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Lori Smyth Design

Lori Smyth Design provides full service commercial and residential interior design, project management and design consulting services. Her most recent projects include a brilliant remodel of her own home, a contemporary, light-filled house located on a coastal bluff in Santa Barbara.



Lori Smyth found her passion for design while remodeling several homes for her young family.  She was encouraged by friends who felt that her design skills could be put to good use by flipping houses in Montecito. Fast forward 15 years later…Lori has purchased, remodeled and sold over fourteen properties in Montecito and Santa Barbara.

When the market started to soften in 2007, Lori turned her attention to working with clients and started a successful design business which includes custom residential, hospitality and commercial design. Lori Smyth Design has designed projects in Santa Barbara, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, Hood River, Oregon and Sun Valley, Idaho.



Lori successfully renovated and lived in four substantial properties while raising her children. After my kids left for college, I realized downsizing my own home made sense and I began searching for a smaller house,” Lori explains. ” I focused on the one area of Santa Barbara I had not lived, and began to explore several neighborhoods on the Mesa.”

“I found a 900 sq. ft. house, located just 1/2 block from the beach and I knew immediately it was the right house.  It had already been gutted when I first saw it, which just made me all the more excited to complete the project and turn it into the ideal home for my new lifestyle.”



Lori wanted the space to be as open as possible so she opened up the ceiling and made the kitchen and living room one big space, which helped increase the use of limited space.

Originally a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house,  Lori divided the third bedroom to incorporate a master bath and an entertainment nook that opens onto the great room.




To keep the interiors simple, clean and contemporary, Lori chose a color theme of black and white with a dash of vibrant color added throughout.



Adding doors everywhere possible and creating functional, attractive outdoor living spaces made the small home feel much larger.



“When I moved in, I immediately felt at home on the Mesa.  It was like moving to a new beach town.  I fell in love with the neighborhood and the fact that I can just walk across the street and be on the beach within minutes,” Lori comments.



Working with high-end residential homes, commercial/office buildings, and local restaurants,
Lori Smyth Design provides a unique and eclectic look that combines the traditional and classic materials with modern sensibility.

Client comments
Lori Smyth and her staff did an absolutely phenomenal job of decorating and designing my home. They were very patient and professional in their dealings with me and went above and beyond the call of duty in helping to decrease my sense of “overwhelm”.  Lori’s vision and creativity is excellent, to the point that I would be happy to walk away and let her have free rein of the decorating and design of a home.

Working with Lori to completely redecorate my home was not only productive but also a lot of fun. She has a very creative aesthetic, and constantly injected unexpected touches into the design of my home. While she listened to me and was an expert guide in selecting materials, she also encouraged me to stretch and grow. She did a wonderful job staying within my budget which I really appreciate.



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