Laurie discovered a love for art and design while growing up on an island in Michigan. Wanting to contribute to the beauty of the built environment and how it enhances one's perception of space, she received a degree in architecture from The University of Michigan.

A specific talent for interior design led her to the graduate program at Pratt Institute in New York, followed by 14 years of experience at noted New York design firms, The Saladino Group Inc., Peter Marino Architects and Naomi Leff Interiors. Laurie credits her time under John Saladino for developing and refining her expertise of color and finishes.