In honor of National Read a Book Day, we’re sharing some of our favorite spaces to read. We made it a bit challenging by asking for places outside of the home (tricky, as I love to read in bed). The team could also divulge places they’ve only dreamt of curling up with a great read. So ready yourselves for a lovely tour, some locales exotic, some sunshine-filled, and all perfect for the newest best-seller.
Rugs play a huge part in the design of our interiors. Ranging from bold to subtle, a fabulous rug can elevate any space. A neutral color rug can be a soft sophisticated complement to your furnishings. Or in a bold color, it becomes a statement piece. I love layering a large sisal rug with a smaller, colored rug to add texture. It’s a fun way to create a casual, relaxing vibe.
No matter what rug the team is sourcing, it must match our client’s lifestyle. Any rug we bring into their home should be luxurious, functional, and stand up to everyday use.
When it comes to creating the perfect bed, there’s one thing people tend to overlook – the pillows! But your pillows are an essential part of getting a goodnight’s rest and creating a polished bedroom. With all the different types of pillows available, it can be a challenge to know how to pick the perfect one. Today I want to dive into how to pick the perfect pillow. There’s a little more to it than you might think!
Before I go any further, I must put a graphic warning on the intro to this Q & A. What you’re about to read is, sadly, a true story. But it re-inforces the need for high-performance fabrics!
So we have a English lab, Archie, who you may have seen our socials. He’s so doggone cute and chonky and the office loves him! But he’s a larger guy and he doesn’t always realize it. When he was a pup, he made messes. Messes of all kinds! But definitely the most egregious kinds…
Each client’s story is unique. The best way to tell your story is to build a custom home that reflects you and your personality. As interior designers, working with custom home builders means we can customize every detail of the home to tell our client’s story. When we’re designing luxurious interiors for our clients, we want to make sure they complement the home’s bones.
Prepped with an organized studio library and helpful tips we’ve learned along the way, the Laura U design team and I have fully embraced our freshly tidied sourcing and design space. While Cathryn Linn of the Organizing Organization assisted us with an in-office project, her team really specializes in home organization. After receiving such great assistance and information throughout this process I had to sit down with Cathryn one more time to talk to her about best practices for organization in the home.
With fun new projects and collaborations scheduled throughout 2019, I decided to make getting rid of clutter and improving productivity our first order of business. So, it was time to do a little remodeling in the Laura U office. The team needed more than one place to hold meetings and our inventory needed to find a permanent home. And as the team has grown since we first moved in, they needed more room to design and source for projects.
When I purchased the Boulevard Showhouse, one of our biggest challenges was the windows. They desperately needed to be replaced. But because the home is historically protected, it was a trickier process. The preservation society requires all renovations to remain true to the historic look of the home. So, I needed historically accurate windows that were also modern-era, energy efficient. Marvin Windows, thankfully came in with the perfect design. They presented it to Historic Houston, and now I have gorgeous windows that meet the needs of the preservation society and hot Houston weather.
It’s no secret that I love my Realtor, Carol. She helped me purchase my last two homes. She was the voice of reason when North’s water damage looked irreparable. The responsible one when I bought Dryden, a home with just one bathroom for my family of four. I think her exact words for both homes were, “Not this one. Run!”