Britt Design Group
The Home Trust International (HTI): What compelled you to enter design?
Laura Britt (LB): I was drawn to design at an early age and enjoyed spatial relationships and the ability to envision and change an environment. I began drawing floor plans of my home as a young child and loved being in my grandmother’s home and learning about her fine antiques and collectibles.
HTI: Who has been the strongest influence on your career and why?
LB: Working as the Interior Designer for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs informed my understanding of modernism and taught me project management skills necessary for managing all variety of project types. By observing the architects spearheading the projects, it also prompted me to earn my Master of Architecture degree.
HTI: If you could have told your 20-year-old self-one thing, what would it have been?
LB: Enjoy the process – everything works out beautifully. You’ll be working with the most interesting, thoughtful, well-travelled kind people collaborating on their amazing projects.
HTI: Please tell us about your family and your personal life.
LB: My husband and I have one son and we live in the heart of Austin, Texas. We absolutely also adore our 2 Havanese pups who are undoubtedly spoiled beyond measure. We enjoy trips to the hill country, fresh cool water swims and hiking. My son enjoys fencing and doting on our dogs.
HTI: What is the best advice you’ve received and who was it from?
LB: My parents always reminded me to pursue any goal I have and not hold back – it was impressed upon me to truly believe that I can pursue the leadership position rather than the subordinate option.
HTI: Is there a common thread that runs through all great products?
LB: Our work is collaborative and client driven. We aim to create spaces that are reflections of our clients and their lives and lifestyles. We incorporate quality and appreciate the interesting history and story behind the end product.
HTI: Do you prefer the country or the city?
LB: I prefer being in natural settings either in the mountains or close to water to recharge. The city is invigorating and ideal for design sourcing and inspiration, but stepping away is where I regroup.
HTI: What recent project are you most proud of?
LB: I am thrilled about our project on Lake Austin that is a multi-phased project and incorporates water as a strong natural element with reflecting pools surrounding the home and casitas.
HTI: In what ways has your company changed over the years?
LB: Our company has grown from only me as the sole proprietor to approximately 20 professional interior designers and key management staff. My husband now manages the non-design operations of the business. It’s much more interesting and much more complex than when I founded the company.
HTI: The one thing I’ve had forever is:
LB: My grandmother’s baby grand Steinway.
HTI: What do you miss the most?
LB: Having more leisure time.
HTI: What makes a room sing?
LB: Personal art and mementos from our clients makes a house their home.
HTI: What place most inspires you?
LB: I truly loved Kyoto and strong attention to every tiny immaculate detail.
HTI: Do you have a favorite author?
LB: Malcolm Gladwell. Most of my reading is about growth in mindset, business or health.
HTI: Do you have a favorite place to be?
LB: Love the Kimball Museum in Ft. Worth – because of the beautiful diffused natural light and the same for the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
HTI: What is your favorite brand and why?
LB: I love the elegant simplicity of Loro Piana.
HTI: When you’re not working where are you most likely to be found?
LB: Outside in the sunshine or undercover listening to the rain.
HTI: What makes a great organization?
LB: Strong leadership and vision.
HTI: Why The Home Trust?
LB: The Home Trust is an assemblage of trusted professionals one can count on to give unbiased counsel.
HTI: If you could be granted one wish. What would it be?
LB: More time.
HTI: What would you be doing if you weren’t in design?
LB: I can’t imagine anything else I’d rather be doing.
HTI: Who is on your personal ‘Board of Directors?’
LB: My husband is my #1 go-to, as he offers sage counsel and is always my first choice.
HTI: How do you see luxury, design or your product category evolving over the next several years?
LB: I believe quality never goes out of style and that we will all focus more on wellness than ever before. Incorporating health and wellness into our projects is a core tenant of my practice due to my own personal health journey.