About Lisa

Founder and principal, Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design is a nationally acclaimed interior designer and allied member of ASID, IDS, Design Trust of NYC and Withit.  Known for creating traditional interiors with a modern vibe for clients throughout the southeast.  Her vibrant social media presence is expanding through the popularity of her blog, also named Lisa Mende Design.
Named by Charlotte Living Magazine in 2015 as one of Charlotte's Top 10 Interior Designers, Lisa maintains a busy schedule with interior design projects, as well as social media and as a brand ambassador for events and companies across the United States.   In the role as tastemaker Lisa has been a three-time High Point Market Style Spotter and curated sales for online brands such as Joss and Main.  She was an ambassador for La Cienegia Legends Event in 2014 and is an alumni of the coveted Brizo Blogger19 team, where she participated in design panels and New York Fashion Week and Brizo events at St Jude's Hospital in Memphis.  A member of the Design Trust of New York City, under the direction of Steven Nobel, Lisa traveled to Paris in 2013 to study and tour with a group of designers and architects from across the United States.
She was chosen by Veronika Miller of Modenus to be on the teams of Blogtour London, Blogtour Vegas and Blogtour Frankfurt for Ambiente', which is the largest consumer trade show in the world.
Lisa was selected as a designer for the Gentleman's Dressing Room in Traditional Home Magazine's "Adamsleigh" Showhouse of Greensboro,NC in 2013 and for the kitchen, breakfast room and mudroom in the Randall B Terry Showhouse of High Point,NC in April 2015.   She also designed the business office in the Ronald McDonald House Long Island which was sponsored by Kravet, Inc.  Lisa has served on speaking panels at High Point International Market, The ASID Conference in Greensboro, as well as the  Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta,Ga.  Lisa and her blog are regularly featured in local, regional, and national magazines.

Thoughts from Lisa...

I have always had a passion for design.  As a child,  I spent many hours designing houses for my dolls.   Ironically when I went off to college, my passion for interior design was sidetracked by Fashion Design.  My first degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics and Business with a minor in Art because a 4 year degree in Interior Design wasn't offered at my school during those days.  When I was in my thirties, I found myself designing homes for family and friends.  It was then that I decided to returned to college to pursue interior design!  I went to design school at UNC-Greensboro and Winthrop College in Fort Mill, SC.
 For the past 17 years, I have worked as a residential designer in the southeast with my home base being Charlotte,NC
In 2009, my life changed forever when I lost my oldest son, Walker, in a kayaking accident.  I walked away from my practice and didn't think I would ever work again.  During my time grieving, I spent many hours pondering what was important in my life.   As an interior designer, I was focused on material things which suddenly had no relevence in my sudden state of devastation.  How could I ever return to designing homes for others when my own world had fallen apart.   It was during those hours of solitude, that Lisa Mende Design blog was born.   The blog was a vehicle for satisfying my need to create, reconnect to people and evidentually was key in helping me return to my passion of interior design.  Not only did the blog allow me to voice my thoughts and creative ideas, but through people I met while blogging I found my way back to my work.

  My life isn't perfect, but I feel lucky to do what I love everyday for amazing clients.  I thank God for the ability to be creative and am happiest when I can use my talents to design an environment where families can thrive.  My job isn't about what's in or out of style, it is about making a difference in the lives of others.   I take pride in building custom environments where the personalities of my clients is evident in every corner of every room designed thoughtfully for them.

La Cienega Legends Ambassador May 2014

Served as an ambassador for the La Cienega Legends Design Quarters annual event
 in Los Angeles, California

Recent Press:

Traditional Home /Junior League of High Point Showhouse - April 2015

Published in October 2013 Traditional Home Magazine :

Three Time Member of High Point Market Style Spotter Panel:

As the winner of the highly-competitive Olioboard contest, Lisa Mende was named as High Point Market's 9th Style Spotter for the October Market. She served on the High Point Market Style Spotter Panel for April 2012 and again October 2013. Founder and principal of Lisa Mende Design, she is known for creating expressive interiors with stylish accessories for clients throughout the Southeast.

Lisa Mende Wins Style Spotter Award

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High Point Market Style Spotters

Brizo Blogger19 Alumni:
Lisa was invited to participate along with 18 other designers from around the country in Brizo’s Fashion Week Event with Designer,Jason Wu at the  Mercedes Benz Fashion Week  September 2012 in New York City.

Featured on the Following Blogs:

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author of "The Collected Tabletop"

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Featured on the blog:
good bones, great pieces

Featured in the March Issue of South Park Magazine

"Winner"  High Point Style Spotter Fall 2012 

Featured in the QC Exclusive December issue

Essential Market Guide To High Point

High Point Market Names Spring Style Spotters

Designers Share Take Aways From Tobi Fairley's "Get Published" Camp

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