Since a very young age, Laura dreamed of designing a boutique storefront in a quaint downtown setting. The dream turned in to a reality in 2013 when she rebranded her interior design business and launched Laura Yeager Smith Home & Design. Laura renovated the historic Carriage House at 44 Clinton Street in Hudson and established her first brick and mortar design studio with a boutique storefront. In the following years, Laura built her team of talented professionals including designers and specialized support staff. Laura Yeager Smith Home & Design has continued to grow while collaborating with homeowners, builders and architects to earn a reputation for providing outstanding full service interior design. With this continued growth, it was becoming evident that the firm needed more space for the design team, studio and boutique.
An idea is born.
While traveling on a milestone birthday getaway weekend to Charleston, South Carolina, in 2017, Laura and her husband Todd began to outline steps to expansion. Todd had made a recent career change allowing him capacity to collaborate on this next chapter. His financial background, business experience and multigenerational entrepreneurial spirit came in handy while wire framing next steps to build a new division of LYSHD and a flagship storefront. SMITHS CURATED was born!
While the design firm is project based, including new construction, renovation and furnishings projects, Laura wanted to expand her brand to help those who may not fit the full-service approach of Laura Yeager Smith Home & Design. Homeowners in search of the perfect chair, piece of art, lamp or simply a special hostess gift can appreciate and utilize the inspiring destination shop now open to the public. Vignettes of varied aesthetics inspire both clients and homeowners to develop their own style and offer a cash and carry instant gratification. Larger items can be delivered and special orders are also welcome. Laura’s unique concept was to create a lifestyle storefront where she and her talented team curate fresh vignettes of varied aesthetics that are styled top to bottom. Everything displayed can be purchased as a whole room or by the piece, both locally or from afar on the constantly updated website.
As a one time independent designer who worked out of her home part time while raising her young children, Laura also wanted to help independent designers source amazing finds for their clients at fair prices. The established trade program now offers an expanded showroom for program members to source unique furnishings for their projects and place special orders.