Connect
To Top

Meet Neela Woodard of Neela Woodard Design in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Neela Woodard.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was living in New York City and working in Publishing when I decided to follow my passion and go back to school for interior design. I enrolled at the New York School of Interior Design and loved it. Both while I was in school and after I graduated, I was lucky enough to work for a number of prestigious design firms in New York before ultimately starting my own business in 2007.

Starting Neela Woodard Design was the best decision I ever made. I love getting to know my clients and working with them to create amazing homes that are unique to their taste, lifestyle and needs.

In 2015 my family had the opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles and I decided to move my business out here. I am so glad I did. It has been really exciting getting to know my new city. There are a lot of similarities and a lot of differences between East Coast and West Coast design. Los Angeles has a great design community and I am very glad to now be a part of it.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not always been a smooth road. I started my business in 2007 and in 2008 the recession hit. It really changed the design industry. A lot of people stopped hiring designers and a lot of design firms went out of business. Thankfully my existing clients stayed with me and I was able to secure enough new projects to keep my business afloat until the economy recovered.

It was also difficult initially for me when I relocated my business to Los Angeles. It was hard to leave my clients on the East Coast and the great reputation and word of mouth I had cultivated. When I moved out here no one knew my business so I had to find new ways to get clients. Due to the large portfolio of work I have on the internet people were able to find me and I was able to build up my clientele in Los Angeles.

So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Neela Woodard Design story. Tell us more about the business.
I specialize in residential design but I have done the occasional restaurant or retail space. I have a real passion for homes and the people who live in them. I love coming into a new house and figuring out how to make it shine.

I am not interested in designing a cookie cutter house with the same items every time. I think it is important to know each client’s individual taste, how they use and live in their home and what they wish their home can be. Only then can you design a truly unique and custom-tailored space. The personal relationships I develop with my clients are truly special and I feel honored every time that people welcome me into their lives and the homes.

I think it is my ability to make sure my client’s personality and lifestyle is reflected when the project is done that really sets me apart as a designer.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I feel like I have been very lucky both in life and in my business. I have two beautiful boys ages 5 and 8 and an incredibly kind and supportive husband. We moved to Los Angeles only two years ago but have found friendships and a community that we feel like we have always been a part of.

I also feel incredibly lucky in my business, I have always had amazing clients, a lot of whom have become close friends. In fact, I still work with a number of my east coast clients. I have also been fortunate enough that, other than when the recession hit and when I first moved to LA, my business has kept growing allowing me to take on more clients and new and interesting projects.

Contact Info:


Image Credit:
Photography by Andy Foster

Getting in touch: VoyageLA is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in

  • VoyageLA FAQs

    We’ve prepared this FAQ about VoyageLA (run by Voyage Group of Magazines, LLC) (“Voyage”) in an effort to ensure that anyone...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 23, 2018
  • The Influencers

    VoyageLA owes a huge debt to the incredible local community of influencers – from fashion bloggers to foodies – who put...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 19, 2018
  • Fun Things to do in LA

    The editorial team shares some of the most noteworthy events in LA over the next few weeks. Check them out below...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 18, 2018
  • LA’s Most Inspiring Stories

    Every neighborhood in LA has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 18, 2018
  • Makeover Monday’s: local beauty inspo that blew us away

    New week, new look.  Here’s some inspiration from some of LA’s most gifted beauty professionals. Glam With @patriciabiggi ❤️ #Makeupbylionellashad A...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 17, 2018
  • The Thought-Provokers: Celebrating Artists & Creatives

    LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 17, 2018
  • The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative

    The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 17, 2018
  • An Artistic Voyage: exploring local creative and artistic works

    Raw, unfiltered creative expression – from stories and photographs to illustrations and paintings – is at the heart of VoyageLA. In...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 14, 2018
  • #LACreatives: the local artists who inspire us

    Through a mix of mediums, formats and perspectives local artists illuminate the unknown, color the previously black-and-white and add depth to...

    VoyageLA StaffSeptember 13, 2018