20 Questions: Lauren, Designer @ KLD

Lauren joined the KLD team in January 2016 while completing a degree in Interior Architecture in DIT.  Now fully qualified and a full time member of the team, Lauren has been a shining light of sheer style, enthusiasm and fun in the group. And as the year comes to a close for the whole team, it seems especially fitting to get to know Lauren a little better as she too reflects on a hugely successful year as part of the KLD team.

1. What could you not live without? Chocolate!

2. Where would be your ideal weekend break? Paris, I absolutely love Paris & to stay in Hotel Bachaumont designed by Dorothee Meilichzon, it’s one on my bucket list!

Located in Montorgueil, a central cobbled Parisian neighborhood complete with cafés, bistros and bars as well as French essentials like boulangeries, charcuteries and wine sellers, Hotel Bachaumont has reopened its doors (after 40 years) to welcome guests into its eclectically renovated embrace that both reflects its rich history as a century-old local hotspot and projects an aura of contemporary elegance and charm, thereby subtly encapsulating 21st century Paris.:  Hotel-Bachaumont-Paris-Dorothee-Meilichzon-design-Remodelista-3:

3.  Who would you turn to in a time of need? My mum – A girl always needs her Mum!

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4. What inspires you? Travel inspires me mostly, seeing the different cultures, design inspirations, buildings etc I just love it!

5. Your favourite gadget or app? Hmmm.. Is it bad to say my phone? I can’t live without that. I’m also slightly addicted to Pinterest!

6. What’s on your bucket list? I have always wanted to go and do some charity work in an orphanage it’s something I have wanted to do since I was young – someday!

7. How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Creative, organised & happy!

8. What is your favourite saying? Don’t really know – I’m not a huge person for sayings.

9. When did you realise you wanted to be an interior architect? I have always been creative since a young girl, always painting, making & designing different stuff – my mum was probably a big influence as she always had such an interest in interiors. Also my dad’s a photographer and I used watch him style sets growing up, so was born and bread to be creative!

10. How would you describe your family? Mum’s side – all bonkers (in a good way)! Dad’s side – Quiet! Makes a great balance.

11. What would be your number one design tip? Be brave – Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries, there is nothing more exciting than doing something that’s never been done before! Also layout… never underestimate the importance of the layout of a space.

12. How would you describe your style? Simple – My friends used to always call me Miss Sophisticated, constantly wearing black – my wardrobe is very much monochrome.

13. Favourite place to eat in Dublin? Myself & my boyfriend love Bunsen for a casual bite to eat mid-week, but Fade St Social by Dylan McGrath is my favourite ‘fancy’ spot.

14. Favourite hotel in the world? I have a lot of hotels on my bucket list that i’m yet to get to, so I feel I cant answer that just yet. My favourite get away hotel in Ireland is Mt Juliet, especially in the winter – it’s so cosy by the fire & they have bikes you can take to cycle around the estate!

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15. Favourite thing about design?  A design of yours being brought to life – there is no better feeling than seeing your designs being brought to life it’s a real ‘go me’ moment!

16. Favourite bar in Dublin? The cocktails in the Vintage Cocktail Club are AMAZING – the whole experience is pretty awesome!

17. What’s in your handbag? I think the question is more what’s not in my handbag? Currently the contents of my handbag is: my wallet, gloves, hand cream, socks, loose change, bobby pins, sunglasses, a card for my friends birthday, sellotape, chewing gum, earphones, car keys, Coldplay tickets & the clamping fine I got the other week!!!

18. What’s your favourite movie? The Holiday.

19. What’s your stress reliever? Mondello track days in the Winter and jet-skiing in Killiney in the Summer!

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20. What’s on your wish list for Christmas 2016? I’m going to Warsaw in Poland on the 27th so looking forward to that, but a happy & healthy Christmas with my family & friends would be wonderful!

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