This summer Laura Michaels moved her interior design studio from Armonk to the spot in Glenville that Finch’s Pharmacy called home for forty years. The totally renovated 1,800-square-foot space showcases her hip, glam, yet very approachable design aesthetic. When so many designers think small, Michaels goes big, maximizing design to scale, a concept she says the restaurant and hotel industries execute well.
Her goal is to make the design process exciting and pleasurable. “People don’t realize that interior design can be fun. They think it has to be so serious. I’m out to change that,” she says. You know you’re in for a treat as soon as you step inside the studio and retail space where soothing grays and whites serve as the backdrop. Here, customers can pop in, look around, peruse the furniture, or grab a hostess gift—easily done since items start at $20—or an accessory for their home.
Walk through the store and up a step into the studio, where the design magic happens. Michaels works in both residential and commercial spaces and does it all—from creating custom-made furniture manufactured in the U.S. to designing tile tableaus you’ll never see in your neighbor’s home. (Ask to see her metal-stud tiles.) “I connect easily with my clients. They inspire me, and I draw from that to create designs that fit their personalities,” she says.
3 Riversville Road, Greenwich; 203-531-7047; lauramichaelsdesign.com
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“People tend to use safe colors, usually in lighter shades,” Michaels says. She suggests choosing one room—or maybe just a wall—and painting it a dense, dark color in a glossy paint that will reflect light. Want to kick it up a tad? “Lacquer a wall or the ceiling.”