Design with Less


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About Us

Meet Les


Design with Less was born out of my passion for decorating and a drive to express my creative energy. I have been remodeling, designing, and redecorating for 32 years.

My background includes an extensive career in the fashion industry where I gained experience as a buyer, display designer, fashion show organizer, store manager, as well as a personal shopper and retail sales associate. I also worked for the Omaha Symphony in the Development Department, where I gained a new appreciation for the arts community and the importance of the valuable assets these organizations bring to our lives.

I have been married to the same “old guy” for the past 42 years.  He has encouraged me to pursue this dream of mine of owning my own business and has helped me with many projects from hanging window treatments to moving furniture, light fixtures, and many other odds and ends.  He is a retired electrician and my strong helper when I call on him.  We have three grown children, Keland who lives with his wife Megan in Alexandria, VA. Seth who lives with his wife Alli and our grandson Tommy in Lincoln, NE.  Alexis who lives with her husband Aaron and our granddaughter Pearl, and second grandson, Kale here in Omaha, NE. I could not have figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up with out all of their love and support.  I LOVE MY LIFE!

I have always maintained a deep passion for people and decorating. Each opportunity I have been given has prepared me for the pursuit of that passion. And so, the story continues…I am an Accredited Staging© Professional having successfully completed a detailed course and examination on preparing homes for sale. Staged© homes is a marketing tool to get your home SOLD! See the Staging page for more information and before and after pictures.


Kate Vandervort is Leslie’s business partner. "She is a great asset and we're so happy to have her, you will be too!" Kate's background includes working at Dillard's and Pier One where she gained experience as a display designer, sales associate, and assistant store manager. She has a great eye for decorating. During Kate's nuptials in 2010 we had fun working on wedding plans and creating the decor for the event. Add Wedding Coordinator to our list of services. We are very innovative and after working on four weddings together, we have perfected the process. Kate, and husband Tim, are also the proud parents of their son, Easton. 

Design with Less offers interior decorating, one day re-design, color consultation, and move-in furniture placement, home staging, holiday decorating and wedding planning. The initial consultation is always free! Give us a try and get a new look for Less!

Thank you for your time, curiosity and interest in Design with Less. I hope you will give us the opportunity to work for you. Now is the time to invest in your nest.