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Monday, August 2, 2010

Profiles in Design: Meet Carrie!

Next in our Profiles in Design series is Carrie!!

Who are you, where are you from, etc.:
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I grew up in the Spring Branch bubble and then went away to college at LSU. This is where I found my creative side and my love of design! This is also where I found my love for the game! Geaux Tigers!!! After I graduated, I started working for Laura U in August of 2007…almost three years now! Wow time flies! Oh, and I am getting married in December to the nicest boy in the world! YAY!

Who shares your address (dogs, babies, significant others):
My fiancé (Alex) and I bought an old home in Spring Branch about two years ago. We live with our almost four year old adorable Maltese George…love him! He was the best gift that Alex ever gave me…well, besides the portable foot bath from CVS my freshman year of college! George likes long walks, lots of attention, and his best friend “snowman” that never leaves his side! Babies… Hhmmm - I dunno…maybe soon?

Favorite restaurant:
Oh gosh…let’s see! Well of course I never turn down a delicious Mexican meal and margarita. If I had to name a few I would say, Cyclone Anayas, El Tiempo, and Escalantes, which are all tied for first in the Mexican category! I also enjoy cute hole-in-the-wall restaurants where you can bring your own wine! My favorite BYOW is La Vista…but I do want to let you know there is a great new spot…Hollister Grill (at Hollister and Long Point). The location is a little “sketchy” but the food is absolutely to die for and the atmosphere is casual, perfect for two or just for a fun gathering of close friends!!!

Outside the office, you can find me:
At my second job…planning my wedding! No, I’m kidding but it seriously feels like a second job! I must thank my wedding planner…MY MOM! Without her, I am not quite sure nothing would get done! Or you can find me at home. I love hanging out at home and doing small DIY projects around the house! PS. you will see one of my latest home projects in my next blog…so stay tuned! I also enjoy walking with George (my dog…not my fiancé, he refuses to walk with me). I also love hanging out with my family and friends for any and all occasions!

(this vintage cake topper was found during a “round top” excursion…and, we’re using it for sure)

Designer I'd like to meet:
There are two…interior designer Kelly Wearstler…duh! - I think her designs are so unique and you just know it’s her in every room she touches. And in the fashion arena, it would be Diane Von Furstenburg. I love her use of shapes on traditional styles. Both their styles are very similar to mine. They both use bold colors with an edgy twist on classic designs! They each use many different patterns and textures in one room/outfit! Most often, you think that multiple patterns wouldn’t work… somehow these ladies mix it up and create a story with their designs! I just LOVE them!

Wish I had designed:
Any of the beautiful lines for Restoration Hardware so that I could get them for free. Right now this is the style you will find in my home!

Mine was done on a budget…a very small one!!! Check out my DIY play on the RH books…please don’t laugh!

I can always watch:
This is easy…90210 re-runs on the soap network of course! This is how I would love to spend every Saturday morning…but sometimes it’s not the best idea to sit in your PJ’s all day! My favorites are the episodes after their high school years! Oh, and when that is not on I am tuned in to Fox News for all the latest fair and balanced news! Check them out!


Side Note…one of the things that drives my fiancé the craziest about me is the fact that I would rather watch a movie I have seen before than one that I have never seen. I think it could possibly be because I like to know how it is going to end…what does that say about me?

In the movie about my life, _______________ would play me because:
Kimberley Williams from Father of the Bride…for the obvious reason that I am getting married, but more so because my dad is such a George Banks!!! My dad would definitely wear his old “tuxodo”! And this is probably one of my all-time faves that I can watch over and over again…haha my fiancé hates that I can recite every word!

I own WAY too many:
CLOTHES…I have a problem. Maybe you have heard of it…shopaholic! We have 4 closets in our house and 3 of them are full of my things. Oops.

Guilty pleasures:
Hhhmmmmm…anything with cheese. I love, love, love, chips and “queso” anytime and anywhere, it’s probably my most favorite meal. We used to have a cheese day at work that was once a month! And then I could always go for a bag of sour jelly beans! - Yummy!!

If I wasn't a designer, I'd:
A storm chaser for sure…I think my obsession with the weather comes from living in Louisiana with all the hurricane threats. I love the drama of a big storm! IKE was the most exciting night ever…quite scary too! Ask me at any time during the day and I know what is going on with the weather! Like today for example…check out the huge storm heading right for us!

I also think that I could have a successful career as a detective!!! I LOVE crime shows…Law and Order, CSI, criminal minds…my fave! I have also been known to catch shop lifters! Beware!

My perfect day:
Would be waking up early and going on a long walk around the neighborhood with George, and then going home to a big cup of coffee and breakfast with my fiancé and 90210 playing in the background. Getting some things done around the house and then heading to my parents’ house for grill time and family time. Best day ever!

My family and me in the Cayman Islands last Christmas.....
my future husband is on the end next to me!

That's it for this episode of Design Profile: Stay tuned when we unveil another designer profile!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Profiles in Design: Meet Jennifer!

