Leslie A. Craigie


Leslie Craigie is a self-professed design and color junkie. “I simply love color and design. For as long as I can remember I have been passionate about design and color. Born to a chemist/paint manufacturer, Dad and an Interior Designer, Mom certainly helped further an appreciation for design and color projects.

After graduation from Michigan State University, Leslie joined the family’s paint manufacturing business in 1985. At the over 85 year old Craigie Paint Company, Leslie learned to work extensively with color and paint, both technically and aesthetically. Leslie learned about paint formulation, created custom colors and matched colors. Unique to most designers, Leslie’s technical understanding of paint and color enables her to select the perfect color and finishes for the project. Her unique skill set led her to open her own store, “Paint Smart Studio,” a boutique paint/design store specializing in design advice and custom color paint.

Today, with over 30 years of experience in the design industry, Leslie has narrowed her Eye for Color/Paint Smart Studio business to residential and commercial design projects and interior and exterior color services.

Leslie is a, “ Detroit Home Design,” winner and has been awarded, “Best of Houzz,” 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. As a former member of the Color Marketing Group, she keeps an eye on the pulse of design and color trends. Leslie’s skill for forecasting allows her to provide her clients with current and fresh designs.

Leslie travels extensively and has offices in Detroit, Chicago and South Florida. Enabling her to work on a wide variety of projects throughout the U.S.