Lauren Heller

Lauren was raised in Potomac, Maryland. She attended Georgetown University and then the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in NYC where she graduated Valedictorian and received her Masters in Contemporary Art History. After living in Florida while her husband was on active duty in the United States Navy, her family moved back to Maryland to be closer to relatives and the DC area that she loves. In addition to being a stay-at-home mom to their energetic young son, Lauren founded an art advisory business, Lauren Heller Art Consultant, to help others feel confident when selecting art for their home or office. Follow her on IG @laurenhellerartconsultant

Favorite DC Area Thrift Stores and Donation Centers

At least twice a year, I try to do a serious "stuff" audit in our house. I take a good hard look around our place and ask myself: What stuff are we using (really...
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7 Best Backdrop Murals for Your Next Family Photograph

Colorful and vibrant large-scale murals are popping up all over building facades in the DC area over the last several years. Street art is having a moment (thank you, Instagram!) and Washingtonians have taken...
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Bethesda and North Bethesda, MD Neighborhood Guide

We are grateful for the sponsor of this guide: Bright Horizons. Please be sure to check out thorough details about their centers below. We are thankful for Bright Horizons sponsorship, which allows us to continue...

3 Local Artists to Follow on Instagram

We are incredibly lucky to live in Washington DC, an area that values the arts and actively nurtures a strong, vibrant arts community. Now, more than ever, it's important that we pause to listen...

Kids Craft Idea: How to Build a Cardboard City from Recyclables

Now more than ever, I am looking for kids craft ideas that are 1) not overly complicated, 2) require no special materials, and 3) will keep my child entertained for a decent amount of...

Historic Colonial Williamsburg: An Easy Weekend Trip from Washington, D.C.

Whether you are looking to explore the outdoors, discover a nearby winery, or check out a historic site, Washington, D.C. is a short drive from some truly fabulous destinations! This past November, my family...

Saving for College: What Do Parents Need to Know?

Parents have so much to think about after the birth of a child: Breastfeeding tips? Ways to save on the cost of formula? Best sleep strategies for baby? Transitioning to daycare? Helping siblings adjust to...

7 Children’s Books for Exploring Emotions and Feelings

Exploring emotions can be one of the most important lessons of early childhood. Yet, emotions and our reactions to them (our feelings) are sometimes difficult to fully explain to young children. Luckily, there are...

5 Easy Ways to Display Kids’ Artwork with Style

It's October, and I don't know about you, but we are finally getting into that good back to school groove in this house! As we settle into the routines of a new school year,...

See Disney’s Aladdin, The Hit Broadway Musical, Live At The Kennedy Center

If you haven't taken your kids to experience the magic of The Kennedy Center yet, now is the perfect time! This summer, The Kennedy Center is home to Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical,...

Creative, Easy, and Fun: How to Build a Terrarium with Kids

  Looking for a creative, easy, and fun project to try with kids? How about a sweet, quick DIY Father's Day, hostess, or end-of-year teacher gift? Terrariums are the answer! The materials needed to create...

Pregnancy Loss and Secondary Infertility: The Emotions Are Complicated (And You Are Not Alone)

“So, do you want more kids?” “What are you waiting for? When will you have another?” “Are you going to give him a sibling?” Looking on at my joyful and vibrant son, these are...
A bright and cheerful family room showcases a colorful gallery wall behind the cream colored couch.

Living with Kids? Also Love Beautiful Interior Design?

The ultimate goal for this Mom? I want my home to feel like an oasis, a place of thoughtful interior design, organization, and beauty. Basically, I want it to look like something out of...