i couldn’t be more excited about this
i dropped by this week for a visit and could not stop oggling every nook and creative cranny, because what
How did you get started in your career, and are you doing what you always imagined you’d be doing?
I was in fashion for 15 years. But I always, always decorated my rental, or my house, or my dorm or my room — since I was a little girl. It surprises me now that I never thought to do interiors for a living until I was in my 30s. I had done my first major construction project and it was featured in
I always knew I would be creating. I just never saw this coming. But I have a feeling I will say that in 20 years again — ain’t life the adventure, huh?
How did the
My friend Peter told them about my work and what I was doing in Pittsburgh. They reached out and we talked for honestly four or five years before this all happened. I was totally fine with the time it took, I have always believed that it all works out as it should — and if not we adjust anyway. 😉 So even though
How would you describe your style and how has it evolved?
My style is easy, warm, maximalist minimalist in a strange way — and always more curated than decorated. I think my easy style has stayed pretty consistent since the beginning, as the style is based fully on the client and the home I am working on — but my taste seems to be getting much more expensive. To my chagrin.
What’s your favorite feature in your L.A. cabin?
I love the stone fireplace with the
What part of your job would we find most surprising?
How hard it is! Budgets, timelines, etc. Construction is NO JOKE. A house is a living breathing thing and not everything works as you planned. That’s hard. But art is an evolution. And you have to be open to that.
What has been one of the best moments of your career so far?
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
My dad always used to say “Don’t major in the minors.” Think big picture and make decisions based on that, and don’t sweat the small stuff along the way. I also loved when I was going into high school freshman year. I had straight A’s up to that point and as I went into school my mom said, “Leanne, get a B early! Relax and have fun, it’s just high school!” HA. I love her for saying that. And for the record, I got lots of them. And here I am, still a contributing member to society. 😉
Do you have any quick tips for renovating an old house?
Renovating an old house is NEVER quick. It’s a can of worms. If you want to be nice to yourself. JUST PAINT! Though if you’re reading this I doubt that’s all you will do either. We creatives are gluttons for punishment!
What’s the easiest way for you to find inspiration?
Look UP! See everything. Watch everyone. Read everything you can get your hands on. Let your mind wander.
Who would you like to sit down to drinks or tea with?
YOU! (editor’s note: yes, please!)
Do you have a favorite artist or recent exhibit you’ve seen?
I’m in love with
What’s souvenir did you bring back from your last trip?
I collect the key cards from every hotel I stay at. Someday these things are going to be history, just like keys, so I am excited to have my collection!
What is your idea of a perfect day in L.A.? Any favorite secret spots we should know about?
If you had to select the perfect soundtrack for being your most creative, do you have a musician, album or genre you’d recommend?
You’re taking a road trip – what’s the perfect dream destination?
Cross country. I’ve done it over ten times now. I say, if Ima gonna do it I want to do the WHOLE THANG.
• photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.