for a lush look all your own.
5. Stick with the basics year round with neutral quilts, shams or duvets and add in a variety of accent pillows, throws and blankets if you change seasonally. This will afford you the flexibility to be creative by changing it up now and then. However, don’t be afraid to commit to a look, if you love it, it will be yours for many seasons to come.
6. Mix your basics seasonally by switching around the placement of your quilt versus the duvet, try flipping the quilt to the foot of the bed on top of the duvet instead of the quilt under a duvet.
7. Have fun playing with accent pillows by trying a variety of sizes, shapes, color and patterns. We love 20” x 20” square pillows mixed with overscale lumbar pillows and pillow shams. Whether your style is clean and structured or soft and romantic, you will have so much fun choosing what is just right for you.
8. Please, please, please measure your mattress sets on your bed before purchasing your bedding, not all bedding is created equally in size and you may need to consider sizing up. A box spring that shows on the sides is like a slip showing from under a beautiful dress, it just kills the look.
9. Remember, our beds are where we begin and end each and every day. Make your bed every morning, it will be your first accomplishment of the day and welcome you home in the evening to another restful, peaceful sleep.
Take time to create a bed especially for you, we promise, you won’t regret the time and energy you will take making it your very own.
PS – don’t forget the bench at the foot of the bed to rest your bedding on while you sleep. It keeps everything up off of the floor and is an added bonus seat in the bedroom.
Ideas to “SPICE” any chair, bench, sofa or bed with just the right accent pillows.
1. What’s your style? Is it, Bohemian, coastal, modern, farmhouse, shabby chic or industrial?? Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles, it will add fun and energy to your space by combining a dab of boho with a tad of shabby!
2. Toss pillows loosely or stack them neatly, style them in a way that suits your lifestyle.
3. Down filled or down alternative is the only way to go. Sorry Poly (polyester fill), you are hard and spongy and we want fluffy and soft.
4. Embellish with tassels, cording, gimp, accent tape and gems. We promise, you will not regret these little boosts of character.
5. Be fearless by mixing a variety of textiles, imitation fur, knits and leather; it will not disappoint!
6. Lumbars, oh, how we love you! Simple yet packs a punch, think big for a huge statement.
7. Mix sizes together and always keep proper scale in mind to the furniture you are adding the pillow to. Are they too large, too small or just right?!
8. Balance your pillows, they all do not need to match but, everything should balance evenly.
9. Have fun and take risks! What do you have to lose?
If finding the perfect pillow proves challenging, custom made pillows with the right fabric and embellishment can be that one-of-a-kind addition that your room needs! We offer custom made pillows with the largest selection of fabric options in Southern Indiana, call us!
We love textiles! They are the perfect resource of materials that provide unique combinations with endless possibilities.
We hope you enjoyed these tips! Take them and send us photos of your latest masterpiece, we would love to see your style!
This month we wanted to share our top list of items every room cannot live without! Although a room will come in a variety of sizes, shapes and functions, a space can be made better by adding these simple touches.
Books and Magazines
What a terrific way to let your personality shine! Not only for your reading pleasure, but to also express your interests. By layering cookbooks in your kitchen, Danielle Steele in your bedroom or a collection of magazines that reflect your personality, you will enjoy them each and every time you walk into the room.
Whether you’re a literature buff or not, you’ll have a ball collecting your favorites!
A bookcase craves books, a fun tip is to hit up your local library to browse the shelves in search of just the right color palette or subject matter that suit your taste and interests. If you’re collecting books as space fillers, remember that you can remove the sleeves and display the binding color. Collect color palettes that enhance your room, black, tan and brown are always great stand-in’s, but you can always take a leap by adding sage greens or pale pinks for added fun and style.
Have fun and let your personality shine!
Greeneries and Flowers
Every room is better with touches of greens and flowers all throughout the year. Whether you have a green thumb or not, there are options for you. Take a weekly trip to your local market and grab a bouquet of fresh cut flowers and add them to your favorite glass vase! Have fun arranging them and being creative mixing the varieties you purchase. If you’re up for the challenge, live plants are always a nice addition.
