Editor's Note: Today I am wearing wool pants by Vince, sweater by Banana Republic, turtleneck by Banana Republic, and warm booties by Aquatalia.
Today I am talking about the areas of the White House designed by Michael S. Smith. I love his work and the White House is no exception! I think his work is timeless and I love his mix of modern and antiques. Even though the Obama Administration was not my favorite I can truly appreciate their collaboration with Michael S. Smith in the private quarters of the White House. The article was in the December 2016 Issue of Architectural Digest that I am just now reading. December is such a busy month! Happy first Wednesday of the New Year everyone! The design world is finally awake and open and I have Michelle back from her skiing trip. Time to kick it in high gear!
This entire room is so lovely but my favorite part is the art. To get to live with Paul Cezanne and Daniel Garbar artwork in a room is a little like living in an museum. I love the pop of rustique in the bergere chairs that are in the forefront.
Here is a picture of the entire room! I always notice rugs. This large rug grounds this room with beautiful colors. I love the border along the two sofas such a touch of elegance.
I appreciate that Michael Smith utilizes antiques! I feel like antiques have fallen out of favor in a lot of design now and I think they add so much class and uniquiness to a room! The painting by Alma Thomas above this antique mahogany table is so quietly commanding.
Although I appreciate many of the elements in this Dining Room especially the chairs this room out of all the rooms in Architectural Digest leaves me a little flat. I appreciate everyone's level of taste and maybe in person this room is more commanding.
This room is called the Treaty Room. The table on the far right has been in the White House since 1869 and is used in this room as a desk. My favorite part of this room is the custom-stenciled Larson wallcoverings. So elegant and beautiful!
A view of the sofa in the Treaty Room. Looks ever so comfy!
This is the Family Sitting Room of which my favorite element is the chandelier.
Another view of the Family Sitting Room. I adore the Sean Scully oil painting! The side table is in the Jasper line of furniture by Michael S. Smith.
The wallpaper in the Family Dining Room is also by Jasper. The sideboard is circa 1800. Isn't the wood so beautiful?!
Where the formal Dining Room left me a little cold I think this Family Dining Room is stunning! I love the curved back of the chairs and the draperies are elegant!
Jasper fabrics were used on this antique canopy bed. The mirrors and the sofas are also by Jasper. I am sure that Michael S. Smith was so proud to be able to decorate the White House and utilize his fabrics and furniture from his line. I think he did an outstanding job!
"Executive Order" Article As Seen In Architectural Digest December 2016 Issue
Text By Mayer Rus
Photography By Michael Mundy
Styled By Carolina Irving
Produced By Margaret Russell
Interior Design By Michael S. Smith
I have run out of Steel Magnolia Tip so we are starting forward in 2017 utilizing the 109 tips that I wrote in 2016.
My grandmother always said that if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all!
Dinner last night was leftover smoked tenderloin with stripes of zucchini seasoned with Chile oil, Tony Chachere seasoning, and topped with mozzarella cheese. Delicious!
I forgot about this Lionel Richie song until I heard it this morning. It has always been one of my favorites. What a talented man!