We design, manage, and impress.
Everything we do at LBI is rooted in providing our clients with exceptional service. Our goal is to make the process of achieving the end results you’re looking for enjoyable and as low-stress as possible.
We’re committed to running our clients’ projects like business people who also happen to be highly creative. Our processes provide a smart, reliable, efficient structure for your project. This allows us to be creative when we need to be, while also respecting your time and investment by performing at the highest levels to get things done.
And while we’re certainly proud that our work has earned national and local media attention, we’re even more proud that our clients say they love working with us so much that they come back again and again!
Our clients relax knowing their project is in smart, capable, get-things-done hands.
Our clients are busy. Really busy. They simply don’t have the bandwidth to figure out how to make a design project happen.
They want spaces that are classic, timeless, and stylish – and most importantly, personalized. We love that they trust us to provide them with the design intelligence, the efficient processes, and the exceptional service it takes to make that happen for them. We also love that they trust us with their second (or even third) homes at the beach and elsewhere as much as they do with their primary residences.
Lindsey Black, Founder and Lead Designer
A life-long design lover, Lindsey founded LBI after designing her family’s new construction home in East Memphis. Not only did that experience teach her the complex process and many challenges of custom home build projects, it revealed her extraordinary talent for managing that process efficiently and overcoming those challenges beautifully.
Since then, Lindsey has become known for her uniquely original designs that blend classic, timeless style with unexpectedly bold, edgy touches for a fresh spin on traditional design.
Lindsey is adamant that her clients shouldn’t have to “square the circle” when trying to have a beautiful home that also works for how they live. She makes certain every space she designs for them is the happiest of marriages between form and function as she brings together impeccable style with the operational aspects of a home. Storage and traffic flow are important parts of every project, as is ensuring that everything that gets touched, walked on, or bumped into will stand up over time.
Although Lindsey and her team are ultimately hired to create beautiful interiors, they also view themselves as responsible for how each client experiences their project on an emotional level. They take their role as caretakers of their clients and their projects seriously. They put themselves between the client and design project stress, allowing them to reap the rewards of having a smart, skilled, trustworthy team managing everything on their behalf.
More about Lindsey in her own words…
Your most underrated special talent:
“Getting. Stuff. Done. I’m an incurable list maker and I never leave any of those lists undone.”
Minimalism or maximalism:
“Mediumism with a healthy dose of maximalism.”
Greatest influence on your business:
“My husband, Josh. He’s a Certified Financial Planner and business owner himself and has been a huge source of support and wisdom for me. He gave me the courage to leave my former career as a physical therapist to start LBI.”
Most frequently asked question:
“‘How do you do it all with a business and 3 children?!’ The answer is, I don’t! I have an excellent team at LBI, and an incredibly supportive spouse. I believe time is our most precious resource, and my motto is, “If it isn’t something you excel at or that you enjoy, outsource it!” I strive to spend my time where it’s most valuable, and invest in getting help with the rest.”
Mary Katherine Harris, Project Manager and Designer
Mary Katherine’s organizational skills shine in her role with LBI as she manages the product procurement process, installation scheduling and coordination, and client payment schedules and invoicing. A graduate of Ole Miss, it was on a marketing internship at a design firm for her integrated marketing and communications degree that she developed her interest in both the business and the creative aspects of interior design.
Her natural eye for design, combined with her five years of experience in the industry, make Mary Katherine a huge asset in creative decisions. Although similar to Lindsey’s, her style has nuanced differences that bring an alternate (and welcome!) perspective to their work together. Twice a year, she, Lindsey, and Lauren travel together to High Point Market in North Carolina to view new product lines and shop for clients.
An animal lover to her core, she’s always thinking about our clients’ pets, and her own rescue pup, Piper, is LBI’s office dog. Mary Katherine – and the treats she’s been known to bring along to site visits and installs – are quite popular with our extra special, furry clients!
Lauren Solomito, Project Manager and Designer
Lauren join LBI in 2021, and like Mary Katherine, also serves as a project manager and designer. She has 7 years of experience in both commercial and residential design, and excels not only at project management, but also plays a critical role in the creative decisions on a project. Lauren graduated from the University of Memphis, and got her start in design working as a design assistant. It was that job that developed her talents as a designer and taught her the intricacies of project management.
Lauren appreciates a curated and detailed design, and can be relied upon to ensure no detail is left to chance with a project. She describes herself as a visual learner, and like Lindsey, is constantly studying design books and images. Lauren’s favorite part of a project is the final styling on install day and photography day – she loves bringing a design to life with the final touches that make it complete.
Lauren has a great sense of humor, and keeps Lindsey and Mary Katherine laughing with her quick wit. She loves farm animals, and aspires one day to have a home where she can have chickens, goats, and cows. Lauren and her husband, Alex, have 2 dogs, and are having their first baby (a girl!) in August 2022.
“From start to finish with my projects, Lindsey and Mary Katherine’s attention to detail, professionalism, responsiveness, and creativity were outstanding.”