guest bedroom oasis

Having a lovely bedroom for guests to escape to is amazing!  Here are a few tips to creating that type of space.

Four Beautiful Guest Rooms That Will Make Your Holiday Visitors Feel Right at Home

Lanteri’s Tips: Give people room to un-pack. “I placed a Room & Board dresser in this room just for that.” Layer the bedding—maybe a duvet, a quilt, even a throw. You never know if people will run hot or cold.

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We were voted by the readers of Arlington Magazine as Best Interior Designer in Arlington and couldn’t be more thrilled and thankful!  We’ll do our best to live up to this!

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This was one of my favorite projects.  My clients either wanted to evoke NYC 1960s townhouse or London Sherlock Holmes’ Bakersfield Street townhouse.  We went 60s’ mod and didn’t look back!

Great Spaces: A Mod Makeover

“Nicole rejuvenated an interior that was not aging very well,” Jones says. “She did more with the space than I thought possible, making it feel elegant and fun at the same time. It really pops now!”

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I’ve always loved this blush color!  And, it’s been great to see it used more and more and in pieces that are affordable!

Add easy elegance to your living room with these millennial pink items

The lighter, feminine hue “feels young and fun, while still being calm and restful,” says Lanteri, “like you are taking a bit of a risk in a space without it being a crazy bold color.”

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When clients come to me with art they have already collected, I’m thrilled; when the Washington Post wants to write about it, even better!

Home Designs that Came from the Art

She created a balance of color and texture with our art, furnishings and space that we wouldn't have known to do.

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I could talk all day about which pieces to splurge and save on so that your space feels and looks great — and is in budget!

Here are the pieces of furniture that you should be splurging on

Spending money on artwork can have a major impact, and your investment can vary based on your bank account. “It doesn’t have to be expensive,” Lanteri says. “But it really makes a difference. You can have one amazing piece of art and the rest of your furniture can be from Ikea, and no one would really know. It looks cool and unique and personalizes your furniture.”

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Washington Post’s House Calls are always fun to do!  It’s great to help solve readers design dilemmas within their budget and parameters.

House Calls: For a sophisticated but cozy retreat, go dark with the paint color

Designer Nicole Lanteri uses dark colors and an upholstered headboard to give the space a sophisticated, cohesive look...To make the room feel chic and cozy, go dark with the paint. Splurge on hardware for hanging the drapes. It will elevate the feeling of the entire space. An area rug with a large pattern will anchor the space and wear well.

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I was thrilled when DC Modern Luxury profiled me and my love of color — it was hard to narrow down these top picks from local DC shops!

Pop Diva

What's the secret to her daring mashups? "I pick colors for projects that clients look good in, and that they really's not really about what's trendy but what speaks to them."

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Our favorite spot in our loft!  We have since changed the countertops to quartz which we love.

This Decorator’s DIY Trick to Update Her Kitchen Is Genius

Decorator Nicole Lanteri takes a less-is-more approach to kitchen makeovers. “I do ‘kitchen lite’ spaces that are affordable,” she says. “It changes the look, and you’re not totally redoing your kitchen.” So when she grew tired of the cherry cabinets in her own Arlington condo, she gave the space a quick facelift that better suited her upbeat style.

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This was my first House Call — a tough one given the layout of the room and the budget the reader submitted!  But, still fun!

House Calls: Create a warm, inviting space with plenty of room to lounge

Designer Nicole Lanteri replaces the sofa and chair with a large sectional and mixes high- and low-end pieces to stay within a tight budget.

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We were honored to be included in this year’s group of up-and-coming (and, did we mention, fun!) interior designers as identified by Home & Design.  Thank you to our clients for making it possible!

2015 Hot Talent

This annual feature spotlights a handful of gifted designers now making their mark in the region. ... Lanteri brings a playful, modern aesthetic to her work.

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Paint colors are essential to the feel of a room — when Arlington Magazine asked us about on-trend neutrals, we were happy to oblige with several that evoke luxurious textures.

When It Comes to Paint Colors for the Home, Neutrals Are In

Lanteri recommends Benjamin Moore Feather Gray or Cape May Cobblestone: "Both are very calming and rich. Add a nice wood or fabric headboard, crisp white bedding and glass bedside lamps, and you're set. They're also good for a living or family room."

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Most clients think that a smaller space means they need smaller furniture — if anything, it’s the exact opposite!  This article on how to effectively use sectional sofas is right on target.  A sectional sofa can be just perfect to make your space feel larger and give you the right seating to lounge in or have friends over.

Sectional Sofas Can Save Space and Money, Too

Arlington designer Nicole Lanteri agrees. “The biggest misconception is that all sectionals are big,” she said, “but if you measure the footprint and think about your layout, they actually give you more wiggle room.”

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I feel strongly that small homes can be great homes by selecting pieces that are just the right size and are functional for how you want to use the space — so was thrilled to participate in this article!

Sweat the Small Stuff

“She was my alter ego,” Karen says of Lanteri’s intuitive sense of balance and proportion. “I can’t believe it was that easy."

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I was asked my opinion on the selection of new flooring for the Metro cars — there’s not really a perfect solution, but why not have some fun with it while making it functional and economical!

Wrong Floor?

Where Lanteri thinks Metro is taking a wrong turn is by selecting black. She’d prefer a modern gray that could hide dirt better — and wouldn’t draw so much attention. “Dark isn’t the way to go there,” she says. The color is also bound to leave people feeling cold, Lanteri adds. It’s just not much fun. A few of the cars could be carpeted in Astroturf instead, or perked up with paint. Neon pink doors along with black floors, she says, could give the Metro a dance party feel.

