Lynelle Leess, the principal designer at Abode Designs, began her lifelong passion for design as an intern for the world-renowned designer Roy Sklarin.
With a degree in Business and Art from Skidmore College, and more than 20 years of experience in design, Lynelle brings knowledge, skill and a refined innate sense of style to every project. She knows the "rules" of design. So she can intelligently refine them, bend or break them. She knows the history of style, so she's never a slave to any period or style. And color-she learned as a painter, mixing hues and intensity to match the palette of her imagination. Lynelle makes color take on an experiential , poetic quality. Grey becomes a misty morning at the beach. Green , a new spring leaf, backlit with sunshine. They speak loudly or whisper quietly. She has a keen ear for the language of color and an eye for the nuances that can change the total look and mood of a room. No color goes from tube to canvas,and no color ever goes from can to wall.
This artistic background also gives Lynelle a unique feel for the harmonious relationships between scale & light & flow in a space. And that artist's eye is applied to each and every project, large and small. Her past and current projects span all aspects of décor and design from new home construction and renovations, to re-working layouts for downsizing clients to furnishing a complete home for relocation clients. Having gone through many of these experiences herself, she understands the process from her client's perspective. She knows comfort & function are as essential to good design as artistry and beauty. And deft over-seeing of every detail is necessary to see every vision realized.
Because of Lynelle's insistence on meticulous workmanship, she's gathered a team of professionals whose high standards match her own. You can be assured that from contractor to custom cabinetmaker, from painter to upholsterer, the fine details of quality will always be adhered to. In the end, after vast and varied experience and years of study, Lynelle cites her most valuable knowledge as the few words from the "original" designer, William Morris, who said "Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
Good interior design is like a fingerprint unique to each client's style and space. With this as the guiding principle of Abode Designs, Lynelle Leess begins each project by building a close, collaborative partnership with her client.
Creating spaces that will bring you joy!