Interior designers don’t only think about the inside of a home. We consider the outside too! Bringing the outside in is an essential component of interior design. Mature trees and lush landscaping give that curb appeal everyone loves coming home to after a long day. We want to extend that warm welcome from sidewalk to entry.
A few years ago, Michael and I decided to purchase a charming 1930s home in the Southgate neighborhood, near Rice University. At the time, the home boasted two bedrooms and one (yes, one) bathroom. The configuration was not at all functional for me, Michael, and our young twins. But I had fallen in love with the ivy-covered facade. I made a commitment to restore the home, with practical updates perfect for my growing family of four.
I think Bohemian interior design is often misunderstood, even polarizing. I see the style confused with fast fashion and festival culture, unsustainable and mass-produced. But when done well, the result is collected and worldly, reminiscent of exotic locales, and delightfully unconventional. This elusive style is achievable, and today, I’m sharing my thoughts on sophisticated Boho interior design.
French interior design is well known for its sophistication and simplicity. For today’s project reveal, our client hoped for a French Country look with glamorous updates that comfortably supported their growing family of 6. This classic home received a modern update, blending luxurious finishes with comfortable, communal spaces the whole family could enjoy. We’re thrilled to have been able to give them a home that reflects their unique personalities.
When I shop for vintage or antique pieces, what I’m looking for is that spark, something I can connect with on a personal level. I find that many of my clients do this naturally. In their travels or throughout the generations, they have effortlessly acquired beautiful collections that fit seamlessly into their homes. But for some, this isn’t such an easy task.
I have made some fantastic finds over the years. Today, I want to share with you how I shop vintage stores and give you a peek into my favorite boutiques.
As an interior designer, I believe every space in a home should be as beautiful as it is functional. And listen, there is nothing like a beautifully designed, thoughtfully structured, high-quality piece from Century Furniture. Yes, I’m talking furniture! Beds, sectionals, footstools and everything in between.
There’s a reason there are so many reno shows on HGTV. It’s the classic hero story. There are ups and downs, there are good guys and bad ones, and in the end, the homeowner prevails. I love a good challenge, and so of course, I love historic home renovation!
Back in 2006, when I founded the Laura U Interior Design firm, I never anticipated that we would grow to where we are today. I guess I had a hope that we’d be where we are now. But looking back, I never thought that we’d get this far so quickly.