Established in 2017 by Alexis Smith, Shoshin is an interior design studio with offices in Oakland and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

Our approach to design is both clinical and creative. We attempt to understand the way our clients live and work so that we can create a space that is not only attractive, but also injects organization and calm into lives that are busy and well-lived. By sourcing vintage and custom handcrafted decor, art and furnishings, we attempt to bring soul to these spaces, and strive to reflect the unique values and interests of our clients.

Alexis’ experience outside of the industry has contributed to the broad toolkit that we leverage to track a project’s many details, streamline communications with clients and contractors, and stay on schedule. As appropriate, we pull in expertise from others, including architects and local artists, to achieve a client’s vision and round out the project team.

While Alexis spent the first half of her career counseling companies, real estate developers, and government agencies on how to communicate with the public, she’s long been a student of design. Whether watching her architect father ideate on a client’s new home in her youth, or moonlighting in commercial interior design for friends and family, Alexis has always been drawn to create beautiful, functional environments that are authentic to their inhabitants.

With no formal design education, Alexis can’t help but bend the rules of traditional interior design. You are just as likely to find her sourcing side tables from estate sales as you are to find her toting a smudge stick and crystals to get the energy just right in a client’s home.

Prior to launching Shoshin in 2017, Alexis served at the helm of a well-respected San Francisco public affairs firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago.