Designer spotlight- Michael S. Smith

Hi there, having a super crazy busy week over here. I was hoping to do a mid week musings post but looks like it will have to wait a few days:) In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy this post! I  have been a long time fan of Michael S. Smith, ever since I spotted a gorgeous apt. he did in Arch Digest. This is major talent on steroids. He is referred to sometimes as a "celebrity decorator" for he has designed homes for names like Cindy Crawford, Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Clearly they recognize major talent when they see it.

Based in Santa Monica, California,  his work however takes him all over the globe. Featured in every major design magazine, he is a name worth remembering. He has been named three times to Architectural Digest's "AD 100".  I like that there is no "cookie cutter" look, each is very custom to the respective home/apt.

Many of his projects appear ageless, and its not clear when they were done which to me is always a great hallmark for good design. I love how he uses the old with the new and his color palette  is rich but subdued. Not a bright chevron pattern in sight!  In addition to his design projects, he has collaborated with some of the best names in design to create custom collections for notable brands like Brunschwig and Fils, Visual Comfort, Baker and many more. So now that you know a little about this talented man, take a look at his work........

Pretty spectacular don't you think?  If you want to see more of his work or learn more about his distinguished firm, . Tell me what do you think of his look...... can you see living in any of these rooms? Have a favorite? I have several faves!

If you are a fan of his work you might consider getting his newest book, Building Beauty which is all about how to create the perfect American house. A great behind the scenes look into the decision making and thought processes that happen behind every great room, this is a book worth owning! to purchase on Amazon. This is his fourth book and likely not his last:)

This is an older book but one I love and cherish, if you don't have it I suggest it for your own design library..... to purchase.

Thanks as always for stopping and wishing you a fabulous day! Be back soon......

Don't forget about my Blue and white love contest......

My contest theme for November is not surprisingly "Blue and white love". You know what that means..send in your pictures of your blue and white anything...however you love to display it or use it in your home, your favorite vignette, a beautifully displayed ginger jar, your plate collection, your blue and white nails, your pet wearing a blue and white something....whatever it may be.

Max. 2 pictures per entrant, please in subject line of email put "Blue and white love". I will collect pictures up until Nov. 1st . The contest will run on Nov. 4th for 2 days. Thanks in advance and I cannot wait to start receiving your pictures...I  know they will be fabulous!

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