marie leonard || formerly, marie lyall
founder & ceo
Marie Leonard of Marie Lyall Interior Design is a successful interior designer for nearly twenty years as a boutique design and décor firm in the world renown Napa Valley.
Among many of her aspirations in her interior design firm are the relationships she cultivates and maintains with her client's. Marie enjoys the process and experience with each individual client and personally guides them through the entire design process from the conception to the conclusion. She is a firm believer of virtuous communication for a successful working relationship, as well as for the best outcome in achieving her client's vision through her interpretation and point of view. Marie is mindful of her client's committed investment and their time frame for their projects. She has a thorough understanding of keeping the character and integrity of a single room or multiple spaces, residential or commercial whether it's for an update, renovation, restoration or new build. Her enthusiasm and affinity for meticulous detail permeate a sophisticated and elegant sincere space within all of her designs.
As an entrepreneur with a creative and innovative mind, Marie's first endeavor in the realm of business was in the world of fashion as a principal owner of boutiques specializing in women's designer apparel for over twenty years. Customer service at a concierge level was of utmost importance as well as developing long term relationships with her clientele. Within the mix of each boutique located throughout Northern California, Marie designed each location uniquely. With her keen sense of color, selection of decorative surfaces, attention to architectural details, along with sensible space planning and an eye for task and ambient lighting, Marie transformed each boutique with a tasteful bespoke design.
Aside from the development of designing multiple retail spaces, Marie derives from a family of creative talents. Her uncle was an architect, her father of the building trade and her grandmother an accomplished painter and sculptor, all within the mid-century era. Surrounded and exposed to such talent, and living on construction sites while watching her father craft beautiful homes, she acquired the interest and passion to transform homes and spaces with ideas and inspirations just waiting to express themselves. It came as to no surprise that Marie ended up in the interior design industry for a second chapter of her career journey.
Marie is not just inspired by her passion for homes and architecture from her earlier years, but also by the surroundings of the local panoramic views within the Napa Valley; expelling flavors of Italy, Spain and France, not to mention, California’s distinctive architectural offerings. Her design inspirations not only derive from her incomparable surroundings, but also from different eras, origins and cultures.
Specializing in residential and commercial interior design and décor, Marie's boutique firm has grown organically by primarily client referral. She has had the opportunity to design multiple projects for her clients such as their residences, rentals, second homes and businesses. These projects have taken Marie from Napa, Sonoma, Marin, and San Francisco to Los Angeles and Palm Desert. While creating cherished relationships with her clients, she also values the collaborations with her team of builders, architects, craftsmen, artists and other creative and talented members of her design community.