Artful Design: Before and After

It’s an exciting time at the Laura U office right now! On top of working on fab client projects and spending the last week in Sin City at the Las Vegas Market (a recap of our favorite finds is coming soon!), we have also been nominated for the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design awards in the “Patterns and Textures” category.

This artful design is the work of Laura and our talented associate interior designer, Blair Foster.

Before you read on for the details and a before-and-after look at the design, we’d love your vote to help us win! To vote, check out the “Patterns and Textures” category of the awards, select Laura and Blair’s project, browse through the photos, and select “’I’m ready to vote” at the end of the slideshow. Let’s take a brief pause while you pop over to vote…

Now that you have voted (thanks so much!), take a tour of the before-and-after photos below to see the design come to life!

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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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Team Obsessions: Turning Up the Heat on Summer Style

It’s no secret that Texas brings the heat during summer time. Embracing the indoors is often necessary during southern summer months, which is all the more reason to introduce some new inspiration into your home.

At Laura U, we can’t get enough of the new designs that help breathe a refreshing new sense of life into our clients’ homes and that we know will continue to stun season after season. Experimenting with fun new colors, textures, prints and shapes is what gets us out of bed in the morning, and we can’t wait to share the designs our talented team is obsessed with this month!

Read on to learn more about what our team was taken with this July.

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Behind-The-Scenes: Chopped and Screwed Chinoiserie 

As we head into the depths of summer, the design team at Laura U sat down for a pow-wow over fresh-squeezed OJ, pencils and butter paper in-hand. After putting our heads together with help from the fabulous Tai Ping team, we now have a clear direction for the design of our five custom rugs. In concert with Tai Ping’s manufacturing know-how and our design skills, we are confident that our Chopped and Screwed Chinoiserie rug collection is going to be a hit.

Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at our creative process and sneak peek of our designs!

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4 Ways to Conquer your Design Blues

It’s too easy to slip into a summertime slump and your home décor may be reflecting – or even affecting – your mood. It’s just SO hot outside, you’re likely dreaming of an adventurous getaway to some place far away and fabulous, and all you want to do is lounge by the pool. Trust me, no judgement here! Although summer is a time of leisure and relaxation, there is no excuse to fall behind in your #designgoals.

Consider this your mid-summer pep talk! Adding brand new injections of color to an interior is one of my favorite ways to breathe new life into a home. Just like that cool pool you are daydreaming about right about now, blue is my color of choice this summer.

Whether sky, cobalt, marine, navy, royal or any other shade that catches your eye, blue tones are chic, elegant, modern and cozy all at the same time. When it comes to working with blue, the possibilities are endless, and the team here at Laura U loves to work with this beautiful and versatile shade.

Keep reading to see some of our favorite ways to conquer the design blues this summer and easily incorporate this stunning shade into your home.

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Master the Master Suite: Secrets for blending masculine and feminine styles

For me, a successful interior is one that brings the vision my client has in his or her mind – and then some – to life. It’s important that every client the team at Laura U works with feels as though they are truly home when they step through their door. We strive to capture their personality and their spirit with our work.

We especially love the challenge of working with families and couples with differing tastes and styles. This dichotomy between masculine and feminine presents itself often when designing a master bedroom to fit two competing styles. In these instances, it’s our job to ensure her style is balanced with his. Then everyone is happy and feels at home living in the design.

Continue reading to learn our design secrets for successfully combining masculine and feminine styles to create a balanced master bedroom that is equal parts functional and stunning.

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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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Chopped + Screwed Chinoiserie!

As interior designers, it should come as no surprise that the Laura U team spends a good amount of time fawning over stunning products and pieces from the best vendors in the business. We are forever dreaming up ways to incorporate the most inspiring pieces into our clients’ designs. At the studio, we are privileged to host fab vendors from all over the world, sharing their new collections with us and getting our creative wheels turning. We recently met with Tai Ping – a Laura U go-to for fine and unique rugs – and talk about being inspired to create something amazing!

A collaboration was born at this latest presentation: Laura U + Tai Ping. The awesome team at Tai Ping has encouraged us to create a custom rug collection using our creativity and their depth of knowledge in beautiful rug manufacturing. The Laura U designers could not be more excited and the team is on a design mission to share ideas for our own rug designs.

Read on to learn more about what’s in-store for the team as they dream up their special Tai Ping creations and “pull the rug out from under” their design comfort zones.

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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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