Lara Michelle’s Blog

March 1, 2024
Spotlight Kravet – A Go To Design Resource
One of my favorite interior design resources and go-to brands for fabrics, wallpapers, trims, and custom furniture is Kravet. They have an amazing selection of these design necessities in every style, color, and price range...
February 27, 2024
Spotlight – Demystifying the D&D Building
Located on the upper east side of Manhattan, the Decoration & Design building, otherwise known as the D&D, is home to the leading high-end fabric, wallpaper, and trim brands in the world...
February 16, 2024
Lara’s Process: 4 Steps to Create the Best Furniture Layouts
Creating an accurate and functional furniture layout that suits my client’s needs is the first, and in my opinion, the most important step in good interior design...
February 16, 2024
Lara’s Process: 10 Steps for Unique Custom Built-Ins
Designing custom built-ins for clients is a huge part of my interior design business and I absolutely love creating them! When done properly, custom built-ins look fantastic and are amazingly functional...
February 15, 2024
How To Work With A Designer: Pricing What to Expect & What to Know
Thinking about working with a designer for your home? Good move! Building, renovating, and decorating a home today is expensive so you want to do it right...
January 30, 2024
Geothermal 101 Class No More Nasty Fossil Fuels!
Three weeks ago, we installed a geothermal system to heat and cool our house and so far, we love it! Sure, HVAC systems have basically nothing to do with interior design, but...
January 17, 2024
How to Work with an Interior Designer: Trust 5 Key Points to Know for a Great Working Relationship
So you’ve decided to work with an interior designer, good move! That means you already know the benefits of hiring an interior designer...
December 18, 2023
Lara’s Process: Perfect Paint Color Selections in 10 Easy Steps
Being the creative creature I am, I tend to obsess over color, and specifically the coordination of colors. In my constant search for the most gorgeous color combos for my client’s homes...
December 16, 2023
How to Work With an Interior Designer: The Interview 40 Key Questions PLUS Bonus List!
In my opinion, the client-designer interview is the most important step in your home design project...
November 11, 2023
Lighting 101 Class Perfect Ceiling Light Placement
You know your home design project is almost complete when it’s time to install your light fixtures, hooray! You’ve spent lots of time and consideration selecting your beautiful and eye catching fixtures...
November 10, 2023
Countertops 101 Class Lara’s 3 Favorite Kitchen Countertop Materials Plus Bonus Tips!
After renovating and building dozens of kitchens for clients over the past 2 decades, I kinda know a thing or two about countertop materials...
November 8, 2023
Spotlight AMFAB– A Great Local Art Resource
Located about 50 minutes north of NYC, in Bridgeport CT, you’ll find AMFAB, otherwise known as the American Fabric Arts Building. This historic building houses over 30 local artists and other creative businesses...