Eye On Design: Laura Vogtle
Her next venture was in the art world, opening Gallery 1930. Currently located in English Village, a premier shopping district in Mountain Brook, Laura curated art from all over the state of Alabama and beyond. Featuring new, local artists was, and still is, a special passion of hers.
Her latest creative adventure has been in the interior design world. Studying fashion gave her the opportunity to take a few interior design classes in college, and the lessons learned there were not lost on her.
Recently, a client asked her to help build a house from the ground up. Remodeling two previous homes gave her the courage to take on this challenge. She’s always had a passion for interior design, and she knew that being able to help a client create beautiful spaces would push her to try new things.
Laura has made it easy to see her design aesthetic by opening a design studio, Design Supply, at Pepper Place in downtown Birmingham, in the heart of the Design District. She believes that having a real, breathing space to show her clients how to make beautiful rooms makes it easier on them than ordering out of catalogs or on the Internet. She saw a need for designers to have a space to find what was needed for each of their clients, whether they are building from the ground up or just remodeling.
antiques and art that stand out in a room, creating conversation pieces that add a special charm. You’ll also find lots of textures; for every hard surface, there’s a soft one—and for every new piece, there’s something old.
If you haven’t had a chance to see Laura’s new shop, I highly recommend getting down to Pepper Place to visit Design Supply. You will be inspired just walking in the door. If you go on a Saturday during Pepper Place Market, you might find a featured artist or maker. Laura is always finding new artists and providing them a platform to show their work. This is what I love about her: She is always finding beautiful things and giving someone a chance.
When I asked Laura how she would describe her style, she pointed out that she loves to use pieces that are unique. She hunts for