Teacher Spotlight: Laura Hertle

Our growing class list would be quite difficult to pull off without the awesome instructors we've been so honored to meet.  We'd like to give you the same opportunity to get to know our Chattery teachers a bit better. 

So, here are four questions to help get to know our Ask an Interior Designer instructor, Laura Hertle. 


How did you get started in the world of interior design?

I started out as an art major but realized that I liked architecture.  Not being a math genius I found the next best thing in learning space planning and design through an interior design program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  The location was perfect for interior design due to the proximity of High Point and much of the furniture manufacturing.  We even got to tour the Hatteras Yacht company while I was in school.

Why do you love Chattanooga?

I have lived in Chattanooga for quite some time and have come to love it over the last few years.  My favorite part of Chattanooga now is actually all the young people and the technological innovations that are taking place here. Chattanooga has always had beautiful surroundings and the city is catching up.  However, I for one like the new energy and creativity that is now coming to our area.  That to me is one of the greatest things about Chattanooga now.  Moving away from the old to the new.

What's one topic you'd like to learn through The Chattery?

I would like to learn to can.  I have always wanted to that as my Grandmother always did.  The only problem was she was in the South and we were out west so I never got the chance to spend time with her to learn.

What's something someone would be surprised to learn about you?

I was left in the mountains near Asheville when I was about 4  We had a big family gathering with many people and many cars.  I was taken to the restroom and my Mother thought my Grandmother had me and vice versa!   I don't think I was there very long but they were about to drive off when they realized I was missing.  Probably scarred me for life!