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



Professor Karen Clarke Named to 2012 List of “25 Most Admired Educators”

Design Intelligence Magazine (November 1, 2011) has named NESAD Associate Professor and Interior Design Program Co-Director,Karen Clarke, to its annual list of the 25 Most Admired Educators of 2012.

According to the Design Intelligence, “The 2012 class of education role models was selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students. Educators and administrators from the disciplines of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture are considered for inclusion.”

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IFI Interiors Declaration Signed

In February, the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers developed and voted on a declaration establishing a vision/mission statement for the Interior professions.

Those who attended IFI President Shashi Caan’s lecture at Suffolk University in January heard her talk about this initiative, which culminated in the signing of the declaration at the IFI DFIE Global Symposium in New York City on February 17th and 18th. 

For more information, and to read the IFI DFIE Interiors Declaration, please visit the IFI IDA President’s Update Blog.   

Designing Schools

Every city, every village is flocked with buildings/spaces for their different purposes. Amongst the many, a school is a must. Even the most simple of villages will have a space, even if it is under a tree, for a school. The student-teacher relationship has dated back centuries. It is considered by many a holy place where the future of the children and the world is shaped. The space where knowledge passes from one generation to the other, thus becomes an important one. Learn more about the Education Timeline.

The trend in school design these days is “Interactive Design”. The space that houses the school should help engage the students, teachers and visitors alike. The architecture and interior design becomes successful when it becomes a part of the teaching syllabus. This is a contrast to the traditional classroom style teaching which is prevalent in all schools around the world. Research shows that children can learn better by ‘doing’ than by ‘listening’. IDEO gives us 10 tips for creating a 21st century classroom experience.
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