Tyra Leonard started Refined when she helped a neighbor downsize in Wilmette. Since then, Refined has grown exponentially by word-of-mouth. A North Shore native, Tyra has always had a passion for working with people and a lifelong love of art and design. She learned from her mother, Elaine, that a creating beauty in your home provides comfort and warmth for your family. Working one-on-one with her clients, sharing her ideas, and upcycling home furnishings is very rewarding. Tyra graduated from Bucknell University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned degrees in teaching and counseling.