Featured Designer: Laura Hodges

Designer Laura Hodges focuses on creating the ultimate in beautiful, tailored spaces while fully expressing every client’s individual style and taste. She is best known for an international aesthetic along with a love for unique and dynamic environments.
How did you discover your passion for design?
I found my passion for design as a child when I traveled with my family to England and France, visiting castles and historical homes.
What is your favorite decorative object at home?
My favorite decorative object is an antique Italian Savonarola chair I found at an estate sale. It dates to the late 19th century, and I love the character and patina from years of use.
Is design an art or a science?
I’ve found design to be a unique combination of art and science, because science explains why something is well designed, the reason for every design choice, while art brings the emotional connection.

Do you have any go-to color or pattern combinations?
I have a love affair with blue… navy, teal, smoky blues, bright blues… I love them all and they’re so much fun to pair with other colors.

When do you consider a completed project a success?
I measure success by my client’s reaction and my own sense of accomplishment. If my client feels that I’ve created a place that truly reflects their design aesthetic and meets and exceeds the needs of their lifestyle, then I feel that the project is a success. I’m my own biggest critic, so the added layer would be feeling that I did my best work for my client.

Share your biggest design secret.
My biggest design secret is that everything needs to be either beautiful or functional in your home. If it’s not, then we need to find it a new home!

What is the most common design mistake you see?
The most common design mistake I see is not measuring for furniture before it arrives. Whether it’s too big or too small, measuring is key and avoids expensive errors.

How do you balance style, comfort, and functionality?
The best way to balance all three is to start with the best quality you can afford. Typically lower priced pieces fall short on either comfort or functionality, so testing for both is very important. I find reputable brands and stick to the best quality my clients can afford.

Is there a specific item you typically use as a starting point? (ex: rug, artwork, statement piece, furniture)
I love to start with artwork or a rug, because both tend to have a color inspiration or definite design direction to get us moving.

What do you love about Viyet?
I love the constantly changing, vast array of design styles available. So many pieces spark inspiration and can be the starting point for an entire design scheme. Finding that special piece is like a treasure hunt, and my clients are always happy!

How do you source for sustainable elements for a project?
I make an effort to source from vendors listed with the SFC, the Sustainable Furnishings Council. The SFC is a membership organization dedicated to making environmentally responsible decisions in manufacturing home furnishings and educating consumers about sustainable and eco-friendly products. I also source vintage and antique pieces that are innately sustainable since we’re reusing and repurposing existing pieces instead of creating new products. I like to make sure wood products use FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council) materials, which means that the forests are responsibly
managed.

As a designer making an effort for a more environmentally conscious design, what’s your advice for anyone thinking of redecorating in a more sustainable way?
Rethinking your furniture layout, refinishing and reupholstering existing pieces, and even moving pieces between rooms can be a great, eco-conscious way to freshen a room. Starting the hunt for additional pieces can include vintage and antique sources like Viyet, where you can discover timeless design styles to complement your existing design scheme. I also suggest looking for eco-friendly certifications like the Sustainable Furnishings Council, the First Stewardship Council, and Fair Trade certification, which include social and environmental responsibility.

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