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designer customers: lonni paul

lonni croppedYou never know who’s going to walk through CB2’s orange doors—especially in Los Angeles.

Recently Lonni Paul, LA based interior designer and HGTV Design Star runner-up, came shopping for a modern Hollywood loft she was working on.

She chose an array of merchandise for the project—city slicker and peekaboo tables, big dipper floor lamp, lounge shag rug, toro barstools, cord pillows, an abstract mobile and many tabletop items. We were anxious to see the final “reveal”—check it out below.

hollywood loft

photo: Doug Hill

We were so impressed with Lonni’s work that we couldn’t help but ask her a few questions.

Is there an object or person that changed how you think about design?One of my first clients had a very traditional home which is not my personal style. Working on that project made me change the way I think about design because I realized good design makes any style beautiful. Especially if you think outside the box and throw some contemporary accessories and art in the mix. Also, Phillipe Stark is such an inspiration to me. Everything he does changes the way I think about design.

Is there something outside your field that inspires you? Fashion and art.

What’s the most overlooked detail in a room design? Scale. Many times people buy something for a room because they love the piece but they don’t consider how it relates to other pieces already in the room—or even the room itself.

Future trends? I believe in the near future “green/eco-friendly” will be a necessity and the norm.

Thank You Lonni!

Thanks to cristina, store manager west hollywood, for this submission.

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Reader Comments (3)

I love Lonni's style and was sad that HGTV with went with the flashy, "edgy" choice. Ah well. I really like that room she designed.

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate S.

I love Lonni! She was my favorite designer on Design Star! She was far and away the most talented and stylish contestant! I would give anything to have Lonni design my place, it be a great challenge since it's basically 10'x10'! I love my Peekaboo Table, it's a perfect table for a smaller space like mine, I'm glad Lonni digs it also, Thanks for the LP update!

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott

I ran into Lonnie for the first time at Dream Scape. Not only is this woman GORGEOUS but she is just about the sweetest lady in LA. I felt like a long time friend. Now we see each other out and about at LA design events. I think she will be around for a very long time-class like her doesn't grow on trees!

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori Dennis, ASID, LEED AP

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