One simple way to describe how this talented, creative and successful lady developed such a versatile vision and knack in the Interior Design World would be if you could look up the word Serendipity in the dictionary and it said: See Leslie Kristen Trasport for best example.
Dream houses she built for her Barbies as a child were really houses she built her dreams on.
Wrapping bricks with fabric to make mini sofas, designing plush furniture from wash cloths and turning trash into tree fort treasures was all part of Leslie's seeded passion for turning kitsch into class.
As a youngster growing up during the time when "Kick the Can" and "Hide and Seek" were still cool ways to play with friends, coming up with imaginative ways to set Barbie up in a mansion was also just good old fashioned FUN!
Yet it truly was serendipitous that something so FUN would lead to one’s life’s work.
Yet Leslie was a natural. A self taught sponge if you will.
Sure having artist parents didn’t hurt, but each of them were more focused on making a living, raising their two daughters, and they had no intentions of “teaching” them about art. But Leslie paid attention to every detail of their varied talents and jobs. Even if she was recruited to help open paint cans and stir them she really was more of a sponge.
Raised in a 1920’s home, there was nothing old about it as colors of walls were ever changing, murals such as those of yellow and cobalt blue banana leaves donned the dining room wall, furniture stripped and changed hues several times over, and rotating in antique pieces paired with modern accents was the norm. It made such an impression on Leslie how such unconventional stylings could produce such beautiful settings.
She observed the diverse talents of her parents in projects outside of the home. Dad’s Christmas windows and murals with faux finishes and Tromp l’oeil and his antique picking and her mother’s detailed paintings and sketches commissioned for cities throughout the country, as well as the fabric swatches and appliqués she brought home from her job at a pleating company.
She took it all in. It was the best classroom ever.
And if that wasn’t serendipitous, the message could not have been more blatant than when she went to work at age 16 for Serendipity Interiors. For 16 years she worked for mentor and design mother number 2, Pat Straube, starting out answering the phone, taking out the trash (?) and general office work to learning the nitty gritty about the business aspects of interior design , attending trade shows and soaking in what she could about European design, patterns and antiques.ETC
Simultaneously Leslie was finishing high school and started taking floriculture classes to fill her class schedule. The latter would prove just to be another serendipitous tool for her future.
Though it may have all been unplanned, there’s no question that the path from building Barbie dream houses led Leslie to a career helping “real” people have their dream homes.
Her love and passion in doing so is innate. It’s as FUN to her as the days of tree forts and doll sofas.
The rest is simply serendipity.