4 Ways to Conquer your Design Blues

It’s too easy to slip into a summertime slump and your home décor may be reflecting – or even affecting – your mood. It’s just SO hot outside, you’re likely dreaming of an adventurous getaway to some place far away and fabulous, and all you want to do is lounge by the pool. Trust me, no judgement here! Although summer is a time of leisure and relaxation, there is no excuse to fall behind in your #designgoals.

Consider this your mid-summer pep talk! Adding brand new injections of color to an interior is one of my favorite ways to breathe new life into a home. Just like that cool pool you are daydreaming about right about now, blue is my color of choice this summer.

Whether sky, cobalt, marine, navy, royal or any other shade that catches your eye, blue tones are chic, elegant, modern and cozy all at the same time. When it comes to working with blue, the possibilities are endless, and the team here at Laura U loves to work with this beautiful and versatile shade.

Keep reading to see some of our favorite ways to conquer the design blues this summer and easily incorporate this stunning shade into your home.

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Art Sourcing 101: A chat with Laura Rathe

Have you been staring at the same blank spot on your wall for months now unsure of what to do with the space? Selecting the perfect piece of art to complement your home’s interior can be a daunting task since there are essentially unlimited styles, artists and genres to choose from.

As an interior designer, I work with clients all the time to find the perfect pieces for their interiors and one of my favorite local art galleries to source stunning and unique works of art is Laura Rathe Fine Art. Not only does Laura have a fabulous name, but I can always count on her galleries (two in Houston and one in Dallas) to have an amazing selection of contemporary art on display, as well as an impressive range of exhibitions and programming available in both cities.

 When it comes to contemporary art, Laura is the go-to source and I recently chatted with her about steps homeowners should take to select the right pieces for their interiors, common challenges and solutions for choosing the right pieces, and even learned a bit about her personal art collection!

Read on for a recap of our conversation and tips to keep in mind as you continue your journey to find the perfect pieces of art for your home.

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Designer vs. Decorator… what’s the difference?

Designer vs decorator…is there really a difference? These two terms are often used interchangeably within the design industry and by homeowners alike; however, there are many differences (and similarities) between these two separate occupations.

Let’s break it down and see what sets the two apart and where they share common ground!

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Farewell, Dryden. Hello, Boulevard Oaks!

I have big news to share. My family and I have recently decided it’s time for some major changes around our house and, by major changes, I mean a whole new house! Yep, you read that right, we have packed up our lovely bungalow on Dryden and are taking on an adventure in the complete transformation of a new home.

Read on for more details and a sneak peek of our new home (once we actually move in, of course)!

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Team Obsessions: The Summer of Style

Summertime is the perfect moment to celebrate your personal style. Whether you have an eye for all things rustic, gravitate towards more of a romantic interior, or like a modern look when it comes to your home’s aesthetic, there’s no better time than now to experiment with doses of deep color, eclectic textures and unique accent pieces that will last you from season to season.

The team at Laura U is constantly drawing inspiration from unexpected people and places. Their vision then translates into the stunning work they do, which constantly amazes me! I’m so thankful to work alongside such a brilliant group who always keeps things interesting.

Read on to learn more about what our team is obsessed with this month.

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