Tile and Flooring Design Specialist Lauren Suggs
Get to know more about Tile and Flooring Design Specialist Lauren Suggs and discover how this 3rd generation creative channels her passion for space design into a fun and collaborative approach with clients seeking tile and flooring.
Q&A with LAUREN SUGGS – Tile and Flooring Design Specialist
The design roots in Lauren’s family go way back.
She was raised in Burgaw by a designer mother, whose mother was also a designer. So, it’s easy to claim Lauren “Got it from her Mama and her Mama’s mama.”
Lauren was naturally drawn to her mother’s work and managed to take the learnings from dinner table conversations about what her mother was working on and stories of project challenges that had to be overcome into her own client conversations today.
Having been “shown the ropes” by a successful kitchen designer, Lauren has used her mother’s influence to develop her own approach today. Lauren is as kind-hearted and energetic as they come, which clients love, but her value as a Design Specialist is her instinctive ability to creatively problem-solve for her clients in a variety of common situations.
Whether this be marrying varying viewpoints for a husband and wife or locating an alternative product that might work better with a client’s existing color palette, Lauren will work for you…all while keeping the process fun for you.
Lauren knew finding a profession where she could show off her eye for design was important. As a design professional, Lauren stays prepared to bring with her an open mind and lots of creative ideas to help you create a space that speaks directly to you.
She’s on top of her game with product and installation trends by researching our vendors’ product collections and working closely with Interior Designers in our area.
The work required to achieve a new look in a home is also what excites her. The fact that the options are endless which can be a stressor for some homeowners is Lauren’s favorite thing about design. She knows if she can get a vision for what her clients want she’ll have solutions available for them. Lauren likes to tell her customers to just have fun exploring and gathering inspiration for their ideal design and leave the hard work to sourcing the perfect look to her.
The Brunswick County resident
While born and raised in the heart of Pender County, Lauren is now a BC resident. Brunswick County offers Lauren a sense of peace and quiet – like her hometown – just with a little more to see and do.
Visiting any one of the Brunswick beaches is a favorite pastime for Lauren and likely a source for her affinity for coastal style. But, she’s also an avid “window shopper” and even has a shortlist for her popular window-shopping local spots like Mason Dixon, Cape Fear Surf Shop, and Callahan’s. We would just question whether it’s technically window shopping when Lauren tells us she can almost always find something to sneak back into the house. 🙂 But, we know this is something all smart women can do – and she’s a smart woman – so we’ll just leave it at that.
How would your best friend describe you?
“Kind-hearted and optimistic.“
What Makes You Laugh Most?
“A good prank! Of course, I’m usually the victim but I always get a great laugh!“
You'll Never See in my Home...
“Me cooking! Sounds silly but my fiance’s the chef in the kitchen, I’m just his guest.”
What got you excited about working in this industry?
“Coming from a family that’s always been in the interior design field, I’ve always had an eye for design, and what better way to show off my ability!”
What's your personal interior style?
favorite paint color
“A shade from Benjamin Moore Buxton Blue or any shade of blue and I’d be satisfied.”
Favorite Area for Strolling
Favorite Local Spot
“Makai Brewery has delicious craft beers or Wing and Fish to get your taste buds on.”
Favorite Restaurant in Brunswick County
“Inlet View. I can’t tell you how many lunches or dinners we’ve had there. We go for any occasion.”
Helping You Express Yourself
Whether it’s taking a space that’s dated or not to your taste, Lauren’s approach towards design starts by helping you find products that speak to you.
Product Selection is like Wardrobe Selection
For Lauren, tile and flooring product selection is like wardrobe selection. She aims to help her clients find a product that fits well (both for the space and budget) but is a style that they love too.
Finding Your Inner Personality
For the adventurous (or courageous!), Lauren sees selecting tile and flooring as an opportunity to show a side of yourself you might not otherwise feel comfortable showing. Meaning, while you might play it safe when it comes to your personal wardrobe, your personal home could reflect a completely different style you love.
She said it’s this part of her profession that is really fun. She loves to help a client express themselves through design in such a way that their inner personality and character shines through.
Seeking “Oohs and Aahs”
To us, this highlights just the type of designer Lauren really is. One that can stretch a homeowner to consider selections they are truly drawn to in order to transform their space into one they love.
“Oohs and Aahs” at the completion of your project when admiring your project’s style and materials is Lauren’s ultimate goal.
What about you OR your approach will make transforming spaces for customers effortless or stress-free?
“Leave the hard work for me, let’s have fun choosing your design together.”
What motivates you to work hard?
“Achieving that finished product that gets the oohs and aahs.”
Favorite room of the home to design. Why?
“Kitchen. The heart of the home. Let’s make it somewhere you want to spend a lot of time.”
What do you think is trending in the area for beach homes when it comes to flooring?
“Luxury Vinyl Plank. It’s durable and waterproof making it ideal for our area.”
What should homeowners know when buying tile?
“The difference in the materials.”
What's an important question a homeowner should ask themselves when thinking about replacing their backsplash?
“Do you have a color scheme and do you want it to blend in with the kitchen/ bathroom or do you want it to make a statement piece?”
Are you ready for the “oohs and aahs”?
Lauren is ready to help you find products for your project that will speak to you.