Lauren Liess Explores What Makes a House a Home in Her Latest Book

A living room painted white with neutral, yellow, and green furnishings.
Photography by Helen Norman
Cover of Feels Like Home: Relaxed Interiors for a Meaningful Life by Lauren Liess.
Published by Abrams, 2021. Images reprinted with permission from Feels Like Home: Relaxed Interiors for a Meaningful Life by Lauren Liess.

Text by Holly Seng

Interiors offer far more than what meets the eye. They are the spaces that greet us with warmth and comfort after extended time away and where we gather to celebrate joyous occasions. Lauren Liess delves into the emotional connection between design and lifestyle in her third book, Feels Like Home: Relaxed Interiors for a Meaningful Life.

A decorator, textile and furnishings designer, and founder of the design blog Pure Style Home, Lauren has also starred in the HGTV show Best House on the Block. She now resides in northern Virginia with her husband, five children, and their multitude of pets.

A bedroom with yellow floral wallpaper and a rattan daybed.
Photography by Helen Norman

Throughout the book’s 288 pages, Lauren shares how creating the ideal blend of interior styles unique to your needs can encourage you—and those you live with—to consciously cultivate the most meaningful lives at home. Intentionality is key, and that involves identifying what home means to you, from sights and smells to textures and patterns.

A kitchen with geometric tile and a rattan light fixture.
Photography by Helen Norman

Practical information pairs with personal panache in case studies based on Lauren’s previous homes and designs she’s styled for clients. As you read, discover a philosophy rooted in staying true to yourself as you design not only your home, but the life you want to live.

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