It may have been the Chinese philosopher Confucius who said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” but it may as well have been Michelle Parenteau. The lead designer and principal of MICHELLE LEE DESIGNS, an award-winning interior design firm based in Johnston, loves what she does and it shows.
“I started the company in 2004 when my twins were two years old,” says the mother of three with the infectious smile. “I built Michelle Lee Designs one client at a time and today I am excited to be celebrating 18 years in business.”
Over time, Michelle has truly found her niche, adding panache and style to residen- tial and commercial properties. If you’ve visited Mews Tavern in Wakefield, Wickford on the Water, or the brand new Drip Cof- fee House in East Greenwich, you’ve seen her handiwork in action. A lifelong Rhode Islander who loves the sea, Michelle draws much of her inspiration from the shoreline.
Tell-tale signs of a Michelle Lee Design are natural textures mixed with a range of blues and unexpected sparkle. The busy entrepre- neur is currently finishing up a 6500 square foot modern farmhouse, and preparing to renovate a home in Los Angeles.
An exhibiting artist, Michelle’s colorful paintings have been featured in galleries across the state, and she brings that flair to even the smallest of spaces via unexpected flourishes like hardware and wallpaper. She is ever-clever with space and helps clients make use of awkward nooks so common in New England architecture.
In the business, Michelle has also built a solid reputation of working with and hiring local talent and small businesses, relying on a regular roster to supply everything from lighting to countertops and more.
“I’m usually brought in to give dark, dat- ed spaces new life,” she says. “When I can bring a client out of their safe zone, it’s the best feeling!”
1200 Hartford Avenue, Suite 12 Johnston • 401-954-2065
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