Take one look at designer Courtney McLeod’s work and you’ll understand why she’s known for her bold, confident use of color. Her one-bedroom apartment in Harlem is saturated in rich tones and filled with pieces that individually make a statement, but when paired together transform into a well-curated collection.
Courtney first moved to Harlem eight years ago, around the time when she launched her firm, Right Meets Left Interior Design. After spending 15 years working in real estate finance and private equity, Courtney decided it was time to pursue her other calling. “I’ve had a lifelong passion for design. In fact, when I was applying to college, I applied to business school and architecture school because I wasn’t sure which path I wanted to take.” Of her second act, Courtney shares that she actually feels like she never works a day in her life. “It’s an absolute joy to be doing what I’m doing.”
She’s called her current space home for about three and a half years. It looks out over the neighborhood’s Morningside Park, and from her home, Courtney has a view of trees and a pond filled with ducks, features she says feel like a luxury in New York City. As brands fully lean into trends that skew toward the soothing and earthy, Courtney’s apartment remains a jubilant bright spot.?
At her firm, Courtney likes to design around her clients’ personalities, then add her unique filter. When it came time to design her own home, Courtney says, she aimed to transform it into “as pure an expression of joy from my perspective as I could create.” Upon entry, Courtney is greeted by Sherwin-Williams’s saturated shade Dynamic Blue, which continues into the living room.
Saturated color remains a theme throughout, from Courtney’s custom bright orange sofa, which is upholstered with fabric from Lee Jofa, to the hand-painted pink chair from George Smith. She adds, “I wanted a space where I walk in the door and immediately feel a sense of happiness, a sense of sparkle.” It’s clear she’s achieved that goal.
Turning to her bedroom, which Courtney refers to as her “enchanted garden,” that sense of whimsy continues amid the more neutral palette of gold and pink. Its walls are covered in a custom grasscloth wallpaper from Aux Abris, which Courtney says set the tone for the space. It’s a room that brings her immense comfort, especially as the city around her continues to cope with the pandemic.