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Our Team


Leigh Ann is the founder and principal designer of Chic By Design, LLC.  Her passion for design began in the 4th grade when she and a friend designed a before-its-time solar-powered "green" home on wheels (like no RV you've ever seen).  They went so far as to explore patent rights, but quickly got back to the serious business of the 4th grade. 


A magna cum laude graduate from Appalachian State University, also completing an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill with honors, she enjoyed a career in marketing to develop both her business and creative talents.  As an executive with over 12 years spent at The Walt Disney Company, the combination of creativity, strategy, experiential design, and customer service became part of her DNA. 

Leigh Ann is a proven expert at relocation, having moved 10 times in 20 years.  She knows the importance of making a home a "home" no matter the location or size to ensure balance and quality of life.  She trained with the best in the business in Los Angeles before establishing Chic By Design, a full-service interior design firm.  She brings her Disney entertainment, design and keen business sense to increase the value, comfort and beauty of your home, on budget and on time.  Every time.

Chic By Design's mission is to "Improve lives through personal design solutions."  Our core values of Authenticity, Integrity, Caring and Innovation guide every decision we make. 

Clients choose Leigh Ann for her collaborative ability to translate their individual personality and lifestyle needs into a timeless, inspiring environment.  Her vision manifests into spaces that are as functional as they are beautiful.  Her designs celebrate the architectural style of the home and create a rich tapestry that engages and embraces its residents and visitors for a lifetime to come.  Leigh Ann nurtures and guides clients through the building and renovation process, helping to alleviate stress along the way. 

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certified true color expert
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Mackenzie recently joined the team as Design Assistant.  She has an innate design instinct and is attending college to pursue a degree in Interior Design.  An avid art enthusiast, she is also a role model in following a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Mackenzie is the master of details, bringing organization and a fresh perspective to our studio.  In her free time, you'll find Mackenzie at live performances around town or whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. 


Gracie Jo is more than a mascot.  She performs many important roles at Chic By Design.  From Product Tester to Photo Bomber to Site Supervisor, she's a vital part of the team.  Her most important role is Therapy Dog, because who doesn't need a little unconditional love?  

Check out her Photo Bomb Library here.

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Photography by Jodie Brim

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