Our Story


Owners Jill Johnson and Suzanne Ascher combined their chic, eclectic and gorgeous styles to create Waterleaf Interiors in 2006.  Jill, a former clothing designer, worked twelve years before transitioning into interior design. Her background in fabrics and print design can be seen in her ability to combine unexpected patterns, colors, and period pieces into the home. Suzanne grew up in New York and worked for several years at Ralph Lauren which reflects her classic east coast style, and her unwavering wish to create not only longevity, but also versatility with each choice she makes for the home.

After moving to California in 1994, Suzanne and Jill began working together on several projects. With a strong and close friendship for over a decade, a love of design, and boundless energy, Waterleaf Interiors opened its doors in July of 2006 in the heart of Manhattan Beach. Since then, they have completed projects ranging from beach cottages along the California coast to a penthouse in Singapore. Whether the project is one room or an entire home from the ground up, their hands-on approach assures that all endeavors are seamlessly executed, and the wishes and goals of each client are met.

In 2013 they opened Waterleaf Home adjacent to the interiors design studio. The store offers a curated collection of chic, coastal-inspired home decor, pillows, designer bedding, furniture, art, rugs, tabletop, jewelry and more. 

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