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“Laura captures the essence of modern, elegant southern living in her interiors. Her linen collection speaks to the culture of hospitality that is pervasive here in the South. The organic deisigns and natural fabrics work well in conjunction with my pewter home products. Together they exude a certain rustic, yet refined, charm.” – Mignon Faget

We sat down with Laura Umansky of Laura U Interior Design and talked about her career and her collaboration with textile designer Ellisha Alexina on their table top linen collection, Frost and Ember.

What inspired you to become an interior designer?

As a child I was constantly changing my own room, drawing floor plans, and dreaming about beautiful homes. I have always been in love with the potential that lies within a historic home or a cleared plot of land, alike. Studying art and architecture and delving into the world of committed and groundbreaking designers inspired me to become an interior designer.

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Who/what was your biggest influence in designing your tabletop linen collection, Frost & Ember?

A well-dressed table welcomes your family and friends and evokes a celebratory feeling in your home. When designing this collection I kept the gracious Southern hostess in mind. What would she have on her table? I think Frost & Ember exemplifies this ideal.

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What home trends are you seeing this Holiday Season that you love?

Painted gourds and botanicals in white, silver and gold. Paired with rich, green garlands these colors are gorgeous and classic.

Do you have any décor/design rules?

While I don’t have any rules as design and personal style – in my opinion – is ever evolving, I have one thing that I don’t do: I never stagger art (it should either be orthogonally placed or in a well collected grouping). Really, that’s it and all else is fair game!

What is your design philosophy?

Classically Current – the luxurious livability I incorporate into all of my interiors. Our clients homes are grand, but also grounded. It is the careful balance of a playful and whimsical aesthetic that is also sophisticated and refined. I strive to create well-tailored, inviting environments that are, above all, unforgettable.

3 Things Every House Needs to be a Home:

  • Family and Friends
  • A fireplace for cozy winter nights – even in the hot and humid South
  • An enviable – yet functional – kitchen where everyone can gather

Meet the designer, Laura Umansky Friday, December 11th from 5 – 7pm or on Saturday, December 12th from 12 – 2pm. Both events will be held at the Mignon Faget Gallery on 3801 Magazine street. Peruse the collection, which will be styled using MF Home, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.