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Interior Stylist, Lauryn Mandryk of JOE Interiors, moved to St. Croix two years ago and has since been building her clientele on island. We’ve asked her for some advice for buyers and for sellers, and now it’s time to talk about some of her favorite things.

We asked Lauryn: Do you have a favorite place to shop on island for furniture and decor?

I try to make the rounds to the local staple home decor shops and usually will find some hidden gems at the smaller shops along the way that don’t necessarily specialize in home goods.  I also encourage people to refinish, repurpose and create custom pieces.  There is nothing better than having an item that is all yours, customized to your style and one-of-a-kind.  For styling pieces, sometimes you don’t have to look farther than your backyard or a trip to the beach.  Natural elements are an instant spruce-up to a space to make it feel fresh and vibrant.

Finally, considering Lauryn spends so much time helping others style their space, we wondered: What is your favorite room in your home? Why?

The dining room is my favorite room in almost every house, even if it is connected to the kitchen/living areas, as is the case in open concept homes and in my current home.  A dining room is the place where people to gather to celebrate, have family time, entertain friends, so it’s a perfect space to embrace that and be over the top.  Playful and bold?  Formal and glamorous?  Casual and cushy?  Or, maybe some unexpected combination!  It’s a festive space where memories are made, which is why it should be uniquely yours and filled with love.

Thank you, Lauryn, for helping homeowners on St. Croix turn their house into a home!