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Leslie Sutton

Designer

Family: Maggie Sutton of Brunswick and the late Glenn Sutton also of Brunswick (parents), Sutton Biletzskov of St. Simons (son), Wenn Biletzskov (son) his wife, Brittany, and their 22-month-old son, Whitaker, of Hanahan, S.C. Years in the Golden Isles: Born in the old hospital on Norwich Street and raised here. Education: Graduated from Glynn Academy Class of 1971, attended the University of Georgia and graduated with an art degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Atlanta, where she had the good fortune to study under Stan Topol, renowned Atlanta designer. Occupation: Owner of Sutton Interiors Ltd. – Designer working in the same location – 3600 Frederica Road, Suite 7 for 40 years – since 1979 Who or what inspired you to become an interior designer: I have no idea, however, I have been drawing house plans for as long as I can remember. A friend and I would drive over to Sea Island after school and wander through the houses under construction. Doing something wrong like trespassing never seemed to enter into our thought process; we were too busy looking at the gorgeous homes, taking measurements and planning our next brilliant design. What is your favorite thing to do in the Golden Isles: Growing up here, we were always on the water, therefore, I find it impossible to live where I can’t see water. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful marshlands, beaches and magnificent rivers. Nothing makes me happier than an afternoon boat ride. How would you describe your style: This is a tricky question. When someone hires me to help them with their home, I feel my job is to give them the “style” they want for their space, therefore, I try to get a feel for how they live, do they entertain, do they have children, pets, lots of guests or grandchildren in the mix, is it a permanent home or a vacation home, do they love color in their life or prefer soft muted tones. All these factors and many more help me create a design that works specifically for my client. I think designers have to have a certain amount of respect for a lot of different styles, even if they wouldn’t choose it for their own home. My own little personal world I would call collected and comfortable. My children would say I never throw anything away.