Creator, Host and Producer: Isabelle LaRue

Isabelle Larue is the creator, producer and host of the award-winning DIY home design show Engineer Your Space (EYS).  Affectionately referred to as the love child of MacGyver and Martha Stewart, Isabelle creatively blends her engineering education with a passion for home design.  

Born and raised speaking French in a small city near Montreal, Isabelle went on to master the English language during her undergraduate degree in Building Engineering. It was while pursuing a career in this field that she also had the opportunity to learn Spanish through her work on commercial projects abroad. Looking for a change, Isabelle went back to school to obtain an MBA which led to a career in marketing and market research. After years in the corporate world, Isabelle decided to undertake her journey to explore what she was truly passionate about.  It was a TV production class that first inspired her to learn more about working with video and eventually led to her documenting the transformation of her tiny studio apartment in Manhattan.  Never imagining her lifelong passion for home design, DIY and her newfound interest in video production could become a full-time career, Isabelle took on the steep learning curve of a new entrepreneur.  

Despite the challenges of learning the complexities of the online media world, mastering the technical aspects of being both in front of and behind the camera, as well as creating a business model for her new venture, it has been the most rewarding thing she has ever done. She gets to impact the lives of millions of people from all over the globe by sharing her knowledge and clever designs in a way that not only inspires but also empowers. The countless testimonials Isabelle has received from viewers proud to show off their EYS inspired spaces is proof enough that no matter the size of the space or budget, anyone can design a functional, beautiful home that inspires them to live their best life.


Official selection – Digital Hollywood Digifest Spring 2016

Laurel Wreath 2016

EYS nominated in 3 categories – 7th Annual Taste Awards – November 2015taste-awards-AnnouncementGoodhousekeeping.com – Charging station project feature – Oct 2015

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BrickUnderground.com  – “Upgrade your apartment without losing your security deposit with these rental-ready renovations ideas” – September 2015

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Homes.com – “What DIYers Need in Their Toolbox” – April 2015

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The Huffington Post – “The Renter’s Guide to DIY Mini-Makeovers” – Dec 2014

Goodhouskeeping.com – Tension rod over sink project feature – August 2014

Instructables.com – NYC Balcony project wins 1st prize – July 2014

Thekitchn.com – LA kitchen makeover feature – July 2014

Oprah.com – DIY drum shade feature – June 2014

Lifehacker.com – NYC balcony feature – June 2014

AppliancePartsPros.com – interview with Isabelle LaRue – March 2014

hgtvremodels.com – Balcony Oasis featured  – Feb 2014

homemadehomeideas.com – Pegboard bookcase project featured – Dec 2013

diyprojectsworld.com – DIY outdoor wood bench project featured

ALL4WOMEN.co.za – Balcony oasis video featured – Sept 2013

Houzz.com – Charging station project featured – Aug 2013

Apartment Therapy – Balcony oasis featured – Aug 2013

LifeEdited.com – Feature article on Isabelle LaRue and ENGINEER YOUR SPACE – July 2013

Decoist.com – Balcony oasis featured – May 2013

ENGINEER YOUR SPACE wins 2013 International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) award for Best Educational Web Series – January 2013

IAWTV Red Carpet: Isabelle LaRue Interview with MingleMediaTV

ENGINEER YOUR SPACE is nominated for 2 International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) awards:  Best Educational Web Series and Best Interactive/Social Media Experience  – November 2012

TASTE AWARDS Nominee for Best Home Decor and Design Program – November 2012

Apartment Therapy: 30 DIY Projects – DIY Drum Shade – May 2012

Apartment Therapy Design Evening NYC – April 2012

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International Academy of Web Television Awards (IAWTV) Nominee – December 2011

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Huffington Post: DIY Gift Ideas – Hanging Jewelry Box – December 2011

Apartment Therapy Drum Shade Video Featured – October 2011

Apartment Therapy: Best Sites for DIY Projects – July 2011


  1. Sharyn

    here is the living room

  2. Hi Isabelle:

    I just discovered your site and LOVE all your ideas. I have been recommending your site to my renter friends, and hope at some point to help one of them with the banquette/wall idea.

