Team

Interior Designers

Teams, at their best, unite diverse strengths, amplify individual potentials, and achieve collective greatness through shared vision and collaboration. We are successful due to the openness of our communication, the trust between us, and our unwavering passion for client success. The Lenae Design Team is comprised of 4 professionals (and 1 behind the scenes guy) who love what they do every day and take enormous pride in having a loyal and delighted list of clients.

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Lenae

Meet Lenae Schwartz

Founder/Owner/Principal Designer

Lenae brings over three decades of experience designing for a large range of clients and projects. Her ability to understand the client’s design needs and desired outcomes and pair them with construction costs makes her a valuable part of the collaborative team. Lenae is passionate about good design and believes good design can be achieved in all budgets. Lenae’s deep understanding of the construction process and her creativity has been appreciated by countless clients over the span of her career.

Education

  • South Dakota State University, BS in Interior Design

Certification

  • NCIDQ License # 11114

Industry Affiliations

  • Founding Member of the South Dakota Interior Designers (SDID)
  • Member of the Great Plains Chapter International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • Professional reviewer for SDSU Interior Design student projects
Hope

Meet Hope Store

Associate Designer/Project Manager

Hope’s professional skills are a brilliant blend of interior architecture and project management. She is a US Army veteran with extensive experience in managing complex projects. She has been in the industry since 2007 and has been a key team member on numerous new construction and retrofit projects.  Her attention to detail is manifest in her proficiency in the use of Revit and Enscape software, as she leads the construction documentation activities of the firm.  Hope’s passion is to see projects through their lifecycle from inception to final completion, using her technical and creative skills.

Education

  • Western Dakota Technical Institute, Associate in Applied Science

Certification

  • LEED Accredited Professional

Industry Affiliations

  • Former Board Member of the South Dakota Interior Designers (SDID)
  • Member of the Great Plains Chapter International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    rachel

    Meet Rachel Douglas

    Interior Designer

    Rachel brings a fresh and vibrant perspective to design and the projects she works on. She is proficient with using Revit, Enscape, and SketchUp to design and visualize her work and leads the interior renderings and visualization activities within the firm. Since joining the firm in 2022, Rachel has proven to be a quick study and has been a vital contributor on many of the firm’s projects. Rachel was the recipient of the 2021 Kravet Design of Distinction Award for her work on integration of surface materials and finishes.

    Education

    • Colorado State University, BA Fashion Design and Merchandising
    • Front Range Community College, Associate in Applied Science, Interior Architecture and Design

    Certification

    • Certificate in Interior Drafting & Communications
    • Certificate in Kitchen & Bath Design

    Industry Affiliations

    • Member of the South Dakota Interior Designers (SDID)
    • Member of the Great Plains Chapter International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    Hanna

    Meet Hanna Liddiard

    Practice Administrator

    Hanna is a meticulous detail-oriented professional who handles many processes within the Lenae Design organization.  She focuses on vendor relations, purchase order administration, project coordination, and works to ensure all aspects of the practice are running smoothly every day. Hanna is a recent graduate of the University of South Dakota and brings many years of customer service and retail management experience with her to her role in the company.

     

    Steve Schwartz

    Meet Steve Schwartz

    “Everything but Design (EBD)”

    Steve is Lenae’s husband and partner in life. Behind the scenes he takes care of the financial, legal, and business aspects of the firm. He is a veteran business leader who is enormously proud of Lenae and her Team. Simply put, Steve does whatever it takes to allow the Team to focus on design for their trusted clients.