“Fun, Interesting Person of Integrity”
For 3 years I walked in and out of stores…from chains to franchises to locally owned high end stores and actually approached an artisan…asking for help in creating a little dream I had…a mommy’s lair (read “oversized master bedroom morphs into a multifunctional reading, media and sleeping room”)…I walked in with swatches and folders of things and styles I liked. I walked through stores saying I like this, I like that. The response was lackluster at best. Out of all the searching I did and the people I met, only one, perhaps sensing a nice commission in the offing, offered to come to my home. And then she presented me with a sketch and pieces that SHE liked. Than came Laura. She listened. She reviewed. She came out. She measured. She called. She asked details. She dutifully looked at all the swipes I had collected and dreamed with me. She noticed what was already in my house. She heard me say I have 3 small kids. And then she presented me with 2 plans and together we selected the pieces and the fabrics. I bought a truckload or so of furnishings and home accessories from Laura because she actually cared what my room looked like and she wanted it to be mine. She never once complained when she had to redo things, check on one more thing, handle an ornery vendor who shipped late, even come over and help me shuffle things from our plan. She gave me the benefit of her knowledge while somehow channeling herself into my dream of the room that would become my sanctuary inside my home. Not only that, and this is the best part, Laura is just a fun, interesting person of integrity. We shared many laughs and enjoyed each other’s company as we worked on this project together. I have one piece of advice….hire her. Thanks!
Teresa R. ~ Chapel Hill, NC
My family recently moved to Chapel Hill. I wanted help decorating and furnishing our house so it would flow together and compliment our existing furniture. I have three small children so time and budget were very important to me. I was hesitant to work with a designer for fear that they would tell me to throw out everything and start new, wrecking my budget, or else impose their own design ideas on my purchases. A friend gave me Laura’s name and I have been extremely happy with my experience. Laura provided me with a range of services from selecting rugs, paint color, and window treatments, to purchasing and placing furniture and accessories. She was always mindful of my budget and time. I especially liked that she was able to take our own furniture and make it work in a new space. She also guided me through buying accessories from chain stores, to help stay within my budget, also taking into account the design reality of having three young children. I was able to mix nicer quality pieces with inexpensive accents. She was also accessible anytime for questions by email or phone, and took pictures and sent diagrams. She was always prompt and professional, and seemed genuinely concerned about the final product. Our friends, family and neighbors have been very complimentary of our “new” home and we owe it all to Laura!
Elizabeth H. ~ Chapel Hill, NC
“Sensitive To Your Budget”
“Laura Forrest is the ultimate professional! Her attention to detail and total commitment to the project is exceptional. The contractors that she hires (granite installers, shower door creators, and painters) are all professional, on time, courteous and neat. It is obvious from the workman comments that Laura demands perfection and they are determined to oblige. Laura has an impressive knowledge of electric and plumbing issues – what will and will not pass a home inspection and she is upfront and honest about what costs will be and what problems may arise particularly when updating an older home. If there is a problem or an issue with a part of the project – be it a bent light fixture or the wrong color paint – she responds to emails and phone call immediately and is at your home to access the problem and contact the appropriate contractor. Laura is sensitive to your budget and will work hard to create a new, updated look “within that budget”. She has oodles of ideas and many contacts, allowing her to help you create the room that you envision. Whether you are planning a simple update or a total renovation, Laura can be depended on to create a unique room, in a timely manner that will meet your needs and your dreams”
Lyn L. ~ Cary, NC
After working with Laura, my house is now a place that I love to be in and enjoy sharing with others. When a guest comes over, instead of being embarrassed or insecure, I am proud of the way my home looks. I am constantly getting compliments on my house, which now looks finished with decorator touches that Laura added to match our style and preferences. From the unique lighting fixtures in the kitchen to the custom tile fireplace and mantle in our living room works together to create a cohesive look and more importantly, brings a smile to my face every time I notice it. I have worked with several decorators and Laura Forrest is by far the best. Unlike other decorators I’ve worked with, she is insanely responsive, always available by phone or email with thoughtful and complete responses.
Beth D. ~ Chapel Hill, NC
“On Time and Within Our Budget”t
We recently relocated from Northern California and purchased a house in North Raleigh. Our near term goal was to open up the area between the kitchen and living room while upgrading the rooms and foyer. A number of local contractors gave us proposals, but lacked background in interior design. What we really needed was to work with a team of professionals who could lay out a path of upgrades that we could make over time – and within our budget. Our (fussy) realtor came to our rescue. Her husband, a developer of high-end properties, has used Laura for years. Laura came up with a series of design recommendations and alternatives. She then developed and priced construction plans and schedules, along with ways for us to save money in the process. She was careful to point out which items needing to be subcontracted – including electrical and stone setting work – and whom she would use. The construction project went without a hitch – on time and within our projected budget. Any questions were answered promptly, and necessary changes were fully explained and documented. Laura worked with us on colors, fabrics, furniture, lighting and other accessories. The final touches were provided by an expert faux painter whom Laura recommended. We look forward to working with Laura in the future and highly recommend her for anyone seeking an expert Interior
Chuck and Dee S. ~ Raleigh, NC