About Leah

Posted July 20th, 2009 by Leah

leahGrowing 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.

14 Responses to “About Leah”

  1. Stacy Cooper says:

    I purchased Interior Wisdom for my friend who is an interior designer in Kansas. I noticed the scripture at the top of the page in the first chapter and I knew this book was for her. When she moved from Tennessee to Kansas she was not happy leaving family and friends but she claimed this verse and I know that this verse has substained her all these years. I also have claimed this scripture and I felt this book would have many things to say to me as well. I love interior design but with three children, time just seems to get away and the creativity I have had before is fleeting. During these tough times God has become more important to me and the quotes and insight in your book has truly blessed me. I want to use the talents he has given me to bless others. Thanks for your encouraging words.

  2. Leah says:

    Thank you Stacy for your encouraging words to me! I pray that our Lord will give you wisdom and revelation on His timing. He has good plans for the gifts and talents He has carefully chosen to place in your life. Keep looking up sweet sister!! Leah

  3. Karen says:

    What a pleasant surprise I recieved from our local library saying the book I requested (Interior Wisdom) was being held for me! A perfect summer reading book for this weary mother of three – and it combines my love for the Lord and my love of interior design in one book! It’s a gem – and you are a bundle of talent. Thank you for your inspiring words and photographs – Karen

  4. Leah says:

    Hi Karen,
    Thank you for your kind words…I hope you are refreshed and inspired by IW this summer.
    God bless you immeasurably!!

  5. Susan Short says:

    Hi! Bought your book and love it! I couldn’t put it down when I first peeked in at B and N. One accessory I noticed you used over and over were the white ceramic pears. Where can I purchase these? Thanks so much! A big fan, Susan

  6. Leah says:

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for your kind words and so happy that you enjoyed Interior Wisdom! I love love love my pears too, and 4 have survived all my moves! (; I purchased those at the Pensacola Art Festival in the late 90s. The potter was from St. Petersburg, Florida, but I don’t know how to reach her today. Enjoy all God’s blessings!

  7. Katrina says:

    Leah. I love the color you recently posted. (hc164). I’m inspired to put that on plank shutters with cream stucco and khaki trim. The door
    Would you recommend glazing outdoor shutters to give that color the aged look as the door in your photo

    All the renovation pics. Keep em

  8. Leah says:

    Hi Katrina,
    So happy you are enjoying the renovation pictures!

    It is best to use a semi-gloss or gloss finish on exterior paint because it holds up better to the elements. I would think applying a clear glaze would work, but I wouldn’t tint the glaze with the paint. If you need to touch up or repaint a couple of shutters down the road, you will {most likely} not be able to match the color. I have never used a glaze on exterior shutters so I would ask your painter or a reputable paint store. I like the idea though! For an aged look, you can use wood that has been distressed or distress the shutters yourself by hitting them with a heavy chain, hammering nails in places and lightly burning them in places. I’ve done this and it looks good for the weathered look.

    Blessings to you!

  9. susan short says:

    Leah- Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your book. I have read it over and over and get inspired in a new way everytime! Back to your pears…I still love them! I know this is a bit of trouble, but how tall are they (including the stem)? I found some similar ones and wanted the same look you created. I love the fact that you said things are not static in life…everything changes. In fact, you can move things around to create new looks with existing items. Unfortunately, I was not given the artistic gene. However, I was given the gift of being able to appreciate art. And for this i am so grateful!!!!!

  10. susan short says:

    Hi Leah, Continued from previous comment…Just one more question- Under the LH Interior section..Where could I find the chandelier for above the kitchen island? It is simple yet elegant, and the look I would love for our kitchen. Thanks for your help! Best to you and your family:) Susan

  11. Keri Igney says:

    Leah: While home for lunch today, I received my beautiful book in the beautiful package. Thank you so much for taking your precious time to wrap it so loveingly and to include your card and the bookmark. The passage on the bookmark now holds a very special place in my heart for the journey I am traveling warrants the reminder to maintain perseverance. Thank you.
    James 1:2-4


  12. Diane Senutovitch says:

    Leah, I purchased your book last summer – and have loved how encouraging it is to me and friends who visit and pick it up to browse.
    I have just ordered another-for a friend (I didn’t have room to request a note from you inside of it…)
    It is for Linda Leschnitzer, their home caught on fire last July 2011(one week after the Las Conchas Fire, In Los Alamos, NM)…they are still working on getting to move in…she is being so challenged with the decorating components picking tile, carpet, all the big and small details that she can’t sleep. I think your book will be perfect for her to read instead of fretting…she has blessed my life with her love of God and hope this gift will encourage her as well. Thank you, Diane

  13. Linda Richards says:

    A friend of mine gave us a copy of Interior Wisdom for Christmas. I was immediately overwhelmed by it’s beauty and depth. I just ordered directly from your website several copies to share. When they arrived they were not only gift wrapped but gently slipped into a burlap, draw string bag. I know there is deep meaning, but have been unable to find it on your website. Would you please share the significance. It is such a blessing to be introduced to you through your lovely book and your website. Thank you so much, Linda

  14. Dermott says:

    Hey Leah,
    Just thought you should know that my sister and her husband are HUGE Georgia Bulldog fans. I will bring them by sometime. By the way, Tinsel (my blue eyed border collie) says hey.


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