My journey began with an internal struggle of head and heart. As often it does, head won out, I began my career in education, a more practical choice, after all it was the seventies in the south. And for 16 years I taught. But my interest in architecture and design was not easily quieted. I found ways to stoke my passion. Stolen moments in a bookstore pouring over interior design textbooks. Weekends spent covered in paint or fabric swatches in friends’ homes helping them breathe new life into their spaces. A time I enjoy looking back on.
But then change came. We relocated to Tennessee for my husband’s career. It was going to be a great opportunity for him and our family. But for me, it was going to change my life. I was offered an apprenticeship with a licensed Interior Designer. Finally, I had arrived at the destination I longed for…poised with a millions questions. I spent the next three years discovering the answers and soaking up every available detail. I was home.
In May 1999, I decided this time to trust my heart. I opened Lenhart Design Company, my own interior design shop. It proved to be a practical choice after all. Since then I have worked with hundreds of clients, vendors and craftsmen on a variety of projects, both residential and commercial. But they all share a common end: a functional, timeless, beautifully detailed environment. I love sharing that with my clients.
You deserve spaces designed to enrich your life, provide beauty and comfort through all the seasons – of the year, of your life. I would love to share that with you.