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08/08/2016
Louisville Lexington
Member Spotlight: Leslie Lewis Sheets

Leslie Lewis Sheets is the Founder and President of LL&A Interior Design located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. A graduate of Ball State University's Interior/Environmental Design program, Leslie celebrates her 31st year in the interior design field. She is a certified interior designer and member of IIDA, KYCID and ASID. She and her design team provide complete interior design services ...from concept through completion...for the corporate, hospitality, healthcare, education, and residential markets.

Leslie is proud to say that the turning points and challenges in her career have been surviving and thriving through the economic downturn, the industry changes such as the field of interior design being so much more mainstream through television and social media, the DIY craze, and access to products and services through the internet. Regardless, her passion is still strong, and she loves her work as much today, as she did when she first began. 

Her favorite projects have been those whose clients have allowed her and her firm to do what they do best. She has felt the most reward when the client respects her and her team for their credentials, experience and talent, and recognize them as interior designers not interior decorators. 

Leslie would advise young designers just entering the field, to spend as much time as possible with a diverse, full-service interior design firm. She strongly suggests internships to get a feel for the reality of the work, to get involved in the professional affiliations and organizations, and take the NCIDQ exams as soon as possible. When a designer is passionate about the field, can make the commitment to the demanding, physical, hard work that is involved, the compensation will follow.

IIDA means credibility to Leslie. She describes her affiliation with the organization as the opportunity to be front and center with what is happening in the industry, and is most proud of her involvement and membership.

When asked what we may not know about her, she states that she is training for her eighth marathon. If there is a decade she preferred, it would have to be the 80's ...big hair, shoulder pads and platform shoes!

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