Design just comes easy to some people, like Leyla Jaworski. Once a flight attendant, then a New York night club manager, Leyla got into real estate in 2006 and quickly learned she had a knack for interior design. So, she started staging and designing model homes for her listings and found success in the effort. In 2010, she moved to California, where a friend asked her to join a company that flipped houses. She did, and in one year project-managed nearly 200 renovations. Needless to say, she honed her remodeling skills. In 2014, Leyla struck out on her own by founding Design Shop Interiors in Folsom, California, where today she is both owner and principal designer. She has been named an Interior Designer of the Month for Wayfair, one of the world’s largest online destinations for home furniture and décor. Leyla recently took time to speak with us, and here’s what we learned about this high-energy designer…
Inspired by everyman’s muse.
Leyla finds inspiration for her many home designs the same way most of us do. “Every project needs a jumping off point, and my team and I often look to Pinterest, Houzz, design magazines and our favorite designers for ideas. All clients need a visual—and look, none of us are reinventing the wheel. We use these sources to help set the tone for projects,” she said. In fact, her team creates a Pinterest board for every client to help facilitate the entire design process.
Same house, new hues.
The question Leyla gets asked most often: How do I update the colors in my house? She says the Sacramento area lays claim to a lot of tract housing with homes that don an old-school décor heavy on dark wood and gold granite. Homeowners want a fresher look that’s modern and bright and includes an eclectic mix of materials and metals. If you’ve seen any of Leyla’s amazing work, then you know she is happy to oblige these requests.
No stuffy stuff.
Leyla is finding that the thick, heavier décor of the 1980s bathroom is giving way to a lighter sense of design. “People are liking mid-century aspects, especially in their bathrooms. They want vanities that look like furniture and cement tile is huge, as are matte black and bronze metals. Clients don’t want a serious, stuffy old bathroom anymore,” she said.