Décor Aid is pleased to welcome senior designer Lori Touchton. Like all of our designers, Lori brings a wealth of experience from her time in world-class companies. Before joining the full-time in-house team in our New York office, Lori was Designer at companies such as Victoria Hagan Interiors, David Kleinberg Design Associates and Robin Baron Design.
Get to know Lori a little better.
What brought you to Décor Aid?
The ability to creatively manage my own projects and sell my own design ideas was extremely attractive. I also wanted to bring my design skills back to earth and be able to guide those who really need a creative eye. Decor aid gives my design more of a purpose.
Why did you want to be a designer?
I have the feeling that I have always seen rooms and imagined what I could do with them. My mother was a huge influence. She never stopped working when I was born so the weekends were her time to work on our house. My mom used to take me to paint and wallpaper stores and furniture stores, and she has great taste. I believe that if I followed her, I became interested in design from a young age. When I was old enough to do things myself, I kept changing rooms. Fortunately, my parents are not very strict and let me be creative – as long as it stays in my room!
Do you have a preferred design style or era?
Not sure if I have a specific one, but I’m often drawn to more Greek and Roman classical architectural styles. I find the size, symmetry, and proportions very thoughtful and beautiful. When it comes to furniture, I have a lot of respect for items that are simply well made and defy design periods. A Jean Michel Frank table looked just as good in the 1930s as it does today.
Is there a particular piece that you would like to have in your home one day?
It’s hard to pin down, but I would really love any original Jacques Adnet or Jean Michel Frank piece. No matter what, just having one original piece would be a personal triumph in itself.
How does life in New York influence your designs?
New York has an incredible history. You can only see the time layers in the architecture of the city, which is what makes it most attractive. The same applies to what I want to achieve with my designs. I want to make sure that there are interesting layers, and not all one style. I don’t like spaces that feel too “contemporary” or like you’ve stepped into a showroom, and New York is the epitome of interest and diversity.
What can anyone quickly do to make their home a little more beautiful?
Window decorations. It doesn’t have to be your typical curtains or Roman hues, but dress your windows properly. I have the feeling that with this addition, a room always appears complete.