We noticed Laura's decorating skills after seeing one of her rooms in a Showcase Home tour in Marin. Over about six months we met often and she did a lot of extra effort to help us introduce interesting furnishings inside a home where we rigidly controlled some dramatic wall colors that framed dramatic SF Bay views. Our approach was not typical because most rooms end up being fairly neutral and the furnishings stand on their own and dominate the color scheme and style. But Laura was flexible and sensitive and did a terrific job in identifying furnishings and window treatments that worked with our colors. We hesitated initially on some of her furnishing selections, but learned over time her judgement was far better and enduring than ours. We love the result. We have a lot of confidence in Laura and recommend her highly. She really puts the client first and helps them refine their preferences.
John and Lillian Decker, Sausalito, California
I've worked with Laura Larkin for over 15 years on projects ranging from major remodels to room up dates. Laura has an incredible knack for getting to really understand what the personality of the client is so she is able to bring choices and options that are totally unique to that person. I have loved working with Laura and honestly have not used anyone else to help me in over 15 years. We have created family rooms, dining rooms, kitchen re models and outdoor living space etc. Every time I walk into one of the rooms that Laura has helped create I feel a sense of happiness and relaxation. Laura is always dependable, easy to work with and it has been a pleasure to work with her and we have become great friends over all these years as well. I would never think of going anywhere else; she is the best!
Wendy Tonkin, Western Exhibitors, Inc. President, Kentfield, CA
Laura is the most talented, gracious designer I've ever worked with... she has a great sense of style and is wonderful. I wish she could assist me in all aspects of my life!
Lezlee Westine, McLean, VA
It is totally my pleasure to recommend Laura Larkin as the most competent, creative, sincere and talented designers I have had the pleasure to work with over the past two and a half years. Her timely work habits, her dedication to our job made my husband and I feel that we were in the most expert hands possible. Her resources with every facet of design were quite obvious with her immense knowledge of vendors, installers, and every other detail that was necessary to complete our project! From beginning to completion we could count on Laura to get it done in a professional expert manner. She is a delightful woman to work with.
Susan Banker, Orinda, CA
Laura is thorough, and has a great eye for detail. She listens and has classic, timeless taste.
Catherine MacDonald, San Rafael, CA
Laura Larkin, my guardian angel, has helped us with two homes. First and foremost, she is a wonderful lady who will become part of your family. She is down to earth, without 'airs', and has the ability to translate into design exactly what we were wanting. She is wonderfully creative and has access to a group of professional independent contractors who have been working with her for years. She has a great sense of proportion, color and design. When the project is complete, one of her fortes is accessorizing just to put the finishing touches on the room. She is a 'keeper!'
Robin Machette, Piedmont, CA
Laura is an exceptional interior designer with great style and taste. She has a wonderful sense of color, texture and materials and understands how to put them all together to make a superb yet practical setting. We have worked with Laura on two homes and she has been truly remarkable with her ability to re-create spaces that are very livable, functional and stunning. She is a delight to work with and truly knows how to make a house a home.
Denise Swett, San Rafael, CA
We have nothing but positive remarks to make about Laura! We've recommended her and her work to countless friends in the Marin area. Working with Laura is a genuine pleasure. Shes creative, efficient, and has fabulous design ideas and knowledge of whats available in the marketplace. Her attention to detail is unsurpassed. Laura has completely renovated and decorated three rooms in our home, designing our Master Bedroom, TV/Guest Room and college-age sons' bedroom. She transformed those rooms – they are functional and beautiful! She kept costs within an established budget – thats a feat. Everything was completed on schedule and installed with Laura on site to make certain all went where it was supposed to go. (Laura has told us that the favorite part of her work is being with the client as the rooms are literally transformed before their eyes.) As you might guess, we would highly recommend Laura Larkin for any of our friends' or familys' interior design needs. It goes without saying we would recommend her to anyone interested in great design and its execution on that design, at a fair price. She's exceeded our expectations on a regular basis, and we'll use her services again in the future.
Mary Ann Farnsworth & Joel Jutovsky, Novato, CA
Laura worked with us on a major remodel of our home. She has an amazing eye for color and design and provided invaluable input every step of the way -- from the early architectural drawings, to selection of everything from tile and paint colors to drawer pulls, and finally choosing furniture and fabrics. We also really appreciated Laura's sensitivity to our budget constraints and her flexibility in working at whatever pace we've needed. We love our home and are thankful to Laura for her hand in creating it with us! We would highly recommend her
Jeanne & Michael Lipson, San Anselmo, CA
Laura is an innovative designer who is energetic, attentive, and respectful of our family values. She is a good listener and has a delightful sense of humor. She draws on her experience and strong sense of intuition to clearly communicate her ideas. She has been respectful of our spending plan and has utmost integrity. She also has a complete professional referral list. Chris Faiss hung our art and was fabulous! I highly recommend her for any interior design project. large or small.