OUR MISSION: To design interiors to be a reflection of our client and their unique lifestyle. We aim to deliver well-designed spaces in which the function, materials, and client-experience converge. This is achieved through careful investigation, thoughtful collaboration with our clients and trades, and keen attention to detail from project inception through completion.
HOW WE WORK: We have found our success by allowing creative inspiration in problem solving to be the key ingredient in our process. Creative inspiration evolves throughout the design process and for us, it most often comes directly from our clients. Before we put pen to paper, it is time-well-spent to get to know the client and their family to become intuitive to their unique needs and ask: What problems need to be solved? How will the design enhance their quality of life now and in the future?
HOW WE WORK WITH BUILDERS AND ARCHITECTS: We take a collaborative approach to every project and form a true working partnership. We believe that the Builder or Architect should lead the team so that there are fewer compromises or confusion during the design and build process. With this design/build team approach, Smith & Ragsdale can help you optimize your time, keep the project on budget, and create an efficient and successful path from project inception to construction completion. We will work directly with the homeowner or with the appropriate industry professional to achieve our common goals. Our design solutions consider all project parameters and respect the Architect’s / Builder’s / Client’s overall vision for the home.
WHY WE’RE SUCCESSFUL: What it means to be beautiful or well-designed is subjective. There is not one style or approach that offers ALL the solutions, however each residence and each client brings a unique set of challenges and opportunities for creative solutions. We believe you have to look at every element as an opportunity to solve the problem.
OUR PHILOSOPHY: It’s simple: interior design should not be painted with a broad brush; it must be looked at through a microscope. Each detail affects the next and is just as important. We aren’t talking about measuring something to the nearest 1/16 inch, though that is certainly critical. We are talking about having a keen understanding of successful design and creatively applying that understanding to each project. Similar to a fine chef who seeks the best ingredients to elevate a dish, a designer must be intentional about every design decision and make sure every element has meaning, ensuring the design will have no missing ingredients.
Abby Smith is known for her ability to conceptualize design criteria and aesthetically appropriate strategies that create sophisticated and timeless interior spaces. Previous to her successful residential interior design business, Abby had her own graphic design studio that specialized in packaging design. Four of her kitchen designs have been chosen as regional finalists in the international Sub-Zero | Wolf Kitchen Design Contest. Her work has been featured on HGTV, chosen as a Houzz Kitchen of the Week, and appeared in numerous books and magazines.
Abbey Ragsdale is an instinctive problem solver, known for her keen attention to detail and commitment to strong client relationships. She began learning about kitchen and bath design as the daughter of a skilled carpenter/remodeler, and her passion for it continued through college and now into her career. Abbey has extensive experience as a Kitchen & Bath Designer in the DFW area, working directly with homeowners, as well as partnering with Architects, Custom Home Builders, and other Design Professionals. Her work has been featured on Houzz, in numerous magazines, and in other design publications.