Outdoor Spaces: Decks vs Patios

When you build a new home, there is more to consider than floor plans, what materials to use, and the interior design. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, have pets, host parties, or want a playground for your kids, you’ll need to think about the area surrounding your home as well. Commonly, home buyers desire to have a nice, cool outdoor extension of their home in the form of a patio or deck.

Two in One: Designer and Builder

When you decide to build a house, your next step is often contacting a long list of contractors and interior designers to find those you want to design and build your home. What if I told you this list could be cut in half? Many home buyers don’t know that there are interior designers who are also licensed contractors.

Not Your Typical Countertops

It wouldn’t surprise us if the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home. A large part of this is your countertops. There are some materials that will immediately come to mind such as granite and marble, but there are other materials for you to consider that will make your home unique and beautiful.

Favorite Backsplash Trends

When you’re renovating your kitchen one way to make a big statement is through your backsplash. Gone are the days of 4” x 4” tiles decorated with fruits and vegetables. There are so many different options for backsplash that will give your kitchen a modern look, a rustic look, industrial look, or anywhere in between.

How to Care for Your Countertops

So, you finally decided on a countertop for your new kitchen! Congratulations. Now it’s time to learn how to keep your countertops looking as beautiful as the day they are installed. Today, we are going to share with you how to care for our favorite countertops: granite, quartz, and marble.

Painted Finish Cabinets vs. Stained Wood Grain Cabinets

When selecting cabinets for your kitchen, there are many different decisions to make before settling on the right cabinets for your home. One of these is the finish. Your cabinet’s finish, painted or stained wood grain, help set the tone for the rest of your kitchen. Each create a very different look for your kitchen. There are positives and negatives to both of these finishes, and it’s important to gather as much information as possible so you can make the best decision for you and your home.

Natural Countertops vs. Man-made Countertops

When you decide to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, you will face many different decisions throughout the process. Partnering with a designer, like L&M Design-Build-Furnish, can help make this decision process smoother and easier to understand.

Our Guide to the Perfect Kitchen Renovation

If you consider the rooms in your home, the kitchen is probably one of the most important. Depending on your situation, it might be the room that gets the largest chunk of your time. With this in mind, if you decide to undergo a kitchen renovation, it’s important to consider a few things to make sure the renovation goes off without a hitch.

What to Consider When Selecting an Interior Designer

When you decide to work with an interior designer, you might feel a bit overwhelmed during the selection process. How will you decide who to work with to reach the best outcome for you and your home? Thankfully, there are things to keep in mind when selecting an interior designer that make your decision a little simpler.

L&M Design.Build.Furnish…logo reveal!

After 11 years, and much growth, we decided it was time to update our logo.  As you can see, we removed “interior design” from the our name and focused on our tag line “Design. Build. Furnish.” We will continue to be the same firm that our clients have grown to love over the years, but […]

The Faces Behind the Firm….

Principal Designers: Meagan Murphree and Crystal Lashley  Crystal Lashley and Meagan Murphree met while undergraduates in the top ranked Interior Design program at Auburn University.  They were friends throughout the four year program and even joked about one day starting their own firm.  After graduation, they both moved away to separate cities, but kept in touch as friends.  The two […]

Charm and Character…East Alabama Living Magazine Feature

The current issue of East Alabama Living Magazine features the renovation of our “Rock House Project” (completed renovation photos can be found here https://lmdesignbuildfurnish.com/portfolio-posts/rock-house-renovation/ ).  The entire project took around 6 months with complete renovations of kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms.  The story behind this Opelika, AL  family home is even more beautiful than the renovation! Link to […]

It’s All Coming Together

We started this whole house renovation in July. The owners completely moved out because of all the changes that were being made. At one point, the back wall of the home was completely removed and most of the interior was taken down to the studs. Much work has been done to get us to this […]

Small Kitchen…BIG changes!

