C H E L S E A
Founder & Principal Designer
Chelsea Elisabeth Smith was raised by an aspiring artist from New Orleans, who encouraged her to regard her enthusiasm as her career. "I have a notepad of grid paper full of my childish renditions of floor plans I can recall producing since I could hold a pencil." With a lifetime of creative experience, a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design in Chicago in 2013, and ten years of professional Interior Design experience, Chelsea is an expert in Residential Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath Design, and Historical Preservation; her comprehensive professional design services include color consultations & interior refreshes, existing home renovations, historical restorations, and new home construction conceived from blueprints.
Chelsea's emphasis on strong, transparent relationships, and an enjoyable design process is what keeps her clientele coming back year after year. She strives to challenge traditions and ensures every space is personally curated, always referencing the past, and mixing unanticipated styles harmoniously. "We believe that thoughtful, reflective design has the power to spawn a happier, healthier existence. Our formula is intended as therapy and has the potential to foster the life you never knew was possible!" Chelsea collaborates closely with her clients to ultimately reward them with a unique, purposeful, and cohesive dwelling.
The first design consultation is always complimentary and is an excellent way to gain a realistic idea of your project's needs, budget, and timeline. Let's get started!
C H R I S T O P H E R
Social Media & Interior Design Assistant
Christopher Amburn grew up in St. Louis' West County area. “My grandfather and father both were in construction. As a child, I got to see my family create new homes for other people and it really inspired me.”
Chelsea and Christopher first crossed paths during his senior year at Lafayette High School during a presentation Chelsea was giving about interior design. After graduation in 2017, he pursued a Bachelors of Science in Housing & Interior Design from Missouri State University. They met pre-pandemic about an internship opportunity. Christopher started in July as a design assistant where he worked closely with Chelsea to assist with most every aspect of the design process. "Christopher is not only an absolute joy to be around, but he mirrors my organization level, which is difficult to do. I appreciate his passion to learn, attention to detail, and overall efficiency," says Chelsea.
Christopher is in route to graduate in May 2021 and will join Chelsea Design Company full time after graduation. Christopher has been with the company since July of 2020.
A N N A
Interior Design Assistant & Lighting Specialist
At a young age Anna Schmiedeke remembers her father regularly working on projects to upgrade their family home. "I loved to watch the process and the transformation! As a child, I was frequently found rearranging my bedroom furniture to create different layouts," marking this as an early sign of her interest for interior design. Anna's love for interior design grew after taking an interior design class in high school. She soon received her Associates degree in Applied Science in Interior Design from St. Louis Community College in 2019.
Anna worked at Wilson Lighting in Clayton for two and a half years, where she gained specialized knowledge in lighting, and worked directly with clients and designers. During that time she created a connection with Chelsea and reached out about a chance to pursue the next steps of her design career. "I knew her portfolio, work experience, and etiquette were outstanding, so I skipped the typical meeting and got to know Anna on a more personal level during a hike at Castlewood. I knew by the end of that hike that she would be a perfect person to mold and grow with the company long term."
Anna is currently a senior at Maryville University of St. Louis and is set to graduate in May of 2021 with her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Anna has been with Chelsea Design Company since September 2020 and will begin full time after graduation.