Homes

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

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

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

Airbnb and other vacation rental services have completely changed the way we travel, allowing us to live like a local in locales around the world. But what’s often missing in these experiences is a hotel-worthy design. Airbnb owner Lauren Otero knew that her LA bungalow‘s look was far too basic for its funky Silverlake neighborhood. Due to the popularity of the area, she had solid bookings, but was making significantly less than the average nearby hotel’s per-night rates.  Could design be the culprit? She teamed up with designer James Tabb to find out, transforming the one-bedroom

Joy Wilson may have lived in LA, Miami, Vermont and Seattle, but her new adopted home of New Orleans is most certainly her spirit city. Irreverent and revelatory, bold and bawdy and come-as-you-are entertaining, it’s the perfect match for the blogger and cookbook author, known to her fans as Joy the Baker. “Living in New Orleans is like living in a different world. It’s magical, it’s joyous, the pace is much slower, and we’ll celebrate anything, everything, all the time,” she says. Joy bought an early 1900s double shotgun home

The average human spends 33% of their life sleeping. So it’s important to get your bedroom design right. And when you’re dealing with a newly built home or apartment, it can be hard to strike the right balance between style and coziness. That’s why Lennar, the nation’s largest home builder, called upon Laurel & Wolf designer James Tabb to transform four bedrooms in their new San Francisco Shipyard homes. Read More: Two Hip Homes in San Francisco’s Coolest New Spot   With two bedrooms in each model home, James kept the color palettes

Los Angeles real estate is kind of like a night at a Vegas casino – you either luck out or you end up blowing all your money on a really bad bet. Rebecca and Jared Raskind were all but ready to fold when their agent showed them a Spanish-style home that was definitely a fixer upper. And it’s the best bet they ever made. Rebecca and Jared embraced the home’s flaws as an opportunity. “We were actually happy that it was a fixer-upper because we could personalize the home while maintaining its character and

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