Design Profile: Meet Jennifer

Who are you, where are you from, etc.:
My name is Jennifer and I am a design intern at Laura U! While I am currently living in Houston, during the school year I go to Stephen F. Austin in Nacodoches. Next year I will graduate with a degree in interior design and art.

Who shares your address (dogs, babies, significant others):
My fiancée Kris and I have a house in Nacogdoches, we live there with our roommate KC and our 3 dogs.

Our dog Jake (the one wearing the tuxedo) is a lab mixed with an Australian cattle dog (we think). Kris picked him out at the shelter as a puppy.

Viewing Charlie sideways, is way more fun..... our oldest Charlie is a little Pomeranian. He is proof you can find bred dogs at the shelter! He is scared of thunder, lighting, and water bottles. He is very sweet and extremely loyal.

This is when we first got him; the poor little guy was naked.

He turned out to be quite handsome!

Our newest dog Petey (full name Peter Cottontail) was also a rescue. The shelter told us that he was wrapped in a trash bag and in a dumpster when they found him with a broken arm (who could do something like this??) He is the happiest of all our dogs, he jumps like a rabbit (hence the name) and can be a little terror at times, but he loves to cuddle and give kisses.

Prison Petey…just begging to be freed........ and yes! I do realize I am a crazy pet owner.

Favorite Restaurant:
This could be quite a long list I dare say. I love eating, I love going out to eat, I love eating and watching TV…you just can’t go wrong with it. No matter what you are doing if you add food it’s going to be fun. When it comes to Mexican food Casa Ole’ is numero uno. Then there is Chinese food, P.F. Changs wins this one and there is also a little hole in the wall place in Nacogdoches called Peking, which I just can’t get enough of.

Outside the office, you can find me:
Playing with my dogs, skyping the love of my life (who is currently in Wisconsin), planning my wedding, swimming at the pool (my number one favorite summer activity), or working on a nursery for my friend Ashley’s soon to be born baby!

Designer I'd like to meet:
Frank Lloyd Wright. He was an architect, an interior designer, a writer, and an educator. He did it all! He designed everything in his houses right down to the flatware. He was completely meticulous and super creative. Falling water is my all time favorite house. It’s contemporary, but still manages to fit in seamlessly with its natural surroundings.

Wish I had designed:
The Yellow Tree house restaurant in New Zealand, designed by Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. This is magnificent! I love trees and nature. I love bringing the outside inside. This structure encompasses all of that.

Even more beautiful at night.

I can always watch:
Friends or The Office - these shows will never stop making me laugh. No matter how many times I’ve seen an episode.

In the movie about my life, _______________ would play me because:
Kate Hudson, I just want to be her..... Kris also tells me I look like her and I pretend it’s true.

I own "WAY" too many:

SHOES: But I am with the school of thought that says I girl can't ever really have "too many" enough shoes.

My Guilty Pleasures:
I love to dress up. Halloween may have just beat out Sir Christmas as my very favorite holiday.

Lucky for me I found an amazing guy that loves to dress up with me!

Sometimes, we don’t even need Halloween as an excuse. This was for New Years.

And then sometimes I make my own costumes. This is me channeling Lady Gaga.

                                           My Motto: Life is just better in Costume.

If I wasn't A Designer, I'd:
Love to be a street performer in Honolulu. I would love to play all day at the beach and then go paint for people at night.  I also used to daydream about becoming a cake artist…I can’t get enough of those addicting cake shows. Ace of Cakes anyone?

Now if I could also find a job where I get to play with dogs all day…this would be ideal.

My perfect Day:
I wake up in a tree house in Australia. Kris and I have a delicious breakfast of biscuits and gravy. We then go swimming with dolphins and parasailing in the ocean. We eat a huge lunch of chicken sandwiches and pineapple. We spend the afternoon jumping into & off of waterfalls. That night, we get all dressed up and go shopping (with a million dollars that I find in the street) and then we eat the most delicious Chinese food I have ever had (Mexican food could also be supplemented here.......) The night will end with us falling asleep in a hammock swinging above the ocean gazing at the stars. now, that's what I call a Perfect Day!

That's it from Jennifer, stay tuned for our next Design Profile!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Profiles in Design: Meet Kellye

Next in our Profiles in Design series is Kellye, Junior Designer!

Profiles in Design: Meet Kellye......!

Who are you? and where are you from?
I am Kellye - Junior Designer at Laura U! I graduated from Texas State with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Technology. I grew up in Houston, but I have also lived in San Antonio, Austin, and San Marcos. The parks in Austin are amazing, but Houston is still by far my favorite city!

Who shares your address? (dogs, cats, significant other)?:
I am currently dating the most amazing guy, Kyle and we have two German Shepherds - Sage and Braver (Braver means "good" in German) Sage is the big boy and Braver is the "little girl", who is really not a girl - go figure!!. We have had a blast designing and landscaping the new house together!

Favorite Restaurant:
My favorite restaurant is Marks; it used to be a church, which is pretty cool - the best American cuisine ever!! I love brunch, so my favorite brunch restaurant is Backstreet Cafe. I also could eat Sushi everyday for the rest of my life! (or Indian food!) - Taiko has the best Sushi!

