Laura Greene Binder of Oak Brook is a designer, artist, mother, and wife. She is the creative and passionate owner of two design companies, Interior with Intentions and Haute Handed. She has been featured on HGTV’S House Hunter Renovations and has won multiple art show and Best of Houzz awards. She will be participating in the upcoming West Loop and South Loop Art Shows downtown this month. She loves supporting the local Oak brook Historical Society and The Forest Preserve District of DuPage county. here are some of her favorite things:
Mantra? “The belief in a thing makes it happen,” a Frank Lloyd Wright quote.
Best grooming tip? A good night’s sleep and a big, genuine, authentic smile.
Guilty pleasures? Portillo’s chocolate cake and watching the bachelor/bachelorette with my daughter.
Favorite foods? Pizza, or anything that I don’t have to cook myself.
On your car radio? Anything from my hometown Detroit—from Aretha, Diana, Marvin, Stevie and Smokey to Eminem, Kid Rock, and the White Stripes. Most people don’t realize what a vortex of creativity and design that whole area is.
Best advice ever given to you? “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
Best advice you’ve ever given? Casey Kasem’s words of wisdom: “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
Earliest memory? Making mud pies in my sandbox and bringing them to my sweet elderly neighbors. They always acted so excited and thankful and then we’d sip tea out of their fancy teacups.
When you wake up? Enjoy a cup of coffee and visualize how I’d like my day to go.
Before bed? Think of three things that made me happy that day.
What’s on my bookshelf? A variety of crystals, a Tibetan singing bowl, and a great collection of spiritual books.
You can’t live without? Making time to listen to that still small voice inside.
Where do you escape? The Michigan beaches.
Advice to Your Younger Self? Easy on the back-combing and hairspray!
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Denim, vintage western belt, fabulous sunglasses, and some stylish kicks
Can’t leave the house without? A giant Swell bottle of water
Transportation? My vintage Jaguar convertible I found at an estate sale
Place to eat? The bar at Country House, just like out of an episode of the Cheers
Shop? Love the sweet girls at Sweet William
Best thing about country? Our crazy, eclectic, modern gem of a home
Worst thing about the country? That it’s not located on Lake Michigan
The Perfect Day? Taking a walk in the woods or a yoga class with my love, painting in my studio, dinner with friends/family, and topping it all off with late night dancing under our disco ball
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? All black, a fun vintage statement piece(s) of jewelry, and a cool pair of heels
Can’t leave the house without? My VIP parking pass to the Mart
Transportation? G-wagon & Uber
Driving music? I love our Chicago Radio but usually
Sirius Place to eat? Oooh this is hard. I love the places that have been around forever, so either the classics like Gibson’s, RL, Nomi, La Scarola or something new for design inspiration.
Best Thing about town? The architecture and the cool people
Worst Thing? The senseless crimes
The Perfect Day? Seeing the sunrise over Lake Michigan, brunch with friends, then not having an agenda and seeing where and what we get pulled to do