A family business since the beginning
In 2006 Sam and Lynn Leake opened Luxe Home Interiors with their daughter Elizabeth. The goal has always been to combine quality coastal design with customer service to create more than an ordinary furniture store. In 2014, they brought experience and creativity to Leland to reach all of Brunswick and New Hanover County. Elizabeth has taken the reigns and Luxe continues to thrive. Luxe delivers beautiful and comfortable furniture to clients who become friends. “Design to me is about making lasting relationships; between designers and clients and Luxe and the Community”.
When you work with a Luxe Home Interiors designer, you become part of the family too.
Meet the Luxe Home Interiors family
Owner and Interior Designer
Lynn’s eye for design is unlike any other. She brings the advantage of both experience and education to your dining room table—or whichever room she’s working on. She earned a master’s degree in Residential Design and Housing from the University of Central Oklahoma, later serving as adjunct faculty in the design department. Molding herself to fit the needs of each and every client, Lynn will help you create a dream space suited for your unique lifestyle. She can turn your ideas and inspirations into reality through creative thinking and effective planning. Over the years, she has watched styles evolve, shift, disappear, and come back with a vengeance. She sees each new project as a chance to share her knowledge and passion and to design a space that truly makes a difference in her clients’ lives.
Owner and Designer
When it comes to design, Elizabeth has a keen eye for even the smallest of details. One of her favorite parts of being a designer is all of the different people she gets to meet. Helping her clients make a home and seeing them excited for all of the possibilities that lie ahead makes her excited too. Elizabeth is an avid trend-watcher and finds inspiration from the world and other creatives around her, especially film and television. She loves how many genres, decades, and styles she can explore and bring into her designs. Recently, she’s found herself entranced with the sets and stylings of shows like Bridgerton, The Undoing, and The Queen’s Gambit. One thing that you can find in each of her designs is something whimsical. She believes that our homes should bring us joy every day. “I like to look around a space and see something that makes me smile.”
Julie is the lead designer here at Luxe. With her years of experience, she is able to guide clients through the design process, turning their homes into dream homes. A native North Carolinian, Julie has a solid understanding of the coastal lifestyle and the designs that enhance it. As a part of her process, she creates digital floor plans and presentations to help clients visualize their projects. She always looks forward to installation day. Seeing everything come together and her clients’ reactions are priceless. In every room, Julie encourages a little bit of greenery. Plants, flowers, and trees add a sense of relaxation and tranquility to a space. If you don’t have a green thumb, Julie says a really good faux plant will always do the trick.
Emily has a love for all the elements that make an interior special. She has a gift for connecting with clients that allows her to express their personal style, and she loves the endless creative opportunities that designing brings. Emily finds inspiration sifting through magazines, visiting showrooms, and scrolling through social media. She is passionate about bringing the most current trends and styles to her clients but also appreciates the classic coastal style that runs through Wilmington. But there is one thing that you will never find in her own house: velvet. While she appreciates the beauty and timelessness of it, her beloved 90-pound dog and his knack for shedding have different plans.
Born and raised in Sanford, NC, Monica moved around the state, attending ECU and starting her career in Raleigh before moving to Wilmington and joining the Luxe team. Her favorite part of being a designer is the challenge of creating a cohesive design. Every person and project is unique, so she is constantly learning new ways to complete the puzzle. For inspiration, Monica turns to Instagram and Pinterest for their variety of people, places, and styles. She also really loves learning about the psychology behind design and how different people live, so a good podcast or video will do the trick too. One thing you won’t find in her home is live plants. Sadly, she did not inherit her mother’s green thumb, so she sticks to faux greenery to add a lush touch to her home.
Nicholas comes to Luxe with over ten years of retail management and customer service experience. He also has a passion for visual merchandising and keeps the store looking its best. His attention to detail and vibrant personality make clients feel at ease and confident in their choices. When Nick isn’t in the store ensuring Luxe looks its best, he’s active playing volleyball, tennis, and kickball with local leagues.
Kaitlyn is a problem solver at heart. She loves the challenge of fitting the right pieces together and planning for unique spaces. Through renderings and vision boards, she enjoys helping clients conceptualize their space in different ways. Kaitlyn graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Interior Design, and here at Luxe, she oversees the design development process from start to finish. Kaitlyn helps designers in various ways, keeps operations running smoothly, and is always on top of tracking and putting in sales orders.
Service Center and Delivery Manager
Richard has been our warehouse and delivery manager for over 14 years. Over the years he has gathered extensive knowledge about our vendors and products. He accompanies our design team to Market twice a year to become inspired and stay current on the latest trends. Richard is a vital part of our business and we couldn’t do what we do without him!
Service Center Associate
A valued warehouse assistant, Jamel helps provide courteous delivery service for our clients. One of his favorite parts of delivering for Luxe is getting to meet all of your four legged family members!