We have started a kitchen and laundry room renovation in the Historic District of Opelika, AL.  The layout is somewhat different, in that, we are having to work within the original footprint of the kitchen.  We were able to make some significant changes that will allow our client to have a more functional  kitchen with […]

Lake House Before and After

This Lake Martin remodel was recently completed.  This was our second time to work with these wonderful clients.  We first met when we completely remodeled the wife’s childhood home in Opelika, AL.  (Check out those pictures in our portfolio   https://lmdesignbuildfurnish.com/portfolio-posts/rock-house-renovation/  One of the priorities for the lake house remodel was to have more sleeping […]

Open House Celebration

L&M Interior Design celebrated the opening of our full service showroom and home decor store on Thursday, August 3, 2017. To start off the celebration we were joined by friends, family members, city dignitaries and representatives from the Auburn Chamber of Commerce for the official ribbon cutting. This event signified the expansion of our brand […]

New Showroom and Home Decor Shop

Earlier this summer we opened a brand new showroom in downtown Auburn.  It features full-scale kitchen and bath vignettes, furniture, rugs, lamps, custom drapery and artwork.  Hours for the new store, which is located at 246 E. glenn Ave, next door to Acre restaurant, are 9-5pm Monday through Friday. East Alabama homeowners can find everything […]

Rock House Kitchen

  This recently renovated kitchen in Auburn, Alabama is breathtaking and has so much storage!  We love the attention to detail from the lighting to the flooring.   The amazing accent beams and reclaimed brick floor are just a few of the elements that bring this design together.  The gorgeous quartzite countertops, distressed cabinets and […]

Rejuvenating Retreat

Check out this Master Bath Renovation that we just completed.  We updated the vanity mirror with elegant trim work and sconces.  Using natural stone tile, we gave this bathroom a spa-like feel.  Beautiful mosaic tile was incorporated to finish the soaking tub.  This gorgeous Master Bath would be inviting for any homeowner to come home […]

Master Bath Reno

We’re excited about the progress on this Master Bath Reno that we’re currently working on.  A few custom features will include an octagonal shower and a steam room.  The octagonal shower will be finished in the tile shown in the bottom right image.  More pictures to come…  

New Construction

In this project we were able to coordinate with both homeowner and builder to make finish selections.  Taking into account the homeowner’s desired style, we selected cabinet colors, cultured stone, tile, paint, and floor stains. The family room incorporates cultured stone paired with custom built-ins to provide a functional space while maintaining a cozy look […]

Country Living pt.2

Check out the stunning exterior details of this southern living dream home! All it takes is one glance at this divine house and you will immediately start wishing you could call it your own. Michael Schumacher, with Schumacher Homes did a remarkable job and was a pleasure to work with! This back patio and screened […]

Country Living Pt. 1

  We are so elated with the way this beautiful country home has turned out! This breathtaking home is full of natural light and earth tone colors that compliment the cabin atmosphere. From the natural stone backsplash, to stunning hardwood floors, and sparkling granite counter tops, there is no doubt this home could be on […]

Dream Closet

We all are guilty of pinning these amazing “dream closets” to our Pinterest Boards and never moving forward with the idea! Well, this stylish client decided to turn this unused garage space of hers into her dream closet! This was such an exciting project that was full of glitz and glamour! We hope we don’t […]

Gracious Gray Home

  We just added the final touches to this sophisticated dream home. We adore all the modern details and fresh atmosphere this room has to offer! We would like to recognize Korey Webb Construction for another job well done! We were very pleased with the way all the details from this beautiful home blended together […]

Alpha Omicron Pi

  One of our latest projects has been updating the chapter room for the Alpha Omicron Pi sisters of Auburn University. While AOII’s colors are traditionally red and white, we decided to incorporate teal blue as an accent color and we could not be more satisfied with the chic and contemporary flare it brought to […]

Conference Room

This is the main conference room at Himmelwright, Huguley & Boles in Auburn. We helped with renovating and expanding their offices a few years ago with new paint, furniture, carpet and artwork, but they waited to complete their conference room. We installed the new conference table and chairs last month. Love the sleek look of […]

