I had the pleasure of meeting Leslie Moore at a Tobi Fairley Design Camp last year, and I am so excited she agreed to join us for “Coffee With” today! I’m sure you have seen some of Leslie’s work when she was recently featured over at House Of Turquoise . Leslie creates beautiful traditional spaces with a uniquely eclectic twist.
ACI: When did you know that Interior Design was your passion?
LM: I remember as a child always wanting to re-arrange the furniture – that was one of my favorite hobbies – my poor Mom!!
ACI: Where do you find your inspiration?
LM: Travel-near and far! It really fuels my creative juices. I love travelling to exotic places as much as the next person, but there is also a lot of inspiration that can be found close to home – I always have my brain “open” – inspiration can be found in very unexpected places. Restaurants are a favorite, I find so many ideas when I am eating out, and there is some really great restaurant design happening right now.
ACI: What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?
LM: Suzanne Kasler – Inspired Interiors I love her design aesthetic, and I literally NEVER tire of looking at this book. Bobby McAlpine – The Home Within Us An incredible and innovative Architect, he will go down in design history as truly creating original ideas. Over the years I have acquired quite a large library of books on design, art, and architecture – and I actually ‘read’ the text. I recommend it as a great way to learn about design; listening to others articulate their own design vision and inspiration.
My favorite magazines for inspiration are Traditional Home, Veranda, Garden & Gun, and a brand new one called Milieu that I am definitely crushing on!
Not to leave out on-line sites, House of Turquoise, Mark D. Sikes and Pretty Pink Tulips are always full of great inspiration to peruse.
ACI: What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?
LM: How long it takes! It is a process, a very deliberate, and laborious one, and it always takes longer than we think it will. It is as frustrating for us as it is for our clients. Most rewarding is undoubtedly when a client says that a completed room, and the items that comprise it, looks even better than they could have imagined it!
ACI: What decorating techniques/ideas/projects would you recommend to a homeowner who wants a quick update to their space?
LM: Lighting – Any & all – Overhead lighting, such as recessed, table lamps, floor lamps. I arrive on many projects, ad people are still using lamps that they purchased post-college. A room needs different types of lighting for the different activities, and tasks, that will occur in that space…and to set the mood. Lighting is for function, and for decoration. I do not like a lot of accessories or knick-knacks, so lamps are an opportunity to accessorize. And for goodness sakes, get dimmers on your light switches!
ACI: What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?
LM: Window treatments – A lot of homeowners think that this is something to be added much later, and I could not disagree more. It is an expensive endeavor, but it needs to come at the beginning of the process, when selecting the main furnishing pieces for the space. In that initial design phase it is another opportunity to layer in color, texture, and if desired, pattern. It will “complete” the room even if all of the artwork and accessories are not in place.
ACI: What’s your favorite color combination lately?
LM: I am in a very “Pink” mood, and love the idea of combining various pinks with grays….Also, I am currently working on a Master Bedroom project using lemon-citrine, greys, and mink browns…it is turning out great!
ACI: What is your most cherished possession?
LM: David, Braeden, and Will…
ACI: What would your dream project be?
LM: A Boutique hotel….there are so many wonderful ones, some of my favorite are The Proximity, Blackberry Farm, the Grand Bohemian in Asheville