About

An award-winning, licensed Interior Designer, Michelle Salz-Smith launched Studio Surface, a full service interior design studio and lifestyle brand, in 2009.

Originally from the Midwest, Michelle headed to the South for her big adventure and discovered her passion for interior design. During her stint in Texas, Michelle developed her talents in both commercial and residential design working for various firms. She worked on a multitude of projects ranging from historical preservation in downtown Dallas where she assisted in revitalizing abandoned high-rises into mixed use vertical villages, to high end residential model homes, to multi-family clubhouses, apartment and condo projects in urban living centers.

Michelle finally found her true calling and headed to beautiful Southern California where her new life began. After a few years of heading up a West Coast office for an established commercial interior design firm, Michelle branched out on her own.

Influenced by her travels, work, and the aesthetics and attitudes from the various regions where she has lived, Michelle drew upon her lifetime of visual experiences and love for all things design to create Studio Surface. And as a companion to her design studio and shop, her blog is a collection of her musings, inspirations, resources, and day-to-day experiences all which underpin Studio Surface’s offerings.

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Michelle received her BFA from the Art Institute of Dallas with honors and was awarded Best Interior Design Portfolio in her class. Michelle is a nationally licensed Interior Designer and professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She is also a Certified Interior Designer in the state of California as well as a NCIDQ certificate holder and panel juror (National Council of Interior Design Qualification). When Michelle isn’t designing spaces, she is teaching part time at the Design Institute of San Diego or hanging out with her husband Jake and their son Oliver in Del Mar, California.

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