I could go for one of these exotic bathroom sinks — there’s no other way to describe them. Exotic bathroom sinks can qualify as design-around features. They can kick off a color palette, suggest textures and materials, or even convey particular styles. Sure, you can go with generic white sanitary fixtures. But investing in an exotic bathroom sink fits the aesthetic of our … [Read more...]
Gilded Bathrooms: Gorgeous or Gaudy?
I can’t resist giving my opinion of these gold bathrooms, which seem to have a jeweled effect. This second decade of the 21st Century has become something of a gilded age, at least where bathrooms are concerned. Gilded walls – so very Klimt – are gaining acceptance, particularly in powder rooms where a little goes a long way. Until now, price has been an obstacle, but that … [Read more...]
Michael S. Smith’s English Accent
Four ideas to take away from the English accent décor in a London house designed for instant patina. Longtime clients of Michael S. Smith gave America’s interior designer-in-chief six months to put together English accent decor in their town house on Eaton Square in London. With the directive of designing “a home of connoisseurship in which the likes of Noel Coward and Cecil … [Read more...]
White House-Worthy Kids’ Rooms
Note to Michael S. Smith: Here are ideas for kid's rooms -- Malia and Sasha Obama's private spaces. America’s first daughters, 10-year old Malia and 7-year old Sasha Obama are getting age appropriate kids' rooms in the White House. The sisters have become overnight 'tween sensations since their dad’s inauguration. After all, who could resist such endless adorableness. So … [Read more...]
A home by Michael S. Smith in Hollywood colonial style has antique furniture 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, a … [Read more...]