I am both the "Smith" and "Stratton" in the name of my business. Smith is the 10-year-old girl who wrote in her journal that she wanted to be an “arkitek” and who later refined that vision to interior designer while studying at the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. As a young woman, I pursued my career while gaining experience in lighting design and later garnered my first coveted job as a designer with an awarding-winning Dallas architecture firm.
Stratton is what happened when life intervened. I share the title of interior designer with those of wife and mom — three titles that mutually sustain each other and about which I am equally passionate.
The designer in me has worked since 2003, soaking up what I can from projects, both commercial and residential; one-on-one client relationships; and mentors I am privileged to have worked with over the years. My commitment to my trade reveals itself not only in my daily professional work but also in the professional certifications and awards I have received, which include NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation, and being a member of a team that has won multiple ASID Georgia Chapter Design Excellence Gold Awards.