Leslie Montana Home Decor - Project Continued

Above: My clients await delivery of a feather-down insert for the new duvet cover that I designed and had made for them.

The Creative Process is all About Change

Late in the planning stages, I learned that my clients wanted the headboard to serve as a barrier to the north-facing coldest wall in the house. There are always unexpected things that come up and though this can add to the cost of a job, it usually produces the best results when clients are willing to go with the flow.


Above are several screenshots from my first Zoom meeting with my client. She walked me around her bedroom phone in hand, as she talked about her relationship to the space. What she liked and hated, and how she so desired a sanctuary for her and her husband were all very clear. The furniture was functionally ok and worked well for them, but the outdated 70's look needed updating. Buying new furniture would have come at a considerable cost, so we decided to work with what they already had. Things such as doors and cabinetry that were not quite right for the room became the focus of further investment instead. 

Not knowing how to design your own space is common. Too close up, it's best to have someone you can trust to assist in the process.

A lovely couple, both leading busy lives, they’d been living in this beautiful home on a large parcel of land in the Bay Area for several years. During that first meeting, I quickly sensed the dynamics and how I could change the entire look, feel, and energy of that room to serve them better. In my work, I use the basic principles of Feng Shui, however, I rely on my ability to read the space to achieve the desired results. 

A work in progress, my clients love their painting and how the room turned out. It was a labor of love and very satisfying for me to see it change so dramatically.

— Leslie Montana