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Marissa Lada

Associate | Interior Design | Feng Shui Consultant

Marissa was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, and made her way from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest. Growing up, she always had a love of interiors, spending more time creating homes for her stuffed animals than actually playing with them.

It wasn’t until she took her first interior design class in high school that she realized she could do this for a career. She wasted no time completing both her associate degree and a bachelor’s in interior design, and took a special interest in sustainable design. After graduation, she gained an array of experiences working in Chicago at numerous firms, with projects ranging from corporate offices to model homes.

During a road trip out west in 2014, Marissa discovered – and fell in love with – the city of Seattle. In 2016, she finally moved out here and has been acclimating well to the Seattle life. When she’s not playing with fabrics and finishes, Marissa enjoys yoga, painting, adding crystals to her massive rock collection, and wandering in both the urban and natural environments of the Pacific Northwest.

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Interior Design

Great Reasons to Add a Built-In Bench to Your Project

When we say, “built-ins“ — do you think cabinets and bookshelves? A lot of people do, but one of our favorite types of built-ins is a built-in bench — here’s why, in the words of a few of Board & Vellum’s interior designers.

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Commercial Office, Interior Design, Retail

How Biophillic Design Can Help Your Commercial Space

As humans, we love nature, and studies show that access to nature or natural elements is actually beneficial to our health. As a design theory, this is called biophilic design. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth it to incorporate nature into the design of your commercial spaces.

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Interior Design, Multifamily Residential, Retail

Creative Cost-Saving Tips for Your Commercial Space

Often, design budgets for commercial tenant improvements can be tight. But giving your space that little something extra to excite your clientele is super helpful for bringing in business, and getting your customers to linger. Here are a few creative tips for stretching that dollar further in your commercial space.

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Interior Design

Our (Current) Favorite Kitchen Details

This time around on our “B&V Designer Spotlight” series, we asked our interior design team to share their (current) favorite details for kitchens. So, from lighting to cabinets, with a bit about ideas for materials and finishes, read on to learn what’s exciting the team these days.

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Custom Residential

Bold & Colorful Exterior Paint for Your Craftsman House

Thinking about painting your house? Considering going with something other than a neutral shade? There are a ton of great colors out there for you to choose from, but it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about different families of colors you might choose.

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Interior Design

Why Should You Have a Foyer in Your Home?

It seems like foyers are disappearing from the floor plans of newer homes. We know people think they want to use that square footage elsewhere, but we feel strongly that you should have a foyer in your house, even a tiny one. Here’s a little about why, from each of our designers on our interiors team.

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Going Green, Landscape Architecture

Planting for Bees: Sustainable & Bee-utiful Landscapes

In honor of Earth Day, let’s talk about a crucial part of our global ecosystem that needs our help: bees. How can you help? Lots of ways! Read on for a few to get you started, including how you can support bees in your garden, or even from a tiny balcony.

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Interior Design

How To Feng Shui Your Bedroom

We spend a third of our lives asleep in our bedrooms, and that time is incredibly important to our health and wellbeing. To make sure you are getting the most out of your bedroom, here are some Feng Shui practices you can implement to improve the energy in your bedroom.

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Interior Design

Our Current Favorite Lighting Fixtures

Are you daydreaming about new light fixtures? You will be soon! We asked our team of interior designers what light fixtures they are currently swooning over. Check out each their responses in this post for some great designers, studios, and manufacturers out there who are making some beautiful fixtures you’ll love to see.

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Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Seven Reasons You Should Add House Plants to Your Interior Design

House plants can be a great improvement to an interior space — here are seven reasons why you'll benefit from including them as part of the interior design of your space, and it's not just for aesthetics.

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Going Green, Interior Design

Selecting Sustainable Materials: Your Go-To Guide

Of course, materials play a large role in interior design, and their impact on the sustainability of a project cannot be ignored. So, how do you select sustainable materials that live up to your requirements? Here is a quick guide for what to look for, including material makeup, material source, manufacturing processes, and third-party certifications.

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Interior Design

What Happens at a Feng Shui Consultation Session?

Are you interested in Feng Shui but don’t know where to begin? We now offer Feng Shui consultations at Board & Vellum, either stand-alone, or in coordination with a larger project. Here are the five components that make up a Feng Shui consultation, so you can go in with eyes wide open.

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Interior Design

How To Live Big in a Small Space

Do you live in a small space? (Or, do you have small spaces in your larger home?) There are all sorts of things you can do to maximize small spaces, to help them “live larger” so-to-speak, so you don’t feel cramped. Here are seven tips to keep in mind.

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Interior Design

Feng Shui: A Brief History

How old is the practice of Feng Shui? Was it practiced only in China? How has it evolved over the centuries? If you’re wondering these things, and more, read on! Bonus: We also tell you what type of Feng Shui consultation we offer at Board & Vellum.

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Interior Design

What is Feng Shui? And, What Does Feng Shui Do?

Marissa Lada, an interior designer here at Board & Vellum, is also a Feng Shui consultant. But, what does that mean? What is Feng Shui? What does it do? Well, it’s complicated, so let’s start with the basics in this primer to get you started.

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Custom Residential, Going Green, Interior Design

Six Easy Sustainable Design Options to Consider for your Next Home Remodel

Sustainable design doesn’t mean you have to have solar panels, reuse your water, or have a green roof. There are plenty of smaller efforts you can take that can have a positive impact both on your carbon footprint and your budget. Here are six sustainable design options to get you started.

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Interior Design

Interior Design vs. Interior Decorating: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between interior design and interior decorating? For starters, it's more than picking out pillows. There are a lot of misconceptions about these two roles, but it’s important to understand the difference before you hire someone to help you with your space. Here are the details and some common misconceptions.

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Custom Residential, Interior Design

Five Ways to Design for Entertaining

Do you love to entertain? Here are five ways you can design for entertaining: tips for features you may want to design into your space to make your life as a host easier, more fun, and to help your home support the social events you enjoy planning and hosting.

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Interior Design

Is Custom Furniture or Wallpaper Worth It?

Is custom furniture or other custom interiors items, like wallpaper or art, worth it? We think so! And, the price of these items is really not as scary as you think, sometimes, it’s even less than the pieces from large manufacturers, and with better quality. Here are some basics on custom furniture and more.

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Interior Design

Simple Tips For Creating a Statement Bathroom

Why design a statement bathroom? For one, it’s one of the most frequented spaces in the home. Have one you’re proud of showing off, and you won't mind when friends and family visit it. What does it take to make a bathroom worth showing off? Here are some simple tips for creating a statement bathroom.

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Firm Culture

B&V’ers Toast to What They Love About Working at Board & Vellum

Hey, wondering what’s it like working at Board & Vellum? Well, you’re in luck: in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, B&V’ers took a moment to write down (or draw) what they are thankful for about being part of the team.

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Ask an Architect, Interior Design

What Type of Dining Room Table Do You Need?

When you’re in the market for a dining room table, where do you start? Would a round one work? Or a built-in banquette? Maybe a kitchen island? Or, an extendable leaf? Use these tips to figure out what type of dining room table is right for how you live in your home.

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Introducing, Marissa Lada! – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum
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Firm Culture

Introducing, Marissa!

Meet the latest addition to the B&V team, Marissa Lada! Marissa hails from outside Chicago, and loves her new home in Seattle. She joins our interiors team, and, as a writer of her own blog, looks forward to being a regular contributor to the B&V Blog, too.

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