Interior Design Inspiration: Lesley Killoren

Sometimes things just click with kindred spirits, right?

While swimming in the pool above,

I made a new friend

who is an interior designer with

charming taste and a personality to match.

photos – hello lovely

Lesley (of Designs by Lesley in Rockford, Illinois)

was gracious enough to take me on a tour of interiors

she designed at an equestrian property.

And how adorable is she?

Both Lesley and the homeowners enjoy
traditional style, architecture, travel,
interesting hand applied wall finishes,
and art collected around the globe.

Some of Lesley’s favorite sources
reside at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

This handsome den has the warmest glow,
where the designer helped the owners choose
art and furnishings.

Killoren has been beautifying commercial
and residential spaces for more than 20 years,
and she has a special gift for bringing joy
and enthusiasm to each project.

My camera did not adequately capture the beauty
of the metallic finishes–this one boasts an aged
coppery appearance.

One of my favorite rooms…
a bedroom with angled walls of windows.

And my favorite space!
An incredible solarium with comfortable
furnishings upholstered in silk.
So perfect for bird watching.
Not fancy or ‘done’, simply a cozy retreat to connect with nature.

Eyecandy was everywhere in the home,

and the creatively gifted  homeowner even

allowed us a peek at her workspace.

A lovely detail in the office.

So happy to introduce you to a talented
hometown hero whom I call friend.
Thank you, Lesley!

(And a hearty thank-you to the homeowners
who love their privacy, yet trusted a
tiny blonde woman to gush and snap!)

Talk to me, blogland.

Isn’t it incredible how a love for design
so easily can connect us in unexpected ways?????

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. September 21, 2012 / 6:25 am

    ThatΒ΄s really lovely for the both of you, sharing an interest is worth a lot! πŸ™‚

  2. September 21, 2012 / 7:38 am

    So exiting to be able to see this home ;o) LOVE the livingroom – so much light!!
    Hugs Elisabeth πŸ˜‰

  3. September 21, 2012 / 11:09 am

    How wonderful Michele to not only get to make a new friend but a designer as well. So much fun to get to see some of Leslie's work, beautiful!


  4. September 21, 2012 / 11:21 am

    What a fun connection to make!!!! Talented fun td design an equestrian facility…….have a fabulous Friday.

  5. September 21, 2012 / 2:10 pm

    Don't you just love finding kindred spirits out there. Agree that a love of beauty and good design is a great way to connect!
    Happy Friday! XO

  6. September 21, 2012 / 8:48 pm

    G O R G E O U S … and the rooms, too! franki

  7. September 21, 2012 / 9:24 pm

    just a stunning property and so many details orchestrated by lesley. i could used to these tours!


  8. September 21, 2012 / 11:45 pm

    Isn't it exciting to find those with similar interest – thanks for the tour and loved the warm tones of the den. Happy weekend, Michele!!

  9. September 22, 2012 / 12:46 am

    How fun! Those walls in the hall were just stunning, oh my gosh, and i love the soft blue wall color in the bedroom with those great blue chairs. That must have been a real treat to have a tour with a seasoned designer and decorator!


  10. September 22, 2012 / 1:08 am

    I love the solarium!!! I can imagine sitting and
    watching the seasons
    change. Leslie is
    a beautiful woman-
    and a great designer.

  11. September 22, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    Love those metallic finishes! Thanks for the tour. πŸ™‚

  12. September 22, 2012 / 8:06 pm

    Such a grand tour – how lovely to meet a kindred spirit! I love the metallic paint finish and that stunning chinese style panel over the bed! xxx

  13. September 23, 2012 / 1:34 pm

    She has a beautiful home. Thanks for the house tour. There always fun to see.

  14. September 23, 2012 / 4:51 pm

    so many personal details from travel and eclectic interests. lesley is so good at collaborating so spaces have the homeowner's signature, not her own.


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