Growing up in the Deep South, Leah learned to appreciate good design, and her family encouraged her to develop her own personal style. Whether it was furniture, art, the written word or a beautifully appointed dinner table, Leah learned the value of “all things excellent.” She received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in Interior Design from the American College for the Applied Arts in Atlanta, Georgia.
With a career spanning over 20 years, Leah specializes in residential interiors and has earned a reputation for having an exceptional eye for design and a deep commitment to outstanding personal service. Creator of what Traditional Home Magazine calls some of “The Most Beautiful Rooms in America,” Leah’s designs encompass
…well-functioning, spacious rooms,
…calm, neutral palettes,
…an abundance of natural light,
…and a “whole-house/whole-life” point of view.
Leah believes the best-planned homes adapt to the ebb and flow of life. “Life is not static,” she says, “it is constantly changing.” She adapts to the changes and challenges in her life through her strong faith in Christ. He is her source of strength and stability in this ever-changing world. She believes that just like a room that is out of scale, unbalanced and has no emphasis or focus, our life and heart can be redesigned to create a life full of meaning and purpose by developing a personal relationship with Jesus.
Born from a deep desire to share this message in a creative way, Leah’s first book, Interior Wisdom: Designing your Home and Heart for the Lord, is filled with beautiful photographs of her work as she shows readers how to use design principles to create their own beautiful rooms, and beautiful hearts to enjoy them. In each chapter she shares the ways her spiritual walk influences her design, and the importance of including God’s wisdom in the design of our homes and our hearts.
Leah is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is licensed in Florida. Her work has been published in numerous magazines. In addition to her interior design work, she lectures widely with Leah Richardson Ministries. She lives with her husband, Jim, in DeLand and they have a daughter, Lauren, whom they adore.