Pepper Pike, OH, Designer/Car Connoisseur
Simple is never a word one would use to describe interior designer, editor, speaker and artist Lisa M. Smith. Everything the visionary touches immediately becomes infused with interesting layers that are not always obvious to the naked eye. Her favorite words are “appropriate” and “authentic,” both exemplary attributes rippling through her designs (and, might we add, her personality!). Before immersing herself in design, Smith spent 10 years on Wall Street, a stint that honed her fearless decisiveness and appreciation for creativity as a business model. She prides herself in making interiors personal for her clients. Rather than shop, she prefers to draw and let her fabricators create the perfect pieces—a mark of her dedication to uniqueness that sets her apart from others in the design field. Every object, every material, every surface and each floorplan are born from purpose, actualizing the specific reason behind each move she makes.
“Interiors have to make sense; things have to be purposeful, otherwise things just comes off as indulgent, which is never attractive or comfortable,” Smith remarks. Her creative zest for interiors and color often leads her to produce abstract acrylic paintings for clients’ spaces. While this might seem so serious, one thing Smith is never without is a sense of whimsy. “Happy” is the feeling one gleans from her work, which she shares, along with her inherent wisdom and fragrant opinions, on her saucy Decor Girl blog covering interior, kitchen and bathroom design; DIY projects; architecture; travel; lifestyle; and her other passion—cars. Far from a gearhead, Smith is an avid automotive enthusiast, though a fashionable one, whether driving sports cars on the road or racetrack. Her affection for antique and vintage automobiles often fuels her bespoke furniture designs, even if the nods to her fascination are manifested subtly in a technique, a detail or a shape. Smith believes that great interiors are an amalgamation of the best of the world around us, and we at Global Lighting couldn’t agree more. We’re so psyched the connoisseur agreed to be one of our tastemakers, choosing the Wood Wall Sconce by Zero as her pick of the products we bring to North America.