What Clients Say…


Patricia Brink
: Client
Project Date: December 2016
Laurie was a pleasure to work with. She was punctual, reliable and pleasant. Laurie has imagination with an ability to blend that with your preferences. Our projects were finished timely and on budget.

Jayna Herges
Relationship: Colleague
Laurie McDowell is an exceptional designer to work with. She is very creative and original. She uses all her resources and collaborates with the best to give her clients the most beautiful designs. She is very thorough, knowledgeable and hard working.

Pam Badger
Relationship: Client
Project Date: June 2015
Laurie worked with me on my home and at my recommendation she has worked with my clients and friends. Everyone agrees that Laurie is a good listener and that she helps the home owner make smart decisions from a financial and design perspective. We think she is great!

KDR Designer Showrooms
Relationship: Colleague
Laurie is so fun to work with! She is creative, inspiring and has a personality that you want to be around. When working with Laurie, she keeps her client’s needs a top priority and strives to find the right products to fit their lifestyle.

Abby Koller, Minneapolis Showroom Manager
Project Date: October 2013
Working with Laurie was an amazing experience!! She was able to create a setting in each and every room using a palette of colors that can only be described as mouthwatering!! I am an indecisive person, so for Laurie to be able to uncover and discover my personality through color and decor was a true testament to her incredible talent as an artist and a designer! There is rarely a time that my husband and I don’t walk into our home without commenting on how much we love it!! I have seen numerous jobs that Laurie has done, and it is always obvious when it is a product of her work, as each and every one is a unique masterpiece !! I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Laurie and in the process have gained a life long friend!!❤

Sharon Clements
Relationship: Client
Project Date: October 2015

I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with Laurie for approximately 10 years with general interior design, a major renovation/addition and designing our apartment while living in Asia. She is simply amazing. She has natural ability to blend simple designs with incredible art work, tiles, color accents that bounce off one another in a way I would never have envisioned. Laurie will work within your budget balancing simple with extraordinary. Laurie is in front of various trends including tile, art including mixed media, colors, fabrics, flooring (amazing rugs!). She has a way of bringing out your playful side in a very subtle way. We moved from the Twin Cities 5 years ago; however, we have been creative with technology to accomplish the same goals. If you have an opportunity to work with Laurie, you will not regret it!

Relationship: Client
Project Date: September 2015

We were thrilled to have the privilege of working with Laurie McDowell on our Kitchen remodel. Her keen eye to detail is what turned an ordinary kitchen remodel to an extraordinary kitchen. We were on the lower side of the budget but the kitchen certainly does not look like it! 

She is also very professional and diplomatic when working with us and various contractors.

Rella Rae
Relationship: Client
Project Date: July 2015

I learned of Laurie through a friend with whom Laurie had worked, and I loved what I saw. I was loathe to give her a call because I thought services like hers were only for those doing a major renovation, or those with very deep pockets. I am very glad I called Laurie, she is working with me where I am, and has proven to be extremely helpful. She has guided me with color choices, has helped me avoid mistakes, and is working with me to create the warm environment I seek…..all on a budget. I am grateful for her help and she has a way of guiding me that is gentle and not at all pushy, and she is attuned to my desires and goals. I have no trouble endorsing her work with two thumbs up!

Relationship: Client
Project Date: May 2015

We have worked with Ms. McDowell for the past 2 years. We purchased a new condo, our urban cabin, and she has helped us from the beginning of the project, choosing titles, cabinets, granite to the stage of furnishing it. We could not be happier. Laurie is very pleasant to work with, fun, but most importantly she is a great listener. She is respectful of our taste and style and has helped us to create a place that we absolutely love. She always brings great ideas, various materials, lots of options. She is concerned with overspending and will give an alternative option for a better price. We appreciate that. In summary, we highly recommend Laurie with no reservations.

Relationship: Colleague

I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Laurie McDowell on several projects. Her creativity knows no bounds! She has the remarkable gift of giving each of her clients a truly unique and beautiful design, while being respectful of their individual tastes and budgets. She has a terrific talent for combining different colors, patterns and textures to add life to any space. Laurie is exceptionally detailed oriented in every step of the process, to ensure that her clients receive the best possible end result. Not only is Laurie a gentle guide for her clients through their projects, but she brings a fun and energetic personality to them as well! Laurie is a joy to work with!

Donna Tasto, Rubble Tile

Relationship: Colleague
Project Date: June 2014

I have had the pleasure of working with Laurie over the past several years on single family homes. She has absolutely the best sense of color and texture of any interior designer with which I have worked. Laurie works with her clients to determine the right character for their home and then goes our and finds the most amazing products that work so well to achieve this character. I would absolutely recommend Laurie to any of my clients for their interior design needs. 

Scott England, Principal DJR Architecture, Inc.

Trish Larson
Relationship: Client
Project Date: July 2010

Facing a kitchen remodel can be a daunting assignment but Laurie made the task much easier. From the beginning, she listened to our ideas, offered suggestions and assisted in the overall design. She also worked closely with the contractors to avoid any misunderstandings and to keep the project on schedule and within our budget.Laurie is both personable and professional. Her unique design skills created an amazing result and very satisfied clients.

Trish & Steve Larson

Ginny Grossman
Relationship: Client
Project Date: July 2013

I thought all I wanted when I began with Laurie was some paint. But together we selected paint, wallpaper, carpet, and furniture and created an ambiance that fit exactly what I had imagined but didn’t have the skills to make happen on my own. I found Laurie’s counsel invaluable on many levels. She brought numerous ideas to the table, she kept me focused on what I truly wanted, she was resilient, creative and energetic in spite of my waffling and occasional uncertainty. Most of all, she listed, interpreted and helped me create the home I desired.I was so pleased with Laurie’s work that I am now in the midst of a major kitchen and den remodel and Laurie has been instrumental to this project as well She is adding much experience and fresh ideas, while keeping my personality, needs, and integration with the rest of my home in mind. All of my “selections” were made with her guidance and talented eye.I find Laurie remarkable in three areas in particular that really help clients through the process. Color, individualization and listener/interpreter.Lastly, I believe that in the world of interior designers, she is practical and her hourly price is very reasonable and less than most.Without hesitation I am happy to recommend Laurie McDowell for whatever interior design project you may be dreaming of. She absolutely will enhance the experience with her professional skill, her creativity, her personality and her work ethic.

Ginny Grossman

Relationship: Client
Project Date: April 2013

We have been so pleased with the interior recommendations that Laurie McDowell has made for our new house on Vashon Island in Washington. Laurie began helping us with our interior finishes after we began building our new contemporary Northwest house. We had already made some interior decisions prior to Laurie coming on board, but she was able to take those decisions, improve on them and add her own finishes to bring it altogether in a cohesive, beautiful contemporary look. In addition Laurie did a furniture layout for every room utilizing our current furniture and helped us pick out and purchase additional furniture. Laurie is so easy to work with and she has great taste. She is able to work in every medium from very traditional to contemporary/modern. Laurie tries hard to understand clients tastes before making recommendations to insure that they end up happy with the finished product. The suppliers that she works with have a great deal of respect for her which translates into a real benefit for her clients It has been such a fun and great experience that in the process we now consider Laurie a friend, not just an interior design person.

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