Bachelor of Interior Design, LSU, 1992


• Registered Interior Designer - Louisiana


Rachel Smith never loses sight of the big picture. She works with regulatory agencies such as the State Historic Preservation Office at every step of her process to reduce revisions at the end of a project. When working through the details of a project, she focuses on the desired end product as well as her budget and schedule. She maintains a healthy relationship with contractors and other third party professionals because she knows it will result in the best possible completed project. She keeps clients involved and informed every step of the way, respecting their ideas and input and always striving to exceed their expectations.


Rachel’s focus on the big picture shows in her diverse, high-quality work. Her commercial spaces include the Villa in Lake Charles, Brennan’s, and the Mellow Mushroom on Oak Street. She has worked on numerous residential projects in the city, such as homes for Donald Rouse and Horst and Karen Pfeiffer. Her institutional work entails the Audubon Insectarium and Whitney Bank branches on Transcontinental and Gentilly. Her results stem from a deep appreciation of the design process, particularly the problem-solving that defines historic restoration and renovation projects. Rachel loves what she does and how she does it, a sentiment that is echoed in her thoughtful design work.


Recent Projects: 

• Mellow Mushroom Oak Street - New Orleans, LA

• NOCCA Institute - New Orleans, LA

• Brennan's Restaurant - New Orleans, LA

• Maison Blanche Annex - New Orleans, LA​

• Peltier Plantation - Thibodaux, LA