EP 060 | It’s An Inside Job With Laura Martin Bovard – Part 1

May 16, 2018

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As entrepreneurs in the world of design, we all stand to gain so much by working together and lifting one another up. Value and worth are an inside job. In this episode Kimberley talks to Laura Martin Bovard about how we can find and channel the mature business owner we dream of becoming.

In this episode we learn:
– that holding each other accountable to play a bigger game serves the industry as a whole
– that resolve can assist you in asking for and getting what you deserve
– if you have a “jobby” rather than a career, resolve to change, now
– structures and quality systems get you to a place of beauty


Take Aways

A Letter to My Young Designer Sisters and Brothers (PDF)

Brother vs. Brother on HGTV – Launches May 23, 2018.

Meet Jim Gilliam, founder of Nation Builder, and Kimberley’s nephew (the one that gave her insight on her value!) – The Internet is my Religion


Design Intervention

Hire a professional to photograph your rooms. The investment will be worth it.


Laura Martin Bovard started LMB Interiors from her dining room table as a solopreneur and new mom, in 2002. She has since grown her firm into a multi-million-dollar business, currently employing six additional designers, plus design assistant, expediter, marketing director, and design intern.

Laura is passionate about beautiful interior design, self-care, and spiritually-conscious personal and business growth — and how these intersect, both in how she designs welcoming, soulful spaces for her clients, and in how she runs her business and mentors newer designers.

She says, “What matters to all of us is community; how we as humans can be our best, most resourced selves, bring our gifts to others, and include others in our lives. We hunger to create beauty and connection in service of our community, our clients, the tribe of humans. This is why I do this work.”

LMB Interiors’ residential portfolio features updated, livable designs for modern families and individuals stewarding historically-significant turn-of-the-century and mid-century homes in the Bay Area. The firm’s commercial projects include tech start-up spaces, real estate offices, and a number of beloved local eateries, which happen to be owned by her sister and brother-in-law, restaurateurs Rebekah and Rich Wood.

Through LMB Interiors, Laura invests in her community and supports the health of the planet by prioritizing local sourcing, artisans, and vendors, and the use of ecologically conscious materials.

Laura is a featured designer in the upcoming sixth season of “Brother vs. Brother,” a spin-off of the “Property Brothers” franchise, to air on May 23rd, 2018. She is frequently invited to speak about philanthropy and ethical business practices in interior design on panels at the San Francisco Design Center and at industry events. Her firm has received numerous awards, including Best of Oakland, Oakland Magazine readers’ choice awards, 2015 and 2018; Best of Houzz, Service, 2013, 2016, 2017; and Best of Houzz, Design, 2018.



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