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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Team Obsessions: What We Love in May

There is no better time to breathe new life into your home than spring! It’s a season that’s a true feast for the senses – perfect for introducing festive pops of color into the home and the kinds of refreshing looks meant to last (and wow!) in the sunny months to come.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or working through a complete design overhaul, we hope these favorites of ours will get your creative juices flowing!

Keep reading to learn more about what our team is obsessed with this month.

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Crystals, Stones and Gold? Yes, please!

Whether it’s our team showing off their favorite interior design finds each month on our Team Obsessions round-up or recaps of our fabulous design discoveries from the various markets we attend each year, we love to share the newest products and ideas in interior design with you!

While I wasn’t able to visit the showroom during my whirlwind trip to the spring High Point Market, the fabulous team at John-Richard knows we MUST stay up on the newest and best. They just sent us their most recent introductions, and they. are. awesome!

Read on to see some of my favorite pieces from the spring introduction.

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Top 5 Best: Places to Source Stones & Composite in Houston

Throughout our ten years in business, we have seen some truly stunning homes over the years. The ones that always seem to make us do a double-take usually contain some kind of unique stone or composite accents. Each stone is like its own little work of art – taking kitchens, bathrooms, entryways and more to the next level. Whether it’s a hint of quartz or a complete marble overhaul, we are wild about stones and composite, and always jump at the chance to incorporate them into our designs!

There are a handful of Houston showrooms we rely on to supply the highest quality materials for our clients, and we are so thankful to call them our partners. Want to know how we give our designs the looks that really pop? Keep reading to learn more about our favorite stone and composite showrooms in Houston!

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High Point Market: Day 1

As I mentioned last week, I recently had the pleasure of joining a group of fabulous designers from across the country for the Design Bloggers Tour at the spring High Point Market. During an action-packed 48 hours, we toured the showrooms and viewed the newest introductions from the very best of the interior design world.

Read on for all of the details and my favorite finds from day one of the Tour!

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High Point Market in 48 Hours

What a whirlwind the last couple of weeks have been! I recently returned from an amazing vacation in Cartagena, Colombia celebrating the wedding of two fantastic people (I highly recommend a trip if you have never been!), and right before we headed out on our Colombian adventure, I was “on tour” in North Carolina.

No, I haven’t left the interior design world in pursuit of a musical career, but I was lucky enough to be a member of the Design Blogger’s Tour at the spring High Point Market. Presented by the fab team behind the Design Blogger’s Conference, the tour brought together a fantastic and diverse group of design bloggers for a two-day tour of some of High Point’s best showrooms and events with the best and brightest minds in design.

Read on for more details about my 48 hours on tour at High Point Market!

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Team Obsessions: What We Love in April 2017

April showers have brought nothing but inspiration to the Laura U team this month! The dreary weather means that brighter, spring days are undoubtedly ahead and it’s time to celebrate the season with lots of bright color in the home! We are so intrigued by the trends we’ve seen popping up as of late – think unexpected textures and unique angles – which have inspired us to dive a little deeper into what we’re loving at the moment.

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

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Colorful Collab with Carrie Colbert

Of all the rooms in a home, nurseries and kids’ rooms are some of my absolute favorites to design! The creative use of color is almost always encouraged and the imaginative possibilities are endless. So, when my friend and always-fab fashionista, Carrie Colbert, announced she is expecting a little girl this summer, I jumped at the chance to help her create a whimsical nursery.

A long-time fan of Carrie’s blog, Wear + Where + Well, I have always admired her fun and creative use of color in her ensembles and, as a huge advocate of vibrant hues in my designs, I knew our styles would blend perfectly for this project. In fact, I missed my first chance to work directly with Carrie about five years ago when my team designed the interiors for her new home because I was on maternity leave with my twins at the time!

Now that the stars have aligned, I am super excited to collaborate with her on this project and share the process with you along the way. Read on to learn more about the start of this fab collaboration!

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Let’s Talk Trends, Design and Art!

High Point Market is this weekend, folks! I am so excited to head to North Carolina for a weekend full of trendspotting and interior design inspiration. This year, I am joining the High Point gang as part of the Design Bloggers Tour so I will have a front row seat to all of the fab new collections from the best vendors and designers around.

Most importantly, I cannot wait to bring all of the new insight and discoveries back to my design team in Houston and to YOU!

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