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Rebekkah Adams grew up in Ithaca, New York with one younger brother, two artistic parents and two lovable dogs. Starting from early childhood, she has taken an interest in music, traveling and writing. She attended college at The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a degree in Radio-Television-Film and a degree in English. She has since worked in film, advertising, PR and as a freelance writer and editor. When not writing articles, she spends her time singing, shopping and working on fiction pieces. She currently lives in Austin, TX with her husband and one dog.

Laura Britt Design: Sustainable Design & Furniture

When tackling a new home or renovation, we are often perplexed trying to find the exact look and feel we want, especially if we are working to be environmentally conscious. Many of us are at a loss as to which brands and products are safe and which may have harmful effects to our planet or us. If you are tackling these problems and projects right now, it is time to consult an interior designer. Laura Britt Design and her furniture line, VERVANO, combine outstanding interior design work with the environmental attitude that many of us strive to maintain.

Living Room at the Austonian (Photo Credit: laurabrittdesign.com)

Laura Britt founded the company in 2001 to create sustainable designs for environmental people. At Laura Britt Design, the projects run the gamut, some from the ground up and others when an family or business simply want to redo one or two rooms. Regardless of the client, their process remains the same. Using Computer-aided Design (CAD) software, Ms. Britt and team are able to show their clients what the project will look like when it is completed. They can create the room digitally and change the appearance on the computer. Customers are able to see what their home or office will look like in a different color, or with a new piece of furniture so there are no surprises at the end. If the clients do not like the fit then with just the click of a button, another option appears.

Upon starting her business, Laura Britt soon discovered that it was difficult to locate the perfect elements with the right ingredients. She decided to make her own high end, sustainable furniture line, VERVANO. As much as possible, the wood, glue and foam are all selected because they are sustainably created and often biodegradable. The innovative and unique furniture can be both incorporated into a Laura Britt Design project, and purchased separately for a home or office.

Gabe Desk from VERVANO Line (Photo Credit: vervano.com)

The perks do not stop there, however, as the design firm knows all the ways to make sure the home is sustainable without compromising on quality or aesthetics. For example, rugs are carefully chosen to avoid purchasing anything that was made using child labor and the paint products have a low VOC and therefore fewer harmful fumes are released when it is applied. Often times, the company can tap into the Austin network and find local talent to create artwork, build an addition or make draperies and pillows. At every turn, the firm produces designs that are “morally responsible and friendly to Mother Earth.”

Bedroom from a Westlake Hills Residence (Photo Credit: laurabrittdesign.com)

In addition to being eco-oriented, Laura Britt Design also works with a number of charities. They have donated furniture for fundraising auctions and raffles to the Austin Chamber Music Center and the Austin Discovery School. Additionally, they donated their design expertise to the American YouthWorks when they built an addition to their existing building.

Want a closer look in a real-world setting? ASID Texas is having an interior design home tour on October 15. An expertly designed residence will be showcasing what Laura Britt Design can do. Anyone, even a casually interested observer, can stop by to check out the work and speak with people from the company.

Interior Design Home Tour:

WHEN: October 15, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE:
Greenshores Residence
7101 Malibu Cove
Austin, TX 78730

FEES: Free

Laura Britt Design:

WHERE:
911 West 29th Street
Austin, TX 78705
Ph. 512-458-8963

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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