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Dining Room Personalities

dining room with wood paneling

Choose one feature as a core idea — call it personality — for maximum visual success.

The dining room can be the most romantic place in the house or the most dysfunctional. Too often it’s infrequently used because it’s not been updated or it doesn’t have a visual point of view. All too often it’s a repository for outmoded furniture so it defaults to a mini-museum for  display.

I’ve written about breaking the dining room mold to increase its functionality. One solution is to make it a multi-purpose space. In response, I received a variety of comments from “it’s true” to “we eat in ours every day” to “I have extra space and want a formal room.” Fair enough. … Continue Reading


Hollywood Style

Michael S Smith dining room for Brian Grazer

Stroll through a Mediterranean villa worthy of a starring role.

“I don’t know whether it’s cause or effect — because I work with so many clients in films, or the reason I have so many clients in films, but I have a cinematic feel for interiors,” Michael S. Smith told an interviewer from House & Garden magazine. Smith, 44, a California-born and based designer of textiles, plumbing fixtures, tile and furniture is a prolific designer and book author whose clientele includes the Hollywood establishment.  Notoriously demanding, but creative types, who buy historically important West Coast homes built by the likes of Schindler, Neutra, Wright and Eames see houses as a reflection of their taste and success.… Continue Reading