Last week, I attended High Point Market 2019, and it was a blast! This is my twelfth year going (yes, you read that right), and I still get excited every time. The energy cannot be beat. Hundreds of designers descend on North Carolina. For five days, they rush from one showroom to the next, with little tipples of champagne in their hands and dreams of their next design project in their heads.
“So, what’s your story?”
Don’t you hate this question?
I wish I could be one of those people with the perfect elevator pitch for who they are, but my answer is all over the place. It really depends on who’s asking. Sometimes, I talk about being a designer, being a mom, being in love with my next vacation, anything! It’s never just one thing.
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!
It’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner and that means lots of spring cleaning and organizing. Luckily, we’ve gotten a jump start thanks to the help of Cathryn Linn from the Organizing Organization. Last month we began the process of organizing one of the most important spaces in the Laura U studio – the library. Would you believe we spent more than 4 days sorting and purging?!
In interior design projects, I tend to gravitate toward natural elements, like wood, glass and stone. But without question, marble is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking additions to any home. Whenever we need a gorgeous custom piece for a countertop or table, Aria Stone Gallery is our go-to. They helped us find the countertop we used in this stunning black and white powder room.
Twice a year, I visit High Point Market in North Carolina to discover the latest and greatest of the interior design world. Visiting my favorite showrooms and gaining insight into where the industry is headed are very important (and fun!) parts of my job. New product introductions are a special joy. It’s almost overwhelming how inspiring just one showroom can be! And it helps me find the pulse of next year’s trends. Now that it’s December, I’m taking a look back at October’s High Point Market style. And possibly creating a 2019 wish list for myself…
There are so many places, people and things that inspire me. Thanks to Instagram and interior design blogs, finding inspiration has never been easier. And even though I’m always finding something new, there are a few interior designers I keep coming back to. It doesn’t matter whether I’m looking at their Instagram or reading a blog post, I always find tons of inspiration. These interior designers have such unique design perspectives and an amazing eye for design.
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!