Art & Design Alum, Laura Custodie, Hired as First In-House Interior Designer at Cutting Edge Homes

Suffolk University Art & Design alum, Laura Custodie, has been hired as the first in-house interior designer at Cutting Edge Homes Inc. in Massachusetts. According to their website, Cutting Edge Homes is an all-inclusive firm that prides itself, “on a fully integrated architecture and construction approach with an obligation to craftsmanship, creativity, and value.” The addition of an interior design department will allow Cutting Edge Homes to bolster its reputation as an all-inclusive design-build firm.

For more information on Cutting Edge Homes Inc. and Laura’s new role, please see the full press release below.

Congratulations Laura!

Cutting Edge Homes Hires In-House Interior Designer

Builds on Reputation of Single Source Accountability

Boston, MA – Cutting Edge Homes, Inc., is proud to announce Laura Custodie as Senior Interior Designer, a new position within the firm. Laura will be responsible for managing the interior design department of Cutting Edge Homes, while significantly expanding the firms core values of craftsmanship, creativity, and value.  

Custodie joins the Cutting Edge team with expertise in residential interior design with luxury boutique firms across Massachusetts. After receiving her M.A. in Interior Design from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, Laura worked at notable interior design firms such as Kristina Crestin Design, and Bees Knees Interior Design and Daher Interior Design where she played an integral role in the on-site project management and coordination of high-end residential projects on both the North Shore and in Boston.  

The addition of an interior design department builds on Cutting Edge Homes’ reputation as an all-inclusive boutique firm. Laura’s expertise in sourcing cabinetry, tile, plumbing, and lighting, along with furniture, rugs, and drapery is a major benefit to the Cutting Edge client. Whether they are looking to renovate one room, or custom build the home of their dreams, having an in-house interior designer will streamline the process and create more cohesiveness and a more creative final product.

“Leading the interior design department for an all-inclusive firm gives me the ability to work in a different way with our clients,” notes Laura.  “Having direct collaboration with the architects and project managers throughout the design + build process has such a positive impact on the execution of the final product. I love that every day I am doing something different.”

“We have taken another important step in ensuring our clients an all-inclusive approach to their remodeling and custom home building needs,” comments Sean Cutting, President of Cutting Edge Homes. “We know that our clients’ time is valuable, and this is yet another way we make the design and construction process easier and more satisfying for them. It also opens up an entirely new arena for Cutting Edge where we can offer interior design as a stand alone service where needed.”

Cutting Edge Homes Architects + Builders is an award-winning all-inclusive boutique firm, priding itself on an approach that is unique and personal to each client.  Cutting Edge’s design philosophy is anchored on listening and collaborating with clients, understanding their vision and then transcending it with the utmost in creativity, functionality, and ingenuity to create a truly inspired design where every single detail matters. Cutting Edge provides single source accountability, carefully guiding clients through every step of the process, from site evaluation and permitting to architecture, construction, landscaping and interior design.  More information can be found online at

MEDIA CONTACT: Fusco & Four – 617.363.0405




On April 7, 2017, Julia Jenko and Yennifer Pedraza (both MAIA ’18) presented their work at the Design Showdown.

Design New England, in partnership with the Boston Design Center and the American Society of Interior Designers New England, challenged local interior design and architecture students to showcase designs for residential and retail spaces owned by BDC parent company Jamestown on Boston’s Newbury Street.

Julia and Yennifer were among eight finalists out of 40 contestants, who were selected to pitch their designs at the event. CONGRATS!

Julia Jenko and Yennifer Pedraza

Julia Jenko

2015 BFA Grad Elizabeth Arkins interviewed by IIDA

Elizabeth Arkins ’15, was recently interviewed by the International Interior Design Association about her work as a hospitality designer. The following interview can be found on the IIDA Northeast Wire website.

Company: XSS Hotels
Concentration: Hospitality
College/University: Suffolk University
Year of Graduation: 2015
If you had to describe yourself in three words, they would be…: Creative, Driven, Dreamer
Who is a character from a TV show or a book that you’ve always resonated with?: Jess from New Girl! I have a similar sense of humor and a crew of hilarious friends.
If you won a lottery ticket for a million dollars, what would you do with it?: Take a much needed vacation, adopt a bunch of dogs from shelters and buy a fixer upper!
If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day, who would it be and why?: Right now, I would trade lives with Daun Curry, an interior designer whose work I have followed for years. She is currently designing the penthouses at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and I imagine that is an incredibly glamorous job!
You’ve been given access to a time machine; where and when would you travel to?: 1950’s! I absolutely love mid-century furnishings so I would like to go back to a time where I could fill a house with them. It would have been incredible to around when the Eames’ timeless designs came to life. Plus the outfits were pretty fantastic.
What is your most bizarre talent?: Not really a bizarre talent but I can pretty much make anyone laugh by bursting into song – because I am an absolutely horrible singer. I only ever sing one line from one song – Whitney Houston’s “I will Always Love You” and I have no idea where that came from.
Lesson learned that has benefited you most in your career: Approaching every job and task with the mentality that you can learn something from it. There are very few tasks that feel tedious to me when its design related.
Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: 
I fell in love with the fact that as a designer, I have the ability to craft an individual’s experience through their surroundings. Walking into a well-designed environment just instantly makes you feel something – cozy, inspired, energized – any way the designer intended you to feel. Having a hand in crafting an atmosphere is really exciting for me.
What is one goal you’d like to accomplish in your lifetime?: A dream of mine is to have work featured in a major publication like Hospitality Design magazine.

Interior Architecture Graduate Show

Graduating students in the NESAD Gallery, July, 2016.  Congratulations on an impressive show!





Front row left to right:  Sarah Wise, Jian Mei Lin, Trisha Awasthi, Lujain Mansouri

Middle row left to right: Lilit Revazian, Lauren Gifford, Zean Chammae, Shrishti Prakash, Jiayi Lan, Megan O’Brien

Back row left to right: Sarah Warner, Ahmad Yarbor, Akhila Ghattamaneni, Gabriela Camacho, Durga Sala