A historic home, the dining room renovated by Laura U Interior Design

How to Restore a Historic Home & Bring It into the 21st Century

Renovating a historic home is one of the most rewarding things as I do as a designer. And as a homeowner! Giving these old homes new love and new life honors their unique beauty. There’s a certain magic and romance to it. And I love marrying traditional or iconic designs with contemporary finishes. Add in some hi-tech touches, and you have a home that is renewed, livable, and functional. It’s a win/win/win.

But renovations can also be scary. With older homes, you really can’t be sure of what you’re getting into!

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Laura U Signature Look: Classically Current

Laura U Means Classically Current

“What is your design style?”

It’s a question I get asked all the time, especially when I’m meeting with clients for the first time. And it’s one of the most important questions to ask when you begin working with an interior designer. After all, you are looking for someone to design your home, your sanctuary. A place to build a beautiful legacy for years and generations to come. It’s critical that you and your designer are on the same page.

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4 Reasons Why Realtors and Interior Designers Should Work Together

5 Design Rules Worth Breaking

As an interior designer, you learn about “design rules” early on. But after a few years, your style evolves. Very much like the old adage to “not wear white after Labor Day,” you realize that some rules were meant to be broken!

I always say there is no real “rule book” when it comes to interior design. Really, it’s more like a set of standard industry best practices to get you started. Then you create your own rules. After all, the point is to trust your own design instincts!

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Wallpapers We Love at Laura U Interior Design

We Can’t Get Enough of This Wallpaper!

Over the years, wallpaper has received a reputation for being an archaic, out-of-style trend. But this couldn’t be further from the truth! At Laura U, wallpaper never went out of style. Custom-made, intricately detailed, or hand-painted wall coverings are the Classically Current solution for transforming a drab space, and are quite luxurious, especially when made from fine silk or satin. This week we break down our favorites. 

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Meet Industry Insider Carol Piper

Have you ever walked into a room and felt like something was missing? Chances are it felt that way because there wasn’t a rug in the room. Whether you want to add a bit of texture, incorporate a dash of color or tie everything together, rugs are a fabulous way to make the room feel complete.

However, selecting the perfect rug for your home can be challenging, so today I wanted to bring in one of my go to rug experts to help make the process a little easier for you. She’ll be sharing her insight on the latest rugs trends and giving you a few tips on how to select the best rug for your home and budget.

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Master the Master Suite: Secrets for blending masculine and feminine styles

For me, a successful interior is one that brings the vision my client has in his or her mind – and then some – to life. It’s important that every client the team at Laura U works with feels as though they are truly home when they step through their door. We strive to capture their personality and their spirit with our work.

We especially love the challenge of working with families and couples with differing tastes and styles. This dichotomy between masculine and feminine presents itself often when designing a master bedroom to fit two competing styles. In these instances, it’s our job to ensure her style is balanced with his. Then everyone is happy and feels at home living in the design.

Continue reading to learn our design secrets for successfully combining masculine and feminine styles to create a balanced master bedroom that is equal parts functional and stunning.

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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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