A Talk With: Colorado Interior Designer Laura Medicus – An excerpt from Luxe Magazine’s “The Insider”

 Yes, you read the headline correctly and I swear I’m not interviewing myself Rupert Pupkin-style from The King of Comedy.  An interview I gave entitled “The Insider” with Christine DeOrio for Luxe Interiors + Design Colorado came out this month (the March/April issue is out in stores now) and I thought I would share an excerpt and a little more of the Q & A from this session that wasn’t published in the piece.
Here’s a brief excerpt from the interview out now – for the full article check your local newstand.  I’ll put a link up when it’s available online.
Design doesn’t occur in a vacuum.  It starts with a conversation,” says Laura Medicus, owner of Denver-based Laura Medicus Interiors.  “More and more of my clients are new to Colorado and they’re bringing with them style–and ideas about style–from other parts of the country.”  The designer uses her blog, coloradonest.com, to continue those conversations, adding helpful how-tos and fascinating bits of industry history.  “My aim is to inspire and educate but also to be entertaining,” she says.  That sensibility extends to her residential designs–livable, interesting spaces in tune with the personalities of the people who inhabit them.  “I like clients with a good sense of humor about life and design, and I like the stories they bring to a project, Medicus says.  “Design should be fun.” – From Luxe Interiors + Design, Colorado, March/April 2017
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Sketches and a plan for a kitchen under construction now in Denver’s Park Hill. Sketching out the design doesn’t take me very long and it really helps the client and myself understand what it will look like and what tweaks might be needed. This is part of the fun for me.

External validation feels good to have every now and again, although the feeling is fleeting.  I like this quote by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu:  “Everybody is looking for validation, no matter who you are, and I think that’s a need of the human condition – to look for affection or recognition or validation.”

Here are a few more questions that weren’t in the article:

Do you believe you have a signature aesthetic? Or a signature approach to interior design?
 My approach is client centered not “designer” centered.  Some clients come to me with a vision and we work together to develop and implement it; others are less sure about what they want and I help guide them towards their style and narrow down choices.  I like design that’s not fussy or overly precious and I think that comes through in every home I have a hand in.
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A recently completed renovation and restoration in Golden, Colorado by Laura Medicus Interiors. Photo by Sara Yoder.
What’s your favorite kind of project or client?
 I love it when people are just totally in love with their house, or if they’re not, they have a desire to be in love with their home.  I also enjoy clients with a good sense of humor about life and design.
What styles, textures, materials, design approaches, etc. appeal to you personally?
 I love an interior with good bones, beautifully crafted cabinetry, unusual art, really comfortable seating, a few interesting antiques and good people and pets.
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Me framing art at a client’s house and sharing a sunbeam with her sweet dog.

“Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.”  Dorothy Draper From Entertaining is Fun! How to Be a Popular Hostess | 1941


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