Designer insights with Lauren Shaver

Lauren Shaver is a craft and DIY blogger, writing on her blog Blesser House, based in South Carolina. Lauren is a Craigslist fanatic, which enables her to find some great fixer-upper furniture. Lauren loves refinishing furniture to make it look aged. This love of design and DIY enabled Lauren and her husband Robert to take a “cookie cutter house” and completely transform it into their dream home. In the past Lauren has also worked as a teacher. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Lauren Shaver.

Designer Insights - Lauren Shaver

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

Modern Farmhouse. I love the mixing of masculine and feminine.  An unexpected pairing of an urban industrial light fixture with a country farmhouse table is the best of both worlds to me.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

I look at what I already have and figure out new ways to use that.  If I feel stuck, I move on to a different project until an epiphany strikes.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

I wish I could say I’ve worked with lots of creative people in person, but I’m on my own for now.  I’ve been very influenced by Joanna Gaines and her designs.  Her casual, rugged but still polished style speaks volumes to me.  Heather Bullard’s designs are gorgeous too.  Of course, I’m consistently inspired by my fellow blogging friends on a daily basis.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

I’m a self-admitted Pinterest junkie, and if I’m on the lookout for some great ideas, I pin inspirational images to secret boards to help me visualize the direction I’m going in for future projects.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

Without a doubt, dedication has paid off.  I know I’ve come a long way since starting my blog just over a year ago, but I always feel like there’s so much still to learn.  When you stop learning, you lose that creative spark.  So my advice is to embrace not knowing everything.  The journey is the best part.  You are you and that should be celebrated.