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Meet Carrie Livingston of CL Design in Century City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Livingston.

Even as a teenager growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, Carrie knew that she wanted to spend her time creating beautiful spaces. In fact, she took on her first project – the redecoration of her bedroom – using money she made babysitting and a nascent designer was born.

Later, Carrie’s career took off in earnest when moved to New York for an eight-year stint at Ralph Lauren Interiors in New York. Here, she gained valuable experience while working on such notable projects as the Double RL Ranch, Ralph Lauren Airstream and Jamaica House (Cottage 26), to name a few.

It was through this work with Ralph Lauren that she began to develop her exquisitely sophisticated signature style: a mix of both modern and classic, her love for vintage finds, and her passionate love for art. Building on these inspirations, she opened Carrie Livingston Design, her own design firm in 2004. Since then, she has opened an additional office in London as well as created a luxurious furniture collection.

Carrie has been busy traveling the world, finding unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to create stunning residential and commercial projects in places as far-flung as Moscow, London, St. Barths, Angola, and Sardinia. She works closely with her clients to ensure the vision for each project is executed seamlessly, while attention to detail is never forgotten. Carrie and her work have appeared in the pages of Vogue, Town & Country, Coastal Living and Angeleno to name a few. Today, she continues to run her full-time design firm from her Los Angeles boutique office.

Has it been a smooth road?
The formidable workload of running her own design firm is not easy, and Livingston moved her offices from Beverly Hills to Century City in order to better focus on family. It is a running joke with the mother of two that she has quite the commute, with her home in Century City just walking distance from her nearby office. On weekends, she might stop in to work on projects by the light of a gorgeous three-link pendant light of her own design. Her lovely children Madeline Rose and Graham are frequent visitors to the shop, and often stop by for a quick hello.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Carrie Livingston Design is known for her high-end contemporary style with comfortable pieces to create a luxe yet livable space. She gives previously stodgy, dull rooms that sported a color palette of flat beiges new life through the use of stark black and white, which create a great base that allows for unique pieces, textures, colors, and objects to create a dynamic story within the home. The result is a space that is both classic and modern. Made-to-order neon fixtures based off handwritten quotes, the careful juxtaposition of polished high-gloss accents with lush materials like silk velvet and leather, and custom lighting and acrylic furniture pieces of her own design can all be seen in her residential and commercial work.

In addition to the design aspects of her business, Livingston also operates a chic and cozy storefront nestled in the side streets directly across from the Century City Westfield, where she has carefully curated the selections with the most beautiful and special pieces from her travels. The merchandise is available on her recently launched online shop as well.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
As a city inundated with designers, Los Angeles provides an endless playground of resources, inspiration, and competition that is indispensable to one just starting out in the field, but can undoubtedly be daunting without a considerable amount of determination. Access to such hubs as the Pacific Design Center and the nearby Helms Bakery District makes this city truly unique.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1749 Ensley Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
  • Website: carrielivingston.com
  • Phone: 310.550.1204
  • Email: shop@carrielivingston.com

Photo by Robb McCormick Photography www.robbmccormick.com


Image Credit:
Katie Falkenberg for the LA Times, Robb McCormick, and Rupert Marlow

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4 Comments

  1. Carrie Liviingston

    January 24, 2018 at 02:23

    THANK YOU VOYAGE LA FOR SHARING MY STORY WITH THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE!

    Los Aangeles is FILLED WITH HIDDEN TREASURES!!!
    Every day I find something or someone fabulous & get inspired!!! I feel this magical city brings its touch to every corner of my creativity.

    Most importantly, people have so many choices & limited time. I am homered when people commit to working with me and my design team. Thanks again for sharing my story, shop and design projects!

    Kindly,
    Carrie Livingston

  2. Nicole Palczynski Sanchez

    January 25, 2018 at 15:35

    Always inspiring and kind to boot-fabulous article of an incredible friend, mentor and designer. Adore seeing your name in lights as you ABSOLUTELY deserve CL. BRAVO!!!

  3. Gert van Pottelberge

    January 26, 2018 at 08:56

    You can not find a more uplifting spirit than Carrie. No fakeness and no drama. Proud to call her a personal friend even if we live in different continents.

    • Carrie

      February 14, 2018 at 08:30

      Thank you Nicole. You are an inspiration to me and all that meet you. Thank you for this sweet post ❣️ Carrie

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