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.
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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.
- Address: 1749 Ensley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
- Website: carrielivingston.com
- Phone: 310.550.1204
- Email: email@example.com
Katie Falkenberg for the LA Times, Robb McCormick, and Rupert Marlow