The Design Process in Action

Debra Lellbach is a serial entrepreneur who has always been driven to make a difference in the community. Set foot in her home and it’s clear to see she thrives on a life-long passion for helping individuals create more beautiful homes. A strategist and visionary Debra has always perfectly blended her creative side with an adept skill for problem-solving and a drive to find new and innovative ideas to help people truly uncover the full potential of their homes.

Debra’s favorite pastime as a child was to create homes for Barbie and her family.  She would move the furniture in her Barbie house monthly to create new looks, constantly trying out new ideas.  Today, Debra considers her ability to use color in a home and to visualize a new renovation completed as her greatest talents.

Debra Lellbach

Debra has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Drake University and gained early experience as a store planner for Paul Harris and as a branch designer for Business Interiors. In 1989, Debra opened her own interior design business serving local businesses and residents.

In 1987 she joined the family business, The Extra Closet Self Storage, with her father Omar Bennett. Omar insisted on giving personal, friendly and consistent customer service to his clients and giving generously to the community. He shared those visions and values with his daughter, Debra. Under Debra and Omar’s ownership, The Extra Closet earned numerous awards, including the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award – Service Category. After her father’s passing, she continued to carry on her family’s tradition, but after much consideration, she sold the business in 2005 to pursue her true passion of interior design.

Debra has always been active in the community, offering time, support and services to a variety of organizations. She served as the 2007-2008 Chairman of the Board of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, during a five year board term. Currently, she is on  the Board of Directors for Linden Oaks Hospital and Edward Health Ventures  where she serves as Vice President.