To many, business trips mean room service, hotel bars and company-paid dinners. Not a bad deal every once in a while. But when you’re jetting off to a different city for work nearly every week, the hotel life can get old fast. Such was the case for Arena Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Though Arena’s four-person team of investors live in L.A., their work frequently takes them to the country’s tech capital, where they meet with startup founders and visit various

Can’t make it through a Monday without a triple Venti coldbrew? Then it might be time to change up your office design. Studies show that happy spaces lead to happy employees, who in turn, are more productive AND inspired. Coworking space Industrious got the memo and enlisted Laurel & Wolf to transform their downtown LA offices. “We believe that people should be excited and proud to come to the place they work, and that that surge of good feelings will translate into their daily work,” Industrious National Launcher Leah Alexander

We feel so lucky to have been invited into the homes of some truly special people this year.  So as it draws to a close, we’re looking back on all of the amazing clients and spaces that made 2016 magical. From a country music star’s southern glamour den to a food blogger’s quirky bakeshop to a magazine editor’s new office, these are the makeovers that made our year! A Glam Office for Cosmo’s Editor-in-Chief Michele Promaulayko, the recently appointed editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine has style for days. We helped her bring the boldly

Photo by Jordan Afshin “Darling” doesn’t come close to cutting it when describing blogger Jessi Afshin‘s new Austin apartment. Sure, there’s a super sweet side to it, but there’s also that other side that screams fun and fierce, just like the blogger herself. With an interior design style that’s constantly evolving and a schedule that leaves little time for herself, Jessi needed a comfortable, yet sophisticated space to come home to. That’s where Laurel & Wolf came in. “Since I didn’t have time to design a living room myself, I was more than excited to hand

Becoming the editor-in-chief of a magazine known as “the bible for fun, fearless females” is a major undertaking, especially when said bible has over 17 million monthly readers. But the witty Michele Promaulayko, the recently appointed editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan (and the new editorial director of Seventeen), knows the recipe for success. “Cosmo women possess the ability to surprise and think outside the box,” Michele says. And for a magazine that’s been around since 1886, those are two very important skills to have. Over the years, Cosmo has stayed relevant by consistently reinventing

With the Lone Star State’s “Everything’s bigger in Texas” reputation, one might expect the homes to be just that —BIG. But, what do you do if you fancy a cozy urban retreat? Well, then you set up camp at Richman Signature Properties’ Parc at White Rock. Located near picturesque White Rock Lake and trendy shops and restaurants, Parc at White Rock splits the difference between urban bustle and natural chill. Richman Signature Properties enlisted Laurel & Wolf to help customize the look of their rentals. Residents now have the opportunity to choose from a curated assortment of paint colors and work

If you’ve ever searched for a rental property, you know that it’s hard to find one that actually cares about design. Ugly light fixtures, ho-hum paint colors and cheap finishes are generally the name of the game. That’s why the swank Richman Signature Properties Aurora apartments in Tampa have given us a serious case of real estate envy. Picture this: An urban loft just a stone’s throw away from the beach, complete with a resort-style swimming pool and a fireside lounge. Residents get to choose from a hand-selected collection of on-trend

From boutique airlines to boutique hotels, to well, boutique-boutiques, there’s something about shopping small that burns a hole in our pockets and brings joy to our hearts. And while infinite options exist online, there’s no denying the personal experience that local, brick and mortar stores provide. Our favorite newcomer? Adelante. Redesigned after ten years in business by Laurel & Wolf’s own Claire Zinnecker, this boutique is girly girl done Austin-style. Decked out in soft, blush tones, marble print wallpaper, and rattan accents, the design reflects the edgy-feminine look of the clothes. So,

When asked to pick a favorite room inside her newly renovated Oakland home, interior designer Brett Foken adamantly objects. “That’s like asking someone if they have a favorite child! Each one is so special in its own unique way.” And she’s right. Every inch of Brett and husband, Brandon’s 1900 Craftsman home is a true labor of love (just look at the state of their “before” photos!). From the custom built-ins and crown moulding to the wood columns and ceiling beams, Brett fought to preserve as much of the home’s vintage charm as possible, while

Moving in with your significant other is a big step in any relationship. Moving in with your significant other with only a few weeks warning is a different story entirely. When Casey, a social media manager living in Los Angeles was told she had a mere week to get out of her apartment, she went into panic mode. “My roommate at the time got a job offer in San Francisco and had to move up there right away. Our landlady was less than understanding about it – she wouldn’t allow a

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