Outside the office, you can find me:
Working on a new DIY project! Right now, I am repainting some chairs in a metallic color and reupholstering a chair!

                                Designer(s) I'd like to meet:
The set designers for Ligne Roset (furniture design company); they're photo shoots are amazing. I love so many images, it is really hard to pick one!

Wish I had Designed:
The Gardens at Loire Valley in France

Photo by ACM Photography

I Can Always Watch:
Cinderella! because she is able to talk with animals (my secret wish is to someday be like the dog whisperer). Plus, I have been told I can whistle like the birds… :)

In the movie about my life, ___________would play me because:
I think Mandy Moore would play me perfectly in a movie about my life. People have said we act alike, especially in the movie, “Because I Said So”.

I own too many:
Books! I love collecting books, old and new - I am just a book dork, seriously! I want to have a library full of anything I have read! I really wished the books that open up in the beginning of the old Disney movies were real.

Photo by Scott Frances

My Guilty Pleasures:
I love baking and I am always coming up with something new to create in the kitchen. My last experiment was wedding cakes! I loved baking and decorating them! But the only problem is that I tend to eat a ton of cake batter in the process - yummy!!

P.S. I Made This!!

If I wasn't a designer, I'd:
be a Graphic Designer  (I must admit - I would be designing). I think it would be a blast to design invitations!

OR I'd be the Dog Whisperer - I would love to train dogs - police dogs! (that’s why I own German Shepherds)

These are all my family dogs - I told you, The Dog Whisperer!

My Perfect Day!
Going on a walk with Kyle and the dogs through a really pretty neighborhood, eating brunch somewhere like Backstreet, complete with mimosas, hanging out by the pool and finishing the day off by going to dinner. Then out for dessert and cappuccino at another restaurant like Tony’s. (Hhhmmm… souffle is my favorite!!!)

Stay tuned while Kellye hosts our next design discussion.........

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Profiles in Design: Meet Kristina

Over the past few months, the design team at Laura U has grown by leaps and bounds. Because we have such a great design team with different design styles, and from such different backgrounds, it would be unfair not to have them involved in giving you a glimpse into our design world. Today, we start a new series: Profiles in Design: The Laura U Design Team. The first profile to be unveiled is our Senior Designer, Kristina!

Profiles in Design: Meet Kristina......!

Who are you and where are you from?:
I am the Senior Interior Designer at Laura U. I've been working in this industry since 2002, working in the Memphis area and in Chicago, prior to settling down in Houston.

Who shares your address (pets, child(ren), significant others)?:
I live with my amazing common-law husband slash fiance, Brad (aka B-Rad, or SugarBear). We are the proud parents of Ginger and Steve, both Chihuahua mixes, and three extremely overweight cats: Judy, Ramona and Annika. We had some hermit crabs for awhile, but our cats thought they were delicious.

Favorite restaurant:
We have so many fabulous restaurants in Houston, so it's tough to pick a favorite. Plus, the hubs is a major foodie (whatever that means), so we spend a lot of time eating out. We have sushi at Soma on Washington at least once a week. Tony Mandola's is a great spot for seafood and local celeb-spotting. I also love Mockingbird Bistro and Mark's for special occasions.

Outside the office, you can find me:
At a Flea Market. Going to concerts. Reading US Weekly. In my Arts-n-Crafts room, making pillows and jewelry.

Designer I'd like to meet:
Barbara Barry. What a classy lady. Actually, I have been a Babs Barry fan for a really long time. For starters, she really knows what she's doing RE: Interiors. Two, she was one of the first designers to branch out and start designing a line of EVERYTHING: including furniture, rugs, fabrics, lighting, tile, linens, dinnerware, etc., So, I have always looked up to her as a homegoods visionary. Plus, she always looks impeccable!!

Wish I had designed:
Coralie Bickford-Smith's line of hardback classics for Penguin Books, aka the Clothbound Series 1 & 2.

I can always watch:
Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It NEVER gets old or not funny. Spoiler alert, though: it is not for kids.

In the movie about my life, _______________ would play me because:
Chloe Sevigny, because she looks enough like me to be believable, plus she's a fabulous actress. I like her wack-a-doo style, which is comprised of mainly vintage clothing, and she's got that perfect mix of super-awkward, yet confident. Also, she tends to blurt out whatever comes to mind, appropriate or not, so we have that in common.

I own too many:
Cats.....does anyone want a cat?

Guilty pleasures:
I've started to let our housekeeper do the laundry. Although I feel like the laziest woman alive, you simply cannot beat coming home to a freshly folded stack of underpants.

If I wasn't a designer, I'd:
Spend a whole lot more time in my Craft room, and I'd probably start an animal rescue non-profit. I really, really love dogs.

My perfect day:
Late scrambled-egg breakfast with B-Rad before heading over to Fiori Spa for several hours poolside and mineral baths with my girlfriends. I come home later to watch Love, Actually and open up a giant box containing one of everything from the JCrew catalog.

....and that was your first Profiles in Design.....catch us next week, when we profile another fabulous face from the Laura U design team.....