5.15.2013

White House Decorator Michael S. Smith

Michael S. Smith is a master of  blending European classicism with American modernism.   Smith was tapped to the prestigious post of White House Decorator in 2009 and is well known for his use of high end antiques and art in his stunning, well layered rooms.   Surprisingly, as revealed in a recent Vanity Fair article, he  also knows how to mix in a bargain.  In discussing his forth and most recent book, Building Beauty: The Alchemy of Design, Smith talks about his talent for blending high and low: 
I think it’s about having a smart editorial eye and understanding what there is out there. There are great things at flea markets; there are great things at Crate & Barrel; there’s great stuff on eBay. CB2, Room & Board, and Anthropologie have made really good design accessible. One of my jobs is to understand when to use something that’s not expensive. In the case of this house, there are some curtain fabrics that are like $20-a-yard fabric, or remnants that I bought at a fabric store in England, Indian fabric that I made into Roman shades in some of the bathrooms. Part of it is to look at things for their inherent beauty and quality and not necessarily be tripped up by their cost, high or low.
Krista Smith, Interior Decorator Michael S. Smith..., Vanity Fair, May 7, 2013

When you have the eye, you can make it all look good.  Glad to know the White House has been in such good hands style wise.  Some photos of his work (but not from his most recent book)

Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton

Inside Micheal Smith's Home, Courtesy of Elle Decor, Photos by Simon Upton




Michael S. Smith, courtesy of Architechural Digest 2012,  Photo: Pieter Estersohn
Willow Grace Farm, the Millbrook, New York, home of Debbie and Jim Burrows, decorated by Michael S. Smith, courtesy of Elle Decor








3 comments:

  1. i really love houses with lots of fresh flowers

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  2. Yes, I totally agree. I get flowers weekly, they always lift my spirits. I also love a little green in a room -- indoor plants are underrated. : ) Thanks for the comment.

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  3. It's always fun to see how real designers live.

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