Let the Holidays Begin.

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Wow, can you believe the Holiday Season for 2019 is among us?

The hustle is on and the bustle is bustlin’!

Question:  How do we get through another season of festivities, shopping, feasting, sipping, gift wrapping, decorating, cleaning, spending and memory-making all in one piece?

Answer:  We have absolutely no idea!

We all love to entertain and be entertained, give and receive gifts and cook and feast. Making it all happen and appear to be effortless, on time and stress-free is the challenge. Where do we cut corners with time and money without making it appear that we obviously cut corners with time or money!?

We aren’t Pinterest Maidens but, we do appreciate all of the terrific ideas that can be found on this terrific platform. The problem is – how do you decide what to choose with so many options? It can be so overwhelming…

Do we need to feel guilty if we order our roasted turkey from the market and do not roast in our own kitchens? Is time saved in the kitchen more valuable than a homemade feast?

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Which do you prefer, this or that…

  • Homemade pies vs bakery goodies
  • Instant vs real potatoes
  • Bag of bows vs hand tied ribbon
  • Gift bags vs wrapped boxes
  • Silver & glass vs paper & plastic
  • Gifts vs experiences
  • Cash vs gift cards
  • Clear lights vs multi-color

Help a friend out here people! We would love to hear from you. 

What ideas can you share for making new Holiday traditions?

What family traditions do you still carry on from your childhood?

What tips do you have as a host for your Holiday festivities?

What gift giving ideas can you offer for that hard-to-buy-for person who has it all?

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You see, we need to help one another through this blissful time of year and make beautiful memories together.

We would love to read your favorite recipes, gift giving ideas, time savers, family traditions, and anything else you would like to share with us.

 

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Simply add your comments here, tag us on social media or message us to share.

Help us help you, from Christmas lists to Christmas miracles, Frosty to fruitcakes, and elves to eggnog, where do we start and how do we keep it fun & peaceful.

Now, lets rock around the Christmas tree with Frosty the Snowman, playing our silver bells while we watch mommy kiss Santa Claus!

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Our Industry Influencers & Design Crushes

Each of us at LL&A have others for whom we look up to and admire for various reasons. Whether it be a favorite musician, artist, author, entrepreneur, we all find our connections and admirations through a variety of outlets.

Carole King, once brilliantly wrote,
“I write heavily under the influence of James Taylor”.

We too have been inspired throughout our careers by an assortment of individuals who have helped shape our paths in the design industry. Both past and present, these talented trailblazers sculpted their passion for design that is as relevant today as it was in years gone by.

We invite you to share in their stories to understand how their contribution to design has chartered our philosophies, aesthetics and business awareness.

Past and present – you will certainly begin to connect the variety of influencers to each of us as individuals.

 


Jean-Michel Frank – Decorator & Designer. Whitley’s Design Influencer.

 

Artists take inspiration from the world around them, and it’s hard to imagine a richer environment than Paris in the 1930s, when Jean-Michel Frank was the most celebrated decorator and designer of the era. Frank has always been an interior designer that Whitley’s admired most.

His aesthetic has been described as “modern and minimalistic” featuring subdued, neutral textures and clean lines. An advocate for combining different styles, Frank brought together both old and new to create spaces full of texture and character. He also enjoyed incorporating other artists’ works or designs into his rooms. Whitley’s always loved his use of unexpected materials together such as leather, wicker, and forged iron – allowing for a space that’s both chic and masculine.

Frank’s rooms were often “devoid of the unnecessary”, which is also reflective of Whitley’s own personal taste in design. Accessories were always kept to a minimum, allowing the furniture and overall design to speak for itself. Frank might be most well-known for his creation of the Parsons Table, which to this day remains one of the most classic furniture pieces in modern design.


Jean Stoffer – Interior Designer & Sarah’s Design Crush.

 

Sarah started following Jean Stoffer on Instagram a year ago and fell in love with her aesthetic. Whenever scrolling through her feed, Sarah will see one of Stoffer’s kitchens or baths and instantly recognizes her style.

