Use What You Have Interiors® (UWYH) president and founder, Lauri Ward, revolutionized the interior design business in 1981 with a simple idea – using what people already have in their home as the foundation to create a fresher, updated, more elegant look, without spending a lot of money.
Today, Ms. Ward is universally recognized as the pioneer of the groundbreaking redesign approach to affordable interior decorating. She has appeared frequently on many national television shows including “Oprah,” “Today,” “CBS This Morning,” ABC Evening News, HGTV, Discovery, and QVC. She and her instant redecorating transformations have been featured in newspapers and national magazines including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News, the Boston Globe, McCall’s, Ladies’ Home Journal, New York magazine, House Beautiful magazine, and Metropolitan Home, and an advice column on iVillage.
As a way to bring her unique Use-What-You-Have philosophy to people across the country and around the world she, and her husband Joe Ward, founded the Interior Redecorators Network®, a professional organization of decorators who have successfully completed a course of study and have been certified in the Use-What-You-Have principles and methods.
There are now certified Interior Redecorators™ in more than one hundred cities across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and South America.
She has written home design articles for McCall’s and Inspired House magazines, and is the author of the best-selling books, Use What You Have Decorating, Trade Secrets from Use What You Have Decorating, Home Therapy: Fast, Easy, Affordable Makeovers and, Downsizing Your Home With Style.
A popular speaker and lecturer, she has addressed many women’s groups and has spoken to sold-out audiences at venues ranging from The Smithsonian to the 92nd Street Y.