City of Auburn – Development Services Building

Here is a sneak peek at the CIty of Auburn’s newest renovation. It is the Development Services Building, which needed much help! This building was once dark and dungeon-like with it’s heavy brick floors from the 70’s. It is much lighter and airier now as you can see! We collaborated with Sean Foote at SR&F […]

New Custom Home – Miscellaneous PIctures

Here are a few miscellaneous pictures of a custom home we designed for Korey Webb Construction. This is their kids bathroom. You will notice the brighter tile and walls, which makes it a bit more fun and relaxed as compared to the overall neutral color scheme. This is a close-up of the fun tile. We […]

New Construction – Master Bathroom

This is the master bath of another house we finished with builder, Korey Webb Construction. The homeowner wanted a clawfoot tub, so you can see how we incorporated it into their modern bathroom. Custom built vanities with beautiful mirrors. Close-up of beautiful mirrors and clawfoot tub. Shower and tub view. Door leads into the master […]

The Garden District – Auburn, AL

The Garden District asked us to redesign their Leasing Office here in Auburn. It was a lot of fun and they love a contemporary look. Do you like transitional and contemporary spaces? Black and white prints are a gorgeous contrast to the grey walls. This charcoal, tufted settee allows just enough seating without crowding the […]

New Construction Kitchen

Here is another new construction house we designed in Auburn. The client came into the project with their house plans and we designed the house according to the assigned budgets. The builder, Korey Webb Construction, completed another great house for a very pleased homeowner. If you are in need of building a new house. Give […]

Living Room Refresh

We finished this client’s house in Auburn a couple of months ago. The beautiful linen drapery panels soften the room and add height. Because they are almost the same color as the walls the room feels airy and light. I love the matching sofas with fun bolster pillows. The orange and green geometric patterns ‘funk-ify’ […]

Bathroom & Closet Renovation

Here is another project we are currently working on. It is for a bathroom and closet renovation. We have finished the design process and are currently working with our subcontractors to price having the design constructed. Right now this bathroom is tiny. It is subdivided into little rooms, which makes it seem even smaller. We […]

Kitchen Renovation

We are in the design stages on several clients right now. Part of our process is to present design boards of the project to our client. It is a nice way of organizing the drawings alongside the finishes, so the client can see the whole picture. Below is one of our newest design boards. It […]

Sneak Peak

Last week we installed new furniture for Alpha Omicron Pi. We are not quite finished with their chapter room, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek. AOII’s color is red, so we have touches of red throughout. They wanted to keep their existing drapery, so we selected jewel tones to match. We repainted […]

Exterior Sketches

Technology just blows me away. We are able to do sketches on the computer of your renovation project. These type of sketches used to take hours and hours to draw, but computers makes it fairly simple to draw. Here is one we recently sketched up for our clients. I love how it looks hand sketched. […]

Living Room Renovation

This was a fun renovation we worked on almost 2 years ago now. I can’t believe I am just now blogging about this. It was featured in Society South Magazine. As you can probably tell, we removed a wall between two spaces. The wall we removed was interesting because it used to have window openings, […]

Auburn Custom Home For Sale – Master Bathroom Pictures!

These are the final pictures of the Custom Home built by Korey Webb Construction. The master bath is another room where one will spend a great deal of time, so it must have a relaxing and calming atmosphere for self rejuvination. Having dark cabinetry is a nice contrast from the light kitchen cabinets. It lends […]

Auburn Custom Home For Sale – Kitchen Pictures!

Last week, I promised you would see the kitchen pictures for this fabulous custom home here in Auburn, AL . As I mentioned before, we were proud to work with Korey Webb Construction to design this masterpiece. Anyone would be lucky to be able to live here…Too bad I already have a home 🙂 We […]

Auburn Custom Home For Sale

This is one of our newest houses. We finished designing this home in the fall for custom builder, Korey Webb. It is a beautiful Custom Spec House with all of the upgrades. When you walk into the foyer, this beautiful custom painted design in the barrel vault ceiling is the first thing you notice. It […]

Custom Kitchen

Here are a few pictures of our newest kitchen design. Notice the geometric tile used as the backplash in the center of the hood…it is sparkly in person with all of the small tiles. White marble in a beveled subway tile used as the backsplash. Love that Bling!!!

