Making the most of built-in nooks

Just because a space is small doesn’t mean it should be deprived of personality. In fact, injecting loads of personality into a small space can be really fun and add instant charm. Whether it’s a built-in space under the window or a cozy reading nook, there are plenty of ways to optimize the space by combining style and function including using pillows, cushions, lighting, stylish accents and storage to create one fab cohesive design.

I personally love capitalizing on these tiny spaces by transforming them into a private hideaway for the kiddos, a tranquil oasis fit for relaxation or a quiet area to dive into a good book.

Continue reading to find out how I make the most out of these built-in spaces.

Window nook lighting

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Our Fabulous February Finds

As winter begins to drift away and the warmer weather begins to arrive, the Laura U team has been busy looking over the latest collections from some of our favorite vendors and designers. With all this inspiration, we can’t help but get excited for what the spring/summer seasons have in store!

Check out our most recent obsessions that caught our eye this month.

Missoni Poufs

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Navigating the wide world of wallcoverings

If you’re one of those people who believe wallcoverings are old news or outdated, then allow me to change your mind. Much like a lovely piece of art, wallcoverings add interest and richness to any space! When considering the use of wallcoverings, it is important to choose a style proportionate to the intended space. For instance, small patterns can get lost in a room with high ceilings, vertical stripes tend to make a space look smaller, and horizontal stripes will make a room appear larger.

When it comes to designing with wallcoverings, the possibilities are endless and choosing the right pattern can really make or break a space, so let’s talk about some of my favorite ways to tackle this design tactic!

Stripe Wallpaper

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A room with a view: 5 ways to create livable luxury in your backyard

The Groundhog may have prognosticated that we are due for a long winter this year but, let’s be honest, winter days in Houston are few and far between. It’s around this time of year, I can’t help but dream of spring while trying to enjoy the cooler, breezy days before the summer heat begins to grace us with its presence.

As we wait for the summer heat, now is the perfect time to give your backyard a little love and in my case – bring it back to life before you have the summer sun beaming down on you.

For some great ways to prepare for a glorious spring and a sweltering summer out of doors and in style, continue reading to see some of my favorite patio and backyard designs.

outdoor furniture ideas

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A beautiful spa-like bathroom with double sinks

Your Bathroom Should Say “Spa” Not “Blah”

After a long hectic week at the studio and running around with my twin girls,  I’m dreaming of a spa day. However, I can hardly sit still long enough to have my nails done, so I’m not sure carving out time for a full day at the spa will happen any time soon. My solution is to turn my master bathroom into a spa, an ambient and meditative space. It’s the perfect way to create a serene environment I can enjoy every day.

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Staff Obsessions: 6 Things We Love in January

My team and I love the start of a new year, as winter begins to fade off (or in the case of Houston, come and go periodically) and spring begins to bloom, sparking fresh inspiration. With all the new designs, amazing colors and fab patterns, we can hardly wait to share our favorite January finds!

Read on to see what we are obsessing over as we kick off 2017.

Wallpaper inspiration

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Create the ultimate first impression: Livable luxury in the entryway

Focusing on the design of your foyer can be hugely rewarding. It’s not a large space, so it will take just a bit of time and a relatively small budget for you to make a big impact in this small space! Your entryway is the perfect place to welcome friends and family into your home in style. After all, it is the first thing guests see when walking into your home. First impressions and all that…

From top to bottom (and by this, I mean from the floor to the ceiling), the entryway should set the tone for the rest of your home. If your home is anything like mine – kids often running wild – incorporating handsome storage is a must for hiding shoes, backpacks, and sports gear.

Read on to see just a few things to consider when designing your entryway.

entryway accent designs

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Before & After: Zen Oasis

Interior design is a transformative process. Through an artful combination of strategic planning and creative thought, designers thrive on creating a completely new space with each project – seeing a project through from beginning to end is, without a doubt, the best part about our job!

Of course, a full redesign is no small feat. There’s consulting and space planning, furniture selection and custom design work, textile choices and installations, and all of the small details in between that combine to create the finished product shown in all of the glossy photos proudly displayed here on the blog.

But what happens before the final photos? Let’s take a look at how our fabulous team took a blank slate and turned it into our client’s vision of a Moroccan oasis throughout the home.

hookah lounge designs

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3 Ways to Transform that Spare Bedroom

New year, new room! If you have a room in your home you barely use, now is the ideal time to give it new purpose. Whether you have a barely used dining room or a guest bedroom rarely slept in, this is a chance to start thinking about the functionality of your space in a fabulous new way.

Why not create a space to indulge in a hobby, create a fitness oasis, or carve out a space to just zen out in your own home? Read on for some fresh ideas on how to best utilize the spare room in your house just waiting for a makeover!

Home Theater Design

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‘Tis the Season for Three Tile Tips

The holiday season is in full swing and, while most of us are preoccupied with checking items off our gifting lists and decking the halls with holiday décor, the interior designer in me couldn’t help but continue thinking about all things renovation – surprise, surprise!

As is the norm this time of year, our days around the office are filled with one install after another as we work to wrap up our projects in time for our clients to show off their new interiors during holiday festivities.

Installs bring the importance of every detail into full focus. This “install season” got me thinking about one of my favorite aspects of detailing: tile. While most families are relaxing in their cozy homes and remodeling usually isn’t typically on the brain this season, I wanted to pop in and offer a few quick tips on the process to get your creative juices flowing for whenever inspiration decides to strike! Read on to learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to installing tile and perfecting design details.

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