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Laurie Steichen is known for her casual, yet elegant interiors that do not look “decorated”. Laurie is renowned for her creativity in fine residential, hospitality and commercial design. She designs private residences in Hollywood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Los Feliz (the original Deanna Durbin estate), New York, Sun Valley and New Orleans. Commercially she designed the top rated Cal-a-Vie Resort and Spa in Southern California; corporate offices for sleekgloss.com (EsteeLauder online), Michael Bolton, and 525 Post Production; as well as having been the senior designer at Creative Artists Agency. Her hospitality contributions include Four Seasons, Newport Beach, Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas; Hana Maui and Hotel Bel-Air with James Northcutt Interiors.

Laurie has been featured in Town & Country, House Beautiful, Design Times, Southern Accents, Departures, Better Homes & Gardens and the Los Angeles Times.

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In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.

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LAURIE STEICHEN
INSPIRED BY JOHN SINGER SARGENT
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John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was an American painter and a leading portrait painter of his generation. During his career he created about 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as countless sketches and charcoal drawings. His oeuvre documents worldwide travel, from Venice to the Tyrol, Corfu, the Middle East, Montana, Maine and Florida.

His most controversial work, Portrait of Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau 1884). The portrait was not commissioned by her and was nevertheless painted by Sargent. It caused a furor because of the famously plunging neckline, white powdered skin, arrogantly cocked head and off the shoulder dress strap which made the overall effect more daring and sensual. His French commissions dried up and he contemplated giving up art for music or business. He was a prolific painter until he was 51 when he officially closed his studio. Relieved he stated, “Painting a portrait would be quite amusing if one were not forced to talk while working…What a nuisance having to entertain the sitter and to look happy when one feels wretched.”

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