If you want to live the fab life, then Interior Designer, home décor, and real estate expert, Lauren Makk, is the ultimate gal to show you how.
Moving from her hometown in Oklahoma to the star-studded city of Los Angeles, Lauren Makk has made an illustrious career on television helping clients turn their houses into dream homes.
As the co-host and home life-stylist on ABC’s hit talk show, “FABLife“, Lauren Makk gives us the scoop on what it’s really like to work with her co-hosts, model Chrissy Teigen and fashion industry vet, Joe Zee; plus, she shares must-read tips on how to update your home on a budget.
About Lauren Makk
With her homegirl-next-door charisma and relatable persona, it’s no wonder she’s struck a chord with millions of viewers across the country. Whether she’s gabbing design trends on the FABLife with The Property Brothers, or sharing easy tips for interior updates, Lauren Makk captivates audiences with her upbeat personality and expertise.
Being becoming a part of the “FABLife” team, Lauren Makk appeared and hosted the Emmy Award-Winning show, “Trading Spaces”, as well as the popular home renovation show “Drill Team” for A&E. Lauren Makk’s design know-how has cemented her role as co-host alongside famed model Chrissy Teigen, former creative director of Elle and celebrity stylist Joe Zee, and DIY maven Leah Ashley, as they discuss all things “Fun and Beautiful!”
Interview with Lauren Makk
CLP: How would you describe your design esthetic? What makes your style different than other interior designers?
LM: I would describe my design esthetic as “relaxed sophistication.” I design with my clients wants and needs in mind, and I really enjoy incorporating bright colors, and bold patterns into a classic and elegant space. Bold, bright, clean, and classic definitely sums up my style.
CLP: You refer to helping clients incorporate “affordable luxury” into their home decor. How would you define “affordable luxury”?
LM: I define “affordable luxury” as maximizing any budget and creating a luxurious and live-able space. My philosophy is that you don’t need to go out and get new things to make a new space. I often suggest to my clients that we first “shop” in their own garage, basement, or even remix items from other rooms before actually spending one dime.
CLP: You’re originally from Oklahoma, but moved to Los Angeles to finish your design degree. Has living in SoCal influenced your design esthetic? If so, how?
LM: Yes. I take inspiration from the things around me, the people around me, current and historical events, and art. Architecture, for me, has always been the driving force (behind) my designs. And, with that being said, every region inspires a different style of design.
CLP: How did you transition into a career on television? What was the first experience you had doing a design project on TV?
LM: I actually answered a Craigslist ad! I was designing for a lead model home merchandising firm in L.A., and as the real estate bubble began to pop in late 2005, I turned to Craigslist to see what other design opportunities there were for me. That’s how I ended up auditioning and eventually landing “Trading Spaces.” Goes to show you that you never know what you will find online!
CLP: What have been some of your most memorable moments being a Co-Host on FabLife?
LM: I have to say first of all, having the opportunity to work with such a talented group of people has been life changing. My co-hosts are the best in the business! A few other memorable moments would be dressing up as Dolly Parton for our Halloween episode, then meeting her in real life! She is my idol! Also, cooking with George Forman was amazing. Kris Jenner was recently a guest on the show, and much unlike public perception, she was really kind and and tremendously smart. With all that being said, I get to learn new things every day, that’s the best takeaway!
CLP: If you only had $1000 to update your home, where would you shop for fab finds that add glamour and luxury (without costing a fortune)? What are the must-have items any stylish home should have?
LM: I would go straight to the hardware store to pick up some paint, new light bulbs, and some large house plants with big colorful pots. Some must-haves would be a good area rug to add some color and texture to your space. Indoor plants are also great, as they add vertical height and make a space instantly warm. I would also recommend some bold art and curtains to soften the space!
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[Images c/o Lauren Makk and ABC.]