Designer Bios

The 2010 DesignWish team consists of Patty MacNeil, Kristen Wall, Lisa Leonardi, Robin Reed, and Julie Cousins. Please see below to learn a little bit about them.

Lisa Leonardi

Lisa Leonardi. Click to enlarge.

Lisa Leonardi. Click to enlarge.

Lisa Leonardi began a career in interior redesign after several years of enjoying designing her own interiors and those of family and friends. Redesign enables Lisa to express her creative side and talent for making a room look like a million dollars without spending it. Her primary goal is to meet the unique needs of the individual. Lisa believes your home should reflect your personality, taste, and lifestyle. She wants you to share in the joy that a stylish and relaxing home brings to family and friends.

Lisa received training and certification from the School of Interior Redesign and is a member of I.R.I.S. (Interior Redesign Industry Specialists). In September, 2006 and March, 2007 Lisa was recognized and awarded by her colleagues for her outstanding work in the field of interior redesign. At the 2007 I.R.I.S. conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Aaron Foster of HGTV’s Free Style presented Lisa with an award for her superior skills in the area of home staging. Lisa owns The Room Doctor in Madison, CT.

Contact Lisa:
lisa {at} theroomdoctor(.)com

Patty MacNeil

Patty Macneil

Patty MacNeil. Click to enlarge.

Patty MacNeil is a licensed Interior Decorator and owns Linden Shores Interiors of Branford, CT. She is also on staff at the Madison Furniture Barn of Westbrook.  Patty has been working with The Madison Furniture Barn for over eight years and has an in depth knowledge of quality furniture, woods, fabrics, and product lines.

Patty works closely with her clients to determine their individual styles and personal goals for their homes. Patty’s services include providing detailed room layouts, wall color consultation, furniture selection, fabrics, window treatments, and accessories. All services are provided with the client’s personal priorities and budget in mind.

Patty began her career as a Retail Buyer with a Bachelors of Science Degree from The University of Connecticut in Merchandising and Marketing and an Associates Degree from Fisher Junior College in Boston in Fashion Merchandising. She keeps updated of the latest trends, styles, and design strategies through continuing education and hand’s on experience.

Contact Patty:
patty {at} lindenshoresinteriors(.)com

Kristen Wall

Kristen Wall. Click to enlarge.

Kristen Wall. Click to enlarge.

Kristen Wall began her interior design career as a designer in the hospitality industry. She worked for a top hotel design and procurement firm, where she focused on large-scale interior renovations in New York and Chicago.

As principal and owner of Wall to Wall Home Concepts LLC, she stages and designs residential and commercial spaces in the greater New Haven area.  Her portfolio can be viewed on her website at

As a home stager, she works with realtors and homeowners to maximize the appeal of the property to yield a quick and profitable sale. She is extremely resourceful in creating the look and feel of a model home.

As an interior design consultant, she has worked in diverse interior spaces with dramatic results. She has received consistent praise for her ability to create a truly personal space on a budget. She also specializes in paint color consultations.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design in Chicago, IL, graduating with honors. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Journalism from Baylor University. Early work experience includes sales, marketing, operations management and purchasing for various corporations.

Contact Kristen:
walltowallhome {at} comcast(.)net

Robin Reed

Robin Reed. Click to enlarge.

Robin Reed. Click to enlarge.

Robin Reed is designer and owner of Robin Reed Ltd., LLC, a full service interior design firm in Branford specializing in residential and hospitality design. Robin is a 25 year veteran of the interior design business.  Last year Robin incorporated a home décor boutique, Montage Décor,  at the front of her studio. Montage specializes in one of a kind personality pieces of furniture, art, accessories, and giftware and serves the trade as well as the public. She is thrilled to be part of the DesignWish team!

Contact Robin:
robinreedltd {at} sbcglobal(.)net

Julie Cousins

Julie Cousins. Click to enlarge.

Julie Cousins. Click to enlarge.

Julie Cousins loves to create order from chaos.

Her background in a variety of fields has prepared her well to tackle almost any organizing challenge. She has a natural ability to organize!

Julie has designed organizational systems for small business offices and has helped friends and family get their homes and closets organized throughout her life. Her outgoing personality, empathetic nature and engaging demeanor round out the perfect resume for a professional organizer.

She loves to help other people create a sense of calm and well-being through organization. She has tackled garages, attics, playrooms, offices, and closets in her four years in business. She helps her clients with clutter control, develop filing systems, space planning, storage design and time management.  She embraces her role as cheerleader, teacher, motivator and listener to her many clients.

Contact Julie:
beancuz {at} hotmail(.)com

Olena Murphy

Olena Murphy

Olena Murphy. Click to enlarge.

Olena Murphy has always believed that interior decoration does not have to cost a fortune. A house is made up of objects collected over time by its owners. Some of these objects may have cost a fortune, others?… pennies from a tag sale. All together, they make a statement about the homeowners. The artful arrangement of these furnishings is Olena’s specialty… interior redesign.

In 1998, along with her sister, what began as a custom fabric treatment workshop and decorative paint finish business – run from their parents’ attic – evolved into a full-service interior decorating firm, Vesna, LLC. In addition to styling residential and commercial interiors, Vesna has branched out into styling special events, weddings, showers, and private parties.

Olena received her Interior Redesign certification from the School of Interior Redesign (SIR) and is a member of the Interior Redesign Industry Specialists (IRIS), and the Association of Design Education (ADE). In 2008, Olena was recognized by her peers and awarded the “Best Occupied Home Staging” award from the ADE conference. She has also appeared on guest spots of Connecticut Style showcasing redesign tips. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, Olena held various positions in the fashion industry with Guess, Timex and most recently Nike.

Contact Olena
olena {at} vesnallc(.)com