Inspiring Designers: Lori Dennis

12/05/11    Sara McLean  |  specs+spaces Editor, Dunn-Edwards Corporation, Allied Member ASID, CMG

Amazing designers are being featured at Maison de Luxe at Greystone Estate, including the top talent of Lori Dennis, the Los Angeles-based interior designer who will soon be featured on HGTV’s 2012 series The Real Designing Women.  As an award-winning designer, Lori’s plate is full of design projects, so I recently sat down with her to discuss why she chose to focus on a showcase home project.

Design talents are pushed to the limits at Showcase events, where designers are able to truly inspire the audience through their creations. Design elements can be over-the-top and as Lori states “it forces me to truly push my limits and do something different”. 
In collaborating with Jill Crawford, the jewel-box inspired meditation room shows how pushing the set design aesthetic for meditation rooms can morph from the traditional Zen-inspired rooms to newer ideas of what a meditation room can be. “Each element within the room provides support to this new idea of meditation from the grass cloth with crystals to insects and nature-elements to the custom-made jewel-box bed with built-in speakers.”
Lori began her design career in 1998 in Los Angeles after people kept asking who designed her home. When she stated that she had, in fact, designed her own home, word-of-mouth spread and she began to take on projects.
Today, Lori’s company is a full service design and construction firm that practices luxury and responsible design. Focusing on a clean, comfortable and sophisticated aesthetic style, she incorporates the home owners’ possessions when possible, edits out extraneous items and always brings a sense of humor to the project.

When asked about color Lori states, “My go-to colors right now are turquoise, orange and gold. They fascinate me. And, I like white, sheets, towels, clothes, walls- it’s a good background for all the other colors and it’s clean.” Walking the Showcase, you’ll find these colors incorporated within the room design.
Tour Lori’s meditation room at Maison de Luxe at Greystone Estate through December 22, 2011. To find out more about Lori, visit
Time Out with Lori

What’s your idea of the perfect day?
Walking a country garden at an English Manor with my husband, daughter and some sheep in the distance.

What’s your favorite kitchen gadget? An old fashioned citrus press, I make lemonade or orange juice every day.

What’s your favorite design accessory? An exacto. I always feel like a surgeon going when cutting foam core!

Do you have a uniform or “lucky” outfit/something you wear that makes you feel like it’ll be a great day? Sexy underwear is always a great way to start.

Are you a books or Kindle person? books.

What’s your signature fragrance? Clean skin.

What’s your favorite meal? Sushi and vanilla ice cream

What’s your influential movie? Forrest Gump, reminding me to make the most of every situation in my life.

What’s your favorite season? Summer for the beach. Fall for traveling.

What’s your most prized possession? My passport.

What’s your last splurge? I always splurge on travel. We just came back from a trip to the Cotswolds in England, flew first class on Virgin, stayed in a gorgeous country manor and rented a full sized Range Rover for a week to tour the area.

What’s the one place we should not miss when we visit your area of LA? The Getty for amazing views of the city, a beautiful garden and world class art collections.
Photography courtesy of Lori Dennis

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