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Leslie Harris, founder and principal of the firm, has a connoisseur’s eye for unique pieces, honed with over thirty years in the business. She pairs them expertly with a keen sense of color, luscious textures. “My top priority”, says the designer, “is what the client wants and needs”. The designer attributes her distinctive style to early training in fine arts and furniture building. Having actually built furniture in college, she developed an understanding and a respect for the way things are made which translates into her furniture designs. This sensibility is enhanced by her lifetime passion for contemporary art, sculpture, glass and ceramic art and is revealed in many of her projects.
- Interior Design Program – UCLA Extension Design Program
- Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
- Interior Design 95%
- Space Planning & Renovation 85%
- Furniture Acquisition 80%
- Art & Accessory Consultation 75%
- Architectural Specification 55%
- Custom Furniture Design 45%
The Home Within Us ~ Our Work Ethic
The Home Within Us pretty much sums up my design philosophy.
Everything I approach as a designer lies first and foremost in the feeling of comfort, well being, and creating a place of safety and sanctuary.
Who are the people inhabiting these spaces? How do we come together to dig deep within to summon forth these dreams and desires and then bring them to fruition? What decisions will I make to create a space that vibrates with an energy that uplifts the person? Budgets, problem solving, space planning, furniture and color selection come later and are driven by these things.
Of course there is talent and experience on the part of the designer, but there is also magic, a certain alchemy that takes place when perhaps we are really communicating, not always with words but with feelings that lie deep within our core, about what is truly needed and desired. Life is not always easy, as we well know, and that in itself leads many of us to go within to find peace and comfort. Whether listening to music, being in nature, making love, praying, meditating, or watching children play and hearing their joyful laughter, it all is meant to fill our hearts and being in a way that is familiar, and that reminds us of where home really is. I believe that we all crave reconnecting with this beauty within us as well as in our outer world.
It is possible that our outer environments can heal and uplift us. Our home environment can match that of our inner world when we are feeling our best, and it can also hold a place for us, to remind us of what is possible and true when we get caught up in daily life and sometimes forget the truth of our beauty. For me, home is about taking a deep resonant breath upon entering. It is about holding and nurturing us. It is the sanctuary we seek after being stuck in traffic or just dealing with life.
Some homes are alive. You feel different the moment you walk into these spaces and you just want to stay awhile and soak it all in. When the intention is set from deep within ourselves, I believe an environment holds its own spirituality, its own mood, and we fill our home with the essence of ourselves as it fills us right back with its self. When we create a place of quiet and comfort, a retreat so to speak, it invites us to do the same. When there is a sensitivity to place, light and alignment, a respect and reverence for all things placed there, our Home beckons us. It welcomes and nurtures us and it has the potential to encourage us to always find our new potential, to find those lovely places within ourselves that have always existed but we might have forgotten.
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