Unlocked: Courtney McLeod

We recently chatted with circaphiles ambassador & joyful designer

Courtney mcleod

Courtney McLeod is the founder and principal of Right Meets Left Interior Design, an award-winning, full-service design studio in Manhattan. She has unlocked the the right and left side of the brain as a tool that perfectly reflects her design process. This unique technique has become Mcleod’s key to success in designing and expressing each client’s distinctive personality and lifestyle.


1. What did you wish you knew when you started your design firm?

Oh boy, so much!  I wish I knew how applicable my prior business experience would be to running a successful interior design studio.  I probably would have made the leap earlier.

2. Was there something unexpected that you learned from your team along the

The first five years of my business I worked alone.  As my team has grown, I have discovered how fulfilling collaboration can be. It was enriched the work my studio produces.



3. If there is one piece of advice you would give a design student, what would it

If your goal is to own your own interior design studio, spend the time and resources to understand basic financial accounting.  It will help you immeasurably in the future.

4. When a client asks for a resource, how do you answer them?

As I have gained the confidence to be selective about the clients we agree to work with, I don’t encounter this issue anymore.



5. How have you directly reached out to a potential new client?

I typically open a dialogue with a friendly email introducing myself and asking to schedule an introductory call.