Favorite Tip for live plants: Pot them in all alike containers, example; white, cream, gray or black pots. Keep the pots neutral so your plant varieties will sparkle. We also advise to keep your live plants in collections, try layering them on plant shelves. Have fun being creative.
There are wonderful alternatives for those of us not born with a green thumb! Permanent foliage in a variety of greenery options or beautiful silk florals are realistic, maintenance free and easy to clean.
Whether you choose to add a permanent Yucca plant in your great room or live herbs in your kitchen, either option will breathe oxygen and life into your home or office.
Grab your grandmother’s crystal dish or your favorite clay bowl and have a ball filling them with treats for your guests (and yourself)! Keep it simple with Peppermints, M&M’s, Hershey Kisses or have fun with trips to your favorite candy store for a variety of caramels, chocolates or tarts. Your guests will love the added touch and your family will welcome the treat with each visit. Candy alternative, try some nuts or granola!
Nothing sets a mood quite like the scent of something delicious. Aromas can be acquired in a variety of ways; candles, incense, room fresheners, oils and diffusers can all be tailored to your individual senses. Each scent has its own characteristics, so choosing the one right for you can be fun and challenging.
Whether your taste are citrus, sweet, floral or woodsy, you may discover the scent that suits you will also fit the style of your space. Selecting your signature scent will certainly be a subtle addition to your home or office and guests will associate the aroma with you after each visit.
We consider a window covering the finishing touch to any room. Window coverings should be tailored to fit the needs of the window and the room that it is within. Some windows may require sunlight control or privacy, try beautiful operable roman shades, screen shades, shutters or wood blinds.
Each option will provide something unique to the window and fulfill the needs of the space. Drapery panels or valances are the perfect final touch to complete the design of the window and room. Selecting the perfect fabric, style, hardware, and trim are essential to the overall window covering.
Size matters! Take the time to measure and install correctly to enjoy the treatment for years to come. Invest wisely and consider custom treatments that will be designed with beautiful fabrics, trim and hardware for your room tailored to your specific needs.
The use of color can be expressed in a variety of ways. Color has the ability to change our mood and our minds, so we must choose wisely. Choosing your color palette should reflect the overall vibration you are trying to achieve.
You can express color in a variety of methods such as paint, fabric, carpets, accessories and artwork, each an avenue of color distribution. Bold, soft, striking or delicate, color can be your best source of expression. You will have the freedom to do a lot or a little and exercise your personality and style.
Many beautiful spaces have a neutral color scheme that layers white, cream, gray, linen and wheat. By adding greenery, candy, books or magazines you will add that splash of color to attract visual interest that a room needs to deliver character.
Good lighting is essential to any room. Light sources are offered in a variety of options and applications. Recess can lighting with LED bulbs keep things clean and simple and offer overall disbursement of light within a room & can be placed accordingly to suit the room requirements. Overhead lighting such as chandeliers, flush mounts or pendants accomplish a variety of needs while accent lighting offer nuances that will attract the eye towards artwork, bookcases, steps and cabinetry. Lamps are a terrific way to add style and intimacy to a room, choosing lamps with 3-way bulbs give options for the lamp’s usage. Remember, using consistent temperature bulbs is a must in any room and certainly sets the tone of your space!
Every room requires balance. Balance with shapes, scale, color, and texture. Mixing all of these design elements are equal to the success of a space. A room should not feel weighted on one end versus the other or color not distributed evenly. Accessories should be placed with effort and conciseness while artwork should be considered to fit the size of the wall it is being placed on.
Every space has an aura, a mood or a vibe. Have fun connecting to yours by trying some or all of these simple tips. You will appreciate connecting to your space and really making it “feel” the way it looks.
Now dim the lights, open the blinds, grab a Hershey Kiss, read a book and water those flowers, and “Oh Yeah” …turn on some music and dance! Set your Aura!
