About LMK

Founded in 2001 in Lafayette, California, LMK Interiors is a full-service interior design collective specializing in one-of-a-kind residential projects. Our mission, to marry form and function in order to design and create spaces that don’t just reflect, but compliment clients’ unique identities and lifestyles.

From the East Bay to Oakland and Napa; we draw inspiration from Northern California’s natural bounty and ever-evolving creative landscape to transform the spaces people call home.

About LMK

Founded in 2001 in Lafayette, California, LMK Interiors is a full-service interior design collective specializing in one-of-a-kind residential projects. Our mission, to marry form and function in order to design and create spaces that don’t just reflect, but compliment clients’ unique identities and lifestyles.

From the East Bay to Oakland and Napa; we draw inspiration from Northern California’s natural bounty and ever-evolving creative landscape to transform the spaces people call home.

DESIGN TEAM

Leslie Kalish

LMK Principle & Design lead

Leslie attended UC Santa Barbara with a focus in business.

Upon graduation, Leslie entered the industry with a splash—becoming the youngest buyer for Lord & Taylor, before transitioning into a senior wholesale-focused role. Leslie built momentum swiftly, moving from Lord & Taylor to Obermeyer Skiwear in Aspen, CO as their Design Director. 

Through fashion Leslie honed her precise attention to detail, and further developed her natural ability to manipulate textures, patterns, colors, and lighting to achieve balance between aesthetic and utility. In 2001, Leslie founded LMK Interiors. She picked up clients and prestige quickly throughout the Bay Area—assembling a crew of experts who love their work and collaborating with each other. 

Leslie and her husband have two wonderful sons. Together they enjoy indulging their senses of wanderlust, and sailing their boat around the San Francisco Bay with Bailey-the-dog.

Haley Olmstead

Senior Designer

Haley is a Bay Area Native, but briefly fled to the warmth and sun to study interior design at San Diego State University. 

Upon her return to the better part of California, Haley started at a boutique design firm in San Francisco. Wanting to grow as a designer, Haley moved to a Design & Build firm in Oakland that partnered with LMK regularly. In 2017, Haley officially joined LMK as a designer.

Haley’s a classically trained interior designer with an atypical attention to detail, material, and the development process. It’s her diverse background that allows her to seamlessly work with clients and contractors to design and create world-class homes on-time and on-budget.

When free from the design world, Haley stays busy with her husband and two young children going to the beach, urban adventuring, and visiting relatives in Oregon.

 

Theresa Briley

Design Assistant

Born and raised in the East Bay, Theresa went off to Sacramento State University where she got her degree in Family and Consumer Sciences before returning to the Bay Area.

Always having a love for home renovation, she worked as the materials coordinator for a local contractor before finding her place with LMK Interiors in 2022. Theresa assists the design team and brings her love for organization to the LMK specifications, job binders and their extensive materials library.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her 3 boys, hiking, volunteering at her kids’ school and getting crafty with her creative ventures!

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Annette Zavala

Creative Operations Manager

Annette is a Bay Area Native and UC Berkeley graduate with a degree in Political Science.  

In her early career, Annettee spent time working-in and traveling-to various art and cultural hubs around the world. The culmination of these experiences and her eye for finding deeper meaning in design, motivated Annette to study interior design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Annette then joined the Scheiber Design Group in the city, a recognized group for their distinct work in residential properties. In 2019, she became a member of LMK as the Creative Operations Manager, managing relationships and timelines with vendors, clients, and designers. As a creative at heart, Annette has a deep understanding and tremendous respect for both process and outcome.

In her downtime she’s Zumba-ing up a storm in her living room, or carrying her miniature wire-haired dachshund, Snoop, around the neighborhood (she’s considering getting him his own baby stroller).

Melissa

Creative Operations Manager

Originally from the vibrant island of Guam, Melissa’s journey led her to the picturesque Bay Area. At UC Santa Cruz, she delved into Environmental Studies & Biology, finding her path in hazardous waste management. However, Melissa’s passion for gourmet foods and design took a prominent role, prompting her transition into the fine foods industry and eventually interior design.

With over two decades of experience, Melissa has collaborated with top interior designers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her career began with staging homes on the real estate market, then assisting in home store and custom furniture sales while expediting luxury goods. Over time, her innate attention to detail and project management skills defined her expertise, specializing in procurement and ensuring seamless project execution.

Currently Creative Operations Manager at LMK Interiors, Melissa thrives as part of a team that crafts beautiful and inspiring spaces. Her meticulous approach to project management and procurement ensures that every element falls into place seamlessly, contributing to the success of LMK Interiors.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Melissa finds joy in exploring life’s treasures. Whether spending quality time with family and friends or embracing the serenity of a beach with good music and sand between her toes, Melissa embodies a well-rounded appreciation for life. A true Warriors fan, she cheers for the team passionately, reflecting her dedication to both work and play. Melissa’s commitment to excellence and her ability to create harmony in design projects make her an invaluable asset to LMK Interiors and the dynamic Bay Area design community.

Heather Peri

Office Manager and Expeditor

Born in East Texas and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Heather is a true Southern Girl in her heart-of-hearts. She attended college in Birmingham, Alabama where she studied Sociology. Heather then sharpened her skills working in finance as both a municipal bond trader and broker.

As LMK grew in size and status, Heather joined the team in 2012 to keep the momentum going.  Heather handles all vendor-related bookkeeping, manages the office—and she’s likely your first point of contact when working with LMK. Heather’s innate sense of Southern Hospitality and attention to detail is what makes LMK so effective and enjoyable to work with.

But wait, Heather is not all left-brained, she’s also an accomplished musician. She’s the principal soloist at her Church, and has performed with Walnut Creek’s Festival Opera and Chorus Eclectic in Dublin. When Heather’s not working or singing, she is spending time with her husband and two grown children—“the baby” being a 6’6” professional rugby player.

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