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Before working with Isabelle, I had no idea how I would be able to fit a home office into my small apartment. She helped me see what was possible and re-evaluate my priorities for my space and what I really needed in terms of furniture. Having her as a coach really motivated me to get this project done and I couldn’t be happier with the results – I love my home office and find my productivity has gone up when working at home since I’ve made the changes. The best part is that I have a designated space for working from home as well as an actual living room space to relax and host. None of this would’ve been possible without her help. I am forever thankful!
“Working with Isabelle these past several weeks have been a game changer. With her guidance and advice, she’s given me a different way of looking at a space, no matter the size or quality and more importantly, the confidence to transform my tiny 200 ft2 rental studio into a functional and aesthetically pleasing space that feels like home. I went from someone who doodles ideas into a sketchbook to being the guy who takes a tape measure into Home Depot. Thanks again, Isabelle! EYS!”
Isabelle’s journey that took her from getting off the hamster wheel to seeking out and finding meaningful work through transforming spaces has been anything but a straight line. From building engineer to the lucrative career in the pharmaceutical industry to becoming an interior designer and creator, she never stops going outside her comfort zone to continue growing into a better version of herself. Featured in Success magazine, her compelling story has inspired many to follow their dreams and create a home they love by following her lead. Her candid down-to-earth style allows her to share what she’s learned on a number of topics in a way that is both relatable and uplifting.
Most Popular talks:
Jumping off the Hamster Wheel: lessons learned from taking a leap of faith
From a successful career as a building engineer to a lucrative stint as a pharmaceutical marketer, it was thanks for a twist of faith that Isabelle got off the hamster wheel and left behind the 6 figure salary to set out an a mission to find her passion. Evolving into a digital creator and entrepreneur has meant overcoming fear and self- doubt along the way, but it has been her most rewarding journey yet.
From McMansion to Tiny Home: Roadmap to making the most of the space you have:
Through her countless moves, including one where she drastically downsized to live in a 450 ft2 studio apartment, Isabelle has learned that less sometimes can be more. Her unique approach to downsizing, which revolves around exercises designed to bring awareness to how you live in your current home, will give you a clear plan for successfully transitioning into a smaller home.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Being a Digital Creator and Entrepreneur:
Through her experience creating digital content and running her online business solo for the past 8 years, Isabelle has learned valuable and sometimes costly lessons on what to do and not to do and developed strategies for staying sane through it all.
“We had the privilege of having her as a special guest at our Women United March Quarterly Meeting on March 14, 2019, in San Bernardino, CA. Her presentation style is very conversational and truly keeps the audience engaged. Her candor and humor kept you wanting to learn and hear more of her experience. Sharing deeply personal moments with the audience made her inspirational story and message one that each person could relate to and wanted to take and tailor to their lives or sneak into their goals. We hope to find more opportunities to work with Isabelle in the future.”
– Gretchen Strutzenberg, Program Manager, Arrowhead United Way
“I have had the privilege of having Isabelle on multiple WIF panels at Digital Hollywood. She is an exceptional asset. The audience can easily relate to her and her journey!
A journey I can personally attest to, as Isabelle’s first participation some years back was as a “newcomer.” She is now a leader in the industry, having her own highly successful channel on YouTube, being a recognized brand in the DIY world, and having conquered the entrepreneurial world as a woman.
As a triple threat, you can rely on Isabelle to provide significant input on different topics from influencer, to female entrepreneur, from engineer, to creator. She is very personable, highly knowledgeable and completely comfortable participating to large conferences or smaller workshops.
I look forward to our next opportunity to collaborate; as I know it will be a success.”
– Karene Jullien, Entertainment Lawyer, Digital Hollywood Board of Advisors
ENGINEER YOUR SPACE (EYS) is an award-winning DIY home design show created, produced and hosted by Isabelle LaRue. A building engineer affectionately referred to as the love child of MacGyver and Martha Stewart, Isabelle inspires renters to decorate their place like they own it, all on a budget. No lighting? Ugly floors? Can’t paint? No problem! In every episode, Isabelle comes up with creative clever solutions to these and many more common problems using basic tools and inexpensive materials. No large construction crews or big workshops needed. Her knack for breaking down the building process into simple, manageable steps demonstrates how accessible a beautiful home can be, especially for apartment-dwellers — regardless of the size of their space or the limitations of their budget. This message has resonated with millions of viewers from across the globe and her videos have garnered over 25 million views on YouTube alone.
The show continues to draw praise and to be recognized for its outstanding content:
Official selection – Digital Hollywood Digifest Spring 2016
TASTE Awards Best Home Decor and Design Program – nominee – 2015
TASTE Awards People’s Choice for Best Fashion or Design – Web Program or Video – nominee – 2015
TASTE Awards Best Reality Series Fashion, Design, or Home Decor – nominee – 2015
IAWTV Best Educational Web Series award winner – 2013
IAWTV Best Interactive/Social Media Experience – nominee – 2013
TASTE Awards Best Home Decor and Design Program – nominee – 2013
IAWTV Best Educational Web Series – nominee – 2012
IAWTV Best Website Design – nominee – 2012
Isabelle also has extensive experience partnering with companies to showcase products that she loves – her unique way of integrating branded messaging makes these sponsored videos an effective marketing tool while still being enjoyable for all that watch.