This month we decided to take a detour off of our monthly design blog and pay a special tribute to all beautiful Mothers!!
On Mother’s Day, we sit aside TIME to honor all Mothers, a special day to acknowledge their love and devotion to their children and grandchildren.
Ask any Mother and she will say the most precious gift to receive is TIME. TIME with her family and TIME for herself. Flowers, jewelry, perfume and handbags are all terrific gifts for any Mom, but TIME is priceless.
We’ve taken some TIME to offer a few creative suggestions to let Mom know just how much she means to you! Suggestions that go beyond one day, ideas that will spark new habits and will continue to give all year round (to both of you)!
Ride bikes together, take a hike, walk in the park or go kayaking. Create the best of TIMES and new healthy habits challenging yourselves with activities that each of you will enjoy. Make a date once a month to connect and plug in to your relationship.
Treat Mom (and yourself) to a new restaurant each month for a year. Have fun trying new cuisine in a variety of environments and locations. You will have a ball sharing memories of the past and planning for the future. Food and drink have a soulful way to connect and celebrate life’s achievements.
TIME to Make a Reservation!
Learn Something New Together
So fun and so easy — teach your Mom all of the tricks on her i-phone and she can teach you to knit! Enroll in an art or jewelry making class OR think big and take horseback riding lessons. Exploring opportunities and combining your interests will be exciting for both of you and a way to learn something new about one another. TIME after TIME, no matter where you go or what you learn, the companionship you share will be cherished forever.
When one class ends, find another!
Combining your interests may be the right outlet for both of you to lend your TIME and talents to. You will find it especially rewarding devoting your energy to a variety of opportunities in your community. Senior citizens, the parks, local animal shelters and youth groups are a few volunteering opportunities that are available within most commonwealths.
TIME to give back!
Write YOUR Family History Book Together
Our Moms and Grandmothers are our very own history teachers. Take TIME researching your family’s history and heritage with the women (and men) in your life. Connect the dots and the years, finding your ancestors and learning where you come from and your DNA. Have fun traveling the world exploring your story! Collect photos, interview family members, research articles, write it down and create your very own family history book to pass down for generations to come.
This is definitely a gift that will give for a lifeTIME.
Hire a Professional Service for Mom
What a treat to have your lawn mowed, house cleaned or car washed on a regular basis! Giving Mom TIME off to do other things she finds enjoyable just makes life easier! Be creative with services that are meaningful to her. Grab her “honey do list” from the fridge, call a handyman service and put a check mark next to everything on her list!
She will appreciate the thoughtfulness and be grateful for the TIME saved.
Have fun crafting plans that are suitable for the lifestyle and relationship for you and your own Mother. We are confident even the simplest gift of your TIME will be appreciated and loved, creating new habits and traditions that will fill the memory bank!
Our office is full of strong nurturing Mothers and devoted daughters, all grateful to the women in our lives.
BRAVO to Patty, Patty, Debbie, Lisa, LaDonna, Jennifer and Tina – The Moms of LL&A, We LOVE You!!
~ No language can express the power, beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.
Spring is springing upon us and we are ready for some beauty in our communities!
Grass will shortly be turning into thick green carpet spread across our soil, trees will be budding with fluffy leaves and the fragrance of honeysuckle will fill the air.
Ready Or Not, Here It Comes!! (Thankfully)
Undeniably, Mother Nature produces breathtaking varieties of plant life and botanicals. We love to bring the outdoors in with a variety of plants, florals and trees. Adding touches of foliage in any space creates a sense of oxygen and life. However, for those of us who do not have a green thumb attached to our hand, we have the perfect solution.
Permanent arrangements are not only maintenance free, but they are beautiful, colorful, lush and tailored to our individual needs & style. Whether you add a lush tree in a corner, a delicate orchid on a tabletop or a statement wall divider — quality foliage can be just the right finishing touch to complete a space.
