Monday, May 7, 2012

Pushing Forward: Lizanne Shaver Redefines Design

Have you ever met someone who is so creative that you literally know that they are capable of creating anything? A person whose creative energy is so intense that you are virtually held captive as you watch them work? That is the exact way I felt the first time I was invited into Lizanne Shaver home. It was a cold winter morning and her office was stocked full of priceless fabrics strewn throughout the open room. There were faux fur hand bags in one stack, little girl's couture skirts in another; and in yet another leather table skirts for a sample sale the next day. She walked me through her studio in a creative frenzy of excitement and I knew she was someone who has exactly what it takes to accomplish what ever it is her heart desires.

Naughty by Nature: The organic twig chandelier in the Sun Room pulls the outside in and unites the two spaces.

Lizanne Shaver is wife to Brad and mommy to Mary Hunter (15), Pierson (13) and Liam (11).She describes herself as a "lacoste" girl, traditional since she was eight years old. All that and more, she still like's to "funk it up," and to be "a little bit naughty in life." A little over ten years ago, she started Lizanne Shaver Design. Originally focusing on drapery, she quickly moved into accessories. Nine years ago, she started the company Loop de Loops, bringing preppy fabric belts to stores like Fred Segal, Snappy Turtle and Nordstroms. Today, Lizanne Shaver Design is pushing forward with custom interior design, furniture re designs and just about every way to make her clients home's uniquely theirs.

Current Obsessions

    Functionality: Furniture should move with in the home. It should be easily transported and reused with in the home s necessary.

A historic chest gracefully connects the Living Room to the hallway.

  • Art: Lizanne is ALWAYS obsessed with art. She has an impressive track record of identifying emerging artists and has built a valuable art collection honing in her talent. The collection is showcased throughout her home.

A painting by Mary Boxley Bullington showcases in the kitchen. Her whimsical work is thickly layered with literary symbolism as Mary herself has a PhD in literature. To see more of her work, contact Allison Sprock Gallery in Charlotte, NC.

  • Objects: She is in love with the way "that one object" can transform a room. Look though out her home for perfectly placed coral and figurines and you will immediately understand the visual impact that such small additions can make to a room.

The Foo Dog's in the dining room take center stage.

  • Neutral Palettes with Color Bursts: She believes in starting with neutral tones and then adding back in bursts of strong colors. Right now she is loving silvery tones as the perfect foundation for adding color bursts. The neutrals make the perfect backdrop for making fun changes seasonally.

"It's like a mood ring. What colors can you make POP and make it unique and your own."

  • Add Seasonal Fun: Lizanne love's to accent her home with pieces that are reflective of the current season. Presently, she has a love of coral and has it placed throughout the home in such a way that one cant help but dream of future beach trips and afternoon cocktails by the pool.

Coral takes a darker side with a cool black shade; a drastic contrast to the slipcovered couch and beach artwork.

  • The Client/Family: As a designer she becomes obsessed with the family for whom she is working. Identifying and fulfilling there needs.

The Shaver Residence

The Shaver's personal residence is the perfect reflection of Lizanne's attention to detail, to a deeper knowledge of design concepts and to the unique aesthetic that identifies her.

The Impact Of the Entry

The Parlour Room

The richness of the front parlour room is highlighted by the custom hand painted bronze paint and pastel panels. The Capiz shell chandelier adds ambiance and a feeling of lightness. The Flokati rug balances the weight and brings warmth and coziness to the space.

The girls portraits by acclaimed artist Eloise Gamble literally pop off of the walls.

The center table is a flea market find that has served it's time in many different rooms in the house. Originally gold with glass tops, Lizanne treated the table to "robins egg" blue paint in a high gloss lacquer, new wooden tops covered in cream leather and detailed with cream grommets. The pillows are current West Elm and the historical french chairs are covered in lux Fortuny Fabric.

The Living Room

Lizanne sets a cool neutral tone with soft pink walls, black trim and silver upholstered custom furniture. The Mid-Century shines here with her use of a leucite cascading side table and a funky gold arc lamp from Slate Interiors.

The focal point of the room is undoubtedly the portrait of four-year old Liam by Richard Fennel. Famous for his landscape work, the portrait of Liam sets the tone for the playful room and adds that burst of color that she is known for.

Small objects, strategically place on the coffee table beg you to explore their history. Three small clay figurines representing her children where a collaboration with the artist Jennifer Kincaid. A tiny piece of coral is a seasonal reminder that summer is almost here.

The Dining Room

The chocolate-brown wallpaper adorning the dining room was hand sewn with silk ribbon. Vintage high back chairs with leucite legs were upholstered in faux leather and make for a safe kids zone. The traditional table and chest add wealth and glamour to the room.

Ann Carrington's British Flag done in buttons with a lacquer frame and gold matte is a show stopper at the dinner table.

The Sun Room

The red lacquer coffee table a personal favorite of Lizanne's, was a splurge from creme dela creme, online store 1st The side chairs have been recovered in Trina Turk fabric. The chandelier was once chocolate-brown but was treated to a pure white high gloss finish. A true sign of how her work reflects just a bit of "naughty."

Although a "flea" find, this vintage asian piece symbolizes happiness.

Figurines by the artist Jennifer Kincaid meaningfully connect the Sun Room to the Kitchen.

The Kitchen

Palm Beach flea market artwork makes for the most creative backdrop.

Instead of the traditional island, the kitchen table and vintage chairs give the feeling of being privilege to an elite chef's tasting.

I hope you loved Lizanne Shaver's home as much as I did! For more information on her interior design and availability, please contact her at 704-502-8362 or at

Cheers to you all!



  1. Wow!! This home looks great. I love the layers and careful editing. It has a sense of place without being too fussy and precious. Especially a fan of dining room paper. SUPER creative and gorgeous spaces.

  2. Hello Tay, This is very nice write-up of Lizanne Shaver's design style, and the pictures of the house are lovely. I appreciate your including my work in it! However, my name is misspelled--a common enough occurrence. It should be Mary Boxley Bullington with a Bull--.
    Thanks, Mary--

  3. I am so sorry Mary! If my spelling was not bad enough on it's own, I took notes and had to rely on my handwriting:) I am so glad you liked the write up and I really do just love your work!

  4. Lizanne IS truly amazing and probably the most creative person I know! She has done a beautiful job on my living room that I could never have pulled together on my own! She is fabulous and I'm so excited she is getting the recognition she deserves, although I'm not sure I am ready to share her!!!