Stoffer effortlessly combines a traditional look with a modern edge and each of her spaces are cozy and inviting. Drawn to the simplicity of Stoffer’s work, Sarah finds inspiration in her design elements. Design with a clean line, earth tones, and greenery is Sarah’s signature look and she swoons over Stoffer’s use of woods, metals, and the details she puts into the architectural elements in each space. She is a must follow!

 


Dorothy Draper – Interior Designer & Icon. Lauren’s Design & Business Inspiration.

 

There are a lot of interior designers that have preceded us all that are a big influence on Lauren’s design thought process and the specific branches of the design field, but none more important than Mrs. Dorothy Draper. She was one of the original interior designers and #girlboss icons.

Not only one of the first to professionalize the field of interior design, but also one of the first women in the early 1920’s to start her own company. Breaking boundaries, Draper loved bringing her touch of unusual contrasting, vibrant color combinations and her own personal “modern baroque” style. She created interesting public spaces including hotels, casinos, theaters, department stores, private corporate offices and jet interiors that everyone could enjoy. The Joanna Gaines of her time, being a #girlboss and top interior designer in not only New York, but also across the USA, Draper broadened her entrepreneurial resume by creating her own furniture line for Schumacher and had her own column in Good Housekeeping Magazine. Not your typical housewife, Dorothy Draper is an inspiration and taught Lauren that women in the interior design business can be innovative, creative, and think outside the box.

 


Frank Lloyd Wright – American Architect, Interior Designer, Educator & Curator. An icon of Tammy’s.

A rebel pioneer of the architectural world, Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic career stemmed almost 70 years. He remained passionate for his craft much like Tammy has for over 30 years. His dedication and talent was always ever changing and adapting. Wright was a forerunner in his field that, in Tammy’s opinion, changed the way people live within their own homes. Incorporating “family rooms” within his plans and utilizing modern technology and materials of the period.

Tammy’s favorite residential structure design by Wright is the famous Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. She loves the way the structure fits effortlessly into its environment. Seemingly undisturbing to the surroundings showcasing nature and nest at its best for human inhabitants.

Favorite Wright quote: “Form follows Function”.
That has been misunderstood, form and function should be one,
joined in a spiritual union.

Recognized as being in part, one of the creators of the Prairie Style derived from the Arts and Crafts movement. This style is most seen throughout the midwestern states – all influenced by natural materials. Tammy has always been inspired by nature and the environment in her own design work and believes the window can be the most essential part of any room. More importantly, it’s what is outside the window that counts and how the surroundings are integrated within the home.


Ralph Lauren – American Fashion Designer, Philanthropist, Business Executive. Leslie’s Timeless Favorite.

 

In 1983, in the days before major fashion houses had furnishing lines, designer Ralph Lauren launched his first home collection. It expanded his vision of a thoughtful stylish life where he applied his style to how he would want to live. Whether it be upscale penthouse, english, western, coastal – it was always all American.

Each interior has its own distinct style, its own vision of the good life and each tells a different, but complementary story. When asked what links an interior all together, he says, “It’s in the eye, the taste, and the spirit of the dream.”

Leslie began her career in 1985, just as Ralph Lauren was making his way into interiors. He has been someone that Leslie has admired, respected and can always identify with and has grown with as well!

A true representation of the American dream – tasteful and timeless style!

 

What is it to influence: A person who inspires or guides the actions of others.


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A Girls Best Friend…

Diamonds QuoteAfter a day on the job attending to the needs of our daily responsibilities, it’s nice to come home to someone who is anxiously waiting for us. (With tails wagging.)

Meet the “Fur Friends” that make our hearts sing, our constant companions and the ones who love us unconditionally.

Each of these precious pups came into our lives in various ways and have all become the sweetest members of our families. We are excited to share each of them with you and hope you enjoy meeting them. We’d love you to share your furry friends with us too! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram and we’ll share.

Our resident office pooch is Cricket!

