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.
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, Santa Monica, CA, US, Senior Designer
Responsible for developing creative design solutions as well as developing construction documentation from concept to finalization for numerous global projects. These projects include hotels and large scale residences. She efficiently coordinated with her design team by holding routine meetings to ensure that all members and consultants were working in sync. She is known to keep a project on schedule by seeing the whole picture from start to finish. Leslie also traveled 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 and 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 and city clubs nationally. She worked and coordinated closely with designated project managers, architects, and contractors to create final construction documentation from concept to final documentation. She also contributed to each project by selecting interior finishes and hardware for each project. Leslie visited the job site of each completed project routinely & was present for final installation and punch list.
Notable projects include:
Biltmore Country Club, Highlands Country Club, Grandfather Country Club, TPC at Sawgrass Country Club, Forest Creek, Colleton River Plantation, and Denver Country Club
Redesign, Inc., Atlanta, GA, US, Owner
Leslie owned and operated her own design company focusing on custom kitchen and bath design. She worked with various award winning residential designers in the Atlanta area by producing complete custom detail drawing 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
After only weeks following graduation, Leslie was fortunate to be a part of this firm located on Palm Beach’s renowned Worth Avenue. Her responsibilities included: creating construction documents manually for many high-end homes on the island, as well as high-end condos in Manhattan, New York. She created drawings for custom furniture & lighting design for Chef Boloud’s Palm Beach restaurant. Other duties included: assisting with client meetings, 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