Welcome Home with TruStile Doors

TruStile interior doors used throughout the BLVD show house.

When selecting a trusted partner for the interior doors for the Mountain Lane Show House, only one company came to mind – TruStile. For more than 20 years, TruStile has been innovating and transforming the interior door to have a greater design impact. TruStile continues to innovate the door industry with every stile, rail, and […]


The remarkable architectural history of Houston threads its way through all of the neighborhoods our clients call home. With its famed architects and era-defining mid-century abodes, Houston is the proud home of beautiful architecture. And even the newest communities provide the backdrop for a stunning renovation design in Houston! The Woodlands was established in the […]

LUDC Guide: Building Your Custom Home Today

A landscape sketch of the Laura Umansky's family home in Houston, Texas

Designing your custom home can be more rewarding than purchasing an already designed space. However, proceeding with a custom build can present a number of challenges. Lack of robust knowledge of the process or choosing the wrong team for the job might compound these challenges. For more about working with a design team — like […]

How to Work with a Residential Architect

The exterior of LUDC Show Home, North BLVD, designed by Laura U

Building a new home from the ground up can be incredibly daunting. It involves hundreds of small decisions interspersed between dozens of major ones. Managing contractors, builders, and other members of the construction team can be overwhelming. This is why lot-owners seeking to build a new home on their site hire a design team to […]


iconic modern architecture

Emerging in the mid-20th century, modern architecture is defined by simple structures that emphasize functionality with a clean look. Well-known architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Gehry endorsed modern style architecture all over America. Leading modern architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, introduced the Prairie Style of architecture in Chicago. His […]

Meet Gina Elkins: Our New Creative Director

A beautiful home exterior with lots of greenery

After more than a decade of focusing exclusively on interior design, we re-introduced ourselves as the Laura U Design Collective earlier this year. Our newly expanded team supports a thoughtful architectural focus, allowing us to provide a seamless design experience from the ground up. And we couldn’t have done it without our new Director of […]

Say Hello to the Laura U Design Collective

The new Laura U Design Collective Studio

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been making some major changes here at the studio. And we’re now ready to reveal our biggest change yet: a name change! Starting now, we are the Laura U Design Collective. Our firm has always embraced the evolution of our industry, and as such, we are evolving ourselves. Because now, we offer […]

5 High-End Interior Design Renovation Projects I Love

The kitchen at Willowick, with navy cabinets and dual islands

At Laura U Interior Design, we take on three types of high-end interior design projects: renovations, new construction, and furnishings-only clients. While I love working on all our projects, renovations are my favorite. I love making the homes functional, while still honoring the history and architecture of its original build. The process of uncovering the […]

How Culture Continues to Impact Architectural Design

Carlo Scarpa's Brion Tomb

One of our greatest inspirations is the architect Alvar Aalto. He once said: The ultimate goal of the architect…is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavor to build an earthly paradise for people. This is why culture is so central to the architectural process. People are […]

Houston Home Renovation Design in Avalon Place

Houston home renovation on Laura U Interior Design blog

When our clients stepped into this lovely Avalon Place home for the first time, they felt it couldn’t be saved. Over the years, previous homeowners had added onto the original home, leaving behind a too trendy footprint. It was disjointed and dated, in desperate need of updates and a cohesive design. Our clients believed that […]

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