EP 064 | It’s An Inside Job with Laura Martin Bovard – Part 2

June 11, 2018

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Don’t think for a moment that your salary or income is the “extra” or it’s not as important as that of your higher earning spouse or partner. That is guaranteed to keep you playing small.  “Fun money is more fun when there’s plenty of it.” Kimberley Seldon

Is it possible you are holding yourself back; playing small to avoid having to step up?  It’s time to embrace your inner design warrior goddess.

In this episode we learn:
– not to automatically assume responsibility for every mistake
– how to ask situational questions at the client intake meeting
– to prepare clients in advance for anything that’s likely to be challenging
– that using third party stories can illustrate how easily projects can go off the rails, and how dedicated you are to making the situation right
– it’s ok to hit the pause button if a situation becomes heated


Take Aways

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


Design Intervention

Practice stepping away from heated conversations. When a client or trade raises his or her voice to you, don’t match the volume. Instead, ask for time to consider what is being said, accept responsibility for the situation if it’s your fault, assure the person you want to make the situation right and get yourself to a calm and safe space where you can think more effectively.

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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