Le Nest is one of Lake Oswego's most unique design companies. We specialize in home interiors, retail design and visual merchandising. Our most recent projects convey an industrial vibe, often mixing modern with vintage. But our talent depth doesn't stop there, all design styles are within our scope.

Together, we will discover and define YOUR design style and build upon that. Through this process we will listen to your needs and create an environment that inspires you and works for you. We are here to help you as much or as little as you like, you call the shots. 



  • Design Consultation & Planning

  • Finish Selections

  • Interior Refreshing | Staging

  • Material &/or Visual Mood Boards

  • Store Design & Fixturing

  • Visual Merchandising


"Design day for me is like demo day for Chip"


founder shelley prael

Second to climbing trees, decorating my room was my favorite thing to do as a kid. My love for interior design has grown ever since. Now with 35 years of retail visual merchandising and store design experience under my belt, I am excited to have my favorite hobby become the next chapter in my professional journey. When I'm not designing, I love to spend time in my yard, shop for vintage treasures and relax with my friends.

I have an incredible and supportive partner to share my life with. Together, he and I have three fantastic children. The oldest two are enjoying life and thriving in their pursued careers. The youngest is in Jr. High and keeps us hustlin' with all of her wonderful activities and friends. As a family we love to travel, watch college sporting events and laugh as often as possible. 

visual journey

I was 17 when I put together my first display in a retail setting. Any locals out there remember Jean Machine? That experience opened my eyes to the visual world and I knew immediately that's what I wanted to do. 

After college, the visual journey continued as I worked for great companies including Williams-Sonoma, Meier & Frank, Columbia Sportswear and Pendleton Woolen Mills.

During my 17 years with the prestigious and soulful brand Pendleton, I became the company's first Visual Director. I had the privilege of designing two museums, three off-site exhibits, a handful of trade show booths, numerous retail and outlet stores and even an award-winning Rose Festival parade wagon.

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logo tidbit

The MODERN BRANCHES represent design that is updated for today.

LE, translated from the Chinese language means happy, joyful, cheerful. I have always admired Chinese design - I love the use of balance, scale and harmony.

NEST symbolizes home. A place where family and friends come together. A place where we get re-energized. A place where we start and end each day...let's make it happy.

Brittain B. 

Architect | Portland, OR

Every now and then, you come across a designer of such great natural talent and capable of such congenial collaboration that the melding of ideas and framing of clever, beautiful and intriguing solutions presented comes so easily that you think it should always be this way. And it should. But the rare nature of the encounter is a clue that is just that, rare. Shelley is that sort of rare designer.

I had the great fortune of working with Shelley Prael, framing opportunities for her to work her magic. The path to the solutions was easy and exciting due to her facile flexibility and foresight, we produced some great stuff. I can recommend her to all and any.

Robert M.

Contractor | Canby, OR

I've been doing this for a long time and sometimes contractors and designers don't see eye to eye. But not with Shelley, she understands the process. She understands that there are typically hiccups along the way, particularly with remodeling. When game plan A isn't working out, she brings game plan B to the table with a smile on her face. I remember one job where I think we were all the way to game plan E, but she kept pulling tricks out of her bag to make it all work.

I would be thrilled to work with Shelley and her team on any job site going forward. Not only does she understand construction, she is creative beyond measure and kept us smiling with her wit and butter cookies.

Adrienne F.

Client | Happy Valley, OR

With the kids off to college and downsizing looking attractive, we put our house on the market. Our realtor suggested we bring in a stager and highly recommended Shelley Prael.

While Shelley was editing and refreshing, she took items that we already owned and made our home much lovelier than we knew possible! The transformation was inspiring and reminded us of how much we loved our home. We took the house off the market and turned the daylight basement into an Airbnb...a win-win I'd say.