Donna D. LeeAfter earning a degree in interior design from the University of Nevada-Reno, Donna Lee worked on many exclusive homes in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe, where she honed her skills as a designer. Upon moving to New Orleans, she worked for Nina Sloss Antiques before starting her own business, Riverbend Interior Design in 1997. Lee says her showroom has a sampling of interior furnishings and accessories, and a large selection of fabrics and other interior finishes, including an exclusive line of handmade tile. She says the atmosphere of her store is “welcoming and comfortable for professional consulting with clients.”She adds that Riverbend Interior Design is a complete design firm that can create interior plans, lighting plans, provide contract work, manage projects and give consultation on color, furniture, fabrics, draperies and accessories.

What’s the first thing you discuss with a client?     
We usually begin with the client’s needs for a space, followed by how they currently use the space and how they envision the space upon completion. All clients have different needs and wants—it’s very important to know and understand them to create a successful end product.

What are some trends in home décor and design that you have noticed? 

I am most surprised by the trend in 1960s and ‘70s décor, but I don’t think that trend will last long. Technology is the other influence in home furnishings
and that is changing many furniture designs.

What are some things that a client can get through your company that they may not be able to find anywhere else?
I have a connection to an art camp in North Carolina and carry one-of-a-kind art sculptures and designs.

Do you have any specialsthis month?
Yes, we will be having an art sale—30 percent off.