wednesday white: surprise guest

On a recent trip to Atlanta I had the great pleasure of spending time with Lee Kleinhelter, after an introduction by our mutual friend, Nikole.  Lee is the well published designer and owner of Atlanta’s notoriously white interiors boutique, Pieces.  Mastermind for infusing a home with white, punches of color, and modern detail, Lee’s approach to design is fresh and unexpected.  Her most recent work in the Modern Life Concept House can be seen in Elle Decor.

For years I’ve drooled over Lee’s well appointed and sophisticated interiors and first “imprinted” on her beyond cool Atlanta home in Cottage Living, I think back in 2006?  I often wondered what she might be like in person.  After having met her, I can tell you she’s warm, witty, bold, and incredibly stylish…much like her design aesthetic.  And yes, she’s beautiful.  Random note:  she used to be an ice skater!  I thought it would be fun to delve into Lee’s style a little more.  Today we’re chatting about her interior design approach, tomorrow her tastes in fashion.

Please welcome Lee Kleinhelter…

SS:  I would describe my style as…

LK:  Simple and chic usually with an unexpected twist.

via Lonny

SS: For me, a well designed room always has…

LK:  I don’t believe in formulas or rules with design, it either works, or doesn’t.  I like seeing someone push the envelope, be original and not do the obvious.

SS:  A fabric that has recently caught my attention…

LK:  Obsessed with this new Boussac solids just stumbled upon. Really durable and in great colors. We use high end fabrics for upholstery. I really treat each piece as if its coming home with me.

SS:  My favorite shade of white paint is…

LK:  Still love the old school White Dove by Benjamin Moore.


via Cottage Living

SS:  When shopping for home accessories, I always gravitate toward…

LK:  There’s no agenda.  I’m always looking for the unique item.

SS:  Favorite item in my store is…

LK:  So hard to narrow down: our Pieces Custom Made Lucite Desk which we’ve been doing a lot of custom pieces lately for designers and stylists.


SS: You will never catch me shopping for…

LK:  What everyone else has… I strive to try to find items other stores don’t carry.


SS: You will always catch me shopping for…

LK:  Cool vintage items. Not worried about the year or even it’s origination, I fall in love with the lines and what I can turn it into. I feel it’s a lot about layers and editing. I think that’s what has set Pieces apart and why we’ve been successfully open since 2004.

 SS:  My secret design weapon is…

LK:  A handy husband who can build/fix/install almost anything ; )


one of Lee Kleinhelter’s homes via Cottage Living

SS: For inspiration I turn to…

LK: The usual… Fashion magazines, blogs, traveling, but sometimes it’s forcing yourself to think of something in a different way.  I love to ask, “how can we make this different?”

SS:  These days I’m obsessed with:  

LK:  For furniture, I’m always obsessed with lucite and rattans like our vintage sectional– and we only have one piece left…


People don’t expect to find more rustic items at Pieces, but we actually mix it in a lot.

For accessories: anything bursting and loving touches of gold.  These spiked spheres are under $20:


SS:  If I could design in any period of history, the era I would choose would be…

LK:  I want to live in a Slim Aarons Photograph :) :)  Probably Hollywood in 1950’s.

slim aarons

SS:  I add simple beauty to my home by…

LK:  Not having a lot of stuff.  Maybe because I have so much inventory in the store.  I really want to come home to no clutter.


Her son’s mod and organized nursery…I’m inspired by the carefully edited toys and clothes. 


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Lee Kleinhelter’s design thoughts are so refreshing and remind me to declutter and get out of my comfort zone with statement pieces, pardon the pun ; )  Tomorrow she joins us to share some of her fashion secrets.  Cannot wait!!
Also, piece’s is having a 20% off sale, check it out.
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  1. I had the pleasure of seeing Lee at the Elle Decor Concept home in NY earlier this year and she was amazing. Her style is impeccable! Great feature!

  2. MorningT says:

    Good morning Seleta~ thanks for introducing us to Lee! Wowza her home is amazing and I’m excited for your next post on her personal style. I’m trying desperately to stick with the ‘less is more’ mentality in my home as well and have been on a declutter rampage for the past few months.

  3. Loved reading this and learning more about Lee!

  4. So fun to see Lee here as I really admire her eye and talent! Cheers from London, Will.

  5. Nikole Morrow Pettus says:

    Well done friend! I have waited for awhile to get you two together.

  6. Annette says:

    Wow. Great post. I love Pieces and thoroughly enjoyed reading your interview. More please….

  7. pve says:

    if…i repeat if I had a twin, I would want her to be my twin. I can totally relate on the thin hair thing and the windex thing too. We did all white counters and I do a nightly swab the deck routine that makes me happy. so i get it, what lee said about hoarders.

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