Starting a design project is such a fun and exciting time! But finding the right interior designer for your project can feel overwhelming. You want to find someone who understands you, your style and your vision. You want a designer who does the type of project you’re looking to do and someone who will communicate effectively with you.
Neutral colors like shades of white, cream and light brown are the most popular colors to use when painting your home. These tones work with any other color and don’t lend themselves to a specific design style. They’re subtle, timeless and provide the perfect background for any space.
One of my favorite design styles is mid-century modern. Classified by flat planes, expanses of glass, simple forms and organic influences, this style is all about pieces that are sleek and timeless. This period was also an important era for furniture design, as some of the most iconic pieces were created during this time.
Whether you’re using furniture pieces or accessories, antiques are so versatile. These pieces bring together the past and the present in a very timeless way while adding charm and character to the space.
So when you think about incorporating antiques into your design, you might think about using antique furniture in a study or showcasing special pots, pans or dishes in the kitchen. Today I wanted to share a few other unique ways to use antiques in your interior.
Copper is often thought of as an industrial material. But with its eye-catching, shiny surface, copper works well in both modern and more traditional kitchen spaces. It comes in a number of finishes, making it a design-flexible material perfect for use in styles ranging from mid-century modern to farmhouse, traditional and even rustic.
Do you remember the smell of your grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies baking or the fragrance your spouse was wearing on your wedding day? How about the salty ocean air from the summers you spent at the beach?
Smell is the sense most closely linked to memory. It helps us recall specific moments in time and is an essential part of the memories we make, our moods, and emotions. Without our sense of smell, it’s easier for our memories to fade.
When you think about the entertaining center of your home, your kitchen is probably the first room that comes to mind…but it wasn’t always that way. The living room, previously known as the drawing or sitting room, used to be the most important space. It was where ladies received guests during the day and where everyone met before and after dinner.
At Laura U, we believe that the objects you collect, the photographs lining your walls and the furnishings in your home are the backdrop to the memories you make.
Our approach to design focuses on understanding what’s important to our clients, listening to their story and using pieces to bring their story to life. The first step in our Process of Design is to go in depth with our clients, learning about what they love, what they collect, where they travel and how they spend their time. My team and I absolutely LOVE this part of the process because it gives us insight into how we can design a space that highlights those collections.
Metallic accents are the perfect way to add a dash of glam to any interior. Whether you want an eye-catching statement piece or just a subtle touch of metallic, there are plenty of options to add a bit of shine to any room!
From lighting to fabrics to décor, metallic finishes can be found in a variety of pieces. They highlight the beauty of a piece and help instantly pull together a space. Here are a few of my favorite ways to incorporate metallic accents into your designs to make the whole room sparkle.
The design process starts by determining the big picture – the overall feel of the space, the theme of the room’s story. Then you start selecting the larger items like drapery, lighting fixtures, and furniture before finalizing the smaller pieces like decorative pillows and artwork. All those things together create the ambiance, but it’s the details that really bring the room to life.