"Above all else, I am a serious designer who doesn't take herself too seriously. It is always elegant, but with a wink and a smile."
Courtney McLeod is the founder and principal of Right Meets Left Interior Design, a Manhattan-based full-service design studio serving residential and commercial clients. Courtney conceived of the name for the firm in the most unlikely of places - a dream. She realized instantly it was a perfect reflection of her approach to the process of design. The perfect balance of a creatively vital mind and a sharply analytical one. The ability to conjure magical environs for clients and execute these dreams with efficiency and diligence - a perfect balance indeed.
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 a number of extended visits to Paris. Courtney is a colorist at heart and believes strongly in the power of vivid color to spark joy. She inspires clients to embrace the power of beautiful design to enhance their lives. The spaces she designs are evocative of both her client's unique tastes and her vivid, collected aesthetic.
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 a multi-billion dollar real estate private equity firm. 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.
Her work has been featured in print both in the US and abroad; most recently gracing the cover of the Spring 2016 issue of Aspire Design + Home Magazine.
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.