Laura is one of Toronto’s most prominent and highly-visible decorating professionals, having won considerable acclaim for her personalised design style, insights on cuttingedge trends, and customised furnishings. Her work has been nationally and internationally recognised with multiple industry awards internationally and in the city of Toronto. Laura is frequently featured as an industry expert in newspapers, magazines, websites and on television across Canada and the United States, and is a regularly contributing writer for Canadian Home Trends magazine.
“ With a focus on exceptional quality, creative thinking and attention to detail, Laura ensures her clients are taken care of with the highest level of personalised service. ”
Laura has pursued design throughout her career in several creative forms, giving her a unique breadth of knowledge and understanding of the field. With training in both Boston and Toronto, Laura’s talents range from interiors to styling to graphic design. After honing her design skills in her early career as an art director, she realised that her passion for design extended to something more tangible than a twodimensional screen or printed sheet of paper. She wanted to create designs that her clients could touch, feel, move through, interact with, even climb on. She fell in love with the aesthetics of interior décor and the way a well-designed space could truly enhance quality of life. With a focus on exceptional quality, creative thinking and attention to detail, Laura ensures her clients are taken care of with the highest level of personalised service. Working within her fresh and timeless style, she develops each design based on the unique personality and lifestyle of her client. Backed by a team of highly skilled contractors and artisans, she has built her business on a reputation of exceeding clients’ expectations and guiding them on an exciting journey to a beautiful home. The living spaces of this project have a lot of character. The layering of materials, the mix of colour, and the variety of textures allow these spaces to be vibrant yet formal enough when they have to be. The interplay between the architectural details and the shapes of the furniture were carefully considered. Open and adjacent to each other, each room needed to relate to the other while maintaining their own distinct look. Considering this, a neutral backdrop of creams, beiges and linen tones where used, while warm oranges and popping blues where used to bring it to life. Plump cushions adorning the low sleek couches make it cozy
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for a growing family, and while art-deco-style mirrors flanking the chimney breast add elements of structure and formal elegance. Within this, a reworked wood-burning fireplace framed by dramatic black granite draws the eye, while above, the checkered plasterwork along the ceiling simultaneously gives the illusion of intimacy and space. This living area adjoins the dining room, where striking black wallpaper featuring a subtle gold fleck was used as a focal point. It works to tie the two rooms together, and gives a dramatic quality to the atmosphere of the space. It was decided to use it only on the main wall so it would act as a backdrop and not overwhelm the room. When seen from the living room it looks like an extension of that space, but it has enough personality to stand on its own and make the dining room a very distinctive area. Laura described this particular project as quite different from anything else she’s ever done. She explains: “ One afternoon last April I got an email from a man who lived in Taipei. He had just bought a house in Toronto, sight unseen, and asked if we could fully furnish the house from top to bottom before he and his family moved in at the end of June. He wanted everything they would need to live in the house, down to the toilet paper in the bathrooms. With less than three months to complete the project every room had to be designed at lightning speed. She continues: “A man of few words, our client’s direction was vague at best. We had only two Skype meetings throughout the project. We learned his taste was contemporary, but warm and comfortable. He liked strong hits of color and bold contrast. Blue, red and orange. Most importantly, he wanted his three children to love their bedrooms. Once our client got possession of the house, we spent the last month painting, wallpapering, installing carpet, lighting, art, and window treatments. Then finally, in a whirlwind, the furniture, accessories, and styling. Last, we filled the bathrooms with toiletries and the kitchen with groceries.” Laura’s client and his family finally arrived at their new home at midnight on a rainy Saturday night. When the design team met him in person for the first time on the Sunday morning, the family had already settled in. His daughter ran to the door to give Laura herself a hug, then took her by the hand and led her upstairs to show off her new room.
The 10th Anniversary Issue of design et al Magazine.