My favorite interior decorating magazine, Domino, has just announced the news that Los Angeles-based decorator Michael Smith has been given the nod for designing President-elect Barack Obama and family's private White House quarters. Although a formal announcement should come later in the week, a spokesperson from President-elect Obama’s transition team confirmed the selection with Domino.
Smith, whose clients include Steven Spielberg, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Cindy Crawford, is notable for his elegant mixing of both old and new world styles to create sophisticated yet comfortable interiors. His new book, Houses, offers advice on decorating your own home through the example of 20 projects, including Smith's own Bel Air residence.
To get a peek at Smith's style,
Deborah Needleman, Domino’s editor in chief, said of the Obamas’ choice of Smith, “It will be exciting to see Michael Smith’s great talent for making grand spaces intimate and livable at work in the White House. Smith’s interiors mix furniture and art from a broad range of periods and styles in a way that is harmonious and modern. Smith has the right amount of reverence for the past and faith in the future that will hopefully allow the rooms to reflect both the history of our nation and the executive mansion and the change and progress that the Obamas want to bring to America.”
Head over to Domino's site to check out in-depth slideshows about Michael and his work.