Designer Crush: Leslie Price


1. How did you get your start in design?

In 2000, we embarked on a massive remodel of our home. It was during this time that I became smitten with design and space planning. When our home was complete, a friend who was a realtor saw our project and loving the flow and aesthetic, she asked me to stage her real estate listings. Staging homes led me to being hired by the new homeowners to make their home look as amazing as it was while it was staged. And, from there, it snowballed!

2. How did growing up in Honolulu shape your sense of style and eye for design?

I am profoundly affected by my childhood in Hawaii.  The openness, the vibrant colors of nature, the relaxed lifestyle, and a laid-back attitude of living are all inherent in my designs.

3. How has your background in visual merchandising informed your work as a designer?

My first job out of college was with Sunset Magazine where I created graphic marketing campaigns. Designing visual marketing tools helped discipline me in the concise use of concept and color in presentation.

4. How do you define “California Style”?

I see California Style as being energizing and colorful. The weather here is so welcoming that we are outdoors and active year-round.  California style is reflective of living life with vibrancy.

5. What’s your process for getting to know a client?

I always like to meet with a client in their home.  I want to get a feel for their space and the see the flow of their environment. I ask a ton of questions about their lifestyle, needs, wants and budget.  

6. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?

Italy. Two reasons: the food and the art!  

7. If you could design the set for any movie or play, which would it be and why?

I’d love to design a technicolor set for It’s a Wonderful Life. The movie exemplifies that life, in all its ups, downs, bits and pieces is a blessing…and that family and friends are the very best things.

Lightning round:

8. Eggs: Scrambled or sunny side up?

Scrambled with gluten free toast please!

9. Coffee: Hot or iced?

Coffee should always be hot and strong!

10. Movies: Rom-com or action-adventure?

Always rom-com. I’m a sucker for love and emotion.

11. Walls: Paper or painted?

Paper, because it’s an art expression and what’s more fun than that?

12. Dinner: Dine in or dine out?

Dine in – after all, home is where the heart is.

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