Hey there! Thank you for visiting Rugh Design. I’m Laura Rugh, pronounced “Roo” (like, kangaroo!). I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, John and our three sweet girls.
I have many roles, my most important ones being a wife, momma and homemaker for the Rugh Household. My newest role is being a homeschool co-teacher for my girls. My other loves and interests include: coffee, tex-mex, pasta, designing, crafting, organizing, reading, writing and traveling.
Obviously, I also love color! My fascination with color and design started at a very young age. I used to collect crayons as a child because I was totally mesmerized by the rainbow array of colors right at my fingertips. Most days you could find me coloring, sketching and painting; anything that involved color and creating. One time, I color-schemed all of the “rooms” of my play tent including all of the coordinating accessories. I was definitely meant to be a designer!
My passion for color and interiors eventually led me to pursue and complete a BID (Bachelor of Interior Design) from Texas Tech’s accredited Interior Design program. I worked as a Design Consultant at a furniture company before working for a model home merchandising firm as a Project Designer. My work was focused on coordinating and selecting paint colors and specifications (flooring, tile, cabinets, countertops, etc.) for model homes. I also designed trim, built-in and paint details through CAD and Adobe Illustrator.
I started my blog and business, Rugh Design, 6 months after my first daughter was born in 2011. Our goal as a family was for me to be a stay at home mom, but I also missed the creativity with my design work and wanted to contribute to our family financially. As I began meeting with design clients, I was also writing posts on my blog about different design element that inspired me. I did a post entitled, “Favorite Neutral Paint Colors” that received (and still receives!) countless comments and questions. I realized that more and more people were searching for help selecting paint colors for their homes. From there, my niche with color, specifically paint colors, began.
I have now been working with Sherwin-Williams paint colors for the past 12 years. I love finding the perfect colors for my clients and coordinating design elements to compliment them through my custom “mood boards.” Most recently, I have undergone a special color training workshop with Maria Killiam and am now a Certified True Colour Expert™!
I would be remiss, however, to not take a minute to introduce the other half of Rugh Design, my amazingly talented husband, John Rugh. Rugh Design would not be what it is today (or maybe not exist at all) if it weren’t for his encouragement to pursue my dream of having my own interior design consulting business. And he didn’t stop there. When I started getting more and more comments and interest on my blog, he had faith that I could turn Rugh Design into a thriving business not just locally, but online as well. He has been my biggest cheerleader, pushing me to keep going and to do crazy things that I never imaged that I could really do, like write an eBook. He is also a key part of Rugh Design as the website’s primary coder/web designer, marketing researcher, visionary, and finance/business manager. I love that we get to be partners in business and in life!
I am so grateful to the Lord for the blessing and opportunity to live my dream: creating beauty in my own home as a wife and stay at home momma, while having the opportunity to create beauty in the homes of my Rugh Design clients. I give Him the glory and honor as the true Creator of all things beautiful.
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