Project Reveal: luxurious design with a contemporary twist

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.

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4 Tips to spruce up an existing interior

Are you constantly gathering inspiration for your home’s décor by reading the latest design magazines and searching through Pinterest like it’s your job?  If you’re like us, the answer is a resounding yes! Although the Laura U team loves keeping its finger on the pulse of the newest industry trends, we are also dedicated to creating classic designs for our clients that can carry them for years to come.

It’s also easy to see those stunning, Instagram-worthy pins and feel discouraged. Your home may not have a space that you can easily convert into the entertaining area of your dreams or maybe your bathroom isn’t outfitted for that clawfoot tub you’ve always dreamed of. If this is sounding familiar, don’t worry – there are plenty of other creative ways to spice up your home’s décor through the use of timeless designs that will never cease to wow and, more importantly, won’t ever go out of style! The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to breathing new life into your existing space.

Keep reading to see some of our suggestions for ways to quickly update your home to achieve the look you’ve always wanted.

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Dial up the character: 4 ways the Laura U team likes to use bright color!

The process of committing to color for your home can be daunting. You’re looking for the hues that you know you’ll love for years but that also complement your style at this very moment. Tough call!

If you’re feeling stuck, it’s easy to reach for neutrals that don’t pose much of a risk. While our team loves working with a classic like China White or that “barely there” gray, it is just too much fun to flex those creative muscles and use bright colors that reflect our client’s personality. Sure, it can sometimes feel a little risky but, it’s just color! Don’t get into a spiral of overthinking it. Start small if you are truly nervous and then go for it once you get comfy with the idea of bolder hues!

Read on to see how we’ve dialed up the character of many of our clients’ homes by introducing vibrant colors that are anything but boring.

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Farewell, Dryden. Hello, Boulevard Oaks!

I have big news to share. My family and I have recently decided it’s time for some major changes around our house and, by major changes, I mean a whole new house! Yep, you read that right, we have packed up our lovely bungalow on Dryden and are taking on an adventure in the complete transformation of a new home.

Read on for more details and a sneak peek of our new home (once we actually move in, of course)!

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Team Obsessions: The Summer of Style

Summertime is the perfect moment to celebrate your personal style. Whether you have an eye for all things rustic, gravitate towards more of a romantic interior, or like a modern look when it comes to your home’s aesthetic, there’s no better time than now to experiment with doses of deep color, eclectic textures and unique accent pieces that will last you from season to season.

The team at Laura U is constantly drawing inspiration from unexpected people and places. Their vision then translates into the stunning work they do, which constantly amazes me! I’m so thankful to work alongside such a brilliant group who always keeps things interesting.

Read on to learn more about what our team is obsessed with this month.

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Five Ways to Create a Home Away from Home for Summer Visitors

I love nothing more than entertaining guests at my home. No matter the time of year or season, it’s always so much fun to pamper friends and family, and provide a relaxing haven while they’re away from their own nests. Whether they’re enjoying the patio weather, dining alfresco or just doing some luxurious lounging, I always try to make sure our visitors have everything they need (and more!) during their stay. Of course, when designing homes for my clients, it’s always a priority to create the perfect space for their guests as well!

There is an art to designing a space for guests that is inviting, relaxing and comfortable. Everyone has a story about a hotel, resort, or Airbnb that made their trip much more memorable. What makes a true home away from home for you? Is it a luxe bathtub, a substantial closet, a reading nook in your room or simply an inviting bed with soft, cozy linens?

Read on for some of our tips to turn your home into a place where your family and friends want to return to again and again!

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Before and After: Neutral Design to Natural Glam

Here at Laura U, we are big proponents of creating looks that are timeless and also incorporate a style indicative of our clients’ unique tastes. This ideal embodies our Classically Current design philosophy. In this particular home, we were so proud to see it transform before our very eyes into a space that was light, bright, comfortable and welcoming.

Our challenge was to update each room by introducing colors and textures we knew these homeowners would love, while also preserving the calm, neutral palette of the original design. We were obsessed with finding a way to strike the balance between modern and cozy for our wonderful clients and we’re so proud to show you the before and after of this transformation!

Read on to see how we transformed this charming space with bright pops of color, wide open spaces and an inviting atmosphere that anyone would be lucky to call home!

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Team Obsessions: What We Love in May

There is no better time to breathe new life into your home than spring! It’s a season that’s a true feast for the senses – perfect for introducing festive pops of color into the home and the kinds of refreshing looks meant to last (and wow!) in the sunny months to come.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or working through a complete design overhaul, we hope these favorites of ours will get your creative juices flowing!

Keep reading to learn more about what our team is obsessed with this month.

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Crystals, Stones and Gold? Yes, please!

Whether it’s our team showing off their favorite interior design finds each month on our Team Obsessions round-up or recaps of our fabulous design discoveries from the various markets we attend each year, we love to share the newest products and ideas in interior design with you!

While I wasn’t able to visit the showroom during my whirlwind trip to the spring High Point Market, the fabulous team at John-Richard knows we MUST stay up on the newest and best. They just sent us their most recent introductions, and they. are. awesome!

Read on to see some of my favorite pieces from the spring introduction.

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Ready for Summer: Outdoor Designs

The weather is warming up in Houston, the sun is officially shining and summer is just around the corner! It’s truly one of my favorite times of year – long, leisurely summer days and nights best spent with friends and family at BBQs, lounging poolside or around the dinner table dining al fresco (once the sun goes down of course!).

The Laura U team always gets an added thrill when we can get our hands on an outdoor living room, pool or rooftop deck to work with – these areas always create endless opportunity for creativity. We have been lucky enough to take backyards, courtyards, poolside cabanas and rooftops to new heights with the introduction of bright colors, comfortable (and durable) textures and timeless designs that extend the home beyond four walls.

Whether our clients are using their outdoor spaces to relax, work or play, we love making their design dreams a reality! Read on to see some of our favorite outdoor designs just in time for the approaching summer season.

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