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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A taste of Michael S. Smith's work

Today's announcement of Michael S. Smith as the Obama's White House decorator spurred me to pull together some photos of his work for anyone not familiar with his portfolio. Smith is known for a traditional look with a light touch. Hopefully, the White House's heavy jewel-toned decor will be swept out in favor of a brighter, more modern approach to classic interiors.

Architectural Digest.

Smith is a versatile designer who is equally comfortable working with more informal styles, including a warm beach-y cottage look and a thoughtful spin on contemporary design.



All photos from Smith's company website unless otherwise noted.


karly / said...

oh yes, this administration just keeps getting better and better.

I love the forest bedroom and the dining room in the last photo the mostest

Robin said...

Wow, he has quite the range. It will be interesting to see if they bring some modern furniture into the mix. It seems every occupant feels a need to maintain the "museum" of furniture from the same era as the house. Bring on the Parsons desk and the Eames chairs! Saarinen tulip tables! Marrimekko prints! Conran! Ikea!

Oh, sorry, I got carried away.

hmstrjam said...

i love the artwork in all these photos- especially the richard prince and brice marden.
I loved New Zealand when I visited! SO sad it is so bad for you :( Saw you on Janets blog... I really liked lake taupo

nkp said...

I like that masculine bedroom with the tree canopy mural/wallpaper. Seriously sophisticated, without being stuffy.

Raina said...

Hi ya Hmstjam and welcome to this deliciousness!

I'm glad you enjoyed your time here. It is worth a visit (if one can swing the expense), but living here is a different story. I suppose that could be said of many places.

And if I may say so without sounding too gushy, I LOVE your cat drawings. Several of this blog's followers are cat people and will dig them too.

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

I do like him--I think what you said about a light touch is true. His work looks at least vaguely connected to the 20th century.

The Nerdy Fashionista said...

OK, actually, I partially take that back. I like #2, 5, 7, & 10, but #4 is painful. That coffee table looks like the one person who didn't know the party was black-tie.

Raina said...

NerF, you kill me. It makes a little more sense when you see the room as a whole. But I agree, a bit more contemporary thrown in would make it feel more settled.

David said...

Ok, I'm wow'd by all of those rooms. Scenic wallpaper is one of my favorite things. First I was happy about having a young family in the White House again, now I'm even happier that they'll be living in beautiful spaces.

erin@designcrisis said...

Yay! I hope he plasters Zuber wallpaper on every wall and follows up with clean-lined furniture and gold accessories. Oh, and that creepy green Nurse Rachet painting is super duper!