We LOVE Wallpaper!!!

Here are 2 bathrooms we enjoyed designing. The wallpaper is fabulous! I love the subtle tone-on-tone patterns…very elegant. I couldn’t resist showing you an up-close view of this mirror. The finish is gorgeous and it also shows off the beautiful roman shade and cornice. By the way, the roman shade is cordless! No more winding […]

Lake Project Update

OK, so I know we are terrible at updating our blog. BUT….we have been extra busy during 2013. In L&M’s 7 years of business, we have had the best year of all! We are so blessed to have worked with so many great individuals who have entrusted us with designing their homes. We have even […]

Our Lake House Client

  We just met with one of our newest clients yesterday. We showed her a few color schemes for their lake house. This is the one she chose. The solids will be the base fabrics for the chairs and sofas. The patterns will be used for pillows. The top paint color is her existing wall […]

Best of Houzz.com

              L&M has just won the “Best of Houzz” award! According to Houzz.com, “our work was the most popular among the more than 11 million monthly users, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the […]

Happy 2013!

We all have New Year’s Resolutions. People make resolutions of all types. I know some of mine in the past have ranged from exercising daily, keeping the house straightened and studying the Bible more often. Not one of us is perfect, although some of us think we are 😉 but the truth is: We all […]

We are on Houzz.com

We have a new page on Houzz.com. Check it out and add our pictures to your idea book! Traditional Bathroom design by Auburn Interior Design Firm L&M Interior Design  

We’ve Moved and Fun Contest!

We’ve moved our office to Auburn to better serve our clients! We have a great sale on the showroom items we didn’t want to move. Check out the awesome deals in the window of our old location in downtown Opelika!! L&M is having a “Like Us & Share It to Win It” contest on Facebook. […]

Kitchen Islands

Whether you have a small or large kitchen, kitchen islands are convenient for extra storage and prep space. If a kitchen is big enough, they are also great for bar seating. . Kitchen islands can be built in all different shapes and sizes depending on the home owners needs. Here are some inspiration pictures from L&M kitchen renovations.

Room Inspiration- Kitchens

Here at L&M Interior Design, we love to work on kitchen renovations. We often have large scale renovations and then we also have “fancy facelifts.” Here are a few of our kitchen renovations, and a few fancy facelifts. Enjoy!

New Fabric

We love getting new fabric sample books! And these are perfect for summer! Colorful Patterns: Soft Embroidered Fabric: Neutral Stripes:

Room Inspiration- Formal Living Room

Many people are opting out of having a formal living room in their homes today.  They have found other uses for the space, such as a family study or office. For other families, having a formal living room is still a desired room in their home.  It’s a place to greet and entertain guest away […]

Trend- Upholstered Beds

Upholstered headboards and beds are popping up everywhere. Unlike that traditional wood bed, upholstered can come in any color, or pattern that you like. . This means you can go soft and neutral, or spice it up with bright colors and funky patterns. The possibilities are endless. L&M Interior Design

Room Inspiration- Home Office

Most homes today contain some sort of home office for adults to use away from their work office, or for kids to have a place to do homework.  For some, the home office is where they work during the day. . Depending on the purpose of the office, they can be small built-ins in the […]

Society South- Accents of Fabric

Check out our article in the latest issue of Society South! . Click on the images below to read the article. . .

Room Inspiration- Master Bathrooms

Renovating the master bathroom in your home is a great way to give your home a fresh, updated look. Whether it is a small or large space, L&M Interior Design can transform it into your dream bathroom. . Check out these inspiration pictures, and then a few of our master bathroom renovations. The next few […]

New RM Coco Fabrics

We just got some great new fabric books in from RM Coco. The colors and patterns are bold and bright. Here are a few of the patterns. . . Fresh Florals . . Fun geometric patterns. . . . Bright colors. Which one is your favorite?

