This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Laura Hodges, interior designer and founder of Domain, a Baltimore home decor store that offers a stylish mix of goods from designers from around the world.
Hodges ‘aesthetic is evident in her recent redesign of a 2,000-square-foot loft-style residence in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood – a former industrial space made softer and more beautiful by Hodges’ graceful interventions, like covering the original concrete floors with wide oak boards . The same graceful aesthetic shapes the choices of products in her store, such as paintings by Maryland Institute College of Art graduate Heather Kirtland, handcrafted Ugandan baskets, and bath products from Earth Elements. Her favorite items in the store, she says, are jewelry like citrine earrings from Wild Sol and handmade leather earrings from Deanne Lenehan.
Here we talk to Hodges about the city that gets the most inspiration (spoiler: It’s Paris) and the vacation the British-born designer will take when international travel is a good idea again: “We actually had last summer a trip for my family to go to england to show my kids where i grew up and hopefully we will soon. She also discusses the space in our homes that is best prepared for a new style: “I really look forward to home gyms because they’re usually the space that people don’t really get upset about,” she says. “We hope that we can really make it usable this year – and then people will actually want to use it. I’m really looking forward to adding more really cool design elements and making them more interesting. “
Take a look at this Baltimore loft project from Laura Hodges Studio:
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, the Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. During their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, life and passions.