Meet Lauren Roman, a New Hampshire based interior designer and founder of Lauren Roman Interiors. The daughter of a craftsman, Lauren grew up with an awareness of how things are constructed not only to work to their greatest potential but also to look their best. Now, with over fifteen years of experience in residential and commercial design, a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology, an NCIDQ certification, and many years of project managing in the field, she calls on both her analytical and artistic roots in all she does.
With every project, no matter the scale, Lauren honors the client’s vision and needs, budget, and timeline first and foremost. She collaborates with architects and the trades, works through every detail, and brings passion, knowledge, and timelessness to all she does: from new-build to renovation to quick color and finish consulting.
Davis Frame Company recently collaborated with Lauren on the Lakes Region Parade of Homes Tour a spectacular Lakes Region event that showcases newly built and remodeled homes. One of our client’s timber frame homes was featured, and it won 6 awards! Much of the credit goes to Key-Day Builders and to Lauren who helped the clients finish the interior decor of their home. There were many other awesome subcontractors who added special touches and unique features to the project.
We also got to work with Lauren during the photoshoot for the timber frame home and she really has a knack for details and staging. Not only did she do an amazing job decorating our client’s beautiful timber frame home, but she is also personable, bubbly, and very easy to talk to. With her chic style and kindness, I can see why many homeowners choose to work with her.
Lake Winnipesaukee timber frame home we collaborated on.
We hope you will enjoy learning more about Lauren through our interview series.
INTERVIEW WITH LAUREN ROMAN
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN INTERIOR DESIGN?
I come from a long line of analytically inclined artisans. Growing up, I had the opportunity to spend time in my grandfather’s wood carving shop, my dad’s wooden boat building business, and around my mother’s creative cooking. I also spent a lot of time with both grandmothers who were tremendous gardeners, decorators, and entertainers. Somehow these experiences, along with my love for problem-solving, people-pleasing and ability to find beauty in everything, collided to naturally lead me down the path to interior design.
WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVICE?
All of NH and beyond. Currently, I’m excited about assisting clients with a re-design for some areas they’re rebuilding at their home in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR DESIGN STYLE IS?
Designing interiors isn’t about my style, it’s about the client and finding the best way to reflect their passions and lifestyle in their spaces. That being said, my personal style is very eclectic, which positions me well to take on the challenge of blending elements of any era of design.
WHEN YOU ARE DESIGNING SOMEONE’S HOME, IT IS IMPORTANT TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR CLIENTS. DO YOU HAVE TECHNIQUES TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR CLIENTS AND THEIR REQUIREMENTS?
I try to spend time with them, focusing and taking no observation for granted. Face-to-face time is really the best way to learn about them. For commercial projects, and sometimes residential projects, we also provide a programming questionnaire which is answered by many people affected by the design. It gives everyone involved specific objectives and details to consider prior to our kick-off meeting and helps generate additional more organic conversations amongst the entire team–clients, architects, designers, and tradespeople.
WHAT ARE SOME TOP TRENDS YOU ARE SEEING TODAY?
I don’t follow trends; they are just that. I never want anyone to look at a space I’ve designed 10 years from now and think “That is so 2019!”.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BRANDS/PRODUCTS TO WORK WITH?
I prefer organic materials for counter and floor surfaces–stone, marble, wood. Although synthetic products are getting better and better, they’re often more expensive than the natural product they’re trying to emulate. And in my opinion, they’re never comparable in beauty to the variation of colors and textures in the naturally occurring materials. I love the textiles offered by Brentano, Peter Fasano, Theo, Boussac Fadini, and J. Robert Scott. Theo has a stunning line of classic meets modern furniture; Kravet has an excellent quality custom furniture at affordable price points along with great customer service, and Baker has really sumptuous furnishings.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE GO-TO PAINT COLORS?
I’m partial to neutral backgrounds – Benjamin Moore Linen White, Sail Cloth, and Balboa Gray.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE IN A HOME TO DECORATE?
Bedrooms. It is where we lay our heads at night to find ultimate respite from the hustle of daily life in the 21st century.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT CATCHES YOUR EYE IN A ROOM?
Sunlight. Natural light is the ultimate crown jewel of any space. It also has ultimate transformative powers on the way color, texture, and form are perceived.
Connect with Lauren
If you are looking to hire an interior designer for your project, definitely be sure to give Lauren a call! You can visit her website to connect with her and to view her portfolio of work.