    My question is — do you have any great ideas on how to address ceilings? They are so dull, and I’m sure you have a great idea to add some dimension and style to a boring ceiling.

    Looking forward to new episodes!


    • Isabelle

      Hi Solange,

      Thank you so much for spreading the word about EYS! Much appreciated and I hope you’ll share pics of your project when it’s done 🙂

      I’m living with a popcorn ceiling right now and I’m been thinking about what I can do about that but haven’t come up with anything yet. I’ll let you know if I do.

      Thanks for watching!

  3. Cindy

    I came across your site by chance through a FB post on my wall. I spent my entire Saturday afternoon watching all your episodes. I’m now a huge fan, like and following your FB page and will be visiting your web site regularly. I love how creative you are and do it all on a budget just like I have to and chose to. Thanks for all the ideas!

    • Isabelle

      Welcome to EYS Cindy, so glad you found my FB page and YouTube Channel!! Thank you so much for your kind words, much appreciated 🙂

  4. Priya

    I stumbled upon this video when I started looking for ideas to decorate a 300 sq ft studio apartment that I recently bought. Your ideas are simply amazing. This is exactly what we need in Mumbai !!! We are space deprived and your ideas are the perfect way to solve this problem. Thank you so much for sharing the videos. They are really very helpful.

    • Isabelle

      Hello Priya, Thank you so much for your message!I’m really happy to hear that my ideas are helpful as far away as Mumbai! Thanks for watching and congrats on the studio apartment. Isabelle

  5. Drea Potocny

    Hi Isabelle,
    I live in a small apartment in Princeton, NJ and am at a loss with how to decorate my space. I’m a single mom of 3’living in a great 2 bedroom apt. Do you ever go on location to people’s homes to help them with decorating?


    • Isabelle

      Hi Drea,
      I’m not able to do this at the moment, but you never know, I may be able to do so in the future!


  6. Peggy Woods

    Hi Isabelle,

    It’s very interesting to read your blog. All of the articles are very well written however I love your creative ideas and DIY tips particularly.

    This is Peggy from parrotuncle, a promising business on the way of developing. We are an online lighting store.

    We have many free sources like beautiful home pictures, real product images and inspiring ideas. If you need any of them, please feel free to email me.

    And we have some good ideas on home lighting. I am wondering if you would like us to publish them on your site. If you prefer other collaborating ways like guest post, sponsored content or ads spot, please feel free to tell.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Peggy Woods

  7. Jessii Love

    Just discovered you on YouTube and let me say that you gave me some amazing tips and ideas on how to decorate and cramp 4 living space in my bedroom. Do you design for other persons?

    • Isabelle

      Thank you! My focus is making videos to share my ideas and there really isn’t any time at the moment for one-on-one consultations.

  8. Hello Isabelle,

    Being an Architect I feel really great to view all your creative videos.
    Most of the time, I see your videos in the morning to make my day more productive.

    Best Regards,
    Kathmandu, Nepal

    • Isabelle

      Hello Ashok,

      It’s always amazing to me how I can reach people all over the world with YouTube! Thank you so much for your message – it made my day to hear that my videos are useful to you and it serves as motivation to keep doing what I’m doing!

      All the best,

  9. Just dropping by to say that I just found your page via Hometalk and absolutely love it! Refreshing to see practical ideas that we can implement in rental spaces.

  10. Vikram

    Hi Mam !
    By proffesion I’m male nurse but I love to decorate homes I saw your all vidios give me inspiration.
    Thanks to you man. I’m your big fan.

    • Isabelle

      Thanks so much for your message Vikram!It’s so nice to hear that my work has inspired you.

      Thanks again and all the best,


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