Meet the Team
Designing since: age 4
Education: B.A. Interior Design, Bowling Green State University 1994
Credentials: Allied Educator ASID, Member & Presenter NKBA
Years with HDD: 20
Superpower: Adding tiny details that tell the story of the client
Kryptonite: The urge to say "that's what she said" waaaay too often
Leslie Hart-Davidson is the Founder and Principal Designer of HDD Studios. Home improvement is in her DNA. Her great-great grandfather was an artist and furniture upcycler in the 1940's. Her grandmother gifted her with the fifth generation of tailoring and sewing skills. Leslie's parents, Jim and Mary Hart, spent the 1960's and 70's flipping real estate before it was a thing. Mary's passion for detail, quirkiness, and bargains would have made her an Instagram Influencer or HGTV star today. The passion and skill that Leslie's parents brought their flipping projects groomed her from birth for a career as a professional interior designer. There was never any doubt about Leslie's purpose in this world: she helps folks live better in their homes.
Designing since: age 30
Education: B.A. Multi-Disciplinary Studies, Sienna Heights University 2009
Years with HDD: 10
Superpower: Instant recall of client details no matter how many years have passed
Kryptonite: Converses in pop culture references more than real sentences
Jennifer Henigan is the Lead Designer and Studio Manager of HDD Studios. While Les is the "Hart" of HDD with design in her blood, Jen's "heart" led her to the business a decade ago. From her beginnings as Studio Manager, Jen found joy in mentoring generations of Michigan State University interior design interns, maintaining those relationships long after the students graduated. Through those constant student interactions, Jen's design prowess improved. Her ability to find just the right fabric, furnishings, and décor for a project with insane speed and killer pricing is a prized skill in the studio. The fact that she lives HDD's clients and they love her right back even more, makes Jen the heart of HDD Studios.