We had the good fortune of connecting with Lori Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lori, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
My passion for creating beautiful spaces I believe have come from bits of my life. How these spaces make me feel is what I love and what makes me most happy. What you fill your home or space with can create a sense of joy, peace and happiness. I want for others I encounter and work with to feel this happiness through design as well.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Ever since I was young, I watched as my mother went to design school, decorated, sewed and started a few of her own small creative businesses. I saw that she was happy and truly loved what she did. I do believe it was from this, that my passion for beautiful things and helping others create them was born. I started my design career after attending design school in Atlanta, GA. at American Intercontinental University. I started small, working in a furniture boutique and then a small design firm but it wasn’t long before I realized I wanted to, could and should do this on my own. Originally, my company was named LAH Interiors, incorporating my initials, and I primarily worked for individuals and also designing the vision for life events such as weddings. As time went on and my experience grew, more and more I realized that where I belonged was helping homeowners create spaces that they truly loved, but didn’t know how nor have the time to do so themselves. I changed my company name to Swoon Designs , and if you’re a true southerner , you know what “Swoon” means . I wanted a name that represented the reaction I hoped to garner bringing their vision to life with my own unique approach. bought an LLC, and started helping people in my small community of Newnan, GA design and create beautiful home spaces and now have expanded into helping home builders with new construction homes. If I could pinpoint one unique factor about my company is that it’s purly created from a deep, deep passion . It’s because of this passion that my hard work is poured into every single project and into every person I have the pleasure of working with.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Newnan is the city of homes, full of character and beauty and looks like a story from the past come to life. It’s a beautiful place! If my best friends were to visit, the first place I would take would have to be the downtown square. It’s quaint atmosphere, local shops, great food and unique vibe makes it the best spot to soak in the true Newnan we’ve come to love. We would start with some of my favorite shops , like Gillyweed, Blue Moon Boutique among others I love to frequent. I’d hope to run into the charismatic Mr. Personality, a man promoting all things positive and is a beloved figure of Newnan’s town square. After shopping we’d stop at the Cellar and sit on the patio for a cocktail and charcuterie and maybe head over to may 714 for dinner followed by late night at the ALamo for some live music. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I give all credit to my amazing and supportive family. Through their support and love I am able to live out my passion for design.
Headshot photo: Emmie Sellers , Sellers Photography