TED speaker and celebrity interior designer Lori Dennis is no stranger to the limelight. For one thing, she’s featured in countless publications, including Architectural Digest and the New York Times. And for another, she’s an HGTV star. What’s more, this design guru is also a best-selling author. As part of Decorilla’s team, Lori let us in on what goes on in the mind of a creative online interior designer. Read on for the scoop!
With a design passion growing since her childhood, Lori Dennis focuses on more than mere aesthetics. In fact, this celebrity online interior designer and decorator designs and creates sustainably. As a result, she and her interior architecture firm are renowned for their green efforts and vision of balanced yet luxurious living.
Did interior design always interest you?
Since I was five years old, I remember how important interior design was to a room. I couldn’t put it into words, but I saw how a set of new sheets instantly made my room feel. Something clicked inside me. Once I was in high school, interior design and architecture almost became a full-blown obsession. I would go to open houses every weekend for fun. I absolutely loved it.
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How would you define your design style?
Our design style is very natural and clean, without much excess. Neutral colors and organic materials look and feel good in any home style, and they never get dated.
Who or what influences your work?
It may seem cliche, but it’s true. Nature is our biggest influence in every way, shape, and form. And through green interior design, we hope to sustain more than we take from nature to make our homes beautiful and comfortable to live in.
As humans, we respond and thrive when in a natural environment. That’s why designing a home using neutral colors, organic shapes, and materials found in nature comes easy.
Why is green/sustainable design important to you?
There is a huge amount of waste and toxicity in our industry that damages our world and our personal health. We can do better.
Your book Green Interior Design is a comprehensive guide to sustainable design. Can you give us a little sneak peek by sharing your favorite piece of eco-friendly design advice
Our favorite piece of advice for eco-friendly design is: Buy it Once. By purchasing products and materials that are well made and built to last, you reduce the amount of waste. You won’t have to buy something mass-produced, transported, and packaged over and over again.
We also love to shop at home. We don’t realize how much stuff we have collected in our homes. Try moving something to a new room, tabletop or bookshelf. It can take on a whole new life and be useful in a completely different way.
Luxury interiors are your specialty. What are your favorite elements to give that high-end feel to a space?
Lighting is the jewelry of an interior and certainly sets the mood. It’s beautiful and functional at the same time, giving an elegant layered look and feel to a home.
What’s a must-have item you make sure your interior designs include?
Fun and functional lighting.
What is a recent design trend that you love at the moment?
Organic modern or modern Mediterranean is beautifully clean and simple without excess. It feels modern yet ancient at the same time.
If you had to pick a favorite room in your home, which would it be and why?
The bedroom because it’s the place where you can truly rest and reset. You can connect with the one you love, be it yourself, your partner, or a pet.
How do you manage challenges that come up during a design project?
Challenges are inevitable. It’s how we respond to them and guide our clients through the process that matters. The biggest part of managing challenges is managing expectations. One of our favorite aspects of interior design is problem-solving. So when things come up, as they do, it keeps us on our toes.
Why do you like online interior design?
Technology is our reality now, and we love how it can help us be more productive. Online interior design has been an incredible expansion and evolution of our services. We aren’t limited by location, which allows us to help people who live anywhere in the world.
Online Interior Designers Boast Variety
Above being convenient and cost-effective, online interior design boasts versatility and expertise. Moreover, the fine-tuned selection process ensures you get the ideal designer for your project. Even better yet, after the selection process, two designers create and present distinct proposals for you to choose from. You can then pick your favorite and continue working with that designer.
Through easy communication, the designer can refine the design until you are completely satisfied. From there, they will finalize the concept and create photorealistic 3D renderings of your interior. These give clients a realistic insight into their future room. In addition to the designs, a Decorilla package also includes an online shopping list with exclusive vendor discounts – often equal to the design cost! This means online interior design can pay for itself. A white-glove shopping concierge is also included to handle all the details from ordering, to tracking, and delivery.
Want to work with a celebrity interior designer?
If you love the results of interiors by Lori and want a similar look in your home, then schedule a Free Online Interior Design Consultation to get started today!