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by Michael S. Smith
     
 
Creating your dream house—a prospect as exciting as it is daunting. Michael Smith, a favorite among celebrity clientele, reveals the method of his design magic. Offering thoughtful ideas and practical advice, the designer walks the reader through his process, from the gathering of resource material (from magazines and iconic films to something as simple as a

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Creating your dream house—a prospect as exciting as it is daunting. Michael Smith, a favorite among celebrity clientele, reveals the method of his design magic. Offering thoughtful ideas and practical advice, the designer walks the reader through his process, from the gathering of resource material (from magazines and iconic films to something as simple as a shell or a swatch of vintage fabric), expertly pairing simpler and grander elements (or inexpensive with more extravagant objects), perfecting the editing process, to knowing when a room is finished. Detailing the nearly encyclopedic range of styles he culls from to create his signature style, the designer describes recent examples of his work, beginning with a modest and quirkily designed house in Bel Air, Smith redid for himself. Razed, rebuilt, and decorated over the course of five years, the house allowed Smith to experiment and explore ideas freely and the result is a gracious home, as welcoming as it is stylish. In addition to his California residence, twenty other projects are featured, from a New England clapboard to a Malibu villa overlooking the Pacific to a city townhouse. In each, Smith deconstructs the elements which come together to make the ideal home.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A master of design metaphors, he mixes them in his own inimitable way." ~Veranda

"...an impressive collection of the sophisticated and comfortable interiors he is well known for." ~Western Interiors and Design

"Gorgeous photos take you into each home, and the elegant writing of House Beautiful's Christine Pittel creates a dialog between the reader and designer. You feel as though you are sitting with him, and he is telling you these stories." ~Stylebeat.com

"...shares generous and thoughtful advice on ways to achieve his signature look." ~Florida InsideOut

"...book feels like an extended issue of Architectural Digest, and, like that magazine, it leaves you with a mix of envy and desire." ~The Washington Post

"[Book] has a soulful edge... And although Smith is known for using high-end fabrics and fine antiques, his interiors are enduring, flexible, and never need to be "updated." So, in a way, there is something frugal and very real about them." ~Style Court Blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847830701
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
10/21/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

One of Architectural Digest’s 100 Top Designers and winner of Elle Decor’s Designer of the Year Award in 2003, Michael S. Smith is an internationally respected interior designer. He is the author of Michael Smith’s Elements of Style. Christine Pittel is a senior editor at House Beautiful magazine. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Town & Country, Harper's Bazaar, House & Garden, and many other publications.

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Bea_Holliday More than 1 year ago
Love love love all things Mickie! Michael Smith is the premier designer today. His hand is timeless. My, to have a home designed by him would be a true dream come true! Anyone can learn and be inspired by reading or looking at this book. The beautiful images as well as eloquently written text are art at its best. This book is a must for designers and a fabulous tabletop book for all. Michael is not only a wonderful designer of A list homeowners, but is a gifted fabric, furniture, lighting and carpeting designer. Anything in a home can be influenced by Smith's touch! I would encourage readers of all types to buy this book if only to look at the lovely pictures. Check it out!
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SusanHG More than 1 year ago
love this book! I've been savoring it page by page, so I don't finish it too soon.
DookieVA More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfIul trip. One that I will take over and over. Michael's thoughts compliment my love of design sooooooooo well. I have no desire to live in any of these houses -but I surely love the visits through the pages. I also recommend any of Bunny Williams or Charlotte Mosss' books.