CEH: Designer of the Month Spotlight: December: { Layne Torsch Interiors}

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Layne Torsch Interiors: Houston, Texas

We have worked with Layne for years, and always enjoy seeing the new designs she brings our way to create! She has a great eye for designing custom pieces that are just right for a client’s lifestyle, taste, and home. She is also great at tweaking label line items to fit into her project with better cohesiveness. Many new designs have come from her creativity, and are now in the CEH label line (The “Parker” Bed, a few bespoke dining tables, and the “Savannah” bed.) Her projects have a clean, balanced, and tailored feel that we can’t get enough of!

Read along to learn more about Layne Torsch Interiors!

Your design services are open to clients in which cities or areas?: Houston, Dallas, and Austin TX

How would you describe your design style?: This is so hard for me! I think my style is constantly changing but I gravitate towards light and bright while staying textural and relying on layering whether that be in color or in materials depending on the project and context. I like mixing more classic lines but in a way that translates to feel updated and casual while still feeling luxe in the end.

Why did you choose to use CEH pieces in your projects?: Because I like high quality products! And I think the most important key to having a room feel done is choosing appropriate scaled furniture, and the right mix of size and style to achieve end goal is not something that’s just on a store shelf all the time.

How did you get started? : I have always loved interior design and felt so emotionally connected to spaces, and growing up with a mother who does interior design made me pay even more attention to it. When I graduated college with a business degree a part of me still felt missing, and after working for a few years in an office setting I decided to take a chance and quit my job to pursue my dream of working for an interior designer. As luck would have it, I got the opportunity to work for the MOST FABULOUS DESIGNER EVER Tracy Hardenburg in Dallas who taught me so much more than what it means to just have a job doing interior design, but to also always try to not stay stagnant in your style, what it means to work hard, own your own business, love your family and to do it while having fun! When I got married in 2015 I moved from Dallas to Houston and started my company, Layne Torsch Interiors and 3.5 years and 1 toddler later I’m very proud of how it has grown.

What inspires you today - person, place or thing? Traveling and textiles, something about being in new (or old places) but seeing things in a different context that is impressionable. For me so much of how I design too is wanting to use specific fabrics that I’ve been crushing on too, and in wanting to use them in and unexpected combination that feels fresh.

What do you consider to be a “must have” in a room? I think every room needs a little something boring (simple)  to make all the fun pieces really stand out.

Fashion brands or designers that you like? Mother, Apiece Apart, AMO, Nili Lotan, The Great, Wilt

What is your signature outfit? White top and Jeans on repeat

What is your favorite candle and scent? Baies by Dyptique

What do you consider to be the most rewarding aspect of your job as an interior designer?  I love install day, I try to wait and deliver everything on the same day when I can. It’s so wonderful to see families come home and see everything we have been working together to orchestrate and to feel proud and excited of the end result. I also love all the relationships I have made along the way.

How does your personal style with fashion differ or reflect your choice in interior styles? Pretty similar - like a laid back but elevated look.

Any tips on designing and decorating a home with kids and pets? As a mother of a 1.5 year old who has shown signs of being an artist (a few wall coloring incidents) I suggest high quality paint and keep a lot of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on hand. I also like to use more durable fabrics with high double rub count that hold up well to cleaning, or indoor/outdoor fabrics on high use pieces. Its more expensive in the beginning but its buying a little insurance. Also, spend the money on wool rugs - they clean and hold up!!!

What textures or materials are you drawn to? I love mixing materials to keep a laid back look, a lot of dark iron with a mix of light and dark woods with white, and then mixing relics with new age brass and gold accessories with tons of neutral spiced books.

What mistakes do you think a lot of individuals make when decorating their own homes?  The most frequent “mistakes” I run into is scale being incorrect in furniture pieces, or how the pieces balance together in scale, or in trying to mix together styles but not picking things that are appropriate for their space or age.

Why do you like to use custom furniture in your projects?  Custom furniture is essential for two reasons to me. First is that it all comes back to scale being so essential and where that meets needs. This is frequently run up to in bedrooms where someone’s room size dictates a very specific size needed and when you couple that with wanting something high quality, a  specific style, and storage needs you can end up with very limited options outside of custom. Secondly, it is so special to have something so unique, there are so many options you can dream up and tweak and personalize with hardware and materials and I love to dream up new furniture pieces.

Why do you like to use vintage and antique furniture in your projects?  I love using vintage pieces because its helps lend its charming personality to a room and you can find interesting  shapes and styles that add another layer of interest to a room.

Why is custom furniture worth the extra expense over mass produced pieces? In the end, to have something you’ve imagined come to life in the form of custom furniture that is so unique to your space and well made is worthy of cherishing.

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Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

Photo Credit: CEH LABEL “Savannah” Bed  Photo Credit: Kelly Christine Sutton

Photo Credit: CEH LABEL “Savannah” Bed

Photo Credit: Kelly Christine Sutton

CEH Custom bespoke dining table in Oak for Layne  Photo Credit: Kelly Christine Sutton

CEH Custom bespoke dining table in Oak for Layne

Photo Credit: Kelly Christine Sutton

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

CEH LABEL “Parker” Bed in a custom size, color, and sheen  Photo Credit: Kelly Christine Sutton

CEH LABEL “Parker” Bed in a custom size, color, and sheen

Photo Credit: Kelly Christine Sutton

CEH LABEL “Bridget” Nightstand in a custom size, color, and hardware  Photo Credit: Kelly Christine Sutton

CEH LABEL “Bridget” Nightstand in a custom size, color, and hardware

Photo Credit: Kelly Christine Sutton

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates  Art: Jenn Thatcher

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

Art: Jenn Thatcher

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

Photo Credit: Natalie Yates

Photo Credit: Kelli Durham

Photo Credit: Kelli Durham

Check out more of Layne’s work Here!

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