I've seen Ms. Smith's work in houses big and small, elaborate and modest, and it is consistently admirable, both beautiful and beautifully functional.


                                                          ~ Mark Bittman

               Author of “How to Cook Everything” and

        The New York Times column, "The Minimalist".


alisa smith

architectural colorist and designer


    Alisa Smith is an architectural colorist and design consultant specializing in interior renovations of historic homes. After leaving Parsons School of Design in New York City, Alisa studied design history at the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Museum where her love of historic architecture was born.

    Alisa started Alisa Smith Design in 1989. Since then, she has worked extensively on historic projects across the U.S. renovating both National landmark buildings and private homes such as the A&M Records/Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood; Swiss Cottage, the Bernard Maybeck house in Pasadena; The Derby House, by Lloyd Wright; The Drake House, a 1930’s river house in the Historic River District of Bend, Oregon and the home of Pasadena Heritage.

    From Craftsman Bungalows to Spanish Hollywood

classics, Alisa has worked her magic restoring and

breathing new life into peoples’ homes. Her work has

won awards from The Los Angeles Conservancy and California State Preservation Board. She’s been listed

in the Pasadena Heritage Craftsmen Referral File since

1995, The Franklin Report, and has been featured in

Interior Design Magazine.

    Based in Los Angeles, Alisa lives on top of a hill in what she describes as a casually eclectic mid-century modern that she’s busy—you guessed it—renovating.