Meet Leah Alexander, Daring Designer and 2021 Rising Stars Top 10
Leah Alexander | Age 34
Founder and Principal Interior Designer of Beauty Is Abundant
Twelve years in the interior design industry, including founding her own design firm, Beauty Is Abundant, Leah Alexander is a force to be reckoned with. Her reputation for design work that honors homes’ histories with intention and clarity lets her clients know she’ll make their dreams a reality, that she’ll show up for them, and that the end result will be beautiful. It’s the reason she’s been picked to participate in various design panels across the Southeast and was part of the first ever Architectural Digest and Black Interior Designers Network virtual show house, The Iconic Home.
Can you describe your unique approach to working with clients?
We offer expertise and guidance, with the purest of intentions and through attentive listening. We create a sense of expansiveness and abundance by seeing the potential in our clients’ homes, which are typically extensions or reflections of our clients. From there, the real work begins. When I create abundant beauty in my clients’ immediate surroundings — business or home — that fresh new outlook they have ripples into an elevated outlook on the world.
What advice would you give an aspiring interior designer or entrepreneur?
Creating beautiful, functional, intentional interiors is an art form involving many stakeholders. It takes a village. I’m passionate about uplifting, supporting and celebrating that village. It’s so important to nurture vendor and contractor relationships. Without either of these two players, our jobs are virtually impossible!
How do you give back to the community?
I love doing volunteer design work with a nonprofit called Sunshine on a Ranney Day. They make barrier-free, inclusive design possible for kids requiring wheelchair accessibility and other accommodations. I also support local and Black-owned businesses often by including them in my projects and promoting them on social media.
Where do you go to unwind in Atlanta?
I love the High Museum of Art and its dynamic exhibits. I love JINYA Ramen Bar so much, I could eat it every other day. I also love my design studio in Midtown. It’s truly my sanctuary.