Lara is the driving force behind Storm Interiors. Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she was influenced by her mother's passion for interior design, antiques, fine art, fashion and her talent for merging disparate styles, colors, and patterns into beautiful cohesive living environments. This gift for the refreshingly unexpected is a birthright for Storm's Principal Designer and forms the basis of herfirm's design point-of-view. Lara studied French Literature at Tulane University and lived in France, cultivating a deep interest in European design traditions. In 1994, she enrolled at UCLA's prestigious School of Interior and Environmental Design, where she met friend and Storm's Interiors co-founder Mili Lazcano. Concurrently, she worked as a furniture designer, expanding her knowledge of the custom-design process. In 1998, Lara joined Kelly Wearstler Interior Design (KWID) as a Senior Designer and design team Supervisor for residential and commercial projects until launching Storm Interiors in 2000. Lara is at the forefront of Storm's design philosophy and provides leadership to a fast-growing design and technology team. It is her bold, innovative and well thought out approach that brings the finest residential and commercial projects to her firm.