L&M Interior Design- Kitchen Update

Our big renovation is finishing up this week. Last week the granite and backsplash were installed, and all of the cabinet doors were put on. The kitchen is coming along awesome, and we can’t wait to see the final design!

Styling- Draperies

No room is complete without the proper draperies adorning the room windows.  Whether they are simple panels, a valence, or a more elaborate drapery, they complete the design of a room. For our designs, we love to use custom draperies. Custom draperies allows us to design one of a kind draperies to fit our clients […]

L&M Current Projects- Kitchens are almost done!

Both of our current kitchen renovations are nearing completion. It has been quite exciting to see everything come together in the last few weeks. Here are a few pictures from last weeks progress. Over at our other kitchen renovation, the butlers pantry cabinets and the island were installed. We can’t wait to see both kitchens […]

Current Project: Kitchen Update

Here is our weekly update on one of our kitchen renovations.  We finally made it into the kitchen this week with the addition of the new cabinetry. Check out the built-ins in the family room too!

Room Inspiration- Nursery

Here at L&M we love to do babies rooms. Take a look at these gorgeous rooms for nursery inspiration.                                                                         […]

L&M Current Projects-Kitchens!

Here is our weekly update on the kitchen renovation we have been working on. There are lots of new things going on! The next few photos are of another kitchen renovation that we are working on.  Enjoy!

L&M Current Project- Traditional Home

We’ve been keeping everyone updated on the current kitchen renovation we have going on, but here is another project we are working on. These boards show the design for a Master Bedroom and a small TV room.

New Duralee Fabrics

Hey y’all. We got some great new Duralee fabrics in the other day! These bright colored fabrics are just in time for spring. Fun, fresh florals. Colorful geometric patterns. Whimsy patterns that come in tons of colorways. How great are these?! We can’t wait to start using some of these fun fabrics.

L&M Current Project: Kitchen Update

Renovation of our kitchen project is coming along well! Here are a few sneak peaks at what went on last week.

L&M Current Project: Kitchen

Here is a new kitchen we are working on. We can’t wait to see it finished!

L&M Current Projects

Here are a few things we have been working on lately… We can’t wait to see the finished interiors!

Society South

L&M Interior Design has been featured in Society South Magazine for the third time! Click on the images below to read the article. Let us know what you think!

Society South

We have some exciting news! L&M Interior Design has been featured in Society South magazine again!    Click on the images below to read the article.       Society South is a great local magazine and is full of inspiration and good ideas!   Here are a few more images from this beautiful kitchen design:     […]

Selecting Fabrics

‘God bless America, land that I love.’  What makes America a land that we love?  Well, I guess it depends on the generation you are asking.  My grandparents love this land because of freedom.  My parents love this land because of neighborhoods, neighbors, and sitting around at cookouts.  My generation loves this land because of […]

Fresh Fabrics

As fall is approaching, we know we will be seeing all new fabrics flood our store.  But before we really get into the fall gear, we would like to highlight some of the fun, fresh fabrics that we have been so excited to use this summer!     

Society South

We are excited to announce we have been published in the new magazine Society South! Here is the article featuring one of our designs (You can click on each page to make it bigger if you want to read it)!

SketchUp Magic

As we continue to grow and incorporate new things into our designs at L&M, we have found a new love for Google SketchUp. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a 3D modeling program that assists in creating something as simple as a pencil to as large and dynamic as world’s tallest building. After […]

Splashes of Color

Spring has been in bloom and all we are seeing is COLOR!  Color in fabrics, color in cabinets, color on the walls and front doors.  Color EVERYWHERE.  And we love it all.  Especially all the greens we are seeing.  And we are using it.  Although neutrals are safe, classic, and lasting, sometimes you need a splash of color […]