This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Laura Hodges, interior designer and founder of Domain, a Baltimore-area home decor shop offering a stylish mix of goods by designers from around the world.
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Hodges’ aesthetic is evident in her recent transformation of a 2,000-square-foot loft-style residence in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood — a once-industrial space made softer and more beautiful with Hodges’ graceful interventions, like covering the original concrete floors with wide oak planks. That same graceful aesthetic informs the selection of products at her shop, like paintings by Maryland Institute College of Art graduate Heather Kirtland, handmade Ugandan baskets and Earth Elements bath products; her favorite products at the shop, she says, are the jewelry, like citrine drop earrings by Wild Sol and handmade leather earrings by Deanne Lenehan.
Here, we speak to Hodges about the city that finds most inspiration (spoiler: it’s Paris) and the vacation the British-born designer will take once international travel is again a good idea: “We actually had a trip for my family last summer to go to England to show my kids where I grew up, and hopefully we’ll do that sometime soon.” She also discusses the space in our homes that are most primed for a new style: “I’m really excited for home gyms because they’re usually that space that people kind of don’t really get too excited about,” she says. “We’re hoping to make sure that this year we can make them really usable — and then people actually want to use them. I’m really excited to bring in some more, really cool design elements and make them more interesting.”
Take a peek inside this Baltimore Loft project by Laura Hodges Studio:
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, DMTV (Design Milk TV)’s first regular series, shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to select interview questions at random from their favorite bowl or vessel. During their candid discussions, you’ll not only gain a peek into their personal homeware collections, but also valuable insights into their work, life and passions.