Elizabeth Barnes

Before launching Leeza Designs, I started my career off in the field of advertising, working at Hal Riney and Partners from 1994 – 1998,  and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners 1998 – 2001. I took my first introductory interior design class at UC Berkeley in 2001 and fell in love.  I took the plunge into the world of design in 2002. I worked at Albie Johnston Designs in Mill Valley and then launched my own business. Today, I continue my interior design studies and I am enrolled at The Academy of Art University where I am pursuing my Masters in Fine Arts in Interior Architecture.  Leeza Designs is now in it’s thirteenth year…

I am affiliated with many organizations including the San Francisco Design Center, ASID, IDDP and the National Kitchen and Bath Association. I have also donated to KIVA since 2009. KIVA‘s mission is to connect people, through micro-lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. With my initial donation, I funded loans to three women and when they repaid their loan I selected new women to benefit from this donation. To date, I have funded eleven loans to women in eight different countries including Carmen Margarita in Peru, Theary Mao in Cambodia and Salazar Osorio in Nicaragua. These women have requested loans for things like an iron, wood, nails, roofing and even toilets. I hope to help these women make their homes a safer place for themselves and their families.

I love beautiful things with a little spice, the drama of color, comfort, glamour, balance and casual entertaining. And, I believe that being in an environment that you truly enjoy nurtures the soul.  I love to be challenged with a new space and a new client as these are my muses.  Determining your style is my challenge and actually puts the fun in my day: edgy, whimsical, bohemian chic, traditional, refreshing, flamboyant, romantic!  I welcome your call and look forward to working on your design project!

Here’s to creating interior beauty in your space!