Dawns Pup

She is a five year old Shitzu-Maltese mix that loves coming to the office to spend the day. Always on hand to greet each of us as we arrive, she is a sweet addition to our team. Dawn and Cricket enjoy long walks together at Deam Lake near their home. Their favorite time of the day is in the morning, starting with a few moments of quiet time. As Dawn reads, Cricket is cuddled up in her lap being the most precious supportive companion a girl could hope for.

 

WWDW… aka…

“Whitley’s Weiner Dog Winston”

Whitleys Pup

Actually, there are many aliases Whitley has given him. Crazy Boy, Little Boo and Stinky – to name a few!  Their love affair began on Whitleys second day on the job at LL&A. After appearing on the door step of Tammy’s son Luke’s apartment, he was in need of a home and she was in need of a little 6 lb crazy chunk of love to take care of. It was apparent the two of them were meant to be from that day forward. Two years later, Winston has been Whitleys best friend, confidant and favorite headache all in one.

 

Who doesn’t love a surprise?!

Laurens Pup

Meet Bella, Lauren’s two year old Italian Mastiff. Bella is a wish come true for sure. Lauren’s husband, Cody surprised her with an early Christmas gift that was completely unexpected. From the moment they met, they were in love!! With her little wrinkled face, she was the biggest puppy Lauren had ever seen. Definitely a daddy’s girl, Bella is happiest romping around the yard, playing in her own pool and sleeping in Mom and Dad’s bed. (when Dad has a weak moment!) Bella has been the sweetest, most loving addition to the Eurton family and the best Christmas surprise ever!

 

Double Trouble!!

Sarahs Pup

Meet Louis (aka King Louis, head of household) and Lincoln, Sarahs two four-legged “Friendzies”. Louis is a Pomeranian that joined the family seven years ago and Lincoln a German Shepard came along three years ago as a puppy. Although their personalities are quite different, they offer so much entertainment within the household. Louis loves his belly rubs and long walks around St Matthews. Lincoln loves chasing Louis around the house, car rides and sneaking food off dinner plates! Like most Shepards, he is the most intelligent, loyal and protective dog she and her fiancé Matt have ever owned. Her pups offer the magic “pickup” after a day at work and more love and laughs than anyone could ask for.

 

Best things in life are free…

Tammys Pup

Roxie and Mia Randall certainly appeared at the right place at the right time on their journeys to finding a home. Roxie was hand picked as a puppy from a cardboard box while Mia showed up on the doorstep as a puppy on Thanksgiving Day. These two black lab mix girls live the best of both worlds. From digging holes in the yard and playing chasers outside by day, to sleeping and chilling inside on sofas and beds by night, these soul sisters are living their best life. Unrelated by bloodlines, they are both hormonal, territorial, energetic, wild, affectionate and rambunctious – all bottled up into two furry hairballs.

 

Cowgirl Up!!

Leslies Pup

After 15 years together, Leslie and Cowgirl are one another’s dearest soulmates. Born the runt of the litter, with one blue eye and one brown, Cowgirl was Leslie’s top choice. Many miles have been covered together between the two of these girlfriends. In fact, after all their time spent together, most would agree, if Cowgirl were human, she would likely be just like Leslie. Like they always say, dogs and owners begin to look alike…big hair, don’t care! Alongside Cowgirl, is 12 year old Auntie Kendall who belongs to Leslie’s mother and step father, Patty and Don McManus. Both are sweet cuddly Shelties, loyal companions to Leslie, Patty and Don and one another’s best friend.

We would love to meet your furry friends!! Take a photo of you and yours and tag us on Facebook and Instagram! Cats count too!

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Online Design

Online Design graphicThe landscape of Interior Design is always on the move. With its many nuances, our industry offers a variety of platforms to achieve the needs of any consumer.

LL&A is proud to announce our Online Design Assistance.

We allow you the leverage to seek premium interior design services by one of our professional designers without ever leaving your home. Our program has been built to serve the needs of the most discriminating consumer in a proficient and economical manner. Equipped with talented designers and technology, we conveniently create spaces designed specifically for you, on budget and on time. The products chosen will be sourced from the world wide web and ready for you to order at your leisure in the privacy of your own home.

