Leslie Wiles resides in Palm Beach County, and is a South Florida native. She attended school in and dual enrolled at Community College her junior and senior year of high school. After graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, an Army sergeant, and was stationed on a military base in Germany for three years until his deployment to Iraq. It was on Rose Barracks, in Vilseck, Germany that she discovered her love for Interior Design, occupying her time by designing homes for her neighbors and friends while working at a restaurant on base and traveling Europe. She was enamored by the architecture and landscape of Western Europe and immersed herself in it. She was one of very few civilians ever to be honored by receiving a Commander's Coin from a 5 Star General for her exceptional service during his visit. She moved back to S.Florida, and upon her husband's return from his tour, they had grown apart and were divorced shortly after.
Yearning to create a design career for herself, in 2004, she enrolled and attended college for four years at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She worked full time for eight years at a design firm in Jupiter, Florida while commuting to school twice a week. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Interior Design with Honors from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 2008. She was awarded a highest honor award on her graduate thesis for her use of new technologies, softwares, and autocad, for her graphic design and renderings.
In 2011, she ventured out on her own to start her own business. She has worked on thousands of both residential and commercial projects in Palm Beach County over her fifteen year span as an Interior Designer. Leslie has been the Interior Designer for Casa Nana, a historic Mizner estate built in 1927 on Palm Beach Island for the past decade. She has re-vamped or designed every room in its 30,000 square feet. She has traveled to Aspen, NY, Chicago, and LA for design work and most recently completed a new beach cabana build at Casa Nana in December. LUXE Palm Beach (Luxe Furniture Inc) and its ecommerce site luxefurniture.net was formed in her loft on Clematis Street (WPB) in 2014, due to her love of Palm Beach & Hollywood Regency furniture and all things vintage. She opened and ran a boutique on famed Antique Row that year, with another designer, to gain more knowledge of the antiques business. She left after six months to concentrate on her own brand, LUXE, and building an ecommerce business, selling custom, lucite, modern and antique furniture. In its five years, she has shipped pieces all over the globe, and helped several high profile clients, including James Patterson, Christian Siriano, Google, and many others to select pieces from her collection for their spaces.
Leslie has been an artist most of her life, but couldn't find the time to create fine art until she made it a priority two years ago. She has done several commissions in her style of mixed media fluid painting. She creates pop art, abstract, and mixed media works, and her most recent collection utilizes natural gemstones, quartz, glass, agates, and geodes. This collection is currently available at the Luxe Gallery & Boutique on historic Northwood Rd, in West Palm Beach.
Leslie has always loved the artsy vibe of Northwood and chose to open her first store on this historic street, seeing a need, and wanting to get involved in the betterment of the historic neighborhood. With the help of her fiance, Chad Alfonso, they have transformed a run down space into a beautiful gallery and boutique where patrons can shop one-of-a-kind pieces, fine art, order custom furniture, browse the design library, and receive full service interior design for both residential and commercial projects. For their next art installation, Leslie and Chad plan on re-doing the mural on the East side of the boutique with a lively and colorful, pop art LOVE mural, based on one of her paintings in the coming months.