Team Obsessions: Turning Up the Heat on Summer Style

It’s no secret that Texas brings the heat during summer time. Embracing the indoors is often necessary during southern summer months, which is all the more reason to introduce some new inspiration into your home.

At Laura U, we can’t get enough of the new designs that help breathe a refreshing new sense of life into our clients’ homes and that we know will continue to stun season after season. Experimenting with fun new colors, textures, prints and shapes is what gets us out of bed in the morning, and we can’t wait to share the designs our talented team is obsessed with this month!

Read on to learn more about what our team was taken with this July.

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Behind-The-Scenes: Chopped and Screwed Chinoiserie 

As we head into the depths of summer, the design team at Laura U sat down for a pow-wow over fresh-squeezed OJ, pencils and butter paper in-hand. After putting our heads together with help from the fabulous Tai Ping team, we now have a clear direction for the design of our five custom rugs. In concert with Tai Ping’s manufacturing know-how and our design skills, we are confident that our Chopped and Screwed Chinoiserie rug collection is going to be a hit.

Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at our creative process and sneak peek of our designs!

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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: 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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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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Chopped + Screwed Chinoiserie!

As interior designers, it should come as no surprise that the Laura U team spends a good amount of time fawning over stunning products and pieces from the best vendors in the business. We are forever dreaming up ways to incorporate the most inspiring pieces into our clients’ designs. At the studio, we are privileged to host fab vendors from all over the world, sharing their new collections with us and getting our creative wheels turning. We recently met with Tai Ping – a Laura U go-to for fine and unique rugs – and talk about being inspired to create something amazing!

A collaboration was born at this latest presentation: Laura U + Tai Ping. The awesome team at Tai Ping has encouraged us to create a custom rug collection using our creativity and their depth of knowledge in beautiful rug manufacturing. The Laura U designers could not be more excited and the team is on a design mission to share ideas for our own rug designs.

Read on to learn more about what’s in-store for the team as they dream up their special Tai Ping creations and “pull the rug out from under” their design comfort zones.

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Before and After: Neutral Design to Natural Glam

Here at Laura U, we are big proponents of creating looks that are timeless and also incorporate a style indicative of our clients’ unique tastes. This ideal embodies our Classically Current design philosophy. In this particular home, we were so proud to see it transform before our very eyes into a space that was light, bright, comfortable and welcoming.

Our challenge was to update each room by introducing colors and textures we knew these homeowners would love, while also preserving the calm, neutral palette of the original design. We were obsessed with finding a way to strike the balance between modern and cozy for our wonderful clients and we’re so proud to show you the before and after of this transformation!

Read on to see how we transformed this charming space with bright pops of color, wide open spaces and an inviting atmosphere that anyone would be lucky to call 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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Kitchen Revamp with Vetrazzo

I have always subscribed to two design philosophies when creating interiors: “classically current,” meaning I look to the past for inspiration and combine those influences with contemporary designs, and “livable luxury,” which is the idea that interiors should be stunning and able to stand up to the wear and tear of everyday life. There’s no sense in having a picture-perfect interior if one spilled glass of wine or coffee could ruin the whole design! Life happens, and I always try to ensure my designs will stand up to these everyday twists and turns for my clients.

I often test out new products or designs in my own home before recommending them to clients because if a product can stand up to my lively and curious 5-year-olds, then I feel much more comfortable recommending them to my clients.

When it came time to design my line of performance surfaces with Vetrazzo, I knew from the beginning I would want to install at least one of the four colorways in my home. I had worked with Vetrazzo on projects in the past and was always thrilled with the finished product so I was extremely excited for my own Vetrazzo install day!

Read on to see my kitchen transformation featuring the Fair Pearl surface from the Vetrazzo By Laura U line.

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