all's well that starts well

The author runs her pre-design consulting business, DesignSmart, out of the home office she designed in Santa Monica, Calif. Demand for her services has remained strong since she started in 2005.

Troutman and her clients often gather at the dining table in her loft office (above). The curtained entrance to the master bedroom (right) lies just under her workspace.

Troutman and her clients often gather at the dining table in her loft office (above). The curtained entrance to the master bedroom (right) lies just under her workspace.

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