Regardless if your style is Coastal, Tropical, Desert or Woodland the varieties are abundant and realistic. Assortments of succulents, orchids, ferns, palm leaf, boxwood, moss and agave are terrific options to consider in your space.
Adding a dash of green completes a space with just the right touch of vine and vegetation. Trust us, you will love the results!
At LL&A, we offer a variety of florals and greenery perfect for any space and season!
Can you imagine the seven layers of moods under one roof of seven women bonded to Interior Design?
Driven by a common love of space, color, pattern and light, our group of talent brings something for everyone when it comes to what makes us tick as individuals. Each day we focus on the needs of our clients by creating spaces that reflect their personalities, carefully listening to the clues that will make their surroundings their own.
We were curious—what moves us & what inspires us? Boy oh boy, did we learn a lot about ourselves and each other. What fun we had exploring ourselves, digging deep and uncovering the obvious. In doing so, we discovered our team had more in common than expected, some more than others, but needless to say our personalities did shine!
Our assignment was to create an inspiration or mood board that would reflect where we are likely to draw upon for sources of imagination and creativity. Fun, fun, fun!
We are excited to share our Mood Boards with you—do YOU think they match our personalities?
Warm, earthy, sophisticated and fun all best describe my personal style. I am inspired by comforting spaces, rich with texture & pops of pattern. Art, fashion, makeup and architecture are also areas that I gain momentum in creativity. I love the contrast between dark vs light, organic vs geometric, and old vs new. Converging these elements helps me to create aesthetically pleasing and functional spaces.
I am inspired by natural elements such as the beach and flowers, accents of soft but impactful colors, a touch of glam and an assortment of soft elements to sweeten the space. I favor gold accents over silver, black or bronze. Most of my design personality was founded during my travels abroad, my favorite places were always on or near the ocean or sea with the beautiful colors of the water. Soft whites and pinks of London, the blues of Greece and the florals of Italy were truly inspiring to me and I hope to carry these elements throughout my design career.
I have always been a girly girl. As a sophomore in college, I began watching classic films and discovered I am obsessed with Parisian fashion, architecture and lifestyle. I draw much of my inspiration from the Rococo period and am drawn to organic shapes and patterns. The details are everything, honey! Oh, and I like the color pink just a bit.
Timeless patterns, materials and bold modern accents integrated together are combinations I love! I am inspired by the colors of nature, the variety of elements it offers, and the ever changing light throughout each day and the mood it brings. I’m drawn to “bringing the outside in” and using natural materials, finishes, and textures in a modern application. Sleek, timeless, bold, earthy and moody spaces are what I am most drawn to.
Neutrals, clean lines, modern country and Scandi rustic best describe my personal style. Most of my inspiration comes from nature and the outdoors. I am drawn to organic finishes & textures and consider myself a minimalist. Balancing new, repurposed or vintage pieces will always attract my attention.
Mother nature is my largest source of inspiration. Earth, Wind & Fire. I love opposites, my favorite view is the skyline touching the treetops or mountain range, where the earth meets the sky. Plants, water, soil, stones, wood and metal all work in tandem effortlessly to produce peaceful and tranquil spaces. I am a maximalist, meaning I love things, many things, having them around me brings me a source of contentment. I have to admit, I have a soft spot for pottery, baskets, stones and incense!
Just as the river meets the ocean, design to me is the seamless flow, harmony and rhythm of each of these elements merging together in a wonderful way. What I love and draw my largest source of inspiration from is natural light and happy spaces. Creating spaces that are welcoming, comfortable, timeless, simple yet sophisticated bring me joy and fulfillment. I am drawn to texture, animal print accents, navy, salmon and moss green. Completing a room with fresh cut flowers and the touch of sparkle from cut crystal adds just the right finishing touch for me.
We had a blast creating our Mood Boards and most of us realized that we could create more than one!
So… for fun, we decided to create a mash up of our personalities and watch the mood swing to a whole new set of emotions! Are you ready?!
