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Inspired by Design: Elizabeth Lawson
East Coast designer creates timeless, refined modern spaces you’ll adore.
Every month, we highlight distinctive home designers who inspire us to find beauty in the details and embrace our home’s authentic style. This month, we’re chatting with Elizabeth Lawson of the Maryland-based firm, Elizabeth Lawson Design.
Since starting her own company in 2012, Lawson’s work has been featured on Domino Magazine’s website, as well as One Kings Lane, Houzz and more.
Photo by Jennifer Hughes
Pella: Describe your design style.
Lawson: I always find this to be such a tough question because I don't like to limit myself to a certain style, but rather design with pieces that I love that also reflect my client's taste, which ultimately end up working with my aesthetic. If I had to choose a term, I would call my style, "refined modern." I love clean lines and interiors that aren't "fussy.” People often mistake our firm as being on the West coast, as we have a bit of a California vibe.
As an interior designer, what inspires you and where do you find inspiration?
Gosh, everything can inspire me! I've always had a love for print media and devour fashion and home magazines. My eye constantly searches out color combinations, most often found in nature. I'm also always inspired by other designers. Instagram and Pinterest are my life sources!
How can homeowners enhance the style of their homes?
I think small details are often overlooked. Hardware and finishes are so important in making a home feel updated and cohesive. Making sure your finishes are consistent and work together is key. I'm also a huge believer in buying things you love and not worrying too much about trends. I hope my designs reflect that. The same goes for my own home, which is always a work in progress, since deciding on pieces for myself is nearly impossible!
Tell us about a favorite recent project of yours. What do you love most about the finished design?
We just completed a renovation of an older home in a historic Baltimore neighborhood. The house has amazing bones, but our clients lean more modern in taste. I love the juxtaposition of the older millwork and details with modern furnishings and fixtures. I think we struck a nice balance between meeting the client’s needs while still giving a nod to the traditional sensibility of the home.
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