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. Jorge Lopez

    Hi Isabelle,

    I love your channel but I noticed you haven’t posted any new videos in a while. Are you working on new content?



    • Isabelle

      Hi Jorge,

      Thank you Jorge! Yes, I’m working on some exciting new content – stay tuned!


  2. K. Melendez

    Hi Isabelle
    Luv all ur episodes on YouTube and have seen them all,I am a subscriber, can’t wait for more. You are an inspiration. So pls, pls hopefully there are more videos to come soon. Your topnotch, no one else come close to you.

    • Isabelle

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, I’m working on some more videos so stay tuned. Thanks for watching and subscribing!

  3. Meaghan

    I just found your site. I have a small house (743sqft) and no inspiration! I need YOU! Lol!!

  4. Bianca

    You are such a joy and inspiration to watch.. and I love your clean, no-drama, detailed and practical presentation. I married into a very handy family and you are helping me get up-skilled fast and impress them!!

    Keep doing the good work and inspiring us all to get better with our hands and ideas.
    PS: I plan to try out the wall sconces with shelf in the living room and your balcony ideas in my backyard.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Thank you so much Bianca, that’s so nice of you to say! I really believe that anyone can DIY and I’m happy to hear that you’ve been inspired to make your own projects – can’t wait to see your wall sconces and your new and improved backyard!

  5. Barbara Jarvik

    Just read your “about” page and learned about your background. This only confirmed my feeling that, unlike many who share home improvement and DYI tips, you REALLY know what you are doing. Thanks, Isabelle.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Thanks so much Barbara! My engineering background has always served me well in solving problems and figuring things out 🙂

  6. Kay

    Hi Isabel…are you creating new content? Anything more on upgrading/updating kitchens on a budget? Love your channel….you are amazing.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Hi Kay, Thank you so much! Yes, I am producing more content (did you see my latest video on the basement makeover I did?) though I don’t have any kitchen projects planned in the short term. But I’m sure more will come up. Thanks for watching! Isabelle

  7. Andrea T

    Thanks to you and your youtube video I transformed my lifeless balcony in this beautiful and cozy place for me and my fur baby Poga.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful balcony!! It makes me very happy to see that it’s now a cozy place for you and Poga 🙂

  8. melanie smith

    I adore your ideas. Such creativity.

  9. Liz

    Hi! a) you have an amazing channel. I initially found you, in trying to find an uncanny creative home fireplace. So my background is also in engineering, but in today’s video I noticed your degrees above. Which Concordia University did you go to, if I might ask? I am considering for teaching (Engineering -> MEd, STEAM). So I was curious, as a fellow creative and business mind thinker. Thanks so much for what you’re doing!

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Hi Liz! I went to Concordia University in Montreal,Canada – did an undergrad in Building Engineering and then an MBA. You’re welcome, glad you enjoy my work and thank you for watching 🙂

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