Our process is simple.

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  • Complete a brief online questionnaire so we can get to know you.
  • Send us digital photos of your space along with the dimensions and any pieces you own and wish to incorporate into your room.
  • Select a style genre that speaks to you from the library of photos we will share with you.
  • LL&A will send you a digital box complete with a visual concept, space plate and 3D image of what you can expect your room to look like.

Space Plan

Space plate for furniture placement.

LL&A Virtual Rendering

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  • Once approved, expect a specification sheet complete with details of paints, floor coverings, wall treatments, artwork, lamps, accessories and all items needed to complete the installation along with instructions.
  • Receive your Shopping List and order your products to complete your room styling.

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Final Product

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Final Product

The process is quick, easy, online, and budget friendly.

Email our office for further details at sarah@leslielewisdesign.com

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Staging is the Secret to Selling.

Staging with LL&A

Staging has been deemed essential by today’s real estate agents, with a proven ability to increase market value and sell properties fast. If you want the upper hand over competition, retaining LL&A will tip the scales to sold. Staging is a lucrative investment, and LL&A does it best! Here is what you should know before putting your property on the market.

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• The first impression judgement is made within one second of entry.

• The sooner a property sells, the closer to asking price will be received.

• Statistically, properties staged when listed spend on average 90% less time on the market than unstaged.

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85% of buyers look online before seeing a property in person. A picture is worth a thousand words, staging and professional photography will get buyers in the door. Staging will also create a well maintained and move in ready appeal.

Certified Professional Staging for Commercial and Residential Real Estate Properties.

Let LL&A create that love at first sight emotion by establishing memory points of interest and emphasizing the properties functionality.

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We understand what buyers want and will showcase a property’s best assets by highlighting the positives and down playing the negatives.

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We will create a high end feeling regardless of the price point. Our goal is to stage a property to be the “top pick” of other homes and commercial properties within the same price point.

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Considering the financial and emotional aspects of buying, LL&A’s staging strategically appeals to a wide demographic. Stunning furnishings and accessories turn rooms into visual stories, sparking the imaginations of buyers who often feel uninspired by vacant properties. Styled yet relatable, your house will captivate attention and leave an unforgettable impression. LL&A’s Certified Commercial & Residential Real Estate Staging team will create a feast for the eyes so your prospects will be ready to bite!

Call our office today for details on how to get your property staged 812.282.6606.

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The Heat is On, Summer, take us away!

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It’s the season we all love. The sun is out, grills are firing up, grass is green, flowers are in bloom and water is splashing.

Who doesn’t appreciate some sunny vitamin D?! It’s good for the skin, the soul and the spirit. Spending time at home offers some of the best lazy days of summer and having the perfect outdoor space for relaxing or entertaining is a bonus.

Regardless of the size of your space or the area, giving it attention can bring you such joy and comfort. Whether your space is poolside, street side, garden side or a balcony, your area can provide that “happy place” vacation experience right in your own backyard.

There are many options to give your deck or patio a look all its own and extend your living space through several months. Outdoor retreats should be an extension of your home and a reflection of your lifestyle and interest. Small balcony spaces can provide a garden enthusiast room for herbs and flowers while a front porch will offer a room with a view to sit and enjoy your neighborhood. Each space can be suited especially for you and your surroundings.

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Take a peek at some of our favorite ideas!

 

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A front porch offers a sweet space to greet neighbors and guests. The mocha wood tone of the shutters and ceiling with the powder blue house provided a beautiful canvas to add the essentials to complete this small narrow space.  A swing dusted with comfortable accent pillows add color and texture while two bronze metal chairs provide extra seating.  Antique blue buckets loaded with fresh hydrangeas add life and the use of twine to hang the swing is a simple added touch.  The variety of pillows and bold rug are suitable for the outdoors and give just the right touch to finish this comfy porch.

 

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This adorable front porch certainly has the “staycation” effect. This custom made attention getter daybed will be a favorite nap snatcher for mom or dad. Covered in a comfy collection of eclectic pillows and a soft cushion, it will be a favorite for the whole family. The added bonus is this throw back to circa 1970 wicker “throne”. We love this seating mixture and conversation starter! Ready and waiting for company or a nap!

