Testimonials


My husband and myself have just completed a once in a life time project rebuilding our dream home. We knew this project was going to consume us and knew we would need to hire someone to help us with the decor. We wanted to make sure we started early with a designer so that we would be able to incorporate the design of the house with the architecture of the home. We also wanted the project complete with everything done at once. Most importantly we wanted someone who had similar taste to mine and my husband so that our home felt like ours and not something someone else would live in. We knew right away after meeting Lee Ann Thornton from Thornton Designs that we had the same vision. We wanted comfort and yet a certain sophistication that was not common in homes in our area. We are very casual people but wanted more than “Shabby Chic”. With the help of Lee Ann and her team at Thornton Designs we have achieved our goal and were happily surprised to have a completely furnished and put together home on time and just as we had envisioned. The whole team worked to get everything we wanted and more. We are thrilled with our experience with Thornton Designs and congratulate them to a job well done! We love our house!
— Jon and Missy Doyle

Thornton Designs developed a warm and wonderful palette for our home that includes a perfect mix of classic and modern design. From the fabrics to the furniture, window treatments to the rugs, each room effortlessly complements each other, and presents a welcoming, comfortable and chic aesthetic. Lee Ann’s interpretation of our vision for our home included interesting and sophisticated elements that pushed us outside of our boundaries in all the best ways. I believe Lee Ann’s unique bi-coastal experience takes all of the best aspects of California comfort and East Coast tradition and brings them together in a way few other designers attempt. This perspective gives each of her projects a truly unique flow and feel.
— Lisa and Matt Lori

Lee Ann is a triple-threat designer. She has unbelievable taste and a gift for color and fabric, a sharp business mind to hit a budget, and a cool and collaborative personality. From beginning to end, Lee Ann and her team were committed and personally invested in delivering a design experience well beyond our expectations
— Dominique Crosby

We moved from London to Los Angeles with a container full of English antiques and furniture that we had collected over 17 years. When we finally found the perfect home for our family, it was a daunting task to place our collection in the brand new Cape Cod style house that we had purchased. Enter Lee Ann Thornton. Lee Ann and her team deftly and sympathetically guided us through the entire process and we never looked back. Lee Ann’s incredible gift of design was immediately apparent. We first met to discuss in great detail what was important to us, what kinds of fabrics were we drawn to, what kind of atmosphere did we want to create in our home, in our childrens’ rooms, in our dining room and kitchen. Did we entertain often, how important was the kitchen and the outdoor areas? Lee Ann has the ability to decipher what a client wants, and translate it into reality. Our particular style is traditional, cozy, homey and elegantly comfortable.

Lee Ann and her team knew exactly which designers to take us to, saving us much wasted time being dragged around every fabric or wallpaper shop in town. We were particularly impressed by the caliber of tradesman Thornton Designs used. The best paperhanger, the finest furniture makers, the most professional painters and upholsters. This made entire process as seamless as possible, and just helped to ease what could have been a very stressful time in our lives.

But most of all, the team at Thornton Designs were always kind, considerate, professional and never without their sense of humor, which was hugely appreciated during those moments when we just wanted to move into our new home and never see another paint can again!

Just yesterday someone who had never been to our home before walked through the door, and they just could not believe how beautiful it was. They commented that our home had the most wonderful atmosphere and was so cozy and warm and homey. Exactly what we had wanted to create, and exactly what Lee Ann and her team delivered!
— Tina and Dave Segel

Our experience with Lee Ann has been an absolute pleasure. I spent a great deal of time looking for a designer who could give us a fresh, young but timeless aesthetic. During our first meeting, I showed Lee Ann magazine pictures and described the look I wanted and she immediately started pulling fabrics from her office. Her taste is exquisite and I was so impressed with how quickly she understood the style we wanted. She effortlessly captured the essence of our home and our personal taste while creating a functional environment for a family with three young children. Throughout the design process Lee Ann, Amanda and Mia were professional, organized and attentive to detail and the entire process was fun and stress-free. We are so happy with our beautiful home and incredibly appreciative of the work that Lee Ann did for us. I recommend Lee Ann and her team all the time and am still in close contact with her.
— Morgan Brinley Melnikoff

Lee Ann and her team were a pleasure to work with. Lee Ann not only has a true gift for making even the most challenging space beautiful, chic, and cozy, but she clearly loves her work. She is overflowing with fabulous design ideas and her enthusiasm is infectious. Her use of color is superb and she combines form and function seamlessly. While I am not a homebody by nature, she made our house so beautiful and livable that I literally love to be home!
— Rebecca Stiritz

Having worked with Lee Ann on 3 homes over the last 10 years, we wholeheartedly trust Lee Ann’s knowledge of scale and key design elements, color palette and attention to detail. Her blend of New England/California coastal style is on par with our vision. Lee Ann and her design team have exceeded our high expectations on every project.
— Tracy and Monty Yort