Do you remember that old rule: that you must keep all your metal finishes the same color? Yeah us too, and it’s got to go! It’s time to throw out that ancient rule and get with the modern times – of mixing up metals in your interiors. From accessories to appliances, mixed metals can be incorporated into any room by adding depth and bold contrast to your home. Check out some of our ‘go to’ ways to mix n’ match metallics in our favorite spaces.
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.
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.
There are those projects that come along every once and a while that remind us how lucky we are to work in such an innovative and creative industry. This mid-century modern renovation was certainly one of them. The homeowners had invested in creating a home reflective of their own personal style (which we loved!) and was equal parts eclectic and modern.
Our challenge was to update their space and, instead of focusing on the hottest trends, create designs that the family would love for a long time without losing the touches of fun of which the client is so fond. Because the Laura U team is dedicated to creating looks that blend inspirations from the past with current design trends, we knew this property was perfect for us!
Read on to see how we totally transformed this home by updating the already charming nature of the space to create a WOW factor that will stand the test of time.
One of my favorite parts of remodeling or revamping a space for a client (or myself!) is choosing the materials we will use for surfaces like countertops, flooring, backsplashes and more. When you find the right one, you just know, and it truly makes the biggest difference in the overall look and feel of a room. It can easily elevate a lackluster kitchen into a sleek, modern space for entertaining, and some of our most stunning bathroom renovations include a complete tile overhaul.
So, here is just a little sneak peek into the resources we – and many other design firms in HTX – tap when we’re tackling a project that requires detailed tile and stone designs. There are a handful of expert partners here in Houston that we rely on to help us make our clients’ interiors stellar. Keep reading to learn more about our favorite Houston spots for sourcing the mind-blowing materials we use to give our designs a WOW factor.
My husband Michael always jokes that I am never one to back down from a good challenge. If someone tells me something is impossible or simply can’t be done, I can’t help but want to prove them wrong! I think this love for pushing the limits has also translated to our team at Laura U Interior Design. One of our favorite challenges as of late was a home that had fab structural potential, but needed some brightening up to create a cohesive look that was equal parts livable and luxurious.
Our design philosophy at Laura U centers around creating looks that draw inspiration from the past while also considering current trends. This transformation is the perfect example of a space that previously consisted of lots of opulent, dark wood and furniture that created an extremely formal feel throughout. While we think this look can absolutely work for some homes, we knew this home had the potential to really be transformed into an updated, yet timeless design in each room.
I’m particularly proud of this project and am so excited to show off the finished product! Read on to see the process of this timeless transformation unfold.
Spring is officially here – lush flowers blossoming everywhere you look, people sporting festive shamrocks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and everyone spending more time outdoors in the beautiful, warm weather. What better way to inject a little spring into your home than with some eye-catching pops of green?
This year’s Pantone Color of the Year is a stimulating and refreshing tone, and is also symbolic of new beginnings. Because of its versatile nature, it’s easy to introduce green into modern or conventional homes. There’s just something about a beautiful mint tone that can relax you, an unexpected shade of jade to lift your spirits, or an indulgent display of teal to put an eclectic spin on a traditional space.
Want to start small? Reach for an emerald vase or introduce a sage-colored throw pillow. Feeling a little more adventurous? Go on and tackle that olive-green accent wall you’ve been dreaming of!
No matter your mood, here are some tips for how to freshen up several different spaces in your home this spring using various lustrous shades of green.
Just because a space is small doesn’t mean it should be deprived of personality. In fact, injecting loads of personality into a small space can be really fun and add instant charm. Whether it’s a built-in space under the window or a cozy reading nook, there are plenty of ways to optimize the space by combining style and function including using pillows, cushions, lighting, stylish accents and storage to create one fab cohesive design.
I personally love capitalizing on these tiny spaces by transforming them into a private hideaway for the kiddos, a tranquil oasis fit for relaxation or a quiet area to dive into a good book.
Continue reading to find out how I make the most out of these built-in spaces.
As an interior designer, you learn about “design rules” early on and they almost become second nature. Through the years the way you see the rules begins to change as your design style evolves. This is why I always say there is no real “rule book” when it comes to interior design, but rather standard industry best practices to get you started. Then you create your own rules- after all the point is to trust your own instinct and design eye! Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with following the rules, but I have found myself really enjoying projects allowing me to release my inner rule-breaker and push the envelope by creating a unique design with a classically current twists.
Everyone knows the number one design rule I love to break is the need to keep up with the latest trends, but there are a few more I have broken over the years. Continue reading to see five more design “rules” I believe are worth breaking.
Yes, you read that right! This week marks our ten-year anniversary and I couldn’t be happier! I know I have said it before, but I can’t reiterate enough how fortunate I am to work with such a talented team; there is just no way that Laura U Interior Design would be celebrating ten successful years without them. Over the last ten years, we have had the privilege of working on amazing projects spanning the entire country (and beyond), we have collaborated with fabulous clients to create beautiful homes, and – with our wonderful vendors – we have pushed the envelope with our designs. Above all, we have grown as a team and as designers.
In the spirit of celebrating a decade of designs, I took a trip through the archives to re-discover some of my favorite designs throughout the years.