I love taking a look back at past projects! No two are the same because each home is catered to our client’s preferences and style. Creating our client’s dream home is such an exciting experience for both the design team and the homeowners. So, I thought I’d break open our portfolio to share some ‘behind the scenes’ details behind the design process of some of our favorite past projects.

Today, I’m dishing on our artful Parkside Contemporary project.

First, Inspiration!

Our initial design meeting is all about getting to know you. For this project, we sat down with the client and dove deep into the design plans and discussed what all they were wanting in their new home – their wishes, goals, and lifestyle. Asking a ton of question is a must! (We have to get to know you, right?)

So after the initial design/dreaming meeting – we looked for inspiration through images (thanks, Pinterest), their favorite colors, patterns, really anything that the client saw and spoke to them. Such as their request for an interior that would reflect the modern architecture of their home. Then the selection, sourcing process begins! In this case, the client fell in love with the Missoni print fabric that became the living room sofa pillows.

The homeowners are world travelers, who collected beautiful collectibles throughout her adventures. So, to compliment her vast collection of artifacts and love for electric prints, we developed a design that consisted of neutral colors for the walls and bold ‘bursts’ of color for the furnishings and accent pieces. We wanted there to be a vivid contrast between the simplistic walls and the art that adorned them.

The Reveal…

This project produced some gorgeous spaces, beginning with the formal living room

Contemporary Formal Living Room

We love the simplicity and elegance within in this room and wanted bold colors and prints to be the key ingredients for this space. Color can be so inviting, so drawing from the tones in our client’s favorite Missoni fabric, we selected the royal purple fabric for the modern, structured Weiman chair and a custom area rug from Madison Lily. To complement the rich colors in this space,  fresh white walls and gold accents were the only way to go! It’s luxurious and pairs so well with a deep purple.

Now you can’t forget that art – this Hunt Slonem piece is just perfect for this space. I’d call this a happy coincidence that we sourced towards the end of the project. We worked with Brian Freeze of Gremillion & Co. Fine Art to find all the gorgeous pieces for this home. And this Untitled (Bunnies) 2013 was just what this space needed.

Family Room

Family Room that has Contemporary designs with pop of color and a neutral palette

In this modern family room, we kept to our client’s love for the contemporary era with minimalistic touches in the structured, tufted sectional and simplistic ottoman. We kept the color palette natural here – but the dramatic tangerine and yellow tones from the rug and custom swivel chair, upholstered in Dongia Covet fabric, really elevate the space. They paired well with the fun art that hangs above the fireplace mantle. Again, our goal was not to over accessorize here – we wanted the art, prints, and colors to speak for themselves.


Sleek white, Contemporary kitchen that opens up to the family room. has a bar and fiery red bar stools

The kitchen is staying true to modern minimalism with its clean lines, crisp white and pops of fiery red! It opens up to the family room, which creates the perfect spot for entertaining. I am still in love with how the bold red Antica stools from Design Within Reach make such a statement in this sleek kitchen.

Dining Room

Elegant, Contemporary Dining room with darker color palette

The dining room is pure sophistication! We wanted to highlight modern elegance with this space. The Beacon Hill fabric in steel colorway, selected for the dramatic host chairs was inspired by textured snakeskin with natural tones of deep gray, brown and creams. This neutral palette left room for some statement pieces – thus the art, rug and crystal chandelier. Our client expressed a desire for a chandelier for this space, but nothing too fussy! So, we took inspiration from the existing light fixture in the Dining Room and gave it a new home within this space. It was a perfect balance – So gorgeous!

Master Bedroom

Luxurious, Contemporary and feminine master bedroom with sitting area

Feminine but sophisticated – That was our focus when designing this space. Our client wanted the master bedroom to represent her personality and be a place that where she could relax with a good book. So we incorporated this pretty sitting area with modern wall art from Global Views to do just that. The star of this space is definitely the gorgeous tufted, velvet headboard from HStudio – it embodies all things luxury! The metallic, mirroring pendants highlight the deep plum hue by that adding warmth to this calming interior.


Contemporary and masculine office space

This office space was made for a gentleman. Its color palette is moody with dark walnut hues and mid-century influences detailed in the warm industrial chandelier from Arteriors and structured lounge chairs. We wanted this space to be calming and neutral, thus we left the walls white and kept to a dark brown hue in the furnishings. To keep this office modern, the sleek table from Bo-Concepts offers an edgy dimension to this masculine space.

Upper Living Room

Contemporary, bold and colorful upper family room

As we moved upstairs, our client got even more adventurous when it came to bold colors and dynamic prints. This room is so fun! We chose to continue our theme of white walls – but painted the ceiling an electric orange! This accent of color is a showstopper, without being too overwhelming. To complement this exciting hue we tied in colors from the Romo poke-a-dot drapes with lavender and orange accent pillows, bright yellow table lamps and a grape custom tufted ottoman. This space really encompasses our client’s lively and creative personality.

Guest Bedroom

Soft and feminine guest bedroom

In this guest bedroom, we were all about soft, sweet and feminine details. We chose to paint the walls a muted taupe to complement a soft pastel carpeted floors. The rounded details of the Vanguard headboard and nightstands give this room an elegant feel while the softer tones of purple, pale pink and white add to the airiness of the space. Lastly, we selected geometric table lamps to give this soft bedroom, some modern edge.

Outdoor Living

Colorful and eclectic outdoor living space

Moving to the exterior – this outdoor living room is full of bright, colorful hues. To complement the outdoors and poolside, we mixed in blues, turquoise and vivid yellow tones in our furnishings. This color combo works great for an exterior space! I love the accents of cobalt along the Pindler Glasnote drapery in the snow colorway – it’s an unexpected touch. The clients really wanted to utilize this outdoor space, so it was important to create layers of functional and versatile seating for entertaining guests.

Classically Current

This Parkside Contemporary home mixes modern, edgy details with classic luxury – it represents our clients so well and we were so happy to deliver their dream home to them. It was such a fun design that will remain timeless for years to come. I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into this past project of ours. For more design inspiration and details on past projects, check out our Instagram and Pinterest.

P.S. If you are interested in becoming a Laura U client or have any questions about creating your very own dream interior, please contact us on our website or give us a call – we’d love to work with you!

~ The Laura U Team