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Nancy Pate Laird's skills as a designer began with growing up in a traditional artisan household.  Four generations of her family owned and managed the prestigious Davis & Shaw Fine Furniture Company in downtown Denver (1899 -2000).  Working summer vacations at the family store, Nancy fell in love with home furnishings and interior design. "I recall the awe I felt in the presence of beautifully crafted furniture, rugs and fabrics.  I knew I would follow design as my career one day."

Nancy studied Art History and Psychology in college, earning her professional degree in Interior Design at the Colorado Institute of Art. She worked in the family business, Davis & Shaw Furniture Co., for 18 years as Director of Interior Design and Sales, Display Coordinator andas a consultant for Marketing and Advertising. As Assistant Buyer for the store, she attended the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, North Carolina twice a year.

When Davis & Shaw closed its doors after serving the Rocky Mountain fine furniture community for 106 years, Nancy redirected all of her accumulated skills as an independent full-time interior designer. Since then, Nancy's reputation and experience and that of her company, Nancy Pate Laird Interior Design, have continued to grow.  Today she is recognized as one of the foremost designers in Colorado and beyond.