Creator, Host and Producer: Isabelle LaRue
Isabelle LaRue is a building engineer, entrepreneur and the creator, producer and host of the award winning DIY home design web series ENGINEER YOUR SPACE. She has always had a passion for building and making things, from elaborate teepees and fortresses as a child to complex mechanical systems working as a building engineer. Having the opportunity to live and work in many different cities and countries, Isabelle also honed her design skills over the years making every rental apartment feel like home. No matter how small the budget, how difficult the space, or how limited the resources, she always finds a way to create a stylish and functional home with her unique MacGyver meets Martha approach.
With her latest move to NYC, she gladly took on the challenge of downsizing from a large 2-bedroom apartment to a 450 square foot apartment. On a budget and with only basic tools, she set out on her own to convert this small generic rental studio into a comfortable home for living, entertaining and working. As the space transformed from impersonal and awkward to elegant and functional, the idea for ENGINEER YOUR SPACE was born: a show dedicated to clever, affordable and stylish solutions for common challenges faced by renters. Isabelle wants all renters to see the potential in their space and inspire them to transform their “less than perfect” rental from an eye sore to a beautiful home to be proud of.