We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Arledge and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Laura, how do you think about risk?
I think it’s really important as an entrepreneur to be a dreamer, willing to take risks where others won’t, and have a degree of fearlessness. Without it, I would be too focused on reality to stretch myself and our team. It’s a tricky balance though and the balance of reality to risk always has to remain in check.

When I started the company 6 years ago, I was internally struggling with risk even on the level of how far we take design risks with our clients— I think sometimes as designers starting out, we think clients expect us to design what they’ve seen in the mainstream market. Sticking to my guns and being confident in my design choices has taken time and effort, and hopefully a clearer brand has arisen because of the times I decided to stick with my gut and not let the fear of what someone else may think take over.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The past 6 years since starting the business have been a testament to patience, hard work, and endurance. I’ve learned that no single opportunity will make or break you; it’s showing up every day and taking the losses with humility, knowing that my journey is unique to me.

As an interior design firm, we are incredibly inspired by music and the arts and that shows up in the way we translate our client’s “why” into their interior environment. We spend a great deal of time on questionnaires and interviews with our clients in the beginning of the design process which helps us to formulate the essence of their space. It’s important to me that each of our projects looks and feels different to represent the uniqueness of our clients.

We also recently kicked off our e-commerce home goods and accessories shop, specializing in antique, artisan-made, and our own line of “Homey” brand apparel (all US-made). A portion of all HomeyTM proceeds go to charities that support a more equitable home life. Often times, interior design can be viewed as a service for the elite and we want to break those boundaries and provide accessible options for all with wellness and planet health at the forefront.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Coffeeshops: Bindle: hipster-y coffeeshop with the best morning buns (aka cinnamon rolls)!
Wolverine Farm: bookstore and coffeeshop
Mugs: love the healthy food options and good tables for working or studying
Little Bird Bakery: the best baked goods! Must try their almond croissants

Shopping:
Plenty of shopping options:
Heyday
Sunday Supply
Kansas City Kitty
Little Horse Vintage

Concerts:
The Aggie Theater
New West Fest

Food:
Little on Mountain – amazing farm to table food and craft cocktails
Austin’s American Grill – classic American cuisine
Vatos Tacos – try the mango nachos!
RamaMama – artisan ramen, steeped in broth that takes 18 hours to s
Slyce Pizza – the crust!
For ice cream, Walrus is a Ft. Collins staple, or try Churn in the Exchange

Outdoors:
Horsetooth reservoir, hiking at Lory State Park, nearby mountains for skiiing/snowboarding

Stay:
Armstrong Hotel
Elizabeth Hotel

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my team who is a group of such talented and hard-working women. Without them, we’d not be close to where we are today. Audrey Johnson, Michaela Lucas, Sonia Vincent, and Kristen Noonan show up every day, working hard and owning what they do, while being kind and challenging themselves creatively. I’m so thankful to have gained a group of friends and a life-long creative community.

Website: www.state.studio

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/state.studio/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/state.studio/

Other: https://www.pinterest.com/StateDesignStudio/

Image Credits
renderings for 1st 2 images: Notion Workshop photo of Dining Room: Laura Arledge photo of Kitchen and Safari Chair: Davin Lindwall Eames black chair and Mesa Verde Motel: Audrey Johnson

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