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On this Friday’s episode of The Chaise Lounge, Charlotte-based designer Lauren Clement who grew up watching her mother make a living decorating. When she found herself at a crossroads after a serious car accident, grad school or follow her passion into interior design. She chose the latter, and currently runs Lauren Nicole Designs where she and her mother Linda work on a dozen projects at a time with only the help of a bookkeeper.

Clement is a designer who didn’t study design formally. Before her accident, she got her undergraduate degree in psychology. Everything she knows and implements today, she learned on the job or from her mother between her childhood and support once her business was already up and running. In this interview, she talks about how she values design education but doesn’t believe it to be strictly necessary to succeed. And she demonstrates that’s the case.

Taking work home

Lauren Nicole Designs started in northern Virginia and Clement developed her craft and clientele there for years, but she wanted to return to North Carolina where she grew up. When her kids were not yet in school, she and her husband packed up and scooted down the coast where they could build the life they wanted for their kids and where Clement would have to rebuild her business.

Custom colors

Clement has a deal with Benjamin Moore, which sponsors the Chaise Lounge, where they have developed a line of colors to meet specifications she envisioned, and those colors are available for purchase and use.

To see all the work Lauren Clement does, visit Lauren Nicole Designs at LaurenNicoleInc.com and on Instagram @LaurenNicoleInc.

"I am in charge of creating a happy and functional home for my clients and that is a very big deal to me. To feel I have achieved that and beyond is incredibly fulfilling."

Lauren Clement

Chaise Lounge Updates

We’ll be covering Spring High Point Market 2019! Stay in the loop on our Instagram and Facebook pages and keep an eye our for our upcoming market events!

Our new podcast Coast to Coast Design is live! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.



Upcoming Markets

BD West – Mar 13-14, 2019

Design Influencers Conference – March 24 – 26, 2019

High Point Market – April 6 – 10, 2019


Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

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