Riding pink horses to the beach, wearing brown clogs and halos made of flowers or riding vintage bicycles through the woods with our eyes painted green would suit each of us all too well! See, we told you we were more alike than not!
On the corner where hip meets happy, we are a melting pot of personalities inspired by all that is beautiful in this world.
What Are You In The MOOD For? We invite you to create your own mood board for fun. Create one for yourself, your spouse or friend and share them with us on Facebook or Instagram!
We are so delighted to meet you! You have been a long awaited dream and are finally here to wake us up and WIN us over! You are breathe of fresh air, the light at the end of the tunnel and the start of a new beginning – how exciting for us ALL! We cannot wait to get this party started and let you take us onward and upward! Together.
We all know this past year presented various trials and tribulations that will mostly remain unsaid (we are all aware). However, it also graced us with laughter, family time, opportunities to reflect & think forward, be considerate, create new habits and just be HOME. We’ve all found our own silver lining to each of our stories and found ways to look on the brighter side.
At LL&A we certainly had our share of experiences as individuals and also as A-Team (no pun intended, well maybe just a little pun).
Like most of you, we were challenged daily with new formats of meeting our clients (HELLO ZOOM), working from home, social distancing and keeping our eyeglasses from fogging up!
Oh Yeah… AND quarantine! From illness to family matters, we had equal amounts of fun, love and blessings.
During 2020, we were excited to attend the Las Vegas Market in January, participate in the very FIRST Virtual Homearama in July, complete various residential renovations and commercial projects (all of which we are very grateful), participated in the annual JeffMainStreet Holiday Open House, Small Business Saturday, AND expanded our team members by adding three new interior designers and one tiny new addition.
Shelby Sills, 2020 University of Louisville Graduate (our very own self described “extra”, queen of the selfie).
Mallory O’Brien, 2020 Indiana University Graduate (sweet and silent but packs a dry wit we all love).
Katie Bryant, 2020 University of Louisville Graduate (resident fashionista and the only one of us that can rock suspenders and white go-go boots).
We thank each of them for joining our team and to Lauren for delivering such a sweet little tot to the team, just like icing on cake! There were so many positive vibes, personalities, loves and friendships formed in 2020 and we are thrilled!
Looking to 2020WON
We will be exploring endless possibilities to create mindful, innovative, functional & beautiful spaces for each of our clients. Since the new year has rolled in, we’ve started fresh and eager to step up our game, learn something new, teach something positive, mentor, lead, follow, set examples and be good people.
The 2020WON Blog promises to deliver the newest in design products, inspiration, instructional tips and more.
Starting with the 2020WON Pantone color of the year! We love the contrast and story behind the decision to release two colors this year, how appropriate!
Meet Pantone colors of the year for 2021: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.
Our attitude is gratitude and we are deeply thankful to our clients, families, industry associates and supporters for enabling us to do what we all love.
Here we are!! Our blog is alive & well, surviving and thriving through this blissful Holiday Season.
Yes, Tis the Season to be Jolly and we here at LL&A are certainly ready to enjoy this time with our families! We are spreading the joy and are excited to share some terrific gift ideas for your list of Nice and Naughty’s. Whether you are busy online shopping over the world wide web (Hello Amazon, we all love seeing those blue vans pull up to the door to drop off all the goodies we forgot we ordered!!) or venturing out into the stores masked up to find the perfect gifts for all your favorite people, now is the time to get started finding the perfect gifts.
The Shop at LL&A is open for business and we welcome you to come in and find the perfect something for the special someone. From jewelry, scarfs and home accessories to candles or holiday gifts – we have a great assortment to select from.
Try one of these sweet Holiday ideas…
Nothing says “celebrate” better than a bottle of wine. Cap your favorite bottle off with one of these adorable felt wine toppers in assorted styles. Quick & easy and a sure hit with the receiver! Price: $9 – $16 each.
