The Music Room at Malvern.
After a successful 14-year career in banking, Lee decided to pursue his passion, heading to New York City to study design at Christie’s and Parsons School of Design. In 1999, he opened The Lee W. Robinson Company in Louisville, a one-stop solution for residential design and drafting, renovation, construction, and interior design. He also created the The Lee W. Robinson Interior Design and Lifestyle Academy where he teaches the essentials of interior design, along with etiquette and gracious living, to participants from around the country.
The Lee W. Robinson Brand has been described as “conjuring images of elegant Christmas parties in front of the fire; Derby balls; summery white linen cocktail events overlooking the sound; autumn hunt meets full of leather and suede, flannel and bourbon.” With family roots dating back to 18th century Kentucky, Lee's aspirational lifestyle harkens back to a more gracious era... yet it is a style he has adapted to modern life. "We don’t have finger bowls now and silver doesn’t all have to match, but it still makes quite an impression if you know that a plate should be served from the left and removed from the right," he said.
The study at Malvern.
Lee specializes in creating three different lifestyles for his clients, which he named after his sons: the Owsley, the McDowell, and the Thruston. The Owsley Lifestyle is inspired by the grandeur of Park Avenue. It is sophisticated, opulent, and eclectic. The McDowell Lifestyle is reminiscent of the sophistication of the English countryside. It is a traditional lifestyle that exudes warmth and elegance. And the Thruston Lifestyle is modern and hip "Soho Chic," characteristic of Downtown New York City. I'm a Owsley/McDowell mix (which happens to be Lee's most requested style) so those are the images we will focus on today...
"Southern style is all about family and heritage, taking family treasures and repurposing them for today," Lee explains. "There is nothing worse than letting your silver and porcelain go stale." Mint julep cups can be used for breadsticks on a casual table, and family pictures should be displayed throughout the home in beautiful frames.
With Thanksgiving this week, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lee's tips on creating the perfect Thanksgiving space. And thanks to his recommendation, I purchased "Christmas Decorations from Williamsburg" via Amazon.
The Lee W. Robinson Company has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Traditional Home, Town & Country, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun. Lee has participated in the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse, the Evelyn Lauder Showhouse on Fifth Avenue, and he and served as co-chair alongside Mario Buatta for the Horticultural Society of New York's 16th Annual New York Flower Show Dinner Dance. The Lee W. Robinson Company does business in New York, Palm Beach, Louisville, and Southampton with offices in Louisville and New York City.
I hope you love Lee's style as much as I do. Trends will come and go, but traditional style lasts a lifetime. Stay tuned, as I will soon feature a tour of his family home, Malvern, one of the most elegant homes in the United States!