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T R EN DS IN R E N OVAT IO N | HOUSTON “Working with Laura U Design Collective allows homeowners to relax and enjoy what can be a very complicated process.”
HIGH IMPACT The team shares a few of their most in-demand renovations. •K itchen layouts: With more and more time being spent in the kitchen, homeowners are now using the culinary center in new ways—it’s not just for cooking anymore. Clients want it to be functional and spacious so there is room for the kiddos to do schoolwork and a place for them to pull out their laptop. Appliances are being upgraded to smart options. ome offices: Having a dedicated work •H space or home office is essential to keep focus. Those of us who tried to make dining room conference calls work quickly realized that they didn’t. Distractions abound in the modern household. Avoiding them is key to keeping the focus work-related.
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Home renovation can be daunting, with hundreds of small decisions interspersed between dozens of major ones. That’s why making projects seamless is the goal at Laura U Design Collective, a full-service design firm with studios in both Houston and Aspen. Founder and CEO Laura Umansky, creative director Gina Elkins and their growing team offer a guided experience that begins with a sketch and results in a dream residence. “We design the whole home, which means our team offers ground-up planning, full-service interior design and landscape consultation to ensure the entire home adheres to one unified concept.” For an extensive exterior and interior renovation of the Mountain Lane Show House (Umansky’s home in Snowmass, CO), Elkins worked with Umansky and her family as she would with any other client by first getting to know how they use their home and what they were looking to achieve. The outcome? A beautiful family home built for entertaining, sleepovers and relaxation.
Above When you enter Umansky’s newly renovated home, the handsome foyer provides a warm welcome, with Sherwin-Williams’ moody Urbane Bronze. Top This cozy great room is to the right of the home’s foyer and includes soaring ceilings and amazing natural light from the large windows. Bottom Umansky and team added a 5-foot addition to the home, which now acts as her primary bathroom. Neutral and brass tones make for a relaxing backdrop to unwind. Photography Michael Hunter