Designer Profile: Nancy Leonard

June 13, 2019 2 min read

Designer Profile: Nancy Leonard

Picasso famously said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” For design consultant Nancy Leonard, who has been working in color and design at John Boyle Decorating Centers for over a decade, losing her natural-born artistry was never a concern.

“I wouldn’t say I chose this line of work, it feels more like a natural progression,” Nancy says. “I have always had a drive to be creative and one thing just seemed to flow into another.”

Before joining our team, Nancy was a decorative painter with a renowned custom paint design shop specializing in furniture and other home accessories. Today, lucky John Boyle customers can have the benefit of Nancy’s artistic flair and her color expertise in their own homes.

What’s the best way to choose a color palette? Start with a point of inspiration; whether it’s a painting, a rug or even a piece of pottery, select something that you love and enjoy for its color. Next, discover the color’s undertones, which are the subtle influences that distinguish it from similar colors – say a “warm” blue versus a “cool” blue. Choosing colors with similar undertones pulls it all together.

Favorite color to work with? Not surprisingly, blue. I love a soft blue with a grey and green undertone. It reminds me of the shore, especially when combined with grays and tans.

Best place to shop for design inspiration: Flea markets and second-hand stores. I love to find furniture with good bones but in need of some TLC, whether it is a new coat of stain or a faux finish with art. I enjoy bringing new life to what would otherwise be discarded.

When I was 10 years old, my bedroom walls:…were a yellow color that I chose. I also found an old dressing table that I painted and embellished with hand-painted scrolls and flowers.

Most people would be surprised to learn: You can often get a good feel for the style and colors a customer would like in their home by the clothing they wear.

Two things I ask my customers are:1) What items will be staying in the space; and 2) which ones do they really love or makes them smile? This gives me a guide as to the direction the design will take.

Most rewarding part of what I do: Seeing a customer pleased with the final results of their design project; after all, making a home your own should be one of the fun parts of life!

Your home deserves careful consideration when making alterations. Bring your interior design hopes and dreams to life at John Boyle Decorating Center. Book a consultation with one of our talented team members here, 

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