I consider myself the modern day artist. Painting, drawing, and creative thought have always been my passion. In conjunction to my formal education, I have attended many art schools and classes to continuously develop and inspire my creative drive. These traditional artistic skills became married to more modern day technological advances while in college where I chose to study interior design.
Currently having over twelve years of experience in both Hospitality Design and High-end Residential design, I offer creative concepts and innovative thought to projects in need of a new approach. My main focus and specialty to the trade is on the architectural side of interior design. Being LEED certified I am influenced and inspired to implement sustainable design practices in each project. I believe that this is the evolution of our discipline. Equally skilled in both hand-drawing and AutoCAD, I produce construction documentation from concept to final documents. Additional skills specific to this process include space planning & creating custom millwork, case good, and furniture designs and drawings.
Within each interior design I attempt to achieve an equal marriage of function and aesthetic. I consider the environment, culture, external surroundings, and client’s vision for each project to bring about a style that is most complimentary. All people deserve a great space of refuge, be it a home, hotel, or even a day spa. My goal is to help people invent that space reflecting every bit of their style and vision.
Pachaus Studio, Inc., Venice Beach, CA, Owner + Designer
Owner of this forward thinking design studio which offers design services to clientele with limited space + funds. responsible for all business development, marketing, management, client meetings + design production.
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, Santa Monica, CA, US, Senior Designer
Senior level designer responsible for design, development, + coordination to produce full interior construction drawing sets. Kept good communication + continued coordination with FFE as well as all consultants to keeping each project in sync + on schedule. travelled to various site locations in order to meet with high profile clients, or consultants in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, +/or India.
Notable projects include:
Trump Taj Mahal- Atlantic City (guestroom + presidential suite package), Antilia residence- Mumbai, India (development of drawings for all levels), Hyatt Mecca- Saudi Arabia (guestroom package), + JinJi Lake- Suzhou, China (public + guestroom areas), + Saeed Hotel- Saudi Arabia (public + guestroom areas)
Ferry, Hayes, & Allen, Atlanta, GA, US, Interior Design
Designer for various award winning private gold country + city clubs nationally. worked + coordinated closely with designers, project managers, + consultants to create final construction documentation. Also responsible for interior finish + hardware selections. Routine visits to job sites during thru to completion for final installation + punch list.
Notable projects include:
Biltmore Country Club, Highlands Country Club, Grandfather Country Club, TPC at Sawgrass Country Club, Forest Creek, Colleton River Plantation, + Denver Country Club
Redesign, Inc., Atlanta, GA, US, Owner
owned + operated custom kitchen + bath consulting company in her spare time working with various award winning residential designers in the Atlanta area by producing complete custom millwork packages.
Johnson Design & Interiors, Inc., Atlanta, GA, US, Interior Design
Produced and revised construction documentation reflecting proper space planning for large-scale condominium developments and high-end residential projects in the Atlanta area. She also was responsible for creating presentation boards, finish selections, for each project.
Notable projects include:
The Greystone Condominiums at Vinings
Parker & Co., Inc., Palm Beach, FL, US, Junior Designer
Residential design company located on Palm Beach’s renowned Worth Avenue. responsibilities include: creating construction documents manually for many high-end homes on the island, as well as high-end condos in Manhattan, New York. created drawings for custom furniture + lighting design for Chef Boloud’s Palm Beach restaurant. Other duties included: assisting with client meetings, FFE selections, weekly site visits, creating all invoicing + proposal documents using Design Manager Software.
Georgia Land Surveying Company, Atlanta, GA, US, Technical Draftsman
Summer Job at the Family business
Leslie has been exposed to this industry from the beginning. Her family owns and operates a highly recognized civil engineering firm in Atlanta, Ga. In 1992 she started working during her summer breaks by assisting in the human resources department alongside her mother She became familiar with daily deposits, balancing books, and pay roll. By 1994 she had begun learning and working alongside her father as a manual draftsman for mortgage surveys and site plans. There she spent the remainder of her summers until high school graduation learning, evolving, and perfecting these skills. This unique work experience has given her a greater understanding of the attributes necessary to be an asset to any business.
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, US, Bachelors, Interior Design
FIDER & NASAD accredited