In a coveted high-rise with tree-top views, a jet-setting couple that spends part of the year abroad in Zurich wanted to make an airy home for themselves in Houston, Texas. In spite of its small space, they loved the layout of their apartment and the amount of natural light that flooded in. They decided to partner with Laura U Interior Design to focus on the renovation of the living room, master bath powder room, and dressing room.

As a couple that travels a lot, they had collected intricate pieces from around the globe — from rugs, textiles and artwork to a Spanish coffee table with low stools inherited by the homeowner’s mother. As for the look of their space, they wanted it to have clean, modern lines but to feel unfussy and approachable. “The couple has a romantic yet pragmatic outlook and wanted each item to have meaning to them,” said Laura Umansky of Laura U Interior Design. They had already purchased a beautiful cognac leather sofa that was perfect for the media room and study. It was paired with a stunningly worn oriental rug and hand-painted wallpaper from Fromental.

One of the things that jumps out the most about this apartment is the color palette. A mix of mostly neutrals with a few bold colors, it immediately transports you to somewhere more exotic. “Warm tones reminiscent of desert sunsets filled with sienna, terra cotta, and crèmes radiate throughout the home,” shared Laura Umansky. The red lacquer doors are a bold choice connecting the foyer to the dressing room. “We turned the former sitting room into a dressing room that floats in the middle of the apartment, and has access points from two sides” she said, “It was a risk but it turned out perfectly and is a room they enjoy using every day.”

For Laura and her team, matching the homeowners’ personal style with the interior of their home is often a good way to create a successful space. “The interior color palette very much meshes with her fashion sense,” Laura explained, “I suppose most people look like their homes!”