 

IMG_7388A courtyard is the perfect spot to add a cozy gas fire pit. The brick pavers along with a brick privacy wall anchor this functional space. We loved the ceramic garden stools, chosen to add more color and character, they can also function as side tables to a seating group. The fire pit is constructed from cultured stone and granite and allows room for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. A bronze water feature is mounted to the privacy wall and provides movement and soothing sounds which add just the right ambiance to this formal spot. The green hedges will provide a touch of low maintenance landscaping.

IMG_6726The subtle gray color scheme of this home needed a bold touch of color and the teak furniture did the trick. The kitchen in this home was certainly extended by adding a four top dining table on this side porch. The black window color was extended onto the rug and potting containers which pack more punch. A black ceiling fan was added to provide additional air circulation and bright pink and yellow flowers create more texture. Since this space is covered, we opted to add big bold artwork to a large wall to create a point of interest along with a geometric outdoor area rug.

 

DSC_1153A screened in porch is a delight in anyones book and this space delivers! Clustering four rattan club chairs around a gas fire pit offers a terrific seating area, this space has a tall ceiling which also enabled us to use a large ceiling fan. Again, anchored with a bold outdoor rug and accent pillows, this space comes alive. The added bonus is a wall mounted television perfect for entertaining or simply quiet nights at home watching Jeopardy.

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Clubhouse_01Covered pavilions offer many amenities, these spaces are the perfect spot to entertain family and friends. Beautiful stone wood-burning fireplaces nestled in front of a sectional seating arrangement with flat screen televisions are a perfect space for grilling, hanging out and watching the game. All fabrics and furnishings are outdoor rated and UV protected which will insure durability. The natural materials of wood and stone inspired the color and pattern choices of the finishes. Materials were thoughtfully chosen to compliment and not compete with the surroundings of these stunning spaces each fitting effortlessly into their environments. Each area has been accessorized with rugs, pillows, dinnerware and sculptures that bring that indoor touch to the outside.

Clubhouse_07Clubhouse_05Clubhouse_04Outdoor dinnerware and stemware is the perfect addition to any outdoor dining space.  Durable and easy care, this small classy detail adds a touch that sends the message that you are ready to serve your guests in style.DSC_0091DSC_0094This courtyard features white patio pavers accented with simple pea gravel and a stunning cedar pergola. Privately hidden, this gem boast a load of character. Custom wood raised planters flank the sides of the patio for added privacy and a fun child’s swing hanging from the rafters adds an extra bonus to this small space. A dining table for six and occasional seating for four provides additional room for quaint dinner parties. The textures are complimented with rich teakwood and subtle textiles. Namaste.

We love turning interiors “inside-out” and creating beautiful areas that extend living spaces to enjoy through spring, summer and fall. Happy Summer!

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Local Art Makes its Mark.

Local artwork is essential for many of the commercial projects we complete.

DSC_0211It is the best way to connect people to where they are and celebrate the unique beauty and character of our area.

Being natives of Southern Indiana and neighbors of Louisville, it is impossible not to be drawn to the many attractions, features, parks, churches, structures, landscapes and events within our community. From the Big Four walking bridge, Howard Steamboat Museum, Belle of Louisville, the mighty Ohio River to the Kentucky Derby, we are in no shortage of breathtaking imagery.

The impact of local imagery connects through two different sets of eyes. First, the eyes of our community. For us, it is an immediate bond and connection. Local art projects a sense of familiarity and pride.

The second set of eyes belongs to our visitors. For them, local imagery provides a sense of place and a connection to our community and those who live here.

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Embracing the beauty on hand and using these images in interior spaces will immediately identify the community for which the business is established. These images are meaningful and instantly connect and tell a story.

Having relationships with local artists and photographers makes us excited to produce stunning works of art.

DSC_0232Artwork that features our community as the subject matter has a one-of-a-kind uniqueness!

 

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