Tailored, classic, understated, and sophisticated are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind when looking at the interiors of Leslie Hunt. From her attention to detail to her mastery of mixing colors and patterns, Leslie’s training is evident in all of her designs. A fortuitous internship with renowned designer Mark Hampton in New York led the UC Berkeley graduate into the world of design. After working as lead designer for Stephanie Stokes, Sandra Nunnerly and Scott Snyder, she launched her own design firm in 2003.
Known for her enthusiasm and impeccable eye, Leslie creates unique spaces for each of her clients based on their individual tastes and style. This personal touch accompanied by her professionalism has added to her rapidly growing residential design business which has also expanded into restaurants, country clubs and corporate offices.
After designing a cafe for her best friend in Santa Monica, Leslie began working on her friend’s home gutting the interior to make it more cohesive for a family of four. The courtyard and back house provide an ideal place for entertaining and taking advantage of the gorgeous Southern California weather.
A fountain original to the property provides a quaint focal point for the outdoor dining area.
A flag photograph by Oberto Gili purchased through Nathan Turner in Los Angeles inspired the red, white and blue palette. A variety of patterned pillows found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market play off of the stripes and colors in the artwork. This play on patterns creates a story in many of Hunt’s interiors.
What began as a kitchen and bath renovation evolved into a larger project including the dining room and living room. The kitchen and family room were taken to the studs and ceilings raised to create a more spacious atmosphere where the family spends most of their time. A dining nook off of the main living area includes Roman blinds in a Tilton Fenwick blue and white print for Duralee, navy lacquered bamboo chairs and banquette pillows in indigo hues from Hollywood at Home. A brass and ebonized pendant from Visual Comfort lends a modern touch to the space.
A sectional sofa with patterned pillows continues the blue and white scheme. A rattan cocktail table with shagreen boxes, design books, and blue beads add layered interest to the interior.
A pink rug by Madeline Weinrib was the starting point for the living room that inspired this warm and cheerful color palette. Diminutive barrel back chairs from Grace Home are upholstered in a pink and blue floral fabric by Tilton Fenwick for Duralee. Sofas by H.D. Buttercup are decorated with pillows made with fabrics by Peter Dunham, Schumacher, John Robshaw and Duralee. A large aviary painting purchased by the client in Montecito finishes the interior.
In the dining room, crimson red pulled from the Persian rug covers the walls. A gilded pagoda lantern from Horchow and blue leather used on the dining chairs contrast with the jewel colored walls. A Brunschwig and Fils multicolored suzani adorns a window seat. More printed pillows in blue and red mix enhance the vignette without overpowering it.
A mutual affection for the color blue inspired every space in this Pacific Palisades cottage. By using different shades of blue in each room and accenting with natural elements, the designer was able to achieve the client’s vision.
Leslie scoured local flea markets, estate sales and consignment shops to help the clients start their collection of blue and white porcelain displayed in the family room bookcases. Touches of orange seen in the flowers, accessories and sofa pillows by Carolina Irving play off of the blue and white color scheme. The client’s dog, Cupcake, is curled up on her favorite chair.
The living room continues the same palette but in a more formal fashion. A variety of blue hues found in a large abstract landscape are used throughout the interior. A sofa by Hollywood at Home in a deep blue textile by Kravet anchors the space. Lighter blues are found in the carpet and sofa pillows by Ralph Lauren and S. Harris. A larger patterned print by Kravet is used for Roman blinds and drapery panels.
The airy master bedroom is another variation on the blue and white theme. Against a white backdrop, an upholstered bed by Kravet is decorated with linens by Deborah Sharpe and vintage pillows. A leopard fabric by Schumacher is used on the bench for additional seating. An abstract fabric by Tilton Fenwick for Duralee frames the windows. Greek key bedside tables are from Mecox Gardens and Bunnys William’s iconic brushstroke lamps were purchased at Harbinger.
Photography: Stafanie Keenan and Amy Bartlan
Recognized for her classic yet eclectic style, Los Angeles based designer Leslie Hunt merges formal design with a relaxed and understated sophistication. Specializing in the creation of uniquely personal and chic interior spaces tailored specifically to each client is Leslie’s formula that has broad appeal to all ages and styles. Her motto is simply decorating the interior of people’s lives.
As an art history major as UC Berkeley, Leslie studied abroad in Europe and then moved to New York to begin her training with legendary designer Mark Hampton. It was there where she developed her use of colors, patterns, and textures. Over the next six years, Leslie worked as lead designer managing multiple high-end projects throughout the country with influential designers Stephanie Stokes, Sandra Nunnerly and Scott Snyder.
In 2003, Leslie successfully launched her own interior design company on the West Coast. Fusing the best of her inspirations and experiences in New York and abroad with her native California style, Leslie is known for her distinct ideas and passion that she brings to each project. She has a youthful flair and merges her knowledge of the past with an eye on the future.
Over the years, Leslie’s enthusiasm, attention to detail and follow through have been highly valued by her clients. With the growth of her residential business came the inevitable expansion into commercial spaces ranging from corporate offices to restaurants and to private country clubs. Working with different mediums and requirements in a commercial environment has been instrumental in expanding Leslie’s scope of work as a designer.
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A welcome addition to the Charlotte art scene, Southern Comfort (SOCO) Gallery recently opened to great accolades. Founded by Chandra Johnson, the gallery represents emerging and established artworks in all mediums with a specialization in photography. Its inaugural exhibition entitled “A Fluid Journey” takes its name directly from the 1969 cult surf movie documenting 1960s west coast surf culture. The exhibition explores the transformative qualities of water and leisure and how they affect our physical and mental states. Artists include LeRoy Grannis, Will Adler, Xavier Guardans, Mona Kuhn, Karine Laval, Ken Van Sickle, and Massimo Vitali.
The New York Times titled Grannis the “Godfather of Surf Photography” for capturing the golden age of surfing during the 1960s and 70s. He began surfing at the age of 14, but did not pick up a camera until he was 42. Doctors ordered him to take up a hobby after being diagnosed with a hernia and photographing surfers at his local Hermosa Beach became his convalescence. His images show his complete immersion in the culture that surrounded him. He is considered one of the most important documentarians of the sport, and was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame in 1966. His work has been featured in Reef Magazine, Surfing Illustrated, Surfing, the 2004 award winning documentary Riding Giants, and shown at many galleries, art fairs, and museums around the world including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and Antwerp.
More examples of the whimsical work of Leroy Grannis…
When “Granny” passed away in 2011, surfers paddled out at Hermosa Beach in memory of him and his ashes were scattered in the ocean.
A native of Santa Barbara, CA, Will Adler also captures the life surrounding surf culture in his own distinctive fashion. His images show his complete immersion in the culture that surrounded him. His laid back, light infused images, (as often of women surfers as men) convey the spirit and atmosphere of place as much as the action of the sport. Covering many coastal hot spots such as Hawaii, Montauk, California and Mexico, he has shot for many major publications including The New Yorker, Juxtapoz, Neon, WAX, and Surfer. His commercial clients include Nike, Quicksilver, Patagonia, and Hixsept. At the young age of 30, he had his debut solo exhibition at Danzinger Gallery in New York last year, curated by his uncle, Tom Adler, the notable surf photography and graphic designer.
Some more of Will Adler’s work…
Located in a newly renovated charming 1920’s Myers Park bungalow, the gallery will feature 1,200 square feet of exhibition space, a bookshop and garden. “A Fluid Journey” will be open through August 22nd. Gallery hours are 10AM-5:30PM Tuesday through Saturday. SOCO Gallery is located at 421 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.