Robert Leleux (President) is the former editor of domino magazine, and the former managing editor of Lonny. His essays and articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Huffington Post. He is also the author of three books—The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy, The Living End, and the forthcoming Southern Style Now™ .




Arden Waggoner Stephenson has lived and practiced professionally as an accredited Interior Designer in New York City since 1990. She has been the principal and owner of ARDEN Interior Architecture & Design since 2001.

 Formerly a Senior Design Associate with Cullman & Kravis, Inc. of New York City, Arden was responsible for the management of high-end residential projects and specialty corporate projects nationwide.  She managed projects in cities such as Palm Desert, Bel Air, Malibu, East Hampton, Greenwich and New York City.  While at Cullman & Kravis, her extensive background in commercial design lead to the management of projects such as the

refurbishment of the offices of the Jewelry Department and the office of CEO of Sotheby’s New York, as well as the Park Avenue offices for a private investment company.  Arden was proud be a keynote guest speaker at the Premier 2000 Architectural Digest Home Show in New York City.


Educated in both residential and commercial design, Arden began her design career practicing high-end corporate and retail design in Atlanta, Ga.  Upon her relocation to New York City, Arden became an Associate Designer for the firm of Norwood Oliver Design Associates where she was responsible for the design of numerous large hospitality and retail projects. 


Arden is a native Texan and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Oklahoma - College of Architecture.    She earned a Masters degree in the History of Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design/ Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum/ Smithsonian Institution in New York City.  Her education at Parsons included extensive studies abroad in both France and Great Britain in the field of European art, decorative arts and architecture.  Additionally, Arden was a fellow in the Design Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   


Arden is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ), and is a Professional member of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA).  She is also licensed by the state for New York Interior Design. 


ARDEN Interior Architecture & Design recent projects include:  Miami Beach Condo, Long Island ‘60s Revival Home, Masion Jansen City Estate, Martha’s Vineyard Estate, Bridgehampton Beach House, North Carolina Georgian Home, Westchester Home, a Tuxedo Park Residence, A Texas Ranch House and several New York City apartments.  


Contributing to charitable organizations is something Arden is strongly committed to.  It is through design that ARDEN best supports such causes.  ARDEN was a participating designer for the 2010 Traditional Home Hampton Designer Showhouse, The 2010 Elle DécorAmerican Fashion: Designers at the Aldyn Showhouse, the 2010 Home for the Holidays at Old Westbury Gardens, the 2012 and 2013 Design on a Dime and the 2013 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala Table Designs, 2014 Tablescapes in Fort Worth and 2014 Faith Mission Showhouse.  She has been featured in Traditional Home, AVENUE Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Southampton Press, Daily News, Dan’s Papersand numerous online sources such as Doodle Home, Houzz, ReStyle Source, Elle Décor, Quintessence, Stylebeat, Hamptons Hostess, Editor at Large, Décor Arts Now, Avenue Insider, Shelter Pop, Hooked on Houses, House of Turquoise, Well Appointed House and Material Girls among others.

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