"Courtney is a complete professional who loves what she does, and it shows...She has an encyclopedic knowledge of design sources and impeccable taste." -- L.Z.
Courtney McLeod is the founder and principal of Right Meets Left Interior Design, an award-winning Manhattan-based full-service design studio. The name Right Meets Left perfectly reflects her approach to the design process - an ideal balance of a creatively vital mind (right brain) and a sharply analytical one (left brain). This approach allows her to conjure magical environs for exacting clients and execute these dreams with efficiency and diligence.
Her work has been featured in print both in the US and abroad - including the cover of Aspire Design + Home Magazine.
Creatively, Courtney is a colorist at heart and draw’s from a kaleidoscopic toolbox of texture, pattern, and color to create rooms evocative of one emotion above all others – joy. It is the essence of her design philosophy and the journey she embarks on with each client. Born and raised in New Orleans, Courtney brings a sophisticated view to her rooms, informed by her Creole background and extensive travels throughout Europe and Asia, including many extended visits to Paris. The spaces she designs express both her client's unique tastes and her vivid, collected aesthetic.
Practically, she approaches each project with a keen understanding of the importance of the significant financial investment required. From a small one-room re-design to a complex, million-dollar project, she guides clients on how best to invest their financial resources, and takes great pride in rigorous project management, enabling projects to stay on time and on budget.
While she has had a lifelong passion for the decorative arts, prior to founding the firm Courtney earned a business degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and pursued a successful 15-year career in the financial services industry, rising to a leading portfolio management role in real estate private equity. Despite her success, at the peak of her career she realized it was time to commit to the pursuit of her true passion - designing beautiful interiors. Taking the tremendous skills gained through her experience and enhancing them with design-related studies at Parsons, Pratt, and the New York School of Interior Design, she confidently embarked on a new course and has never looked back. She feels truly blessed to successfully pursue her second act and live her passion.
Courtney resides in the vibrant Harlem neighborhood, a wonderful source of inspiration. She has lived in New York City for two decades, but remains a Southerner at heart.