7 Ways to Combine Natural Stone and Wood from Aria Stone Gallery

7 Ways to Use Natural Stone and Wood with Aria Stone Gallery

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.

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2019 Interior Design Trend Predictions from Laura U

2019 Interior Design Trends: Style Spotting from High Point Market

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…

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12 Must-Read Interior Design Blogs from Laura U

12 Interior Design Blogs to Love in 2019

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.

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5 Design Rules Worth Breaking from Laura U Interior Design, Houston Texas

5 Design Rules Worth Breaking

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!

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Create a dining room that you will actually use! (a lot)

Formal dining rooms used to be standard in every home, but it wasn’t the most comfortable place to sit and relax after you ate. As times changed and lifestyles evolved, families started to use the living room and family room as the main entertainment spaces in their homes. The formal dining room was no longer a focal point and became a space mainly used for special occasion entertaining. And eventually, homes stopped including a formal dining room.
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Fabulous Footstools for Every Interior

When it comes to footstools and ottomans, you can never go wrong by pairing them with a comfy chair. Together, they provide you with the perfect spot to sit back, relax and put your feet up after a long day. But these pieces can be used for more than just a spot to rest your feet.
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