After spending years as an interior designer for the San Francisco/Bay Area luxury market, I decided to shift focus to a career in hospitality and events. I began my events journey working for the Bay Area’s leading catering company, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering. 

With well over a decade of experience in the events and design industry, I am proud to say I remain humbled and inspired. Growing in experience, I have planned, produced, and designed events ranging in size from a few attendees to thousands. 

here's a little on what I'm all about.

Hey there, I'm LEA.

As a creative and inspired strategist focused on the exploration of perfectly blending a project's purpose with both the design and experience, I hope you find my unique vision, easygoing approach and ability to enliven environments invaluable to your next event.

An Oakland, California, native, I am proud to call myself a wife, a mother of two beautiful kiddos, a family gal, and a creative entrepreneur. When I am not busy planning or designing you can catch me fueling my passion for family, food, and life through cooking, dining out, or simply hanging with family and friends.

In 2019, I set out to create a collective comprised of marginalized individuals within the event community and in 2020, founded the Ethos West Collective. 


projects we take a yr.


yrs. spent planning and designing 

"throughout the years, I've learned that life's too damn short -- take those risks."



ART + Culture


architectural design

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some of my favorite things.



"Lea has incredible attention to detail and a great creative eye. We were beyond thrilled with the wedding, as were all of our guests. The process of working with her was smooth and enjoyable."


carolyn + doug

"I am so grateful to her and would highly recommend her to anybody planning a wedding. I also know that Lea is adaptable and in times when large weddings are not possible, she'd be able to craft a creative and tasteful gathering."



 "Lea Stafford of LSE over-delivered for us and she was our first and best decision -- outside of deciding to get married of course."



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