Lauren & Her Home
A self-described creative, Lauren Koster of Lauren Koster Creative has a knack for planning amazing weddings and events. In fact, when she first started her business, she essentially "married" two of her specialties: Her love of planning weddings and events with her expertise in customized design and décor. Her business might involve planning weddings and events, but after taking a peek at her beautiful home in Lower Hudson Valley in New York, we realized she's also a pro at home decorating. Even though she has a toddler, she strives to minimize clutter while creating a space her son can enjoy and an environment that allows him to grow. We think she nailed it, and you'll see for yourself in her home tour below.
First things first. Tell us how you got into the design world! What sparked your interest in this creative field?
I have always been a creative person. When I was little girl, I drew and painted. In high school, I often made or altered my own clothes and bags. I studied apparel and textile design in college and I always had my sights set on New York City. After a few years in the fashion industry, I started exploring events and interiors.
You work as a designer and stylist, along with maintaining a blog and raising a toddler. How do you juggle all of these different aspects of your life?
It’s a lot, but I feel like all the facets of my life make me whole. I’ve found that, especially with a family, you have to give yourself grace because things will go wrong and sometimes snuggles trump the other stuff. You have to make the most of your time—I answer emails and Instagram on my commute and I listen to business podcasts while I work. But the biggest key to juggling it all is choosing a partner that is supportive and graceful, too.
What is your go-to first step in the process of helping and consulting with clients when it comes to their weddings and events?
I begin with lots of questions, where they met, how they got engaged, what their vision is for their big day. I almost always leave that conversation with a good handle on their design aesthetic and some special ideas to make their event unique to them. From there, I collaborate with the couple to build a mood board that serves as a guide as we create the design of their day.
You’ve been in New York for awhile now, moving from the Upper East Side to lower Hudson Valley. What’s your favorite part about living in a bustling city like New York? Do you miss the buzz of the city since moving?
I am in the city several days a week for work, but I don’t enjoy it like I did when I lived there. I miss it all the time. I miss walking to dinner, running in Central Park, casually browsing flea markets on the weekends. If I could afford a townhouse in the West Village, I would have lived there forever. For now, I love my beautiful home and yard.
You went from a one-bedroom apartment to a three-bedroom house! Any advice for someone getting ready to upgrade to a bigger home?
This probably isn’t the most practical advice, but if you think you are going to make the move soon and you see something you love, snatch it up. I am always browsing Craigslist for stuff I don’t need, but you never know when you’ll come across “the rug of your dreams.” There’s always storage if you’re still in a tiny apartment.
Your bedroom feels so peaceful. What are your tips for promoting relaxation in this or any space?
Minimize clutter, that’s a tall order with a toddler, but I feel so much better when I come home to clear counters and a made bed.
If you had to pick just one thing, what is your favorite piece of décor in your home?
I guess I would have to say the dresser set in our bedroom. They were my grandma and grandpa’s from when they first got married in the '50s. They are modern and retro and the same time, with HUGE drawers. I have carried them with me through seven moves!
What were some of your goals and inspirations when designing your home?
Function, first and foremost. There is no coat closet in our house and that was almost a deal-breaker, so the first thing I did was get a big armoire from IKEA and install a built-in bench to house all the shoes. After that, I just want the space to feel peaceful and homey.
What's your favorite thing to cook at home?
I love to make soup and bake cookies.