Recycled Beer Bottle Candles
Line them up 1,2,3 and bam! Instant cuteness! These are perfect for the beer connoisseur on your list that appreciates a nod to their brew! Cheers! Price: $9 each & includes matches.
The sweet smell of the Holidays, who does not love it! The gift that keeps on giving through the season! Price: $16 each
Holiday Pet Pics
HoHoHo, these precious pooch pics are the perfect delight for the pet lover on your list. Price: $32 each
Apricot Hand Sanitizer
This little product is all the rage! Nothing says “I love you” like a sweet bottle of hand sanitizer these days. Perfect little 2020 stocking stuffer. Price: $7 each
We love these funky and colorful reindeer, perfect for table top or a mantle! What a fun color scheme to trim your tree in bright pink, green, yellow and orange! Falalalala Lalalala… Price: $67 each
Metal Deer Wine Cooler
Try one of these wine chillers to cool down that favorite bottle of wine, so cute! Price: $34
Cozy up next to the fireplace with one or both of these chic furry pillows! Buy them for yourself and enjoy them all season long. Even Santa would want to rest his feet on top of one of these stylish down filled pillows!
Grey Fur Pillow: $120 & Red Fur Pillow: $125
Burgundy with Embroidered Trim Pillow: $99
For the person who has it all, try one of our Design Consultation gift certificates, valued at $250.00 or a gift card of an amount of your choice to be used towards any product of choice. We have something for everyone and every home at LL&A!
Stop in The Shop and enjoy 30% off all merchandise through Christmas day. We are offering curbside pick up and free gift wrapping for any gift purchased too!
Local shopping made easy! Thanks for shopping small this holiday season.
For the first time, the annual Homearama is virtual and we’re excited to be part of the very first virtual 3D tour!
LL&A has once again partnered with Dan Perkins of Mason Construction & Development to create this unique home in Norton Commons. This home was special in the fact that we worked alongside the homeowner to create their dream home! We’re grateful to Cherry House Furniture who provided all of the luxurious furnishings & accessories and to Anabel’s Oriental Rugs for her contribution of gorgeous rugs throughout the home. Thank you to all involved – it takes a team to create a successful Homearama home and we’re excited to work with this incredible team!
Take the virtual tour and give us your feedback! Our team will definitely miss hearing & seeing everyone’s reaction when they first walk in to tour Homearama.
Our design team is blessed with the opportunities to collaborate with new and innovative entrepreneurs and businesses. The partnership we have formed with Zack Flanagan and Sean Lara of Board and You Custom Charcuterie is one we are exceptionally proud of. They are THE local charcuterie artists and share our love of spreading beauty in the community.
Board and You, proudly located in the heart of historic downtown New Albany, is a one year old custom charcuterie company. Since opening, they’ve been the talk-of-the-town and their immediate success has allowed them to expand their business. We were thrilled to have been the chosen interior design firm to bring Zack and Sean’s vision to life for the Bistro & You Bistro & Wine Bar! It was apparent from the beginning of our relationship that the two worlds of art of food and design were blending together effortlessly. Check out our design boards for the new Bistro…
A custom crafted Board & You board elevates your gathering experience, much like interior design. The variety of quality meats, cheeses, fruits and garnishes elegantly curated across a board or gathering table, invites folks around the table to graze, drink and be social. It’s similar in the way a carefully designed room promotes rest, relaxation or any level of energy the space is being used for.
Boards may be customized to fit the needs of your occasion and size. Seasonal boards and grazing tables are available, each beautifully displayed and packaged raising your taste bud’s awareness! The service is impeccable and delivered with a huge smile.
The connection between food and art has a long tradition. Color, texture, shape and pattern are all elements of both art and food that create a visual appetite for all our senses. Layering these pieces together in food or design produces an artistic display of food or finishes.
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We loved the opportunity to combine our efforts of design with the talents of Sean and Zack. Working with them was fun, creative, and rewarding. It was a such pleasure to be a part of making their dream come true!