Meet Our Team!

Our award-winning design team brings you beautiful, harmonious and functional spaces that exceed your expectations.

About Us

LMK interiors , established in 2001, is an experienced and talented interior design firm located in the East Bay. Our portfolio of projects include fresh modern, modern farmhouse, Spanish modern, Santa Barbara and more. Because we love all types interior styles and are color specialists, clients from Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Alamo, Danville, Napa, Sonoma, Lake Tahoe and Walnut Creek seek out our firm for a variety of design projects. Additionally, we are routinely recognized by HOUZZ for the “Best of Design” & “Best of Service” categories.

DESIGN TEAM

Leslie Kalish

Certified Interior Designer and Color Expert

Leslie began working in retail at the age of 15, supporting herself through College at UC Santa Barbara  -all the while dreaming of a fashion career in NYC.

After College, Leslie eventually became the youngest buyer for Lord & Taylor and later, moved over to the wholesale side of fashion.  Years in the fashion industry in New York City soon led a position as Design Director for Obermeyer Skiwear in Aspen, CO.  This was a tremendous, welcome change and opportunity to learn a new industry. This position included working with fabric houses, print houses and colorists to create a palette that spanned many fabrications.

Her skill at blending textures, harmonizing materials and developing a fine eye for color were the catalyst that led her to the world of Interior Design and the founding of LMK Interiors in 2001.

Through her extensive experience and ability to transform spaces, Leslie helps people understand the way that color impacts their connection to the world around them. Leslie and her team have built a firm that allows clients to realize their dreams, and to make their homes into beautiful and harmonious spaces. 

Leslie and her husband, Murray have two wonderful sons and have all enjoyed years of traveling together. Now they also enjoy sailing on their boat in the San Francisco Bay, along with their dog, Bailey.

Gayle Leksan

Certified Interior Designer and Color Expert

Gayle has been at LMK since 2006. She studied Studio Art and received her degree from University of California at Santa Barbara. After a successful career in sales and marketing Gayle recalibrated to spend more time with her family and apply her artistic talents to interior spaces. After working in staging, Gayle became interested in creating more permanent spaces that feel natural and are a true reflection of the client’s needs with a delicate balance between form and function. Gayle is a California Certified Interior Designer as well as a Certified Color for Your Home color consultant, and has an incredible eye for detail. Gayle and her husband Mike enjoy travel, hiking visiting their grown children and exploring the world around them with their two dogs Milo and Bodie. Gayle has also been a teacher of The Daily Method Practice since 2007 and loves it.

Haley Olmstead

Assistant Designer

Haley was born and raised in the Bay Area, and earned her degree in interior design from San Diego State University. She then began to build her career, working first for a boutique design firm in San Francisco, followed by a design + build firm in Oakland where she worked on some projects as a team with LMK . In August of 2017, Haley officially joined the team at LMK. When she isn’t designing beautiful interiors, Haley stays busy with her family, husband James, and children Lily and Connor. They love going to the beach, visiting relatives in Oregon and going on family adventures.
 

TEAMMATES

Annette Zavala

Creative Operations Manager

A Bay Area native, Annette attended UC Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Political Science.  She soon found herself living and working in New York and London where she continued to study the arts, language and traveled extensively.  

Based on her deep interest in architecture, art and design , Annette pursued a design degree after moving back to San Francisco and having her son, Alex.  She received her degree in Interior Design from the Academy of Art University and began working with Scheiber Design Group in SF where she honed her creative interior design skills on a wide range of residential projects. 

Annette joined LMK Interiors in 2019 as the Creative Operations Manager.  She collaborates with the designers, our vendors and the entire  team  to ensure our projects run smoothly and are beautifully installed.

When not working, you can find her zoomba-ing  up a storm in her living room or carrying her miniature wire-haired dachshund, Snoop, around her neighborhood.  She is considering getting him his own baby stroller.

Heather Peri

Office Manager and Expeditor

Heather grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but has deep East Texas roots. She attended college in Birmingham, Alabama. In her earlier professional life, she worked in finance as a municipal bond trader and a municipal bond broker. Music is Heather’s creative outlet. She is principal soloist at her Church as well as having performed with Walnut Creek’s Festival Opera and Chorus Eclectic in Dublin. When Heather is not working or singing, she is spending time with her husband Michael and 2 grown children Anthony & Sam. Sam, the baby is a 6’6” professional rugby player!

Heather joined LMK Interiors in October of 2012.  Heather handles all vendor related bookkeeping, manages our office and can help you with most customer service inquiries.

Stephanie McDermott

Librarian

Stephanie started working for LMK Interiors in 2015 as the Design Librarian. With an extensive career in fashion merchandising she has been able to incorporate her knowledge of colors and textures into a system that must constantly evolve. Stephanie works hard to consistently grow with the designers needs and is always the go to person for finding anything. The design team could not live without her! . When Steph is not working she enjoys her family, her exercise and playing with her 2 adorable rescue pups.

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