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Dark paint colors can be just the right thing to make your space feel unique and interesting!  Check out some of these great tips about how to do dark walls well.

Not Afraid of the Dark

"Look at Mount Vernon -- George Washington liked these bold, saturated colors, and it looks so fun and stylish," says Arlington Interior Designer Nicole Lanteri, who recently coated the walls of her Rosslyn loft's den in Benjamin Moore's Black 2132-10 paint. The result? A moody-yet-far-from-depressing hideaway with rich green accents that screams Parisian sophisticate.

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The editor of Arlington Magazine reached out to me and two other local designers to feature a favorite room in each of our homes and talk a little bit about what makes our homes feel like home.  It’s no surprise that I chose our “green room” as it’s the place I love to curl up in and read and hang out (which doesn’t happen often enough!).

Finders Keepers, Designers at Home

Whenever I'm designing, I ask clients if they have a favorite city, and a favorite hotel in that city. You want your home to feel like a retreat -- a place that makes you feel really happy.

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Freelance writer and author of the local design blog “DC by Design” Jennifer Sergent asked me for some home organization tips on how to hide, control, and get rid of clutter in your home’s trouble spots—all by design!

How to Keep a Perfect Pantry

Take stock of cabinet space, and reconfigure the shelves. “Most are adjustable, and most people do not adjust them,” she says. A six-inch-tall coffee cup doesn’t need a shelf with a 12-inch clearance. Lowering the shelf above will make room for more storage.

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If you want to hear a little bit about my transition from law to starting my own business, take a look at this interview with Spencer Mazyck as part of his “Stealth Lawyer” series on Bloomberg Law.  (I look like I might fall out of my chair in the first few minutes, but I don’t — so don’t worry…)

Stealth Lawyer: Nicole Lanteri, Interior Designer

Mar. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Nicole Lanteri, an interior designer, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about her transition from practicing law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP to creating a design company, On My Agenda.

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I wish this blog was around when I was still a lawyer!  Heather Celeste Mitchell’s series “Law by Design” focuses on the intersection of law + design.  It was a chance to tell my story of how I started my business and how being a lawyer really helped me get to where I am today.

Law by Design: Interview with Nicole Lanteri

In the DC area, your home is likely the largest investment you have made and it’s a shame not to enhance it and make it feel like your home. Your surroundings and environment really affect how happy and productive you are. I just wanted to help busy people with too much to do navigate the choices in paint colors and furniture, spend their money wisely and make their home feel a little less cluttered and a lot more pulled together.

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Transitional Teen Bedroom

West Elm’s blog Front and Main shows how I used several West Elm pieces to turn a client’s pre-teen bedroom into a space more suitable stylistically and functionally for her college years and (dare we say!) a guest bedroom as she starts life on her own post-college.

Before & After: Transitional Teen Bedroom

In terms of style, we were carefully balancing modern and classic, chic and timeless, and West Elm is great at designing products that strike that balance. The shapes of the Turned Table Lamps and Chamfered Nightstands are classic but the larger scale of the lamps and the chic gray lacquer of the nightstands make for a fun take on these classic shapes.

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Our home was featured in the French-language newspaper, La Presse, as part of a feature on emerging design trends in 2013.


West Elm Patchwork Dresser as a Bar

West Elm’s blog Front & Main highlights the use of one of my West Elm favorite pieces – the Patchwork Dresser – as not a dresser but a fun bar and storage for dining pieces.

Nicole + Aaron’s Patchwork Dresser as a Bar

Versatile storage is a welcome addition to almost any room! At her home in Arlington, Virginia designer Nicole Lanteri uses West Elm’s Patchwork Dresser as a bar in her dining room.

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Apartment Therapy House Tour

Apartment Therapy featured our home in November 2012 (always scary to put your home out there!) as part of their “House Tour” Series.  Check out what our space looked like then — as it is always changing just a little bit!

It was also featured in AT’s “Best of 2012” series in their article “House Tours that Wow with Color.”

Nicole & Aaron’s Paris-Inspired Loft

Lawyer turned interior decorator Nicole Lanteri knows a thing or two about making a house a home. A few years ago she stepped away from her career as a lawyer to pursue her passion for interior design, and (thankfully) hasn't looked back. Her own apartment is filled to the brim with home design, architectural, and fashion magazines for inspiration. Moodboards dot the walls of her office, which occupies the top level of the two-story loft that she shares with her husband Aaron.

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Check out some of my practical (and fun!) tips for creating an office space in your home, no matter how small of a space you have.

Carve Out Space for An Office

If pondering a home office, Lanteri advises people to spend a little bit of money and time and create a space that brings out the best in you.

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I was excited to have a favorite project of mine featured in the inaugural issue of Janell Bealls’ House of Fifty magazine.  We talked about thoughtful ways to make an ordinary space a fun and functional space!

Pantry Happiness

A well organized pantry helps home life run smoother and it doesn't hurt when it's also pretty to look at! When Dina Holland of the blog Honey & Fitz needed a pantry overhaul, she turned to friend and designer Nicole Lanteri for help in bringing organized style to one of the least thought of spaces in a home. What was the result of her smart design plan? A kitchen pantry that went from ordinary to a place you'd want to pull up a chair and live in.

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