“In Her Closet” is a weekly feature on the women who inspire us in their careers, confidence, and of course, style. Each week a different influential woman will be featured, so tune in on Mondays for a peek inside their closet.
In Her Closet: Lee Mayer
Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Havenly, the popular online interior design and e-commerce company. She founded Havenly in 2014 to make decorating a home easier – and more affordable – for everyone after buying her first home and struggling to find an affordable designer. Lee oversees Havenly’s work with 200+ professional designers nationwide, and managers the company’s 600+ furnishing partnerships that filters through millions of products. Lee has also spearheaded Havenly’s business to grow 14x over the past two years, landing the company a spot on CNBC’s 2018 Upstart 100 list.
Previously, Lee was the VP & GM of the Auto Division at Bankrate in Denver. She moved to Denver from New York City, where she worked at Bain & Company and was in the M&A and strategy function at Canon, USA. Lee earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Columbia University.
What are you coveting for fall? I’m really into all the warm tones this season and dying for the perfect camel coat – like this one from The Row
What item are you loving for under $200?vI’m loving this BB Dakota top. It’s a great layering piece under a blazer with jeans, and goes with my favorite paper bag leather pants from this season.
What is your “it” accessory for the season? I just bought some Aquazzura leopard print booties from Shopbop and refuse to take them off my feet
What’s the one item that you don’t leave your house without? My dog Ruth! She comes to work with me daily!
Your go-to layering piece? This IRO tweed jacket
Speed Round Q+A
Q: Favorite room in your house?
A: My kitchen / family room. It’s where I spend the most of time. It combines all my favorite things in one area: food, a great place to have a glass of wine, and the beautiful chaos of all my family members!
Q: Podcast you are listening to?
A: The NY Times podcast 1619. The story of how our modern world is so influenced by the peculiar (and horrifying) institution of chattel slavery is rarely told, but so important to understand everything from music, to healthcare, to business. I’ve been recommending it to everyone.
Q: Item in your home you can’t live without?
A: My Le Creuset Dutch Oven in White Matte. I love cooking Italian and Indian food for my family (and it looks great on the stove).
Q: Your home décor style in three words?
A: Bright, Modern, Farmhouse