Vetrazzo By Laura U: High Design Meets High Performance

After nearly a year in the making, I am so excited to show off the finished products of my collaboration with Vetrazzo and introduce you to Vetrazzo By Laura U!

The full product line features four colorways – designed by yours truly – and I could not be prouder of this collaboration and work accomplished alongside the fabulous team at Vetrazzo. What began as a quick visit to the Vetrazzo facility in Georgia last May – simply to meet the team and tour the grounds – has come full circle to create a beautiful line of surfaces that are equally as durable as they are stunning.

Read on to learn more about the surfaces and my inspiration for each one!

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The Forgotten Room: Make the most of your utility room

Most of us spend quite a bit of time in our utility room, especially if you have kids that go through clothes like nobody’s business (like mine)! They can certainly keep you busy with loads of laundry and tackling random projects all day long. Although we’re constantly running in and out of this room on a daily basis, it’s a space that can sometimes feel forgotten within the home. Why not make the utility room a functional and pleasant place to be?

Read on to see my suggestions for how to make the most of your laundry room.

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4 Things We Love in March

Spring fever is really going around and has officially spread its infectious nature to the Laura U team this month! We are so excited to share some of our favorite designs with you from March – a month inspired by new beginnings, rejuvenation and lots of color. Read on to learn more about what our team is obsessed with right now.

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5 Ways to Create Livable Luxury in 2017

Welcome to 2017! In the spirit of new beginnings, I think it’s time to add one more resolution to everyone’s list. Choosing resolutions that focus on health and wellness are important, but don’t forget about resolutions to improve organize things around the house. I mean, what better time to revamp or upgrade certain aspects of your home than at the start of a new year?

Here are some easy life hacks that have made a big difference for me in my own home, and all are very simple. To start 2017 with an organized home, read on!

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The Ultimate Guide to a Cozy Home

It’s about that time to break out the plush throws and curl up with your favorite book, because as the temperatures fall and the holidays quickly approach, you can’t help but get in a wintery spirit! If you wish to enhance the cozy factor in your home without sacrificing sophistication, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ways to “cozify” interiors and create an escape during the hustle and bustle of December.

Here are my go-to’s for a fab, cozy home this holiday season:

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Oracle Fox

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Glitz, Glam, Metallics & More

The final stretch of 2016 has arrived and New Year’s Eve celebrations are right around the corner! So, before we begin the new adventures of 2017, and as a nod to the glitz and glam of the holiday season, let’s take a look back at some of the glamorous metallic pieces that have made their way into our designs.

Read on to see how my team and I have blended gold, silver, brass, nickel and copper into our client’s designs in both big and small ways. If an interior design makeover is on your list of 2017 resolutions – prepare to be inspired!

modern-interior-design

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Staff Obsessions: Five Things We Love in October

As though October doesn’t shower us enough with its wonderful weather and wickedly fab holiday spirit, this month has brought a whirlwind of excitement!

From style spotting at High Point Market [link to recap blog] to new, favorite finds, I’m sad to see it go, but I love the new pieces that my team and I have discovered. We can’t wait to start incorporating them into future projects!

Read on to see the top obsessions we couldn’t help but fall in love with this month:

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High Point Market Preview: Top 5 Finds

The fall High Point Market is a little less than a month away, and I am so excited to return as a Style Spotter for the second time! My first opportunity as a style spotter was at the spring market back in April, and I had such a fun experience exploring the new collections from some of the best designers and vendors in the world. You can find a recap of my spring market adventures here.

Now that I have one market experience as a Style Spotter under my belt, I am even more excited to return for round two as a seasoned pro in the style-spotting department. While many designers keep their new collections under wraps until the big reveals at market, I was able to check out pieces from a few of the top vendor’s collections for a Twitter chat I participated in with my fellow Style Spotters. From what I have seen, the fall market will not disappoint!

From blush fabrics to brass finishes, here are some of my favorite pieces I have uncovered so far.

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Fall Fashion Trends: A Chat with Elaine Turner!

Fall is here! My favorite season has finally arrived, and I could not be more excited. Every year, I eagerly await the changing of leaves, cool fronts, cozy interiors (my house is already decked out in gourd décor!) and new styles. While I love cute booties and comfy cashmere, I am certainly no expert in the fashion department, and I typically let my fall style come out in my interior designs, rather than my wardrobe.

Luckily, I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Houston’s own “handbag queen,” Elaine Turner, about fall fashion trends, and she was kind enough to give me the scoop on what’s hot this season. We had a fabulous time swapping knowledge over a glass (or two) of wine at Beckrew Wine House, and I learned so much about fall styles, Elaine’s (impressive) entrepreneurial journey and just how much we have in common (Elaine is also a mother of two and runs her company with her husband, Jim)! Sound familiar?

Needless to say, I am very excited to share all of the fashion-forward insight I learned during our happy hour. Read on for all of the details about Elaine’s amazing new fall collection, her take on white after Labor Day, and some inspirational advice from a lady who knows a thing or two about turning dreams into reality!
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Out of the Box Wallcoverings

As I create design boards and sketches for my clients, I always strive to use every square inch of a room to its full potential. Sometimes, the design requires more emphasis on smaller details like a unique side table, the perfect floral arrangement or delicate trim along accent pillows. Other times, the design may call for more striking and lavish features like a bold light fixture that takes center stage or, in this case, a fab wallcovering to clothe an entire room with stunning visual appeal.

Wallcoverings have become a favorite design tool of mine because of the opportunities they provide to really make an impactful statement in the overall design of a room. Depending on the tone my client wants to achieve, I tend to opt for wallcoverings that bring bold, textured or elegant elements to my classically current interior designs. Whether dressing up a chic bathroom or incorporating a classic design into a master bedroom, I love the opportunities to get creative with the four walls of a room.

Here are some of my favorite ways to think out of the box about wallcoverings!

Textured Purple Wallpaper Interiors

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