Leila moved to London at the age of 18 and after completing a degree in Biology from Kings College, enrolled herself on to a design course at Central Saint Martins and landed a job on the art desk of an international newspaper. Leila remained at the paper for the following twelve years, working as a Designer on the weekend section, where she created visually striking pages for style, arts, travel and interiors.
Leila relocated back to Oxford two years ago and project managed her own extensive renovation project. It was here she discovered her true talent and was able to apply many of the disciplines she had acquired during her time at the newspaper to her own build. Leila's style can be best described as comfortable, clean and classic. She strongly believes that you don't need a lot of money to make a room look and feel good and that there can be beauty in budget without having to compromise on quality.
Born in Tehran, Shahla lived on the East Coast of America and Austria before settling in England in the mid seventies. Studying History of Art at the Hartford College for Women in Conneticut, Shahla soon shifted her focus to interiors and on arriving in England, enrolled herself on to a interior design course in the city of Oxford. It was not long until Shahla created her first decors, designing for art galleries and tailor shops in the west end of London, as well as several houses and apartments across the capital.
Alongside running her own successful paint company for 25 years, Shahla has kept her hand in interiors by designing her own properties in London and the Cotswolds as well as working on smaller projects for friends and family. Shahla's design approach can be best described as, practical, functional and stylish. With a love of antiques and a keen interest in fashion, she can see the beauty in both old and new alike.