Q&A with Courtney McLeod
Courtney McLeod is the founder of her own award-winning design firm, Right Meets Left Interior Design, based in the heart of New York City. Courtney was one of the first designers we worked with when we were getting started, and it has been a pleasure sharing pieces for various projects. Below are a few questions we had for her, and to learn more about her journey, have a look at this video that she created with Architectural Digest and Fidelity Investments; we were honored that she chose to shoot part of it in our showroom!
Courtney McLeod, and her design for the Aspire Design and Home Showhouse, created in collaboration with Samantha Gore and Cav Design. It features our Bench and Asymmetric Bench (photography by Lisa Russman).
What are you most excited about right now?
I am most excited about the renovation of my new apartment in NYC. I am gut renovating a 1920’s era co-op apartment, to create my dream home. It will be a technicolor fantasy. I can’t wait to bring it to life - if I survive the renovation!
What are some pivotal moments in your career?
I have been lucky enough to have a few really wonderful and important moments in my ten-year design career. The editors at Aspire Design + Home magazine gave me my first big break, featuring one of my projects on the cover of their Spring 2016 Art + Design issue. It was such a confidence booster. I have had some really wonderful showhouse moments, incorporating some spectacular Ottra pieces. More recently, the firm was selected for the Elle Decor A-List, 1stDibs Top 50, and D&D Rising Star awards. And I am so excited to share some truly magical projects we are wrapping up.
We love Courtney’s bold use of color and imaginative details that express her clients' tastes. This Harlem project, featured on the cover of the Spring 2016 issue of Aspire Design + Home Magazine, was one of her first big breaks in her design career (photos via Right Meets Left Interior Design).
Apart from design, what are some of your other great loves in this world?
Of course, family, friends, and my kitty Milky J are most important to me. My other great loves are fashion (I am definitely a Prada girl), travels to Paris, and my new home.
We love a chance to share pieces with you for your various Showhouse installations. If you could dream up your next room with an Ottra piece in it, what would it be, and how would you style it?
I have a very special piece planned…for my apartment! My dream is to create a bench or console table in a rainbow of colors. I can’t wait to work with the Ottra team to make this dream come true!