If you haven’t heard of Lee W. Robinson before, you are in for a tremendous treat! I was introduced to the Louisville, Kentucky-based designer via Instagram, and I have since devoured every single image from his exquisite portfolio which embodies Southern tradition and English pedigree. In addition to interior design, Lee is renowned for his hospitality. In fact, Town & Country has featured his four-day Kentucky Derby party hosted annually at Malvern, his family home built by famed architect Ogden Codman Jr. in 1922. Move over Martha Stewart!
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.
Lee has created a fun quiz you can take here to identify which style is best suited for you. His 7,000 square foot flagship showroom is arranged in three different rooms, designed to exemplify Lee’s three signature lifestyle brands.
Known for his ability to sketch a full rendering of a room within minutes, Lee works closely with his clients to create homes that reflect their individual style.
Lee eschews fads, preferring to blend high quality pieces from different styles and eras for a beautiful and personal statement. “Instead of buying a sofa from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware and throwing it away in a few years, people are realizing the value of purchasing higher quality items that last a lifetime,” he said.
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!