It’s been 14 years since Sara Smith began making invitations in a little corner of Bella Cose, the shop that once stood in PaperSmith’s current location. Today, Sara, Olive + Indigo’s Suzanne Johnson and stylist Lauren Miller offer an artfully curated collection of laid-back luxe apparel, artisan-made jewelry, gifts, home goods, and stationery.

The Smith behind PaperSmith, Sara lives in a quaint brick cottage in Lake Charles' Charpentier Historic District with her King Charles Spaniel, Rubin, and grand-dog, Bear. She's been a decorator, children's clothing designer, event planner and multi-media artist. Sara enjoys travel (especially with her daughter and son), good food, and most of all, a good project.

Suzanne is married to a musician and has three precious daughters. She is a very successful jewelry artist under the brand Olive + Indigo. Her time spent in Austin, Texas, has contributed to her laid-back luxe aesthetic, which she shares with us as our merchandise coordinator/assistant buyer.

Lauren is the artist and stylist at PaperSmith. She and her techy husband love gaming and making music together. She's mom to Boudin and Gonzo, her Pug and Bulldog. Lauren has lived in Utah and Tennessee, and misses the shoveling of snow! She is currently our design assistant and bridal consultant.

Suzanne and Lauren became acquainted in 2012, and their love of things authentic and purposeful inspired them to start Olive & Indigo artisan jewelry. Soon after, Suzanne began merchandising for PaperSmith, where the line was immediately available. Their aesthetic is evident throughout the cooperate space shared by the two entities.

In addition to this trio, a couple of ShopGirls are on hand to help with the shop's activities. Martha is a true southern party girl who loves planning events and entertaining. In fact, she just finished orchestrating her three children's weddings in less than 2 years. Martha and husband Richard live in her grandmother's historic home on Lake Charles. She enjoys staging homes and planning trips with their growing family. Cyndi is married to Casey, who is the youngest of nine children. She is mother of 4 and grandmother of five. When she's not wearing her ShopGirl hat, Cyndi loves painting, up-cycling projects, traveling, and spending time with her family.

All Lake Charles natives, the group offers carefully sourced goods with purpose, style and function. Many are from companies with a cause. . . digging wells for those without running water and providing jobs for village artisans in Nairobi. The use of natural, sustainable materials is evident amongst the classic-yet-modern selections you’ll find at PaperSmith and Olive & Indigo. Pair that with thoughtful customer service, and you’ll be dropping by often for friendly conversation and freshly brewed coffee!

It’s been 13 years since Sara Smith began making invitations in a little corner of Bella Cose, the shop that once stood in PaperSmith’s current location. Today, Sara, Olive & Indigo’s Suzanne Johnson and stylist Lauren Miller offer an artfully curated collection of laid-back luxe apparel, artisan-made jewelry, gifts, home goods, and stationery.

Suzanne and Lauren became acquainted in 2012, and their love of things authentic and purposeful inspired them to start Olive & Indigo artisan jewelry. Soon after, Suzanne began merchandising for PaperSmith, where the line was immediately available.

Their aesthetic is evident throughout the cooperate space shared by the two entities.

All Lake Charles natives, the trio has carefully sourced goods with purpose, style and function. Many are from companies with a cause. . . digging wells for those without running water and providing jobs for village artisans in Nairobi. The use of natural, sustainable materials is evident amongst the classic-yet-modern selections you’ll find at PaperSmith and Olive & Indigo. Pair that with thoughtful customer service, and you’ll be dropping by often for friendly conversation and freshly brewed locally roasted coffee!