Our Local Luminary this month is Interior Designer Lauren Lee, Principal of InSite Design.
How long have you been in business? My business partner Audrey Tse and I created inSite in 2001.
Describe your design style? I like many looks from very contemporary to traditional to regional design styles. No matter what the design look is, I always design towards creating a sensible functional layout and a comfortable living environment.
What was your favorite aspect of designing the Cambrian property? The property has great light and I wanted to capture and enhance that throughout the interior, so using a very natural, soothing palette was very fun to create.
One of my favorite elements of the project is that we incorporated the actual cleared trees from the site into the design of the interior as accents throughout the featured areas of the home. The kitchen bar counter, dining room shelves, and master bedroom shelves and cabinets are all made of redwood slabs from the trees on the property. It is a truly unique design feature of the home.
Where did you go to school for Interior Design? UC Berkeley for Architecture, and Academy of Art for Interior Design.
Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration wherever I go and sometimes in the strangest places. It may be the obvious beautiful hotel or home. But sometimes it can be the ice cream colors of the day at the Cookie Bar in Oakland, a beautifully crafted plate of food at the new "cool" restaurant, and sometimes it's just walking through the city and/or nature.