What's in a name?
Be true to you.
It's my motto in design and in life.
I am a residential Architect who is as comfortable remodeling existing homes as designing new custom homes. I focus my design efforts on reflecting, reinforcing, and supporting the unique personalities of the home’s occupants. When your current home doesn’t comfortably fit anymore, I am the one to call to help you with the alterations that will redefine your living space to meet both your current and your future needs, supporting both who you are now and who you intend to be in the future. Or, I can design for you an all-new living space to inspire and encourage your ideal future. From formal to informal, from Contemporary to Rustic to Organic, I create environments uniquely tailored to the people who will occupy them and for the lifestyle they will have going forward. My open-mindedness, creativity, and versatility allow me to create urban live/work spaces, mountain homes, and everything in between.
Before renaming my studio “Caroline Leyburn Designs” in 2018, it was “Caroline Boyd Designs” back to 2014 and variations of the name Leyburn Designs for the seven years prior. I was a partner in the firm HLP Architects for ten years after working at Harrison Design Associates for five years. Earlier still, I spent years gaining hands-on experience in various residential construction trades. My Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are both from Georgia Tech. I became a LEED AP in 2009. I am currently registered in Georgia and North Carolina, and, through NCARB, can be licensed almost anywhere.
Why I do what I do can largely be summed up by this George Bernard Shaw quote:
“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
What's in a logo?
Bruce Goff is probably my favorite Architect from whom to draw inspiration...and he was also a talented artist. Most of his paintings are abstract and full of color, and they almost always lend a feel of nature and free-flowing organic elements.
Bruce Goff was a child prodigy, a mostly self-taught early 20th-century Organic Architect who sometimes corresponded with his heroes, Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. A 1951 Life magazine article stated that Goff was "one of the few US architects whom Frank Lloyd Wright considers creative...scorns houses that are ‘boxes with little holes.’" Like Goff, I enjoy designing outside the box.
The colors in this particular painting, along with the geometry and flowing waves, fit my personality and my perspective on architecture so well that the piece naturally inspired my branding.
Inspiration & Resources
I love connecting others to the people and sources that inspire me.
Here are some of my favorites.
A Few of My Favorite Architects:
- Bruce Goff
- Zaha Hadid (Her free-flowing, curvaceous buildings on a public scale are one of the kinds of things I’d like to do more of on a residential scale. She sadly passed away.)
- Sarah Susanka (When she came out with her first book, The Not-So-Big House…, I said to myself, “Why didn’t I write that book?!” I’m not generally into autographs, but on one of her earlier lecture tours, I got her to sign my copy!)
- Frank Lloyd Wright (Need I really say more? Well, okay: more)
- Robert Harvey Oshatz
A Few of My Favorite Artists:
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