Aloha spirit brings celebrity interior desginer to the islands

A celebrity interior designer known for her specialty designs on national TV now calls Hawaii home.

The Oklahoma native says it was the aloha spirit that brought her to the islands.

Meet Lauren Makk.

The 29-year-old interior designer originally from Oklahoma spent the past ten years in California and has now made Honolulu her home.

"I moved to Hawaii because of the aloha spirit. I had visited before and I could not think of a better place to really enrich my roots. I love it here and I love the community," she says.

The California State University Northridge graduate owned her own design firm on the mainland and was featured on several television shows including TLC’s Trading Spaces and Drill Team on A&E.

"Sometimes you have to trust your designer, trust me," she says.

Known for her hip-hop style and sophisticated urban designs, Lauren’s bubbly personality is infectious.

"Regardless of what my style is, I really like to tailor each one of my designs to what the client needs how their lifestyle fits them and to make it a space that means something to them," she says.

Whether shopping at thrift stores or luxury retailers she wants to make interior design an option for everyone.

"I live on a budget and I really like to cater my design to people that really do too. I think it’s important and I think good design should be available to everyone," she says.

Lauren also has a passion for cooking enjoys experiencing the beauty of the islands.

"I love the beach, I love to hike, I have been flying on the North Shore, I’ve been fishing out here in Waikiki, I have just had a great time bike riding," she says.

With local clients ranging from business professionals to doctors to working women Lauren says she hopes her decision to give up her LA life and trade places to come here will bring color and style to Hawaii residents.

"Here in Hawaii I hope to accomplish bringing design to everyone," she says."This community has been really inviting to me and I am just really excited about being a part of it."

See the original article at: KHON2 Local News

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